My first impressions of the new Brother GTX is “this is the next generation“. It’s a huge technological step up from the Brother GT3 range.
The first thing you will notice is that it has a whole new look compared to the GT341. Much longer and sleeker looking.
Just kidding, how cares about the looks right!… what are the benefits?
Well here they are…
- New Print Heads
- New (Innobella) inks
- Next gen processor
- 800mb onboard memory
- Fast printing speed
The all new Print Heads
Brother’s next-generation printheads deliver an impressively faster print speeds at a supposedly constant 1200×1200 dpi. At the same time maintaining one-pass printing up to a new maximum print size of 40.64 x 53.54cm.
This makes it the largest print area of any the Brother DTG printers.
But, its speed it the most impressive. More on that soon…
New (Innobella) inks
Alongside the print head development, Brother has developed the new Innobella Textil Inks that deliver a much wider (stronger purples, blues and pinks) colour range.
Yes, this is special inks made just for the GT-X.
And, the inks are more expensive (compared to standard inks out there) but this is more than offset by the faster print speeds.
Did I say that already. Again, More on that later…
Next Gen Processor
Brother has introduced new onboard predecessor especially for the GTX’s. Faster processing time, stronger and more robust. Just better than the previous.
800mb onboard memory
The QTX has more ( larger) on-board storage capacity with the inclusion of 800mb of inbuilt memory. The company says that ” this allows the operator to store up to 100 queued designs in the printer itself”.. wow!.
The GTX can be operated without a PC or USB if needed.
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Machine Print Speed
Alright this is it. The most important thing we can confirm about this machine is the speed. But not only speed of print, but speed of ink curing.
We timed it. You can easily print 30 full sized prints on Black t-shirts in an hour.
We printed an example full colour design, that was roughly 30cmx30cm. The print time on a black shirt was about a minute and a half (give or take a few seconds). Which is super fast!
Plus the print quality was really high on the “Standard” mode, with is much like the “High” in the previous range.
Fast Ink cure times
The cure time was fast also. 35 seconds. Single press.
Though we have yet to test the print durability. If anyone has some thoughts on the we would love to hear them.
So here is the thing with the Brother. They have lots of experience using their own print heads, and have a formula of ink that matches print heads for outstanding performance.
The more you use a Brother the better the inks and heads work together. This equals less maintenance.
Actually, the more shirts you print, the less you spending on cleaning costs. (as the heads want to keep printing) So this is another HUGE benefit if it plays out to be true.
Let’s say you are tossing up between the Epson and the Brother. The Brother does cost double that of the Epson which is roughly $16,000-$18000.
But on just machine costs alone, the brother is still the better value because of its print speed.
There are machines that run less expensive inks, so you may need to compare ink cost.
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