There are many makes and models to choose from and the quality of their results can vary quite drastically, so in this article we aim to save you from wading through all the options out there and recommend our top five tried and tested A3 printers, available to buy for under £500.
First up in our list is our most affordable option, the Canon PiXMA iP8750…
Canon PIXMA iP8750RRP: £349.99
Park Cameras price: £169.00 (including £30 Canon Cashback)
The Canon PIXMA iP8750 is a premium but affordable printer, that can print outstanding high quality images and documents too, anywhere from 10 x 15 cm up to A3+. It features a 6 colour system including a dedicated grey ink, which together produce vivid colour and impressive monochrome prints at resolutions up to 9600dpi.
Thanks to its single ink system, you only need to replace the colour of the particular ink tank that has run out, and it can also accommodate Canon’s optional XL inks, which deliver efficiencies of up to 30%. Its dye-based inks (C, M, Y, GY, and BK) produce incredibly rich colour photos, and its pigment black ink (PBK) ensures any text in your documents is crisp and well-defined. The inks utilise Canon’s Chroma life100+ system, which ensures your images will remain vibrant for many decades to come.
The PIXMA iP8750 offers wireless connectivity, so you can use it anywhere in your home or office, print images directly from wireless cameras with Wireless PictBridge, as well as print directly from your smart devices through the use of Canon’s PRINT app. It also supports Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.
The iP8750 comes complete with Canon’s My Image Garden software, that allows you to browse through your images and create inspiring designs for printing, as well as the option to print onto printable discs. In addition, Canon’s CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM service gives you access to a plethora of high quality creative content.
Although it has an RRP of £349.99, this award-winning printer is a bargain at only £169.00 at Park Cameras. This unbelievable price is partly achieved through the excellent Canon Cashback scheme, whereby you pay a total price of £199.00 and claim £30 back from Canon (it’s a very simple process we promise)!
Epson Stylus Photo 1500W
Park Cameras price: £229.00
Next up on our list and in terms of affordability is the brilliant Epson Stylus Photo 1500W, which is a multi-purpose A3 printer that delivers very impressive results for its price.
Through the use of Epson’s Claria 6-colour dye-based inks, it produces vivid, long-lasting prints that have a beautiful glossy finish. It prints at a resolution up to 5760 x 1440dpi with a small droplet size of 1.5pl, and achieves smooth tonal gradations with fine detail.
It’s a very versatile machine that can print anything from 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) up to panoramic and A3+ sizes. Besides glossy paper, it can also print onto plain paper, envelopes, iron-on transfers, CDs, and DVDs.
The 1500W features built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to print from anywhere in your home or office via both computers and smart devices through the use of the Epson iPrint app, as well as the ability to print directly from digital cameras using PictBridge.
Canon Pixma PRO-100S
Park Cameras price: £325.00 (including £50 Canon Cashback)
If you are willing to spend a little more, the Canon Pixma PRO-100S offers additional features which mainly focus on speed and convenience, while still delivering impeccable images.
It incorporates an 8-ink dye based system which includes three monochrome inks and uses Canon’s Chromalife 100+ for accurate colour reproduction and improved permanence. It can accommodate standard printing papers, as well as specialist art papers from the likes of Canson and Hahnemühle, and even allows you to print labels onto CDs using Direct Disc Print.
The Pixma PRO-100S can produce prints at lightning speed - a borderless 4 x 6” photo in only 34 seconds, and an A3+ bordered print in as little as 90 seconds. Your workflow can be further enhanced through the use of the Canon Print Studio Pro plugin, which works seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and allows you to automatically find the correct print settings you require
It’s easy to print directly from a tablet or smartphone via Canon’s PRINT app, and if you are an iPad user, you can use the Pro Gallery Print app to integrate with cloud-based services such as SmugMug and Zenfolio. It’s also simple to print images directly from Facebook, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive through the use of PIXMA Cloud Link.
Epson SureColor SC-P400
Park Cameras price: £441
Moving up in price, the Epson SureColor SC-P400 is one of the smallest and lightest A3 printers available and is simple and intuitive to use, energy efficient, and produces brilliant images.
It utilises professional seven-colour UltraChrome HiGloss 2 pigment inks with a gloss optimiser to achieve outstanding colour reproduction, and like the Epson Stylus Photo 1500W features a very small ink droplet size - at just 1.5pl - for exceptional detail.
It has dual paper paths, is compatible with up to 1.3mm thickness paper - matte, glossy, and fine art papers are supported - and you can conveniently load paper from the rear of the printer. Additionally, you can print on 2 inch core roll media for panoramic prints and individual formats, as well as having the option to print onto CDs and DVDs.
The SC-P400 has built-in Ethernet and USB connections, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity - which lets you print directly from PCs, tablets, and smartphones through the use of the Epson iPrint App. To add to its impressive feature list, the Surecolor SC-P400 is EnergyStar 2.0 compliant and consumes very little power.
Canon Pixma PRO-10S
Park Cameras price: £454.00
Last in our lineup and our most expensive model in this review is the fantastic Canon Pixma PRO-10S - the sibling of the aforementioned Canon Pixma PRO-100S, which uses pigment-based inks as opposed to dye-based ones, so produces images which have greater longevity.
It features similar abilities to the PRO-100S mentioned above; the use of the Pro Gallery Print app, cloud storage service direct printing, printing from smartphones and tablets, direct Photoshop and Lightroom compatibility, specialist art paper compatibility, and Direct Disc Print functionality.
In addition, it uses LUCIA inks, which combine the glossy appearance and vivid colours offered by dye-based inks with the permanence of pigment-based inks, and its Chroma Optimizer ink further enhances your images’ glossy appearance, while increasing the range of colours and flattening the print surface.
The 10-ink pigment-based system delivers precise and durable prints to gallery quality and includes three dedicated monochrome inks to guarantee amazing black and white prints.
So, if you’re looking for an affordable all-in-one printing solution, you can’t go wrong in choosing any of these selected printers which match your budget. You can read the glowing customer reviews of them on our individual product pages - each printer has received at least 4.5 out of 5 stars - or come into either our Burgess Hill or London stores and take a closer look.
If you have any questions about any of the models reviewed, or any of our our other products and services, please call our knowledgeable staff on 01444 23 70 70 or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be happy to assist you.
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