Large format printers

If you want crisp output graphics quality and text when you print your posters, you need to use printers that have unbeatable speeds of printing and are the best in their class. If you have been doing this for some time, then you must have had some disappointments with expensive printers that gave you prints of poor quality and turned out to be an utter waste of money.

The fact that you are reading this, we can understand that you are want to avoid these costly mistakes. You would also like to get a printer that does not cost a fortune.

Before buying a printer ask yourself

  1. Do you require your printer for use in a business or just for home?

Home printers will not deliver the exceptional service needed for your business, and putting up a business printer at home may not be the right way to spend your money. If your printing needs means that you occasionally require several pages to be printed, then choose a home printer. But if your business needs you to print crisp posters by the hundreds, then you must look for a business printer.

  1. Laser or Inkjet

If you need the printing of a high volume of text documents, then you should go in for a laser printer that can lower your costs for printing and text print that is exceptionally sharp.

However, if you want a full and high range of colour printing go in for an inkjet printer. You can also use an inkjet printer at home for making great posters.

  1. Printing speed

Your client’s posters can be delayed if your printer is sluggish. You should have printers that have a speed that can give you an A1 size page in 40 seconds. Most of the printers that are popular have printing speeds that are fast, but technology is allowing printer manufacturers to constantly manufacture printers that print faster than their predecessors.

  1. Printer Brand

One brand can be better than the others. These, the better ones, are those that have a long experience in the industry, reinventing printing wheels, and they are the ones that will often have all the features that you need in your printer.

  1. Automatic Duplexing

When you have a need to regularly print documents on both sides of a paper, then duplexing becomes critical. Duplexing allows your printer to automatically reef pages through so that the other side can be printed on. So, unless you have the patience and time to flip these pages manually and risk Carpal tunnel syndrome, get yourself a printer that has duplexing.

  1. Features for photo-specificity

The printing of posters needs a lot of colour and photo printing. The worst thing that you can do is to print posters that have photos that are distorted and bleeding, so you need to get a printer that will effortlessly hold posters and photo papers.

You would then not have to fumble through print settings and paper trays. A photo printer that will fit, will be one that supports a minimum of 4 ink colours. Your poster will then have a perfect blend of colour and the rich details that you want.

  1. Cost per page

Your printer can cost you more than you originally envisaged, immaterial of whether you use toners or ink cartridges.

If you want to save costs, break down your cost of printing posters of a selected size to compare with the number of pages expected from your printer. This can tell you at what cost your printer is operating. A business needs to keep track of printing costs per page.

  1. Multifunctionality

There are other things that a printer can do besides printing your cool posters. You can use it to copy or scan documents. Some printers have memory card bays and USB ports.

  1. Portability

You can travel with some printers. These are the ones that use inkjet technology. The prints they produce are of an exceptional quality and do this work effortlessly.

  1. Software used

Poster printers are designed to use software like Office, Postscript or Abode plugins for printing. This allows you increase the size of poster images that you have created at the desk, so that you can get the large-format prints that you want.

There are some applications that permit you to account and access the use of your printer. But there is a catch. You may have to pay extra for these software applications.

You need to check whether your printer will be allowed to print documents that are on the cloud.

  1. Preferred image quality

Most basic printers give you a variation of five colours for printing, while great printers will have 2880 x 1440 dots per inch as resolution. Any poster printer that you look for must give you up to a dozen colour and emulate Pantone colour.

Your printers must also be able to use long-lasting pigment based inks or be able to use combinations of vibrant dye-based inks. There are printers that give you top-notch photos as output, while they rely on dye sublimation, and can be used outside. Some printers are latex printers.

When you consider image quality you also need to consider the quality of paper. The best printers for poster printing can print on bond or plain paper, on clear film, polypropylene, and vinyl stock. Printing is also possible on fabrics on glossy and matte stock.

Checking is also needed for the types of inks used by a printer, and the efficiency of their support team.

Before you make a choice of printer, you need to clearly define your project and its printing details.

Know the size of the posters or materials that you need to print. Also gather information about the colours that it can print, and account for bleed.

