Advice on an A3 inkjet printer/scanner...

  afcotuna 19:06 PM 06 Dec 12


I'm an artist/illustrator looking for a bit of advice on the best A3 scanner and printer. I would ideally like an inkjet printer and it would need to be able to print A4 and A3.

The scanning area needs to be A3 but I would really like it slightly larger as it helps to have a bit of bleed on the image I'm scanning. So if A3 is 420 x 297 mm then it would help to have an extra cm or so either side.

I was looking at the Brother MFC J6510DW but as I said I am an artist and have heard that the print quality on this printer isn't particularly good (and I'd like it to work aswell as it can for images).

Pricewise I'd like something under £400.

This might be asking a lot but any help anyone can give me is greatly appreciated!

Thanks. x

  morddwyd 19:41 PM 06 Dec 12

I had a Brother A3, cant remember the actual model, but as you suggest the colour wasn't quite up to my mark.

I now have the Epson WF 7515 which is much better, and has an A3 glass.

I use it to copy my wife's original art work, and she has pronounced herself satisfied, so I guess that's about as critical as you can get!

  afcotuna 11:53 AM 07 Dec 12

Thanks morddyn that's very helpful. This may seem a silly questing but can the Epson WF 7515 print A4 aswell as A3?

Thank again for the help! x

  ened 13:07 PM 07 Dec 12

I am following this thread with interest because I too have a Brother which I purchased because it was wireless. Mine is the mfc6490 and the photographic quality is crap.Ink usage gives a very poor return as well. I'm sure Brother machines are good for general offices but not for specialist photography.

I will be interested to see which ones are recommended because I have been looking for some time.

  Woolwell 17:03 PM 07 Dec 12

As far as I am aware all A3 printers can print at smaller sizes. Epson WF7515 Specs

  morddwyd 19:28 PM 07 Dec 12

"can the Epson WF 7515 print A4 aswell as A3?"

Yes. Also does a very nice standard borderless 4 x 6 photo too.

Major disadvantage of the 7515, as opposed to the 7525, is that it only has one cassette.

  woodchip 22:46 PM 07 Dec 12

As above all A3 can do A4 you just move the paper guides, Epson for Scanner and Print is the way to go

  afcotuna 10:02 AM 08 Dec 12

The other one I was looking at Canon Pixma iX6550 A3+. Any one have opinion on that one? x

  retep888™ 14:48 PM 08 Dec 12

Bought the Canon iX6550 from eBuyer click here few weeks ago, one of the kids (the main user, a recent graduate with first class honour in illustration) she's impressed with the speed & overall colour output even on the average settings.

It prints very well both on A4 & A3 ,haven't tried the A3+ yet but it does give you extra 1¼" & 1½" area all round. As all modern Canon printer nowadays it does make the cleaning cycle before the print job but not during multiple printing sessions which is not a big deal to us.

The size is compact unlike our retired old Epson A3 which was huge/heavy/slow & colour output wasn't as good & I particularly like the foldable lid which can be lowered down covering up the paper tray when not in use.

I bought 2 sets of compatible inks from click here at £9 (there are 5 inks being used in this printer) works out at £4.50/set. I didn't use the original supplied inks with the printer yet while testing out these compatibles first which turned to be excellent. (of course you can stick to the Canon originals which were retailed at around £40-£50 per set)

  afcotuna 12:21 PM 13 Dec 12

Thank you that's very helpful.

An update is that I emailed Epson and Cannon to see what they would say about what they recommend (obviously they would be a bit biased but I thought I'd give it a go anyway). I only emailed canon this morn so they haven't got back to me yet. Epson (who I emailed yesterday) emailed back saying that they wouldn't recommend the Epson WF 7515 for me as it is an "office machines for document printing" and is not designed for printing images which I think is slightly silly. They then told me that my only option would be to buy a separate printer and separate scanner which altogether totalled a mega £3000.

Not feeling the warm fuzzies for Epson at the mo.... we'll see what canon says... x

  afcotuna 16:11 PM 13 Dec 12

Hmm... just realised isn't the Canon PIXMA iX6550 just a printer though? Not a scanner? x


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