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    Best A3+ printer for photographers: 6 top models tested and rated

    | Accessories | Reviews | 16/07/2014 00:01am
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    Go large with your photo printing, right on your own desktop. We test 
six leading models to find the best A3 and A3+ printers for photographers.

     

    Regular A4 photo printers are compact and convenient but, if you want a picture to frame and hang on the wall, the maximum size of their output leaves a lot to be desired.

    By upgrading to an A3+ printer you can generate photo prints of up to 19×13 inches in size. A large print has much more wow factor, while you still have full control over the printing process and retain the relative immediacy of creating prints on your own desktop, without having to upload images and wait for photo prints to be delivered in the post.

    Designs differ when it comes to large-format printers. Some use dye-based inks, which typically give the smoothest output on glossy paper.

    Pigment-based inks are more robust and a better choice for matte media. Another consideration is whether you only want to make colour prints or if you’re also keen on top quality black-and-white photo output.

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    Best A3+ printer for photographers: 01 Epson Stylus Photo 1500W

    Best A3+ printer for photographers: 6 top models tested and rated

    Price: £220, $350
    Like the newer XP-950, this printer features six dye-based inks: CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta.

    Without any grey inks, it’s a poor choice for black-and-white photo printing, and best suited to glossy colour output.

    The ink tanks have a capacity of 11ml, which is on the low side for large-format printing.

    At least the 1500W can generate full A3+ sized prints, unlike the XP-950, taking about 11 and a half minutes in top quality mode.

    There’s nothing to choose in print quality between the two, both being particularly vivid when printing landscape shots, although the 1500W is slower.

    SEE MORE: 20 questions you need to ask about how to print photos

    Verdict
    Pros: Vibrant colour rendition is suited to landscape shots.
    Cons: Only six inks with no additional grey cartridges.
    We say: Cheaper than the Canon Pro-100 but slower.

    Score: 3/5

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    Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 12:01 am under Accessories, Reviews.

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