Most offices can make at least occasional use of large-format printing – in order to fit a ginormous spreadsheet on one page, for example. Graphic arts studios need to output layouts at large sizes as well. And anyone who wants to print photos bigger than A4 size will need a wide-format photo printer. Fortunately, there are excellent office and photo printers that let you print at A3 size, and indeed larger.
Large-format photo printers are near-dedicated models. Although they're capable of outputting text and graphics as well as photos, and usually do a decent job of it, using one for non-photo printing would be like using a Lamborghini for grocery trips.
These photo printers have an abundance of ink tanks. Generally, the more expensive near-dedicated photo printers use larger capacity cartridges that bring the running costs down. Good models are capable of gallery quality prints, and their manufacturers provide lines of fine-art and photo papers for use with them.
Large-format office printers and MFPs usually max out at A3-size paper, and large-format MFPs tend to have rich feature sets.
Whether you're an office manager, a graphic artist, a photo enthusiast, or a casual photographer wanting to get the most out of your megapixels, there's a wide-format printer out there that will meet your printing needs. Here’s our selection of five of the best.
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 (£900)
The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 professional photo printer is a great choice for both professional photographers and for amateurs thinking of taking the leap into a career in photography. It's output quality is seriously impressive.
Epson Stylus Photo R2000 (£420)
The R2000 offers speed and output quality suitable for professional photographers and graphic artists at a price suitable for serious amateurs. This printer's balance of not just speed and quality, but also paper handling and features make it highly attractive.
Epson Stylus Photo R3000 (£530)
Gorgeous output at a fast speed makes the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 of interest to both serious amateurs and professional photographers and graphic artists.
HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One (£159)
This HP offering is a speedy MFP that handles A3-size printing and a range of MFP functions for micro and home offices – it’s also very nicely priced.
Xerox Phaser 7500/DN (£1,970)
For office users, and, to a lesser extent, graphic artists who want professional-looking colour output, the Phaser 7500/DN delivers top quality photos and graphics on plain paper. Text output is of a high quality, too, so this is an excellent all-rounder – but you pay for the privilege.