Large Format Printers

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Pixma Pro1
Canon Pixma Pro-1

Colour printer, Large Format Printer, Photo Printer, A3 printer; Inkjet printer; …

Professionals looking for the maximum detail from their photo prints should look no further than the Pixma Pro-1, which produces stunning results thanks, among other factors, to its extra grey

5 reviews

 

More information at: MacWorld, 1/2012 Canon Pixma Pro-1 Is the Pixma Pro-1 from Canon - inspired by their line of DSLRs - an essential printer and authenticator for artwork? … to review

Epson Stylus Pro 4900
Epson Stylus Pro 4900

A3 printer, Large Format Printer, Colour printer; Inkjet printer; Multi-cartridge system

Due to its ability to print on A2 paper, the Stylus Pro 4900 is as massive as its price tag. Expert Reviews said its features and print quality can satisfy even the pickiest of professionals, but

4 reviews | 2 opinions (Average)

 

More information at: FineArtPrinter, issue 3/2011 The fine art printer table Our readers always ask us which printers we would recommend. As it’s easy to gain an overview of the different models on offer, we decided to take a look at ‘FineArtPrinter’ reader Gerhard Sommer’s request and compiled the following bullet point table which shows which printers are good for fine art printing. Ten printers were reviewed.

Epson Stylus Pro GS6000
Epson Stylus Pro GS6000

Colour printer, Large Format Printer; Internet access: LAN; Multi-cartridge system

"... Print resolutions up to 1440x1440 dpi resolution and high speeds up to 25 sqm/h give a great performance in quality and productivity. ..."

1 review

 

 
 
Epson Stylus Pro 11880
Epson Stylus Pro 11880

Large Format Printer, Colour printer

"The Epson Stylus Pro 11880 is a professional printer developed for large format applications including fine-art printing, photography and proofing, and it offers a maximum printing width of 64 …

1 review

 

 
image PROGRAF iPF 6100
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100

Large Format Printer

"... Canon needs to clean up its profile management, but overall, the iPF6100 is a very good printer that fits in well in a competitive market."

1 review

 

image PROGRAF iPF5000
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF5000

Large Format Printer, Colour printer

"... the printer itself produces superb results, with good resolution and vivid colours."

2 reviews

 

Design Jet 90
HP DesignJet 90

Photo Printer, Large Format Printer, Colour printer

"If you value output over everything else, the HP Designjet 90 will deliver - this level of quality comes at a price, however."

1 review

 

More information at: MacUser, 6/2007 Labs: A3+ inkjet printers: Premium devices Whether you are a photographer or designer - or just a stickler for quality - there are times when you'll want to output your work in as much detail as possible, and on a large scale. Sometimes you'll have a fussy client who's constantly demanding changes, or you might have a request for large-scale reprints at a moment's notice. Sometimes it would be easier if you could create accurate copies yourself without having to rely on a repro house to produce the work for you. If you need to create full-bleed A4 spreads or just want the flexibility to create large-scale prints as well as regular ones, the A3+ format is required. In test: Five high-quality large format inkjet printers were reviewed and rated based on features, performance and value for money. Scores ranged from 3 to 5 points out of 5. … to review

StylusPro 4800
Epson Stylus Pro 4800

Colour printer, A3 printer, Large Format Printer

"... very high quality, eight-colour prints, in both colour and monochrome ... Running costs are fair for a commercial device, so overall, the Stylus Pro 4800 should certainly be on your short …

1 review

 

DesignJet Z 2100
HP DesignJet Z2100 Printer Series

Large Format Printer, Colour printer, Photo Printer

"The Z2100 offers long-life waterproof prints on a wide choice of media. The built-in spectrophotmeter gives accurate profiles for any media. ... the Z2100 is great for general print and …

1 review

 

Stylus Professional 3800
Epson Stylus Pro 3800

Large Format Printer, Colour printer

"... While some people will view the printer's primary flaw as a fatal one, it's hard to argue with the end result: large, beautiful prints on almost any media type."

4 reviews

 

More information at: PC Advisor, 11/2007 Epson Stylus Pro 3800 large-format photo printer At first glance, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Standard Model looks out of place in the photo printer market. There are a few very good photo printers with similar features that cost much less than the Epson's £999, and some excellent industrial-strength printers with richer sets of features starting at a few-hundred pounds more. … to review

Design Jet 90r
HP DesignJet 90r

Colour printer, Large Format Printer, A3 printer

"... It’s not that quick though and its status display could be more helpful. Colour print quality is good, though black could be blacker and there’s some spatter. ..."

1 review

 

 

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Stylus Pro 4900 SpectroProofer MacUp 5/2011 - A2+ format printers are normally used as proof printers and can be found in the labs of many agencies, designers and photographers. With its Stylus Pro 4900 model, Epson has come with a device that’s new in a lot of respects.

Canon Pixma Pro-1 PC Advisor 1/2012 - Canon's Pixma Pro-1 is the first model outside of the company's large-range format to offer 12 inks. If you require high quality printing for A3+ photo and artwork, is this the model for you?

Canon Pixma Pro-1 TechRadar UK 5/2012 - Canon claim that the new professional grade Pixma Pro-1 is the first ever 12-ink printer. Can it meet the needs of serious photographers?

Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Expert Reviews 7/2013 - Professional printers and photographers no longer need to depend on third-party labs to produce A3-and-larger prints, but devices such as Epson's Stylus Pro 4900 do not come cheap, not to mention they take up a huge amount of space. Is it worth the bother, then?

Canon Pixma Pro-1 Expert Reviews 7/2013 - It's one of the most expensive A3 printers on the market, but Canon's Pixma Pro-1 certainly looks the part. Does it deliver too?

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Large format printers can handle paper sizes up to A0 and so are perfectly suited to producing posters and large format prints. Resolution is very high thanks to larger than normal print heads and so image reproduction, especially for photos, is very true to the original. Large format printers are usually used in the construction and design industries and are not really practical for home use. The price is another factor that rules out its use in the home, an A1 printer can cost upward of 1000 pounds while for a printer capable of handling A0 paper sizes, prices over 2000 pounds are not uncommon. Third party ink is available for large format printers and this can bring the running costs down considerably. And as with other printers, the more expensive units often offer the lowest cost per page.