Features to look for…
What do the latest inkjets deliver, and how do they differ from lab processes?
Large-format desktop printers usually max out at A3+ (19x13 inches), but the Epson XP-950 produces smaller A3 (17x11 inches) prints, while the Epson SC-P600 goes wider with a panoramic sheet feeder.
For inkjet printing, where droplets of different coloured inks need to be laid next to each other, ultra-high resolutions of 4800dpi or more are required for optimum quality.
All printers in the test group have built-in Wi-Fi – ideal for printing from any compatible device around the home. Printing from the ‘cloud’ is also becoming increasingly popular.
An advantage of all inkjet printers in this test group is that they can print direct onto white-faced CD and DVD discs. It’s a neat way of finishing discs you create at home.
The Canon MG7550/MG7520 and Epson XP-950 printers have built-in scanners and can create standalone photocopies of up to A4 in size.
You usually get a greater number of colour and grey inks with larger-format A3+ printers. Labs use conventional silver halide papers, exposed to light, but also usually offer high-end inkjet printing.