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The latest addition to the VariQuest product suite, Perfecta™ 2400 is the first full-color poster design system developed exclusively for schools. The all-inclusive Perfecta™ 2400 Plus Package contains everything your school needs to create beautiful, full-color posters:
- VariQuest Design Center 2300
- Thousands of educationally-relevant templates and graphics
- An 8.5” x 11” Scanner
- Printer Stand
What advantages does the Perfecta have over other competitive wide format inkjet printers offered to the education market?
The VariQuest Perfecta is an all-inclusive system (printer, touch workstation and software) – all designed to work together and developed specifically for schools in mind. While we certainly understand there are other competitive wide-format printers on the market, we feel our solution is better suited for most school applications due to the following:
- Compact footprint and light weight compared to all other models
- Fully integrated and easy to use software application with hundreds of curriculum enhancing poster/banner templates
- Easy to use and operate (4′ touch panel guides the user through media and ink loading)
- Lower cost of maintenance due to an affordable (and user replaceable) print head which retails at just $249.95
- Less ink used during print head cleaning and re-alignment process due to no tubing mechanism (which needs to be filled with ink at all times)
How much ink is included with the starter ink cartridges that are bundled with the Perfecta 2400? How much ink is included in a full cartridge?
Starter ink (per cartridge) – Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow = 12ml; Black = 38ml
Full ink (per cartridge) – Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow = 29ml, Black = 80ml
How many posters can I print from the starter set and full set of inks? What is the cost per poster?
Ink usage varies based on many variables – type and amount of content on poster, output size, paper type, print speed, and printer maintenance. That said, Varitronics conducted tests to estimate the average cost per poster using Perfecta Heavyweight Coated paper. Please contact your authorized VariQuest representative for additional information.
Can you use the Perfecta to print something in grayscale? Does the printer use any of the colored ink (Cyan, Magenta, or Yellow), or does it use only the black ink cartridge?
Yes, the printer could potentially use CMY inks to complete the greyscale printing. With inkjet technology, there are several circumstances when color ink may be used – primarily to improve print quality, and improve printer reliability – even if the document appears to be only black text and graphics. Some images that look black may contain a combination of black and color inks. For black and white images and photos, a blend of colors called ‘composite black’ may be used to achieve better image quality and smoother gray tones. The nozzles also must be primed for the printer to operate – a tiny amount of CMY inks are used in this process. That said, you can reduce the color inks used by modifying the driver settings.
Can the Perfecta posters be hot or cold laminated?
Perfecta Bond – Hot and Cold
Perfecta Heavyweight Coated – Hot and Cold
Perfecta Semi-Gloss Photo Paper – Hot and Cold
Perfecta Gloss Photo Paper – Hot and Cold
Perfecta Matte Polypropylene – Cold lamination only
(See ink drying time under Operating Conditions later in this section.)
Is there a shelf life on Perfecta Ink and Media?
Varitronics’ products include a one year warranty. Varitronics will monitor shelf life and inventory levels to ensure a quality product is delivered to the customer.
Is the Perfecta Matte Polypropylene Paper designed for outside use? Will the ink bleed/run when it gets wet (rain, sprinklers, mist, etc.)?
The Perfecta Matte Polypropylene Paper cannot be hot laminated. The ink will bleed if it gets wet. Cold lamination will help protect from moisture – as well as fading. We recommend using the VariQuest Cold Laminator 2510 when laminating heat-sensitive materials.
Can I laminate Perfecta posters with the 24″ ProFinish® Cold laminating System?
Varitronics tested and, while it is possible to feed the 24″media through the 24″ ProFinish Cold Laminator, there is an extremely high chance of the poster wrinkling. For optimum results, it is recommended to upgrade to the VariQuest Cold Laminator 2510.
Does the Perfecta print edge-to-edge?
Margins for the Perfecta are: (top x bottom x left x right)
Roll: 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.2 in
Sheet: 0.2 x 0.67 x 0.2 x 0.2 in
Will the Perfecta print certificates?
8.5″ x 11″ certificates can be printed using the built-in sheet fed tray.
What size posters does the Perfecta print? I understand it is 24″ wide but can it be adjusted to print longer in length like banners? How versatile is it in adjusting the end product size of posters.
The VariQuest poster sizes are pre-set in the VariQuest software. Most posters will be output at 24″ x 33″. Banners will vary in length depending on the template used. Currently there is no way to scale the output to a different size from the pre-selected size.
Is the Perfecta 2400 Mac-compatible?
Yes, the Perfecta is Mac OS compatible however, the VariQuest software is not. The Perfecta 2400 printer can be used with any Mac-compatible graphic design software program, just not VariQuest software. Please contact your authorized VariQuest dealer or Varitronics Technical Support to obtain Mac-compatible drivers for your Perfecta.
What is the estimated life expectancy of the Perfecta?
Normal printer use means 800,000 m Carriage traveled distance (which corresponds approximately to more than 15,000 A1 prints on average). Under normal conditions, it will be approximately more than 5 years before the printer needs maintenance. If the printer is used more than the normal usage conditions, then it will need maintenance service more frequently.
What type of file works best for importing a graphic or illustration into the DC 2300?
Graphic files that use any of these supported formats will be displayed:
- Bitmap (*.bmp)
- TIFF (*.tif)
- JPEG (*.jpg)
- Portable Network Graphic (*.png)
- Windows Metafile (*.wmf)
Can a school take a digital photo file and import it into a blank Perfecta template to make a large photographic quality image from the original photo without having text or other graphics? What type of file and format should be saved? TIF, JPEG and at what size, small medium, original to get the optimum results?
Yes, the customer can import a graphic into a blank template; however, the quality of the poster is going to depend on a combination of the height, width, and resolution of your original image. If your height and width are greater than 2400 x 3600, and your resolution is 150 dpi or higher, you are pretty safe for a good print. There are several resources available on the internet to help understand print quality when enlarging photos.
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- Post academic standards, test scores and other data charts
- Promote academic achievement with photo recognition posters
- Differentiate instruction with large visuals, like mind-maps and infographics
- Communicate district- and school-wide initiatives with colorful posters and banners