A framed photograph you’ve taken yourself is a lovely way to spice up an empty wall at home. When you want to print your photos, the usual approach is to send them off to a printer — but that can be expensive. Why not do it yourself with a wide-format photo printer?
For amateur and professional photographers, having your own photo printer allows you to customize your work. The best printers are investment pieces that take your business or hobby to the next level. Our list includes the top options and where to find them.
Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000
prints beautiful 13 x 19-inch photos with ease. The device measures 30.9 x 18.7 x 16.2 inches and weighs approximately 19 pounds — like the rest of the printers here, it’s neither lightweight nor compact, but Epson says it’s 30-percent smaller than the previous model. It holds up to 200 sheets of regular paper or 50 sheets of fine art paper, such as canvas. It can connect to Wi-Fi, so you can send photos from your computer or smartphone (AirPrint and Google Cloud Print compatible), or use a hard-wired connection via USB or Ethernet. The printer uses six ink tanks to deliver a wider range of colors, and prints documents at 9.2 pages per minute (ppm) and 9.0 ppm when using color. A 4 x 6-inch borderless print takes just 27 seconds from beginning to end (real-use speeds will vary, of course). Other useful features: a small LCD for setup, two-sided printing, and support for printing on compatible blank optical discs.
Canon Pixma iP8720
Canon knows a thing or two about cameras, but it also knows how to make excellent photo printers. Smaller than the Pixma Pro models yet bigger than most inkjets, the iP8720 is perfect for the home photographer. It holds up to 120 sheets of regular paper and 20 sheets of heavier photo paper, and the front-panel even houses a space for a CD or DVD tray. Surprisingly, thedoesn’t have a PictBridge-compatible USB port, but it can connect to newer cameras or smartphones via Wi-Fi, or shared via a home network — the latter two being more popular, anyway. It has excellent output quality, manual duplex printing, and NFC support for quick pairing with compatible Android devices.
Canon Pixma Pro-100
Theis another great offering from the brand, even if it is one of the more advanced printers in our roundup. The reasonably-priced device is known to produce photos that are nearly on par with printers that cost upward of $1,000 at a cost that is far better for your budget. The printer offers a CD-DVD print tray (hey, why not?), Wi-Fi, and also has a PictBridge USB port. It uses eight ink cartridges for vibrant, accurate colors. The device is rather slow and a bit cumbersome when it comes to size, but there’s a good deal to be said about its color output and its ability to generate first-rate monochrome prints with a little patience.
Canon Pixma Pro-10
The Pro-10 is another option in the versatile Pixma Pro Collection. It comes conveniently bundled with My Image Garden software, which allows you to create banners, collages, and even calendars quickly. The speedy Canon Pixma Pro-10 can print directly to CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs to create custom discs and jackets. This printer is easy enough for a hobby photographer to use at home, but it produces professional-quality prints. The printer’s output quality is superb, particularly when handling high-resolution image files. It uses ten ink cartridges, one of which is a clear coat (Chroma Optimizer) cartridge designed to level the printed ink surface for a smoother-looking print. Thealso uses three black ink cartridges that can generate high-quality monochromatic prints. It supports Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and PictBridge networks.
One of the newer models on this list, the Epson P600, is especially attractive to those who like making panorama prints. The Epson P600 supports rolls of paper so that you can print a panoramic picture up to 10 feet long. The printer’s 3.5-inch color touchscreen allows you to easily set preferences and view instructional illustrations that detail the proper way to insert paper and replacement ink cartridges. You can also pair the printer with other devices through Wi-Fi directly from the touchscreen. Additionally, given the device’s three-level ink technology, you can rest assured that each colored print will showcase the maximum vibrancy and smooth transitions, whether you are printing in color or strictly in black and white. The Epson P600 is compatible with Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet networks.
What is a wide-format photo printer?
Wide-format printers typically print on paper measuring 13 by 19 inches or larger, but you’ll want to double-check your specific device’s specifications before investing. This option separates them from smaller photo printers, often limited to 8 x 10 inches or smaller. Wide-format printers also offer a wider variety of ink colors and use multiple black cartridges to deliver a photo quality that beats any basic photo printer. So if you’re looking for a printer that can handle as many prints as you throw at it, wide-format photo printers excel on two levels: you’ll get to display your images even larger. Still, the color and photo quality will likely be better too.
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