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HP Designjet 400 Series Printers 430, 450c, 455ca, 488ca - Overview and Specifications

Figure 1: Designjet 400 Series Printer

Designjet 400 Series Printer
Primary Market - CAD users

Model numbers

Models and sizes
Available sizes
  • C4713A/C4714A (430)

  • C4715A/C4716A (450C)

  • C6080A/C6081A (455CA)

  • C6082A/C6083A (488CA)

24-inch and 36-inch

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Serial number location

When looking at the back of the printer, the serial number is located on the right side of the rear panel, directly above the power cord.

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Printer description

The HP Designjet 400 Series printer is a large format, Inkjet printer that provides ease of use through features like improved media handling and a new front panel. It offers a new monochrome draft print mode to increase throughput.

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Printer features

The HP Designjet 400 Series supports HP-GL, HP-GL/2, HP-RTL, PJL and includes AutoCAD drivers. Additional features include:

  • HP ZoomSmart scaling technology

  • Tabletop design with optional legs

  • Optional roll feed with integrated automatic cutter

  • Optional color upgrade kit

  • Near photo-quality images

  • Excellent line quality

Feature
Description
Duty cycle
10 prints per day
Supported Printing Languages
HPGL/2 + RTL, HPGL
Postscript RIP
SW RIP on PS models
Number Of Ink Systems
4 Colors, CMYK
Dots-Per-Inch (DPI)
300 True, 600 Addressable (Mono)
Memory
4 MB
Main PCA CPU Speed
4MHz
Media Paths
Single Sheet Feed, Roll Feed
Paper Control
Bail System
Refill System
Cartridge Replacement

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I/O interface

RS-232 and bidirectional with ECP mode (IEEE-1284) built in, Input-Output switching.

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Recommended cables

HP IEEE-1284 Compliant Bitronics Parallel cable
C2951A
NOTE: Use HP-recommended cables to prevent loss of data during transmissions.

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Resolution

Print Color as Grayscale
Print Color as Color (450C/455CA)
Fast Print Quality
300 x 300 dpi
300 x 300 dpi **
Other Print Qualities
600 x 600 dpi *
300 x 300dpi **

* Except for glossy media types (in which case it is 300 dpi).

** Except for black with HP RTL, where the resolution is 600 x 600 dpi.

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Media specifications

The following media are supported by the HP Designjet 400 Series printers.

HP Designjet 450c Papers and Films
610 mm (24 inches)
914 mm (36 inches)
HP Bright White Inkjet Paper
C1860A
C1861A
HP Translucent Bond
C3860C
C3859A
HP Vellum
C3862A
C3861A
HP Natural Tracing Paper
C3869A
C3868A
HP Clear Film
C3876A
C3875A
HP Matte Film
51642A
51642B
HP Coated Paper
C6019B
C6020B
HP Heavyweight Coated Paper
C3880A
C3879A
HP Heavyweight Coated Paper
C6021B
C6022B
HP High-Gloss Photo Paper (450c, 455ca, 488ca)
C3882A
C3881A
HP High-Gloss White Film (450c, 455ca, 488ca)
C3886A
C3885A
NOTE: HP translucent bond, HP vellum, and HP natural tracing paper are not recommended for image printing purposes,

Roll media should have an inner core diameter of 2 inches and an outer core diameter of 2.125 inches. The maximum diameter of the rolls is 3.8 inches. Roll widths can be 24 or 36 inches.

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Media handling

Supported media/sizes

Minimum
Maximum
Width (carriage axis)
8.3 inches (210 mm)
E size printer: 36.1 inches (917 mm)
D size printer: 24.6 inches (625 mm)
Length (carriage axis)
8.3 inches (210 mm)
Sheet: 64 inches (1.625 m)
Maximum length of long-axis print on roll media: 50 ft (15.2 m)

Margins

Leading Edge
.67 inch (17 mm)
Trailing Edge
.67 inch (17 mm)
Sides
.2 inch (5 mm)
NOTE: All measurements are +/- 0.08 in (2 mm).

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Ink

Ink Cartridge
Part Number
Black
51640A
Cyan (450c, 455ca, 488ca)
51644C
Magenta (450c, 455ca, 488ca)
51644M
Yellow (450c, 455ca, 488ca)
51644Y

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  • The combination of the HP ink cartridge and HP papers and films provides superior print quality, short drying times, and high quality. Ink cartridges and printheads other than Hewlett-Packard do not work in this printer.