Take into account the paper to be used, printing styles, and the impression that will be left behind. You will need to do extensive research into trends in poster printing, both present and future.

Inkjet printing

Inkjet printers evolved from the older generation of dot matrix printers. They do not use metal needles but use tiny guns that fire ink dots of tiny size onto the paper. These dots are very small and not visible to the human eye.

The main brands of printers have different ways of firing the ink on paper, so their output will not be the same.

Canon printers heat the ink so that it bubbles and explodes when it is fired onto the paper. Epson printers use the effect of piezoelectricity for printing. These are tiny electric currents that have electronic circuits for their regulation, that make extremely small crystals that fire jets of ink, while they jiggle back and forth.

In an inkjet printer, prints are created from thousands of different patterns of dots giving a high quality of prints. An average inkjet printer will give you a print resolution that is 600 dots per inch but some of the top-notch models will give you exceptional prints with their 5000 dpi resolution.

When they are printing, ink nozzles use millions of ink dots on a page to build the needed text and graphics. Your computer controls allow the inkjet to scan the poster from side to side, starting from the left, going across the page, and then back to the left side, all the time depositing the ink as per the material scanned.

When the end of the line is reached, the printer moves the page forward to the next line.

Standard sizes of posters

Flyer poster flyer – 8.5 x 11.5 inches
Small-sized posters – 11 x 7.5 inches
Medium size of poster can be either – 18 x 24b inches, or 27×39 inches
Large sizes of posters – 24 x 36 inches and 27 x 39 inches
Size of one sheet – 27 x 40 inches
Poster size for bus stops – 40 x 60 inches

HP Designjet T120

This printer is designed to be used as a large-format plotter that can be used not only to print large posters but also for blueprints for detailer floor plans. Bus stop posters, large banners and large movie posters can also be printed with this printer. All your printing needs can be handled by this printer because it effortlessly holds regular paper.

It may not be perfect, but you can connect the printer to the Ethernet or Wi-fi network. You can also use an app to connect it to Apple and Android devices.

It has a Green Energy Compliance Certificate that indicates that it is green compliant and also has an Energy Star rating.

Pros

Prints produced are of high-quality
Navigation is simplified through a 4.3-inch touchscreen that is easy to use
Connectivity can be wireless or wired
Prints through ADF or its cut sheets
Graphic quality is great
A width of 24 inches can be printed
Has a spindle that allows rolls to be fed ​

Cons

Posters can have colour issues
Non-roll prints can have plotting difficulties

HP Designjet T250 24-inch

Similar to the HP Designjet T120, the T250 model also prints at high speeds of 241.1 feet every hour with maximum colour, while it is Energy Star rated, Green Compliance Certified making it ​green compliant.

It is a wide-format printer that is web-connected, allowing it to be used anywhere because of its wireless design. It is a very good plotter for prints of wide format that includes A1 prints, but it can do an equally good job when printing posters. Its speed of line-drawing is 35 seconds for an A1 drawing, and it is a reliable printer for the printing of posters, both large and small, because of its 4-ink system that is dye-based.

Its features for handling media are inclusive of a sheet field, a roll feed, an input tray, a media bin, and an automatic cutter.

This printer is a thermal inkjet printer that works best for architectural offices, as well as other offices. Colour outputs you can expect are magenta, black, cyan, and yellow.

Pros

Its high 2400dpi resolution allows it to give sharp details and fine lines
Design is professional
It does good work for posters
Easy to use
Can be moved around
Prints on plain paper, fabric, or glossy paper

Cons

Photo-quality prints could be better
Cannot print on canvas
Plotter has a few glitches

Canon image PROGRAF iPF770

Canon is among the leading brands in this industry and its printers are known for their setup of bubble inkjet printing. Most people argue that even though it does have a high price tag, this model, the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF770, a 36-inch printer can give all other brands a close contest.

This printer is easily one of the large-format printers with its 36-inch width. If you have a need to print many posters and signage of a large size, this may be the printer you need to get. Besides its large format design, it can also boast of a high speed of printing.

