Are you in the market for a printer that lets you produce sharper and clearer images on a large-sized medium? We’ve got the right list of printers that can solve your needs.
Apart from other granular criteria, you must consider your budget, application, and demand volume before deciding on a particular printer. The following list is designed to help you compare the best large-format printers available in the market today and guide your buying decision. Here’s to hoping you find the best printer for your needs!
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is the ideal option for printing a borderless matt-finish A2 poster, but it is also flexible enough to print a 6×4” glossy print. Out of the 12 ink cartridges present, four are dedicated to monochrome images. Thus, making it ideal for both color and black and white photography.
While the printing is relatively slower vis-à-vis other alternatives at six minutes for an A2 page, the finish is remarkably crisp and sharp owing to the print resolution of 1,200 x 2,400 DPI. Moreover, the inks are pigment-based and last longer than dye-based ink printouts.
Talking about easy-of-use, you can connect to the printer via USB or over Wi-Fi. It supports Pictbridge, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Canon’s own PIXMA Cloud Print.
A step up from the previous option, T100, is the T130. It is almost twice as fast, delivers higher-quality output, and comes with several free apps that boost easy-of-use. It retains all the other virtues of T100 in that it uses the same media, allows printing directly from smartphones and laptops, and remains affordable for large format printing at home. All in all, it is one of the best options to invest in a home plotter.
The Epson SureColor SC-P5000, a beast of a desktop printer, is a 17-inch model with a diverse ink set that can handle any photo. That includes panoramic prints, A2+ posters, and fine art sheet media, including poster board. An internal color
calibration sensor enables exceptional print quality and color accuracy.
A previous TIPA Award winner, it’s bigger and heavier most consumer desktop printers, and most likely, you will have to shell out, comparatively, more money. However, it is the ideal option if you are a professional photographer or looking for fine art reproduction.
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300
The Canon PRO-300, just like the successful PRO-10, uses pigment inks rather than dye-based inks. There are ten inks, including a ‘Chroma Optimizer,’ which delivers a smooth glossy finish. Making up the other nine Lucia Pro cartridges are six standard colors for photo printing, red and grey inks, and both ‘photo’ black and matte black, for printing on glossy and matte media, respectively.
Valuable time and ink can be saved when swapping media types due to the print head’s individual channels for photo and matte black inks. Excellent output quality combines superb accuracy for color prints and fabulous definition for black & white photo prints, without any unwanted color casts.
Canon PIXMA iP8720 / iP8750
Are you budget-conscious photo-enthusiast but still need prints that A3+ sized? If yes, check out the PIXMA iP8750 (aka iP8720). It is, probably, the most balanced inkjet printer option from Canon in terms of price and features. While there are only six-ink options – five
dye-based inks plus one pigment ink – it can print from 10 x 15cm at ‘photo lab quality’ up to A3+ in size.
Additional features like the convenience of wireless connectivity and an optional XL-sized ink tank makes this a decent option for your home office/studio.
The HP DesignJet T125 is aimed at professionals who wish to print large-scale diagrams and documents and, quite likely, you’ll find it at an architect’s office. Within the HP brand, it is the ideal option for large format printing at up to 24 inches at an entry-level price. It is Wi-Fi enabled and can print both sheets and rolls. Yet, it doesn’t force itself out of reach of any photo-enthusiast or a small commercial practice because of its reasonable price. Adding to its virtues are its compact size and the user-friendly 4.3-inch touch screen.
If producing outdoor signage is your line of work, Océ Colorado 1650 is what you are looking for. Mainly because of the UVGel technology it uses. The technology enables exceptional and flexible prints which can be folded and moved without compromising the quality.
The higher price tag of this printer is justified by the tremendous versatility it offers. It can print at six different speeds and can deliver on porous as well as uncoated materials.
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