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Which? reviews Epson A3 printer: new Best Buys revealed

Go big and go home with an A3 printer and scanner, or choose a Best Buy A4 printer with very low printing costs.

When it comes to printers, sometimes size does matter – particularly if you want to create a poster, spreadsheet or super-sized photo.

Our latest batch of printers includes an Epson model that can print and scan up to A3 in size – true versatility when it comes to handling media at a range of different sizes.

We also take a look at some higher-end home-office printers, and some new bargain-priced A4 models. But will these printers’ running costs make for false economy?

Get all the details on all of the new models we’ve just tested, below, and see how they perform in our reviews.

Printer reviews – see expertly tested models of all types, brands and price ranges

Epson A3 printer scanner

Although all-in-one A3 printers can print on A3 paper, not all have a big enough bed (scanning area) to also scan A3 pages.

That’s what makes this latest model such a rare find, as the Epson Workforce WF-7710DWF can both print and scan up to A3 size.

It’s relatively affordable to buy, considering that it offers such a range of functions, including a 35-sheet automatic document feeder for multi-page scans, copies or faxes. But can it perform where it matters? Read our full review to find out.

See if this model is good enough to be a Best Buy by signing in to Which?, or logging in if you’re already a member, and browse all our A3 printer reviews.

How to buy the best A3 printer

The price of A3 printers can vary wildy, as can the quality you get. We’ve tested Best Buy models costing just over £150, but also a mediocre model that scores 51%, yet will set you back well over £350.

Seeing as you’ll be printing large-format documents and files, it’s important to pick an A3 printer that produces great-looking prints. There’s nowhere to hide poor print quality at A3 size.

You’ll also want low running costs, as A3 prints require plenty of ink. Only the most efficient models can make the grade as Best Buy printers.

What else is in the batch?

You’ll need plenty of desk space for an A3 printer, as they tend to be significantly larger than A4 models.

So, if you’re concerned that you won’t be able to fit one in your home, don’t worry. We have plenty of A4 tested models available in our latest batch.

Affordable inkjets

If you’re after something affordable, the HP Deskjet 3735 is a cheap inkjet printer billed as the ‘world’s smallest all-in-one’. It packs some useful features into its diminutive shell, with wi-fi, Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print to appeal to those who like to work without wires. You can copy and scan, plus there’s an optional quiet mode – useful for night owls.

For something even cheaper, the Canon Pixma TS205 is available for less than £40. It’s not as feature-packed, but it too has a compact design, with borderless printing, including 4×6 photos. If you like the look of the TS205 but really can’t live with the wires, its wi-fi-enabled sister printer, the Canon Pixma TS305, could fit the bill.

Home-office workhorses

Those looking for more intensive printing might consider a fully fledged home-office printer, such as the Epson Workforce Pro WF4730DTWF. It’s a high-capacity model that should tick a lot of boxes for the modern office, with full wi-fi functionality and the ability to print, scan, copy and fax directly to the cloud. Epson makes some bold claims about the speed and capabilities of this high-end model, so read our full review to see how it performs.

A potential rival is the Brother MFC-L2710DW, a wireless 4-in-1 mono laser printer that can print, copy, fax and scan. It’s a fair bit cheaper than the Epson, so could be a good compromise if it performs where it counts.

Being cheap to run is an important consideration for any new printer, and three of our cracking Best Buys from the new test certainly tick these boxes. To see what other models we recommend, read our guide to the top five cheap printers to run.

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