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RavenManiac

29 Jan 2013, 1:38 am

[Pro] Wide Format Printer Recommendation?

I’ve finally decided to replacing my aging Brother MFC-9840CDW with a color printer that’s a bit more practical. I use this printer for scanning, faxing, copying, and of course printing. However, whenever I need to put together a printed proof for a client, especially anything larger than 8.5 x 11, I find myself running to FedEx Office.

At first, I was thinking I needed another color laser printer. But it looks like the inkjet companies have made some real advancements in their inkjet technologies, which makes me believe the inkjet genre of printers are a strong possibility.

Having said all that I could really use some help. I need a recommendation on a Wide Format Printer with the following features:

  1. Able to print at least 11” x 17” with a bleed
  2. Able to scan, fax, and copy
  3. Reliable
  4. Fairly cost effective in terms of consumables
  5. Mac OS X Mountain Lion Compatible
  6. Must have accurate color reproduction
  7. Must be able to hold registration, particularly front to back
  8. Duplexing would be a plus

Does anyone have a printer with these features or one they can recommend?

Virginia, USA

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RavenManiac

29 Jan 2013, 5:05 pm

For what it’s worth, I did find several printers online, but I’m more interested in hearing from forum members who are using a wide format printer they really like.

Virginia, USA

MacBook Pro 9,1 | OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan | FW Pro 7.1.3 | Synology DS1512+

Todd

29 Jan 2013, 5:23 pm

I don’t own one but I have a friend who owns a commercial-grade wide format machine. I’ve seen the quality of prints and it’s spectacular. It’s a special-use printer (and expensive) and obviously not an all-in-one, but if you’re interested I can ask her about the brand and post back.

Todd http://xiiro.com

waltd

29 Jan 2013, 5:42 pm

How wide? I have an Epson R1800 that does 13” roll feed, although I’ve only used it that way once. Mostly use it for sheet-fed photo printing, which is really quite nice. (This coming from a classically-trained analog photographer.)

Walter

On Jan 29, 2013, at 1:05 PM, RavenManiac wrote:

For what it’s worth, I did find several printers online, but I’m more interested in hearing from forum members who are using a wide format printer they really like.

Freeway user since 1997

http://www.walterdavisstudio.com

RavenManiac

29 Jan 2013, 5:45 pm

On 29 Jan 2013, 5:42 pm, waltd wrote:

How wide?

I’m looking for something that’ll print full bleed 11 x 17 spreads. The two printers I’m strongly considering are these:

http://www.amazon.com/Epson-WorkForce-Wireless-Wide-Format-C11CB58201/dp/B006Y834NC/ref=sr_1_5?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1359485052&sr=1-5&keywords=wide+format+printer

http://www.amazon.com/Brother-MFCJ6910DW-Business-Printing-Touchscreen/dp/B004RCORWO/ref=sr_1_10?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1359485081&sr=1-10&keywords=wide+format+printer

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