The 8 Best Wide-Format Printers to Buy in 2018

Is a traditional printer just not cutting it? Try a wide format one

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The Rundown


Our Top Picks

Brother MFCJ6935

4.7

Also from Brother’s MFCJ line, the 6935 is an all-in-one, so it doesn’t give you the same ridiculously sharp, premium print qualities as some photo-focused units, but you can work with media up to 11 x 17. There’s a 50-sheet capacity that also lets you print double-sided jobs, and you can print envelopes and cardstock. The speeds are super fast, too, at 20 ppm and 22 ppm for color and black and white, respectively. Brother claims that with the ink efficiency, you’ll spend less than one cent for each page (which is good, because of how fast those pages come flying out). It’s all also powered by Amazon’s Auto Replenishment, which automatically places an order for new ink when it’s needed, via the Wi-Fi connection.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7720

HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 All in One Wide Format Printer with Wireless Printing
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HP OfficeJets are the staples of the home (or college) office, so it’s no surprise that this one found it’s way to the first spot on our list of large format devices. It can print pages up to 11 x 17 (the standard tabloid size), and it does so with the tried-and-true HP OfficeJet capabilities of smaller format devices. But it doesn’t stop at printing, this all-in-one can handling print jobs, copying, faxing, and scanning. It has wireless connectivity, lets you print two-sided jobs, and even comes seamlessly connected through HP’s most powerful printing app ever (which lets you scan and print directly from your smartphone using your camera). 

It’ll print at lightning fast speeds giving you 22 pages per minute for black and white jobs and 18 pages per minute for color documents. They’ve engineered a unique ink-saving tech that promises to save you up to 50 percent on ink by using the existing cartridges more efficiently. There’s a 2.65-inch touchscreen for controlling the printer on the device itself, and it’s compatible with HP’s impressive high yield ink cartridges. You can even print straight-to-the-edge borderless projects such as brochures and fliers, so those large format jobs are extra stunning and don’t seem home-printed at all.

Brother MFCJ6930DW

In terms of affordability, Brother is a brand that you really can’t beat in the printer game. The MFCJ6930 is the latest in a long line of all-in-ones that offer wide-format print jobs up to 11 x 17-inch pages. There’s a 50-sheet feeding tray for printing front-and-back full copies, which would be great for packets. The scanner glass is ledger-sized, so you can carry that large format to the scanner-copier function, too.

There’s a 3.7-inch color display that lets you print directly from certain services such as Dropbox and Google Drive (along with expandable cloud apps directly from Brother). The printer is compatible with super high yield ink cartridges, which is great because there is a 500-sheet dual tray, so you can print a job of any size without capacity slowing you down.

And those massive jobs won’t take you forever, either, because there is a 20/22 ppm speed (for color and black and white, respectively), which is equally impressive to basically all other printers out on the market right now. It all connects via wireless or ethernet, so you won’t have any trouble seamlessly sending jobs to the device. Round that out with a pretty slim footprint, and the device itself will fit great in your home office.​

Canon Pixma i8720

The i8720 from Canon’s Pixma line is set up to print completely borderless media, which allows you to produce studio quality prints of all your photo projects. It’s no surprise that a company like Canon has put this feature front and center. Of course, you can print media at up to 13 x 9 inches, which gives you true flexibility for printing fliers and large format jobs. On top of the that, the resolution is virtually unparalleled, with 600 x 600 ppi for black and white photos and 9600 x 2400 for color, which adds to the premium output.

The functionality itself is truly seamless, too, with Canon’s AirPrint app for easy connection to your phone, tablet or other mobile devices. It’s a great feature because you don’t have to get yourself bogged down with the usual driver installation and “how do I get this to print?” shuffle of old-style units. You can also control it using the three-inch LCD screen right onboard. It all comes in a sleek black little unit and will look great in your home photo studio.​

Epson WorkForce WF-7720

Bringing print shop-quality right into the home or office and backed by a strong name, the Epson WorkForce WF-7720 is well suited for high volume and wide format printing. Utilizing 80-percent less power than traditional color printers, the WF-7720 handles document sizes up to 11.7 x 17 inches or borderless prints up to 13 x 19 inches. The 500-sheet tray holds enough paper to last through a full workday with a 125-sheet output tray catching documents on their way out.

