My 24" Z3100 arrived 3 weeks ago. I to, use it as a personal printer, hoping to someday make prints of a sufficient quality to sell. One problem I’ve found, using this in a home environment, is its tendency, when left in sleep mode, to wake up and clunk around in the middle of the night. Waking the wife and me a couple times a night wasn’t fun, so I turn it off over night.
Yesterday, when I went to print the first picture of the day, I got a message indicating that the Light Magenta-Light Cyan printhead needs replacement. Arrrrgggg! Additionally, the front panel display has been randomly turning all white, all black (as much as it can) or displaying an extremely low contrast image, making it difficult to read. I tried calling HP support from work, hoping to have them just ship me the parts, but it turns out I have to remove the printhead to read them the date code so they can verify it’s still in warranty, so that’ll have to wait until I return home this afternoon.
As for the magic of the built in spectrophotometer, I was very disappointed with the results I had making my own profiles. And I don’t relish that fact that I may have to spend and additional $800 for the APS option that includes monitor calibration, which I already have. Whether the poor results stem from operator error, or the fact that the base Z3100, without the APS, makes a limited profile, remains to be seen. Given the plethora of print settings in software packages and the printer driver itself, it’s easy to make mistakes. Once I am able to print again, I will further test that aspect of the printer.
Having said all that, the good pictures I’ve printed out, I’ve been very happy with. Unfortunately, a lot of the paper and ink I’ve used so far has gone into the trash. But I’m still learning…