In its Economy mode, it can print a poster of a size of 23.39 x 33.11 inches in just 25 seconds. It uses the latest magenta ink and has an optimal colour profile that creates images that are vivid, crisp, and highly impactful, just the way you imagine.

It has a unique sub-tank ink system that allows you to use all the ink that is in the tank before you need to replace the ink. Empty tanks can be replaced even while printing is in progress so that the quality of prints is withheld.

A look at the software of the printer will have you noting that its many applications are all user-friendly and easy to use. You will also appreciate its share and direct print feature and a solution for a cloud portal that can be downloaded, and also allows for easy uploading, downloading, sharing, and printing from anywhere.

It also has a mobile printing app, and account management software that allows you to track printing costs, as well as a print plug-in that works with Microsoft Office so that you can print in large format documents you have created with Excel, PowerPoint, or Word.

Pros

Can print on all kinds of paper
Fast speed of printing
Crisp images
Loaded software packages that are easy to use and enhance the use of the printer
Sub tank that ensures you use all the ink before you replace it
Ink replacement even while printing
Track costs with an account manager
Precise printer
Status monitor

Cons

It can print only on paper and not on fabric
It does not work well while printing fine art

If you are on the lookout for an inkjet printer that is of a wide format and has fast printing speeds of 275 sq ft per hour, as well as very good web connectivity, then this printer, the HP Designjet T250 36 inch printer is the right one for you.

This e-printer is not supplied with ink cartridges and paper rolls, but yet has everything that you need to print large posters. You can start with the HP print head.

This printer is versatile because it has pigment-based colours that are dye-based. So printing on fabrics is possible and is not limited to paper. Paper that is used can be plain, coated, glossy, photo, heavyweight, matte, bond, vellum, film, satin, or any paper that is recycled.

This printer also comes with a printer stand.

You can print quite easily from any kind of media or from a USB drive.

Pros

Ease of use enhanced by its touch screen monitor
The printer has a fast speed
Easy to assemble
Energy Star-rating
Wireless connectivity
Printer Stand
Can work in offices and homes

Cons

Some issues when large files need to be printed
The user manual has missed some critical steps

Brother MFC- J6935DW

If you are printing in bulk and on both sides of a paper, you need to have automatic duplex printing. This does away with the need to flip papers, often mistakenly done the wrong way. But this is not all that this Brother’s inkjet printer can do. Its wireless connectivity makes your printing completely free of cables.

This printer is designed to save you printing costs while offering a high degree of efficiency. It will cost you $30 for printing 3000 pages in black, while colour printing can set you back $20 for 1500 pages in colour. Your cost per page for black prints is less than a cent, while your colour pages will cost you less than 5 cents.

The printer comes with a 2-year limited warranty, but also allows you a lifetime of support over the phone.

This Brothers printer, the MFC- J6935DW, has The Amazon Dash Replenishment element, which makes sure that once you have activated the printer, a replenishment app will measure toner levels and order the same from Amazon when levels are low.

11 x17 posters can be printed out with this printer that also allows you to use fax or to scan documents.

Its mobile device features for printing include Brother iPrint&Scan, Wi-Fi Direct, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, and AirPrint. NFC’s touch allows connecting features for printing and scanning.

Pros

Duplex print, scan and copy features increase productivity
Printing is cost-effective.
Poster printing is affordable
Cloud connectivity and printing is wireless
Near field communication (NFC) is available
Ease of use with 7″ touch screen
Automatic duplex printing
Printing and Scanning is fast

Cons

Not suitable for large posters
Picture quality could have been better
No borderless scanning or copying

Summary

You may have read or heard this before, but it needs to be reiterated that poster printing should be able to capture every element of a poster that you see on your computer screen, and must also meet the size requirements of the poster, and must not in any way compromise on the quality of the print.

In this review, features of different printers from wide to large have been highlighted, and even e-printer formats. Your needs may vary so that you need to find what you are looking for, but you must remember that the best printer for you is the one that has all the features you need for posters that are picture-perfect.

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