Wide Format Inkjet Printer Review

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Why Buy a Wide-Format Inkjet Printer?

Small businesses are looking to promote themselves around their community with inexpensive banners and posters. Desktop publishing and scrapbooking are increasing in popularity. Photographers (both amateur and professional) are demanding increased flexibility and higher image quality. Needs in every corner of this expanding market are making wide-format inkjet printers a near necessity for anyone interested in these activities. There are countless things to look for in a high-quality printer and we’ve identified several of these crucial factors in our reviews. In this article, we’ll review the essential attributes of a high-quality printer and how to spot them. Take a look at our reviews of the Epson Stylus Photo 1400, the Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II and the Epson Workforce 1100 for a glimpse into what it takes to be one of our top ranked products. For additional information on these large printers, take a look at our articles on wide-format inkjet printers.

Wide-Format Inkjet Printers: What to Look For

When considering the purchase of one of these customized printers, be sure you consider more than just the price of a given device. The features of the device, its potential ease of use and the customer support that backs it are all key in selecting a device that will not only produce high-quality documents and photos at a reasonable price, but will give you the flexibility to produce the printed media that fits your needs. We’ve consolidated the many factors you will need to consider into the following categories:

Printing Features
A wide-format inkjet printer that produces a high-quality print every 30 minutes is equally as impractical as one that spits out 60 poor-quality pages in a minute. In this category, we looked at the maximum print dots per inch (DPI), the print speed and the physical dimensions of the device as well as several other key factors. The printer you choose should hold a good amount of paper (over 100 sheets) so you aren’t required to feed it often. It should also be compact, giving you plenty of extra space wherever you choose to place it.

Ease of Use
This category covers everything about the printer from its ease of installation (be it the simplicity of the cable configuration or the brevity of its installer application) to how easily you are able to configure print settings and produce the exact photo or document you desire. A balance between a large and complex feature set and overall device usability must be struck to create a great printer.

Help & Support
Customer service is essential for all sensitive electronics, wide-format inkjet printers included. For this criterion, we examined the support options offered by the respective manufacturers. We found several avenues that are available for support, including email addresses, telephone numbers, online chat, user forums and a FAQs section. An industry-standard one-year warranty is included with the purchase of these printers.

We at TopTenREVIEWS have amassed a great deal of information on these unique printers to help you make the purchase that is correct for your needs. Take a look at our side-by-side comparison and our reviews for a complete picture of what makes the best wide-format inkjet printer.

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Printing Features
Max Print DPI 5760 x 1440 4800 x 2400 5760 x 1440 5760 x 1440 4800 x 1200 4800 x 1200
Ink Cartridge Count 6 8 5 8 4 4
Media Capacity 120 sheets 150 sheets 100 sheets 120 sheets 250 sheets 150 sheets
Print Speed 15 ppm 1.5 ppm (8 x 10 photo) 13 ppm 1.5 ppm (5 x 7 photo) 13 ppm 8 ppm
Largest Paper Size Accepted 13 x 44 13 x 44 13 x 44 13 x 44 13 x 19 13 x 44
Device Width 24.2 in 26 in 24.3 in 24.3 in 24 in 22.6 in
Device Height 16.3 in 7.6 in 8.5 in 8.4 in 8.78 in 7.13 in
Device Depth 12.4 in 13.9 in 12.7 in 12.7 in 19.7 in 15.8 in
Device Weight 25.4 lbs 32.4 lbs 26.3 lbs 26.9 lbs 31.5 lbs 15.4 lbs
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