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What do the latest inkjets de­liver, and how do they dif­fer from lab pro­cesses?

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Im­age size

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.

Inkjet res­o­lu­tion

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.

CD/DVD print­ing

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.

Copy fa­cil­ity

The Canon MG7550/MG7520 and Ep­son XP-950 print­ers have built-in scan­ners and can cre­ate stand­alone pho­to­copies of up to A4 in size.

Ink range

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.

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