Top Wide-Format Tabloid (11x17) and Supertabloid (13x19) Printers

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One of the more recent trends among printer makers is to offer wide-format (11x17- and 13x19-inches) printers—both single-function and multifunction all-in-one (AIO) machines. If you’re not familiar with the benefits of tabloid (11x17) and supertabloid (13x19) printers and how they can help increase your productivity (not to mention your advertising options), check out this “Wide Format Printers” article.

Meanwhile, here is my list of the best wide-format single-function and multifunction printers available nowadays. This list is continuously updated, as newer wide-format models debut. (Please, keep checking back for new products.) The mix of products here is somewhat diverse, with the only thing in common really is that all of these machines can print on wide-format paper, either 11x17 inches (tabloid) or 13x17 inches (supertabloid), which provides several benefits—the obvious and the not so obvious.

As supertabloid photo printers go, the Pixma iX6820 really is a winner. For less than $200 you get a printer that is capable of churning out some impressive-looking photos and other graphics. A five-ink printer, this single-function inkjet just flat does a great job.

 Based on Epson's new PrecisionCore fixed printhead technology, the $250 (list) WorkForce WF-7610 All-in-One Printer is fast; it prints excellent documents and photos; and it delivers a relatively low cost per page (CPP), compared to many other comparably priced AIOs and several entry-level laser-class printers. In addition, it can also scan, copy, print and fax two-sided pages up to 11x17 inches, as well as print 13x19 inches.

HP's $249.99-list Officejet 7610 Wide Format e-All-in-One Printer prints, copies, scans and faxes wide-format tabloid (11x17 inches) and it can print (only) supertabloid (13x19) pages. Print quality, as usual from a higher-end HP multifunction printer, is exceptional, and it prints photographs well, too—especially for a business-centric all-in-one (AIO). In addition to supporting a wide range of mobile print channels, such as Google Cloud Print, Apple’s AirPrint, and Wi-Fi Direct, as well as HP’s printer apps technology and several other PC-free features. It’s unusual to find a full-featured wide-format multifunction printer for less than $300, but HP’s $249.99 HP Officejet 7610 Wide Format e-All-in-One Printer is a notable exception. (If you’re not familiar with the latest mobile printing features, check out this About.com “Mobile Printing Features – 2014” article.

 The $299.99-list Canon Pixma iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer is a high-quality tabloid (11x17 inches) and supertabloid (13x19 inches) wide format photograph printer. It uses the Japanese imaging giant’s six-ink print system, which prints some of the-best looking photos available from a consumer-grade photo printer. In addition, it can print standard business documents, flyers, and posters up to 13x19 inches. However, if you print a lot of documents, doing so on this printer, in terms of ink costs, would be expensive, compared to other similarly priced small business printers. A single-function printer, the Pixma iP8720 can only print; it has no scanner or ADF, so it cannot copy, scan, or fax. But, again, it does print some of the highest-quality images I’ve seen from a printer in this class, and its ability to print both 11x17-inch and 13x19-inch pages makes it great for printing oversize images and posters.

 Brother's business-ready MFC-J6920DW Wide Format, tabloid (11x17 inches) multifunction AIO prints, copies, scans, and faxes oversize documents relatively cheaply. It doesn’t print photographs as well as some others, but when it comes to full-featured business-oriented multifunction (print/copy/scan/fax), Brother’s tabloid printers, like this one, the $299.99-list MFC-J6920DW, provide exceptional value. Again, unlike some other tabloid all-in-one (AIO) printers, the MFC-J6920DW can not only print tabloid-size documents, but it has an oversize scanner bed that allows you to copy, scan, and fax them.

 OKI Data's C831n wide format color laser-class single-function LED printer prints good quality tabloid (11x17 inches) pages quickly and relatively cheaply, in terms of cost per page. Single-function wide-format laser-class machines like this one are fairly expensive. Take, for example, the topic of this review, OKI Data’s $1,699-list C831n. This tabloid-size laser costs almost six times more than today’s average-priced (about $300) wide-format device, and most of them are multifunction machines capable of not only printing 11x17-inch pages, but also scanning, copying, and often faxing them. In addition, several of these wide-format inkjets can handle pages up to 13x19 inches. Laser-class products like this one are under assault from the inkjet world, but if your printer must be laser-class, this is a good wide format color printer.

 We all know that printer makers make the bulk of their money from selling consumables. However, it’s also safe to assume that while most of us feel that, yes, printer manufacturers deserve to earn a profit, the size of said profit should be reasonable. And that’s the case with the subject of today’s review, Brother’s $199.99-list MFC-J5620DW—a full featured all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printer with terrific CPPs—especially for an under-$200 machine.

What Type of Wide Format Printer is Best?

Wide-format printers come in all shapes and sizes, some for businesses, some for home-based offices, some for printing primarily photos. You should evaluate your needs and match them to the prospects on a short list. In the list above, for example, there are wide-format lasers, business-ready as well as photo-centric inkjets, and all of them can help expand your creativity.

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