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 stars (5 being the most rating possible). We have run about 60,000 CDs and DVDs through 10 different Microboards Printfactory Pro printers over the past 45 days. And here are the results.
Price - MSRP of $2995, and a street price around $2695. The Microboards PrintFactory Pro printer is more expensive compared with other inkjet printers like the Microboards PF-3 and GX Auto Printers, and the Primera Bravo Pro, Bravo II and SE systems. 3 Stars.
Speed - There are multiple print resolution options with the Print Factory Pro. For our 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, for a high-resolution print, than the text and graphics mode. The style of the disc artwork also influences the number of CDs / DVDs that may be printed per hour. Discovered that you get about 75 full coverage discs/hour printing using photo basic. With 30% print coverage using the text and graphics best mode you'll get about 115 discs/hour. check out.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. A larger input capacity would be nice with the addition with the larger C, M, Y, and K ink printer cartridges. 3.5 Stars.
Cost per Print - With inkjet printers cost tag on per print will fluctuate based on color combinations, print coverage, and printed 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 consisting of some colors and black text cost about $0.05/disc in ink. 5 Stars.
Print Quality - Color graphics are vibrant, as well as the black text printing is quite sharp. Models like the Microboards PF-3 are a touch crisper with text print. The PF-Pro printer also does a good job with large blocks of solid colors. 4 Artists.
Print Durability - Inkjet printers use water-based ink, so when the CD or DVD comes hold of moisture, the print located on the disc will smear and smudge. This is scenario 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 market. 2 Stars.
Easy valuable - The PF-Pro includes a single USB 2.0 connection to a Mac or pc. It comes with an and intuitive CD / DVD graphic software called SureThing. Perfect import standard graphic images like have.jpeg, .bmp, .png and .gif. The print driver controls the robotic disc loading mechanism, so there is no complicated software to find out about. You can also print directly from Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop with some adjustments towards margins within the printer prompt. In addition, we were able to hook up 4 for the Microboards PF-Pro printers in order to some single PC with an USB 2.0 hub. 4.5 Stars.
Maintenance - As the majority of inkjet CD / DVD printers, paper Factory Pro needs very own internal sensors and components cleaned about every 5000 discs by way of ink over spray. In addition, the two printheads (1 for Black/Yellow and 1 for the Cyan/Magenta) which need replacing every 50,000 discs or so. We have not had the want replace any printheads as of this review. 3 or more.5 Stars.
Technical Support - Microboards has above average phone technical support for the CD / DVD equipment industry. After warranty repairs can be expensive, since they're with other manufactures in this niche. 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 also the ability to hook up multiple printers on one little PC.