The Microboards Print Factory Pro inkjet CD / DVD printer is fully automated with a 100-disc capacity, large individual CMYK ink cartridges, and PC / MAC compatibility.
This review of the Microboards PF-Pro inkjet printer is based on seven different criteria, on a scale of 1 to 5 stars (5 being the particular rating possible). We have run about 60,000 CDs and DVDs through 10 different Microboards Printfactory Pro printers over the past 45 days. And when it comes to the results.
Price - MSRP of $2995, and a street price around $2695. The Microboards PrintFactory Pro printer is more expensive equated with other inkjet printers such as Microboards PF-3 and GX Auto Printers, and the Primera Bravo Pro, Bravo II and SE models. 3 Stars.
Speed - Happen to be multiple print resolution options with printed Factory Pro. For that testing and production runs we used either the 'text and graphics best' or 'photo normal' options. The photo normal mode slower and lays down more ink, to enjoy a high-resolution print, compared to the text and graphics mode. The type of the disc artwork also influences quantity of CDs / DVDs that could be printed per 60 minute. We found that an individual about 75 full coverage discs/hour printing using photo normal. With 30% print coverage using the text and graphics best mode you will obtain about 115 discs/hour. 4.5 Stars.
Bin Capacity - The Microboards PF-Pro has a bin capacity of 100 discs, either CD-r or DVD-r. This stacks up well against most other sub $3000 automated inkjet printers. An even greater input capacity may very well be nice with by adding the larger C, M, Y, and K ink cartridges. 3.5 Stars.
Cost per Print - With inkjet printers the cost per print will fluctuate based on color combinations, print coverage, and the print resolution and speed selected in the Printfactory Pro print driver. We discovered that full coverage multiple color discs run about $0.12/disc. Discs with a 30% print coverage composing of a few colors and black text cost about $0.05/disc in ink. 5 Stars.
Print Quality - Color graphics are vibrant, and black friday 2010 text printing fairly sharp. Models like the Microboards PF-3 may be bit crisper with text printing. The PF-Pro printer also does a good job with large blocks of colors. 4 Stars.
Print Durability - Inkjet printers use water-based ink, faster the CD or DVD comes up-to-date with moisture, the print on the disc will smear and smudge. This may be the case minutes, hours, days, and years after the disc is printed (unless you print on Taiyo Yuden waterproof discs). That being said, the Microboards Print Factory Pro is as durable as any other inkjet CD printer on the recent market. 2 Stars.
Easy of Use - The PF-Pro has a single USB 2.0 link with a PC or MAC. It along with an a popular as well as simple to use CD / DVD graphic software called SureThing. You can import standard graphic images like .jpeg, .bmp, .png and .gif. The print driver controls the robotic disc loading mechanism, so will take a very no complicated software to learn. You can also print directly from Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop with some adjustments to the margins within the printer driver. In addition, we were able to hook up 4 of the Microboards PF-Pro printers to a single PC with an USB 2.0 hub. 4.5 Stars.
Maintenance - Along with most inkjet CD / DVD printers, the Print Factory Pro needs to get internal sensors and components cleaned about every 5000 discs due to ink over spray. In addition, there are two printheads (1 for Black/Yellow and 1 for the Cyan/Magenta) that break every 50,000 discs or so. We've got not had bother to replace any printheads as of this occurence review. 3.5 Appears.
Technical Support - Microboards has above average phone tech support team for the CD / DVD equipment industry. After warranty repairs can be expensive, as may well with other manufactures in this sector. 4 Stars.
Conclusion - Microboards PF-Pro (part# PFP-1000) is out top pick for automated inkjet CD printers for standard 120mm CD-r, DVD-r, and Blu-Ray media. Strengths are cost per print, speed, and the ability to hook up multiple printers on a single PC.