Which? reveals Best Buy A3 printerA3 printers tested and rated in latest Which? test

26 April 2011

Canon Pixma iX4000

The Canon Pixma iX4000 is one of the six A3 printers tested. 

Why limit yourself to A4 prints and photos at home? The latest Which? printer tests put six A3 printers through their paces and discovered a Best Buy A3 printer.

Which? has tested more than 130 printers including A4 laser printers, inkjet models, all-in-one printers and wireless printers. Now A3 printers have been added to the mix. 

Six inkjet printers that can print on A4 and A3 paper sizes were put through their paces in the latest Which? printers lab test, one of which is a Best Buy. 

Of the six A3 printers tested, two are all-in-one printers from HP and Brother - they can print on A3 as well as being used to scan, copy and fax. The remaining four A3 models only print.

As with a number of A4 printers, some A3 models - like the Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II in the latest test - have been designed predominantly for printing photos rather than text. 

Interested in printing photos at home? Find out what to look for by reading our advice on how to buy the best photo printer.

A3 print, copy and scan

Although the two all-in-one A3 printer can be used to print on A3 paper, the platen on each model - the glass plate you place the page on for scanning or copying - isn't big enough to scan or copy an A3 page.

The HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-one A3 printer in the test can be used to produce A3 scans though. The A3 page has to be scanned in two halves, then software is used to 'stitch' the two images together to reproduce an A3 size scan on the computer.

Latest A4 printer results

As well as A3 printers, there are test results for nine A4 printers including the HP Envy 100 - a slim and stylish A4 printer that can also be used to scan and copy - and the relatively compact all-in-one Brother DCP-J715W. 

Both models have wi-fi so you can connect them wirelessly to your home network and the Envy 100 comes with it's own email address - so you can email prints to the printer from any email capable device. 

Find out more about eprinters - printers with email addresses - in our eprinters video. 

The full results for all these models, plus over 100 other printers, can be seen in the Which? printers review

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