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Which HP MFP is for me?

HP DesignJet MFPWhy an MFP?

Many businesses large and small alike use wide format printers for producing all manner of documents, presentations and posters up to A0 size, but with the advent of the wide format MFP, why would you replace your plotter with another plotter?

It’s rare nowadays to see single function A4 devices in offices and it’s become the same with wide format machines too. Why buy two machines when an all in one will do the job?

With so many documents being sent electronically in today’s fast moving industries, we find that our end users actually have more need than ever before to instantly print, discuss, mark up and return documents as quickly as they can making the MFP an essential device in any business.  Storage can also be a major factor in office space, so the ability to store plans electronically can be a major attraction to customers where plan filing cabinets and hangers are not an option.

Some of the benefits of choosing a wide format MFP…

  • Single foot print – no need for separate scanner & printer
  • Neat modern compact design – fits seamlessly into even the smallest office space
  • Quick scanning to file, USB, copy or email
  • Quick printing and efficient ink usage
  • Affordable
  • Lower power consumption than two devices
  • Lower costs than outsourcing print and scan requirements
  • Pin protected printing and security options


HP has developed two superb integrated DesignJet MFPs which have made buying a wide format MFP even more affordable and accessible than ever.

Take a look at the HP DesignJet T830 and the HP DesignJet T2530 to see how any MFP could increase your workflow and efficiency.

GDS | Graphic Design Supplies Ltd has partnered with HPFS (Hewlett Packard Financial Services) to offer no fuss rental, leasing or hire purchase on any of our models.

Which HP MFP is right for me?

HP DesignJet T830 MFPHP DesignJet T2530 MFP

Choosing the best machine for your office or business can be a daunting prospect. The experts at GDS have put together a handy overview and comparison between the two MFPs available from HP.

Currently HP have two A0 Multi Function Printers in their range which are aimed at the following markets:

  • Construction companies
  • Engineering companies
  • Architectural practices
  • Plan Print Repro Shops
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Fire Safety Contractors
  • Plumbing & Air Conditioning Contractors
  • Shop Fitters
  • Joiners
  • Pipe Line Contractors
  • Marine Designers
  • GIS and mapping …… and many more


These machines are perfect for anybody wanting to scan, print and copy colour plans, maps, technical drawings, layouts, renders, 2d Layouts, client visuals, and short term display presentations.

There are a few key criteria which will help with your choice:

  • Usage volume
  • Scan quality
  • Print quality
  • Speed
  • Roll capacity & media choice
  • Ink colour gamut (the range of colour you will achieve from the number of inks used)
  • Physical size


We will give you a brief overview of each machine followed by a full specification comparison.

First let’s look at the HP T830

HP DesignJet T830 MFPThe HP T830 (F9A30A) is an entry level model ideal for low to mid volume users. The HP T830 is neat and slimline and fits easily into small office spaces making it perfect for small unmanaged networked workgroups in construction or office environments.

The T830 connects wirelessly or via Ethernet connection to your network and can handle low to medium volume work.

It is a 4 colour printer (BK/C/M/Y) with integrated scanner allowing quick onsite scanning, copying or straight forward printing. The T830 inks (HP 728 cartridges) come in 130ml or 300ml capacity (Black 300ml only).

A single paper roll (standard 2 inch core) from 297mm to 914mm (max width) can be loaded in lengths up to 50mt. The maximum roll diameter is 10cm. Sheets can also be loaded either individually, or via the small cassette (A3 and A4 only) for continuous feed.

The HP T830 is a non-postscript machine meaning it uses third party software to produce PDF scans and to interpret PDFs to print.

Like all HP wide format printers the T830 sits on a floor stand and has a cutter which horizontally cuts after each print allowing the print to fall into the basket below.

Drivers are available for both Mac and PC.

The T830 has a 1GB virtual processing memory.

