The 8 best wide-format printers to buy in 2018 electricity off

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HP OfficeJets are the staples of the home (or college) office, so it’s no surprise that this one found it’s way to the first spot on our list of large format devices. It can print pages up to 11 x 17 (the standard tabloid size), and it does so with the tried-and-true HP OfficeJet capabilities of smaller format devices. But it doesn’t stop at printing, this all-in-one can handling print jobs, copying, faxing, and scanning. It has wireless connectivity, lets you print two-sided jobs, and even comes seamlessly connected through HP’s most powerful printing app ever (which lets you scan and print directly from your smartphone using your camera).

It’ll print at lightning fast speeds giving you 22 pages per minute for black and white jobs and 18 pages per minute for color documents. They’ve engineered a unique ink-saving tech that promises to save you up to 50 percent on ink by using the existing cartridges more efficiently. There’s a 2.65-inch touchscreen for controlling the printer on the device itself, and it’s compatible with HP’s impressive high yield ink cartridges. You can even print straight-to-the-edge borderless projects such as brochures and fliers, so those large format jobs are extra stunning and don’t seem home-printed at all.

In terms of affordability, Brother is a brand that you really can’t beat in the printer game. The MFCJ6930 is the latest in a long line of all-in-ones that offer wide-format print jobs up to 11 x 17-inch pages. There’s a 50-sheet feeding tray for printing front-and-back full copies, which would be great for packets. The scanner glass is ledger-sized, so you can carry that large format to the scanner-copier function, too.

There’s a 3.7-inch color display that lets you print directly from certain services such as Dropbox and Google Drive (along with expandable cloud apps directly from Brother). The printer is compatible with super high yield ink cartridges, which is great because there is a 500-sheet dual tray, so you can print a job of any size without capacity slowing you down.

And those massive jobs won’t take you forever, either, because there is a 20/22 ppm speed (for color and black and white, respectively), which is equally impressive to basically all other printers out on the market right now. It all connects via wireless or ethernet, so you won’t have any trouble seamlessly sending jobs to the device. Round that out with a pretty slim footprint, and the device itself will fit great in your home office.​

The i8720 from Canon’s Pixma line is set up to print completely borderless media, which allows you to produce studio quality prints of all your photo projects. It’s no surprise that a company like Canon has put this feature front and center. Of course, you can print media at up to 13 x 9 inches, which gives you true flexibility for printing fliers and large format jobs. On top of the that, the resolution is virtually unparalleled, with 600 x 600 ppi for black and white photos and 9600 x 2400 for color, which adds to the premium output.

The functionality itself is truly seamless, too, with Canon’s AirPrint app for easy connection to your phone, tablet or other mobile devices. It’s a great feature because you don’t have to get yourself bogged down with the usual driver installation and “how do I get this to print?” shuffle of old-style units. You can also control it using the three-inch LCD screen right onboard. It all comes in a sleek black little unit and will look great in your home photo studio.​

The Canon imagePROGRAF uses the ultra beautiful Lucia Pro Chroma Optimizer ink system that drops photos onto the page with 11 colors. This system offers denser droplet placement, which provides you a broader color gamut for unbelievably realistic photo recreations. There’s a remarkable Air Feeding system that uses a series of openings on the paper feeding tray to suction the blank media to the tray and prevent it from skewing while printing. This is important because when you’re printing borderless projects, any skew is going to ruin the whole thing.

There’s a tube-based, anti-clogging ink-printing system that not only improves the quality of each print, but it keeps print speeds up. The excellently detailed black reproduction provides you deep shadow areas for those darker-based photo sets, and the wide color gamut gives you even more vibrancy with each new color. It only connects via USB, so there isn’t much versatility there, and at over 70 pounds it’s quite heavy. But you’re paying for premium performance, not portability and modern connections.