  • Expect to print approximately 20 A0/E-sized prints when printing on coated paper.

  • Maximum ink in each cartridge is about 42 ml.

  • HP cannot guarantee optimum print quality after the date printed on the print cartridge.

  • HP does not recommend using refilled print cartridges in HP Inkjet printers.

Memory

Standard
4 MB
Maximum
36 MB

The memory capacity of the HP Designjet 400 series printer is 36 MB. Four (4) MB of memory are built-in RAM on the main board. The remainder is available through one SIMM (single inline memory module) slot that can take either a 4 MB, 8 MB, 16 MB, or 32 MB SIMM card. The second SIMM socket is intended for code upgrades.

The HP Designjet 400 series printer is shipped with 4 MB of RAM on the main board as standard. Available memory is reduced by approximately 2 MB of "overhead" requirements; for example, stack space, the I/O buffer, and variable storage. A rough estimate of the ratio of user-to-DJ400 file storage is 0.8:1. File expansion in the HP Designjet 400 series printer buffer depends largely on file content. Labels, polygons, line widths greater than 1 mm, and raster data are examples of memory-eaters.

When receiving a print, the HP Designjet 400 series printer stores all the vector data and raster data in the memory buffer. If the buffer is full, remaining vector data is read in and discarded. If sending all raster data, the buffer is filled, then printed; plotting continues in this way until the print is complete.

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Performance

A1/D-size, Mono CAD drawing, HP Opaque Bond

Print Quality
Time
Fast
1:36
Normal
3:46
Best
5:02

A1/D-size, Color CAD drawing, HP Opaque Bond (450c, 455ca, 488ca)

Print Quality
Time
Fast
3:27
Normal
3:54
Best
7:13

A1/D-size, Color images, Photo Paper (450c, 455ca, 488ca)

Print Quality
Time
Fast
12:03
Normal
12:35
Best
18:44

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Reliability

Recommended maximum number of prints per day
20*

*medium density E/A0-size CAD print

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Physical specifications

HP Designjet 400 Series Printers
Without Roll-Feed and Legs
With Roll-Feed
With Legs
Height
E/A0-size
D/A1-size
13.1 inches (332 mm)
13.1 inches (332 mm)
16.4 inches (415 mm)
16.4 inches (415 mm)
46.0 inches (1165 mm)
46.0 inches (1165 mm)
Depth
E/A0-size
D/A1-size
9.1 inches (231 mm)
9.1 inches (231 mm)
14.0 inches (355 mm)
14.0 inches (355 mm)
9.1 inches (231 mm)
9.1 inches (231 mm)
Length
E/A0-size
D/A1-size
52.4 inches (1329 mm)
40.6 inches (1031 mm)
52.4 inches (1329 mm)
40.6 inches (1031 mm)
52.4 inches (1329 mm)
40.6 inches (1031 mm)
Weight
E/A0-size
D/A1-size
68.2 lbs. (31 kg)
57.2 lbs. (26 kg)
Contact HP
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Electrical specifications

Category
Specification
Input Voltage*
100 to 240 Volts alternating current (VAC) +/- 10%
Frequency
47 to 63 Hertz (Hz)
Power Consumption
70 watts maximum (2.0 Amperes maximum)

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Environmental specifications

Category
Specification
Operating Temperature
59 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (F)
15 to 35 degrees Celsius (C)
Non-Operating Temperature (storage)
-40 to 158 degrees F without cartridges
-40 to 70 degrees C without cartridges
Acoustics
Plotting: 45 deciBels
Idle: <20 deciBels
Relative Humidity
5 to 95 percent at 104 degrees F, non-condensing

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General warranty statement

One year onsite warranty

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Safety certifications

Category
Specification
Safety Certifications
IEC 950, EN60950, CSA C22.2 No.950, UL 1950, NOM-019-SCFI-1993
EMC Certifications
CISPR22: Class B, EN 50082-1, IEC 801-2, IEC 801-3, IEC 801-4, FCC Part 15
- Class B/DOC-B/VCCI-2/RRL-A

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