Hello friends! Today I will be talking about wide (or large) format printers. Most of the reviews or forums I came across when looking to replace my printer were geared more for Photographers so I wanted to write up something that might be more helpful for Artists and Graphic Designers (specifically as a small stationery business that sells greeting cards and paper goods).
What this post is not about:
- I am not printing black and white or color photographs where super fine macro details are my primary concern
- This is not a tech or spec review of these printers
I still think it’s worth reading up on these things to give yourself a broader range of experiences to consider from! Just do a quick search because there’s lots of good info out there.
What this post is about:
- Looking at print quality in relation to raster art (scanned drawings), vector art, and any like designs, ease of paper feeding for thick cover stock paper, ink, maintenance tips, and more!
- My personal opinion and experience I’ve had over the years
- I will be mostly be talking about wide format printers by Epson (R1800, SureColor P400) and Canon (Pixma Pro-100, Pro-10)
This post is broken down into the following categories.
- My Printer Timeline
- Print Quality
- Paper Feed
- Ink (pigment vs. dye, ink tanks)
- Everything Else (maintenance, size, speed)
Grab a drink because it’s a long one, everything is after the jump!