Long before wide-format printers emerged in the print industry, there were basically two commonly known kinds of machine used for printing – compact and large. One thing is common between these two, and that is the print functionality, regardless if its monochrome or color, multifunction or not.
Traditional large-scale printing is covered by separate machines that are mainly intended to produce such materials or as what we called them as tabloid media. Over-sized sheets like for example an 11x17-inch paper or posters, were not supported by conventional printers before. If you are familiar with plotters, they’re basically printers as well, albeit they are made only for wide sizes. But nowadays, these large or outsize media can now also fit on tabloid printers that are capable of either wide-format or compact printing.
If you have this occasional need to print tabloid or poster-sized documents such as 11x17-inch or 24x36-inch, these models can do it right for you. We’ve picked two models from three different manufacturers in case you have preferences.
• Brother MFC-J6920DW
• Brother MFC-J4510DW
• Epson WorkForce WF-7520
• Epson Expression Photo XP-950 AIO
• HP Officejet 7610 Wide-Format eAIO
• HP Laserjet Pro 700 M712DN
Those two Brother printers are inkjets with multi-functionality, and capable of single-sheet 11x17-inch media printing. Epson’s photo printers particularly the ones from Expression series are known for the quality of prints they can produce. Although you better ready your wallet for some high-priced ink cartridges. HP in the competition was able to give a multifunction inkjet and mono laserjet which are both capable of printing tabloid-size documents.
If you’re not after the quality of output, you can spare the inkjet units and consider the only laser one from HP. However, its snag is that it can only provide monochrome prints. It’s kind of disappointing but come to think of it, black-and-white poster isn’t that bad at all. Plus, you will only have to replace one cartridge (M172DN uses HP CF214A toner), unlike those inkjet especially the Epson Photo XP-950 that requires six ink cartridges, and yes you read it right.
Cost-per-page is a factor you should consider when looking for a tabloid printer since the percent of coverage it takes to cover a wide sheet of media is far too different from letter and legal-sized sheets.
Collectively, these printers are referred to as wide-format and come along with big expenses not unless it is just for occasional needs. Since the ones we provided from the list above are also capable of multifunctionality and small-sized printing, purchasing one will make a good investment.
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