But for what it`s worth I have used HP for a long time and I`m probably biased. My first A3 printer about 5 years ago was a HP1120C and it still goes although retired from the business and now only used at home. It was replaced last year by the 1220C which continues to provide excellent results. At that time it was the end of range offering and I paid £120 for it but although the results were perfectly good enough for general use I wouldn`t know if they were up to photographic quality at full A3 size.
Two ink cartridges. Both large ones unlike Epson. One black and a Tricolour. Refills are about £13 from Cartridge World.