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Looking for plotter MFP reviews - need new plotter for UNIX/Windows apps

We currently have an HP DesignJet 750C+ plotter (for color plotting) and a Xerox 8825 (for B/W plotting and also scanning/copying) for our engineering drawings.

They are getting old and will need replacing soon (maintenance visits are on the increase, and parts for the Xerox are getting hard to find, acc. to our service rep.) I'd like to replace both units with a one-device-does-all unit, but maybe that's not the way to go? It jumps the price up considerably.

What are some of the places you all go for recent reviews of devices like this? Reviews by sysadmins and other end users would be best.

Whatever plotter we end up purchasing needs to have Unix support (Solaris 10 - SunOS 5.10), as well as XP, Windows 7, and possibly Windows 8. In general, what printer company has the best driver support in Solaris?

The DesignJet 750+C has been a great plotter - an example of the statement "They don't make 'em like that anymore".

Some of the reviews I have been able to find aren't very favorable toward any of the new plotters.

I don't need "e-print" or cloud printing capabilities - only basic plotting from CAD programs (both UNIX-based and Windows-based) and copying/scanning large-size prints. Occasionally someone prints color charts from Excel for manufacturing.

Any feedback is appreciated!
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plot(1B)					     SunOS/BSD Compatibility Package Commands						  plot(1B)

plot, aedplot, atoplot, bgplot, crtplot, dumbplot, gigiplot, hpplot, implot, plottoa, t300, t300s, t4013, t450, tek, vplot, hp7221plot - graphics filters for various plotters SYNOPSIS
/usr/ucb/plot [-Tterminal] DESCRIPTION
The plot utility reads plotting instructions (see plot(4B)) from the standard input and produces plotting instructions suitable for a par- ticular terminal on the standard output. If no terminal is specified, the environment variable TERM is used. The default terminal is tek. ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
Except for ver, the following terminal-types can be used with `lpr -g' (see lpr(1B)) to produce plotted output: 2648 | 2648a | h8 | hp2648 | hp2648a Hewlett Packard 2648 graphics terminal. hp7221 | hp7 | h7 | Hewlett Packard 7221 plotter. 300 DASI 300 or GSI terminal (Diablo mechanism). 300s | 300S DASI 300s terminal (Diablo mechanism). 450 DASI Hyterm 450 terminal (Diablo mechanism). 4013 Tektronix 4013 storage scope. 4014 | tek Tektronix 4014 and 4015 storage scope with Enhanced Graphics Module. (Use 4013 for Tektronix 4014 or 4015 without the Enhanced Graphics Module). aed AED 512 color graphics terminal. bgplot | bitgraph BBN bitgraph graphics terminal. crt Any crt terminal capable of running vi(1). dumb | un | unknown Dumb terminals without cursor addressing or line printers. gigi | vt125 DEC vt125 terminal. implot Imagen plotter. var Benson Varian printer-plotter ver Versatec D1200A printer-plotter. The output is scan-converted and suitable input to `lpr -v'. FILES
/usr/ucb/aedplot /usr/ucb/atoplot /usr/ucb/bgplot /usr/ucb/crtplot /usr/ucb/dumbplot /usr/ucb/gigiplot /usr/ucb/hp7221plot /usr/ucb/hpplot /usr/ucb/implot /usr/ucb/plot /usr/ucb/plottoa /usr/ucb/t300 /usr/ucb/t300s /usr/ucb/t4013 /usr/ucb/t450 /usr/ucb/tek /usr/ucb/vplot ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Availability |SUNWscpu | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ SEE ALSO
graph(1), tplot(1), vi(1), lpr(1B), plot(4B), attributes(5) SunOS 5.11 3 Aug 1994 plot(1B)