Cheap Tabloid-Size Office Printers

Posted by on Jun 01, 2010 | Leave a Comment

For most small offices, tabloid-size (11- by 17-inch) printing has long been a luxury that’s hard to afford. Tabloid-size lasers are expensive, and most tabloid-format inkjets focus so tightly on photos that they aren’t well suited to printing from business applications. That’s now changed, thanks to three inexpensive tabloid-size inkjet printers, all of which we’ve recently reviewed: the Canon Pixma iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer, the Epson WorkForce 1100, and the HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format Printer.

Cheap Tabloid-Size Office Printers

All three of these printers are extraordinarily cheap by tabloid-size business printer standards. One reason for the low prices is simply that they’re inkjets rather than lasers. Another is that they don’t offer the kind of paper handling that you’d typically expect from a business tabloid printer. None of them, for example, can hold both letter- and tabloid-size paper at the same time.

Whatever their shortcomings compared with far more expensive choices, the fact that these printers can print on tabloid-size paper at all gives them a tremendous advantage over most inkjets. You can use them to print large spreadsheets or other output on one piece of paper instead of taping pages together. Or you can print your own marketing materials. Fold a tabloid-size piece of high-quality paper in half, and it can turn into a marketing brochure with four letter-size pages. Whatever it is you want to print, if you want to print occasionally at tabloid size, these printers can fill the need.

Canon Pixma iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer
Canon Pixma iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer ($399.99 direct)

The Canon iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer offers a duplexer for printing on both sides of a page, an Ethernet connector for easy sharing on a network, and three paper trays—a 250-page cassette, a rear tray for photo paper or envelopes, and a manual feed tray that can take up to 10 pages at once.

Epson WorkForce 1100 ($199.99 direct)

The Epson WorkForce 1100 lacks an Ethernet connector, but for home offices and micro offices that don’t need to share a printer on a network, it offers tabloid size printing at a rock bottom price. It can also print at up to 13- by 44-inch banner size.

HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format Printer
($229.99 direct)

The fastest printer in the group, the HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format Printer offers an Ethernet connector for easy sharing on a network, a 150-sheet paper tray, and the ability to print at up to 13 by 19 inches.

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