william harrel – September 28, 2021
Tabloid-Size Printing…and Beyond
Gone are the days when wide-format printers were solely the domain of graphics professionals and architects. If your business calls for large-format printing, there are now a number of inkjet printers that will turn out beautiful larger color prints for you. These models can’t handle poster-size 24-by-36-inch output (at least, not on one sheet without tiling), but they’re right at home with 11-by-17-inch (tabloid or A3) prints, and some can manage 13-by-19-inch (supertabloid) and banner printing. Several wide-format printers now have impressive output quantity ratings as well. So save yourself all those trips to the copy shop and check out our favorite machines for doing wide-format printing right in your home or office.
An Oversized Printer for Every Application
A couple of years ago, we dubbed this group of machines “the occasional oversizers,” primarily because they were expensive, expensive to use, and set up to print only the occasional wide-format page. But the major manufacturers—Brother, Canon, Epson, and HP—have introduced new oversize-capable models to meet the growing demand for printing larger documents.
The paperless office is a nice dream, but most businesses still need to print data or images from time to time. With a wide-format printer, your complex spreadsheet or array of charts and graphs can fit on one page. Many of these printers take advantage of recent improvements in inkjet technology to turn out fine photos, so you can advertise real estate or travel destinations, promote events, boost morale with inspirational posters, or show off your vacation snapshots.
Most of these small-office, home-office (SOHO) wide-format models are all-in-one (AIO) printers that can also scan, copy, and sometimes fax. Pricing varies, but most of these machines range from $150 to $400, well within reach for just about anyone.
This roundup doesn’t include professional and semi-pro wide-format models that are dedicated to photo printing, such as Epson’s various SureColor printers or Canon’s Pixma Pro-100, Pixma Pro-300, and ImagePrograf Pro-1000. Those are really a separate class of printer altogether, with a whole different set of considerations around quality, size, ink cost, and support for fancy art-minded media.
A note on paper-size terminology: the most common inkjet “oversize” paper is known as tabloid stock, or 11 by 17 inches. (The term tabloid is sometimes used interchangeably with A3, but they are actually two different sizes: A3 measures 11.69 by 16.54 inches.) All of the printers we’ve rounded up here support at least tabloid printing.
Some of them also support 13-by-19-inch media, or supertabloid. One example is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840 Wireless Wide-Format All-in-One Printer. But note that tabloid and supertabloid printing are often referred to collectively as “wide-format” output in the industry lingo.
If you’re looking for the ability to turn out larger prints occasionally or regularly, here are the main factors for your checklist.
Read the entire article at PCMag.com