The 35-page auto document feeder allows you to walk away during prints and the rear of the WF-7720 adds an additional feed tray for specialty paper sizes like legal prints. The 4.3-inch color touchscreen makes navigating the print menu easy along with quickly assisting in setting up both wired and wireless networking featuring Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Airprint or NFC technology. Standard features like two-sided print, copy, scan and fax are all among the default options while Amazon adds Dash replenishment for tracking ink usage and automatically ordering more ink when supplies are low. 

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

The Canon imagePROGRAF uses the ultra beautiful Lucia Pro Chroma Optimizer ink system that drops photos onto the page with 11 colors. This system offers denser droplet placement, which provides you a broader color gamut for unbelievably realistic photo recreations. There’s a remarkable Air Feeding system that uses a series of openings on the paper feeding tray to suction the blank media to the tray and prevent it from skewing while printing. This is important because when you’re printing borderless projects, any skew is going to ruin the whole thing.

There’s a tube-based, anti-clogging ink-printing system that not only improves the quality of each print, but it keeps print speeds up. The excellently detailed black reproduction provides you deep shadow areas for those darker-based photo sets, and the wide color gamut gives you even more vibrancy with each new color. It only connects via USB, so there isn’t much versatility there, and at over 70 pounds it’s quite heavy. But you’re paying for premium performance, not portability and modern connections.

 

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740

The OfficeJet Pro 7740 offers full wide format printing, up to 22 ppm print speeds, ethernet and wireless connection, smart app functionality and an onboard 2.65-inch color display. It also has office-friendly features fit for a super high volume of print jobs. We’re talking double-sided printing (for full-bleed brochures, for example) and double the tray capacity of some competitors. Those extra features might cost you a higher premium, but will pay dividends in your ability to easily print huge sets of posters, fliers or other wide format media.

Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000

Among the photo-focused crowd, few affordable large format printers measure up to the Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000. Getting professional Ultra HD prints at home or in a small office often requires printers that cost far more or take up too much space. Enter the Epson Expression which can provide everything from specialty media prints to photo prints up to 13 x 19 inches in size. As an ultra-compact wide-format A3+ printer, the footprint of the Epson Expression is around 30-percent less than its predecessor, helping it fit nicely on a desktop or small table.

The inclusion of six-color Claria Photo HD inks provides for a large color gamut as well as beautiful black and white prints. Printing stacks of photos are easily done thanks to the 50-sheet rear tray and 200-sheet front tray. The printer can handle 9.2 pages per minute for black and white prints and 9 pages per minute for color prints — all while the supporting automatic two-sided printing. With AirPrint and wireless connectivity enabled, printing from both wired and wireless devices is easily enabled through the 2.4-inch color LCD display.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent three hours testing one of the most popular wide-format printers on the market. To really get the full experience, they set it up in their home offices, loaded it with paper, and experimented with printing documents from different devices. We asked them to consider the most important features when using this printer, from its connectivity to its footprint. We've outlined them here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Wide-Format Printer

Multiple paper trays - If you only need to print wide documents occasionally, you can save money by buying a regular printer that has a bypass slot (where you can feed oversize paper one sheet at a time). If you print both wide and standard documents on a regular basis, look for a printer that has more than one paper tray.

Scanning - Some wide-format printers are all-in-one models, which means they can also scan. If you go for one of these, make sure that it has an automatic document feeder (ADF), a feature that allows you to load several pages at once and feeds them, one at a time, into a scanner. For the ultimate in convenience, go with a model that includes an ADF that can scan both sides of your documents at once.

Connectivity - Wide-format printers tend to be a lot bigger than normal printers — and they just get bigger if you go for an all-in-one model. If you don’t want a massive printer to take over your entire desk, look for one that includes Wi-Fi connectivity. This feature provides you with a lot more freedom in choosing where to keep your printer.

Test Results: Brother MFCJ6935

4.7

What We Like

  • Easy to use

  • High-quality printing

  • Great features

What We Don't Like

  • Might be too large for home office

Brother MFCJ6935
Brother MFCJ6935 ink
Brother MFCJ6935 buttons

This printer was beloved by our testers for printing “clear and bright” text and images. Our reviewers also found it “very easy” to set up and use, and felt its special features stood out: “I love the cloud-based apps,” one tester declared, “and being able to access documents on OneDrive or Google Drive.” When we asked one of our reviewers what he’d change about this printer, the only thing he mentioned was its size: “I’d perhaps find a way to make it smaller or more compact,” he said, “but otherwise it’s really great.”