Used or refurbished HP Designjet printers

Our reviews for many years helped the world learn about these two remarkable models. The HP Designjet 5000 and Designjet 5500 were the best-selling wide-format printers of their size in the world. I bet this model sold more than all Epson put together (5000 and 5500 and all iterations are essentially the same printer). There is currently a made-for-sale-in-low-bid-countries version, which is the HP Designjet 5100. Frankly I would tend to trust the original HP Designjet 5500.

We at FLAAR do not sell printers (neither new nor used). We are a digital imaging research and evaluation institute: we write reviews based on using a printer and/or inspecting the factory and demo room. In USA we can suggest where to get any new HP Designjet printer, but we do not handle used printers or spare parts.

On the subject of spare parts, there are probably enough HP printers with four numbers remaining to strip for parts if HP itself no longer has parts. But any HP printer with three numbers (200, 250c, up through 755C and CM), these are really too old to bother with any more.

If you are looking for a used HP Designjet printer, we hope this list will help you.

But if you are tempted by the super low price of a used HP Designjet printer, you might wish to ask for consulting tips first. Since our consulting business has increased multiple fold in the last several years, we can answer questions only when a consulting appointment is booked, invoiced, and covered in advance. For questions on used HP, used Epson, and used Canon printers, the cost is $250 for consulting. If you do not wish to pay a consulting fee, we can suggest a printer resource who handles HP, Epson, and Canon printers for over a decade (they will answer your questions at no cost).

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  • HP Designjet, September 1991, we lack model # (if any existed for this first model).

  • HP Designjet 200

  • HP Designjet 250c

  • HP DesignJet 350C

  • HP DesignJet 650C

  • HP DesignJet 750C

  • HP DesignJet 755CM

  • HP Designjet 2000cp

  • HP Designjet 2500cp

  • HP DesignJet 2800cp,  water-based ink, list wide-format printer review
    HP Designjet 2800cp
  • HP Designjet 2800cp (this was our first HP printer at FLAAR)

  • HP Designjet 3000cp

  • HP Designjet 3500cp

  • HP Designjet 3800cp

  • HP Designjet 1050c, may have banding issues; not very sophisticated

  • HP DesignJet 1055CM, may have banding issues; not very sophisticated

  • HP Designjet 5000 (we had two of these models at FLAAR, at our university test labs)

  • HP Designjet 10ps

  • HP Designjet 20ps

  • HP Designjet 500, not very sophisticated

  • HP-DesignJet-500ps-GoA-tradeshow-water-based-ink-list-wide-format-printer review
    HP Designjet 500ps
  • HP Designjet 800

  • HP Designjet cc800ps

  • HP Designjet 5500 (this is the best printer of its time; a real workhorse. We know, since we had one and used it for years).

  • HP Designjet 5500 water-based ink printer list, wide-format
    HP Designjet 5500
  • HP Designjet 5100, I believe this is the low-bid version for sale in Asia only.

  • HP Designjet 4000, CAD, had issues.

  • HP Designjet 4500, CAD, check to make sure is not a problem model.

  • HP Designjet 30

  • HP Designjet 50PS

  • HP Designjet 120

  • HP DesignJet 130

  • HP Designjet z2100, 24 inches or 44 inches

  • HP Designjet Z2100 water-based ink, ist wide-format printer review
    HP Designjet Z2100
  • HP Designjet z3100, 24 inches or 44 inches

  • HP Designjet z3200, 24 inches or 44 inches (this is the printer we currently have in our photo studio)

  • HP DesignJet Z3200 Photo Printer Series water-based list
    HP DesignJet Z3200 Photo Printer Series
  • HP Designjet z6100

  • HP Designjet Z-6100 water-based ink at Graphics of Americas 2008, list wide-formatprinter review
    HP DesignJet Z6100 Photo Printer Series
  • HP Designjet z6200, any time there is a model update, this suggests earlier model had issues

  • HP Designjet T610, CAD

  • HP Designjet T1100, CAD

If you are looking for after-market ink for HP Designjet printers

We have visited the ink labs and ink factory of Sam Ink in Singapore twice. Also have visited several printshops in various countries who are using Sam Ink. Contact info is on our other page (on after-market ink for HP Designjet printers).

Please Note, we review only models we have first-hand experience with

The above list of Hewlett-Packard Designjet printers is only “water-based” inks.

HP Designjet L series are latex ink; these are different than traditional water-based, they are a resin-like ink. We cover HP latex ink printers on another web page.
HP DesignJet H series are UV-cured printers from ColorSpan.

HP Designjet 8000, 9000, 10000 are mild-solvent printers rebranded from Seiko ColorPainter.

If you are unsure whether to go for an HP or Canon or Epson?

Since we are an evaluation institute we study all three brands: HP, Canon, and Epson. Plus we had plenty of familiarity with Encad, and of course know ColorSpan, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland.

Recently we have also done the research to produce

Our institute is dedicated to assisting end-users around the world to better understand digital imaging technology. As a result this web site is read by about 900,000+ people around the world every year.

In the US some people ask about used printers, so as a guide we have prepared the list of all HP, list of all Epson, and list of all Canon printers, to assist you in your search. Naturally the logical question is about whether a used printer is realistic: what about tech support, spare parts?

If you are from North America or adjacent Latin America or Caribbean we can more easily assist you (since although we know the Canon dealer for Slovenia quite well (literally) we don’t know the HP or Epson dealer for Latvia or other countries. Anyone is welcome to fill out the Survey-Inquiry Form, but we can more easily assist photographers, in-house print needs, printshops, franchise print shops, family-operated sign shops, universities, museums, and/or any individual or company who wants to avoid solvent inks, does not wish to spend $120,000 for a UV-cured printer, and wants a nice traditional HP, Epson, or Canon printer.

We have experience using Epson printers for many years. The new Epson SureColor printers are iffy, and the first generation was infamous for cheap shoddy parts. I have never seen an Epson printer in the previous ten years with such low-bid features.

We have plenty of knowledge of HP Designjet printers, for photography and CAD (many generations of the Hellmuth family are architects).

And we have used Canon iPF printers for years as well.

Most recently updated February 8, 2013.

First posted March 5, 2012. Updated March 6, 2012 and March 14, 2012.


During the coming months we will be updating our evaluations of water-based Epson Stylus printers, Canon iPF printers, and HP Designjet printers.