Print speed is 28 seconds for an A1 (Mechanical printing time. Printed in Fast mode with Economode on, using HP Bright White Inkjet Paper (bond) and Original HP inks)

Scan Speeds for the HP T830 are as follows - Color: up to 3.81 cm/sec (1.5 in/sec); Grayscale: up to 11.43 cm/sec (4.5 in/sec)

Now here is a comparative overview of the HP T2530

HP DesignJet T2530 MFPThe HP T2530 is a mid to high volume machine ideal for networked workgroups in small to medium businesses with print volumes up to 250 m2/month. Its neat design and integrated scanner mean it fits into most office spaces with seamlessly.

The T2530 connects wirelessly or via Ethernet connection to your network and can handle medium to higher volume work.

It is a 6 colour printer (MBK/BK/C/M/Y/GY) with integrated scanner allowing super quick onsite scanning, copying or straight forward printing. The T2530 inks (HP 727 cartridges) come in 130ml or 300ml capacity. The additional Black and Grey over the standard 4 colour inks achieves more precise line accuracy, darker blacks, and truer neutral grays.

The HP T2530 is a dual roll machine meaning that two paper rolls (standard 2 inch core) from 297mm to 914mm (max width) can be loaded in lengths up to 91mt. This is useful where you wish to have two paper grades or two different sizes loaded, or where you require continuous printing when one roll ends – the machine can auto switch to the second roll to continue printing. Longer paper roll capacity also reduced the need to change the roll so often saving valuable time. The maximum roll diameter is 15cm. Sheets can also be loaded either individually.

The HP T2530 is available in two models – the non-postscript model (L2Y25A) and the postscript or PS model (L2Y26A). The main difference here is that the non-PS model does not scan to PDF so the PS model is certainly the more popular. Postscript is the Adobe branded licence to read and interpret PDFs. This will always give enhanced colour and quality over the non-PS version in terms of print output. The non-PS machine will print PDF files perfectly well but it will use third party software to interpret the PDF into print language using a raster file meaning quality and colour may be slightly compromised.

Like all HP wide format printers the T2530 sits on a sturdy floor stand and has a cutter which horizontally cuts after each print sending the finished prints to the high capacity (50 sheet) stacker. This is great for keeping flat collated prints safe, especially where multiple users are sending files.

Drivers for the HP T2530 are available for both Mac and PC.

The T2530 has a huge 128GB virtual processing memory and a 500GB on-board hard drive.

Print speed is 21 seconds for an A1 (Mechanical printing time. Printed in Fast mode using HP Bright White Inkjet Paper (bond) and Original HP inks).

Scan speed of the HP T2530 is up to 6.35 cm/sec (2.5 in/sec) in Colour and up to 19.05 cm/sec (7.5 in/sec) in Greyscale.

And now the detailed comparison on the specification of the T830 vs the T2530

HP DesignJet T-series Printers: Help me choose

Trading in your old machine against the HP T830 or HP T2530 MFP

Trade in deals are available on both the HP T830 MFP and the HP T2530 MFP so you can get rid of that old machine to make way for a faster more efficient model. GDS can help you with this by raising the trade in on your behalf taking away the hassle of the online trade in process and meaning you just pay the lower net price for your new machine.

Trade in machines must be A1 or larger and ready to collect at ground floor level. We can talk you through the options for collection of the trade in printer prior to your purchase.

Trade in values can fluctuate depending on current HP offers so our web products will show the current trade in deals. (Correct at June 2017 - £200 off the T830 price and £1200 off the T2530 price - please check for current offers.)

Aftersales Care

Finally if you choose to buy your new HP MFP from GDS | Graphic Design Supplies you will be in very safe hands. We will oversee your order to ensure your machine is delivered safely or is fully installed by our trained engineers. We can network the machine and offer full onsite training for your end users to leave you scanning and printing confidently from the outset. We can answer questions and supply inks and paper rolls quickly overnight to keep your print room in tip top running order.

To view the products simply click on the model below

HP DesignJet T830 MFPHP DesignJet T2530 MFP

To hear more about these two HP wide format MFPS or any other printer just give the GDS experts a call on 01625 613548.