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Best A3 printers 2022: the top ten for tabloid-sized printouts

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You'll want the best A3 printer for your budget if you need one that can handle larger documents, such as posters and promotional displays. Most printers handle up to A4, which is fine for standard documents, but only excellent A3 printing solutions are able to handle big formats without compromising on quality. After all, there's no point printing out large documents if they aren't going to look good. 

When choosing the best A3 printer that can produce excellent large-scale printouts, be prepared to spend a bit of money. Unfortunately, these printers can be quite costly. However, that doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune – there are a few out there that offer a brilliant price to performance ratio so you get a lot of value for your money.

That’s where we come in. Not only did we collect the best A3 printers on this list, but we’ve also included our price comparison tool that will help you get the cheapest price available for the A3 printer of your choice. If you need to make large printouts, these are the very best choices you should consider.

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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310

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1. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310

Affordable A3 printing for the home office

Specifications

Category: A3 color inkjet printer
Print speed: 25ppm (mono)
Paper capacity: 500
Paper size: up to A3
Weight: 13.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Deep dual paper trays
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Duplex A3 printing

Reasons to avoid

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No touchscreen
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No scanner

Epson’s A3-sized WorkForce color printer is perfect for the small office that needs to print on anything up to 13-in x 19-in paper. Conveniently, it has two 250-sheet paper trays, so you could fill one with A4 and the other with A3. Being an inkjet, you can also load photo paper, not to mention envelopes, labels and thin card. 

It prints quite quickly, with a top speed of 25ppm (pages per minute) in black and white, and it can automatically print both sides of an A3 page – quite a feat for such a compact printer. Print resolution and connectivity are also strong suits. 

The price is competitive, so don’t expect luxuries like a touchscreen interface, or USB Host port on this budget model. And it’s not part of Epson’s EcoTank line, sadly, so you’ll have to buy replacement cartridges. Thankfully, the four DURABrite Ultra inks are available in individual carts and are not especially expensive.

OKI C844dnw

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Meet the smallest A3 printer

Specifications

Category: A3 colour laser printer
Print speed: 36ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 300
Weight: 37kg

Reasons to buy

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Smallest A3 printer
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Upgradable

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

What looks like your typical A4 printer turns out to be the smallest A3 printer on the market with accessories available to make it one of the largest. It can hold 300 sheets of paper in its main paper tray and 100 in its multipurpose tray, but add three more drawers and that expands to 2,540 sheets. You can even choose the banner tray upgrade for printing on rolls of paper. It can auto duplex print and has a Wi-Fi built in as standard. It uses LEDs rather than laser, but with similar effect. 

Read the full review: Oki C844dnw (opens in new tab)

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Premium A3 printing with all the features

Specifications

Category: 4-in-1 colour laser MFD
Print speed: 35ppm
Paper sizes: A3
Paper capacity: 520
Weight: 54kg

Reasons to buy

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Customisable touchscreen
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High resolution prints

Reasons to avoid

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Wi-Fi costs extra
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Expensive toner

This high-end laser printer will take big bites out of your office space and your budget, but there’s nothing the VersaLink C7000DN can’t do exceptionally well. For a start it can duplex print on A3 paper and do it at a resolution of 1200 x 2400 DPI. It can also scan, copy and fax with all that functionality simplified by a sophisticated five-inch colour touchscreen. Text is exceptionally sharp and colours particularly bold and with plenty of optional modules available for boosting the paper capacity, this is a printer that will suit the demands of any medium-sized office. 

Read the full review: Xerox VersaLink C7000DN (opens in new tab)

Canon PIXMA PRO-200

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4. Canon PIXMA PRO-200

Fantastic A3 photos with eight individual inks

Specifications

Category: A3 color inkjet printer
Print speed: 1min30sec per photo
Paper capacity: 100 sheets
Paper size: up to A3+
Weight: 14.1kg

Reasons to buy

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8 inks for natural colors
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Large color prints

Reasons to avoid

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High purchase and printing cost
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Heavy and bulky unit

Canon’s uncompromising photo printer uses no less than eight individual dye inks to achieve an exceptionally smooth and realistic color tones and it can do this on any size paper up to A3+. 

Whether you’re a professional looking for a production printer for the office, or an enthusiast photographer based at home, Canon is aiming this model at you. It prints slowly in order to achieve its high print resolution and the printer itself is quite large and heavy. We should also warn that your ongoing consumables cost is going to be high, but if you want great photos, it’s well worth the expense. 

There’s no inbuilt scanner as this is a print-only device, so for everyday printing and scanning jobs, we recommend buying a second, more economical all-in-one.

Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW

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A capable and capacious A3 printer

Specifications

Category: colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 18ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 500
Weight: 15.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Duplex A3 printing   
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Deep paper trays

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive ink 
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No front USB port

Printers aimed at the home office that can handle A3 paper are not common, but ones that can automatically print on both sides of an A3 page are downright rare. The WorkForce WF-7210DTW is one such beast and it does so quite successfully. Print quality is impressive, be that monochrome text, or a glossy photo. The long list of features includes both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and the two paper trays can hold 500 sheets combined.  

Read the full review: Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW (opens in new tab) 

Epson EcoTank ET-15000

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6. Epson EcoTank ET-15000

Refillable 4-in-1 with impressive A3 ability

Specifications

Category: All-in-one A3 inkjet printer
Print speed: 17ppm (mono)
Paper capacity: 270 sheets
Paper size: up to A3+
Weight: 9.7kg

Reasons to buy

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Very low running cost
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Touchscreen interface

Reasons to avoid

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No front USB Host port
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High purchase price        

Epson has an EcoTank model for every occasion and this is the one to buy if you need to print on 13-in x 19-in (A3) paper and value for money is a factor. It has all the features you could ask of a premium four-in-one office printer. That includes a 35-sheet ADF (automatic document feed) a fax facility, a touchscreen control panel and Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct connectivity. 

There’s plenty of room for paper with 250 sheets in the main tray and another twenty in the rear tray and plenty of room for ink. It ships with four bottles that should give you up to 6,200 black and white pages and 5,200 color, so you won’t need to worry about buying more for a while. The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 comes in ice white in the US and black in the UK.

Epson EcoTank ET-7750

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Refillable ink tanks for crisp and cost effective printing

Specifications

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet
Print speed: 13ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 100
Weight: 10.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Vivid A3 photos  
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Low cost per page 

Reasons to avoid

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High price point 
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No ADF, NFC, or fax

Epson’s second generation of EcoTank printers have refined the refillable ink system which is deployed here by a highly capable inkjet MFD. Photo quality is excellent and the ability to print on A3 paper is a real boon. The interface lacks a touchscreen and printing is slow, but the pages are well worth waiting for. If the price tag appears prohibitive, that’s because there are two sets of ink bottles in the box. Enough to print a claimed 3,600 photos!

Read the full review: Epson EcoTank ET-7750 (opens in new tab)

Brother MFC-J6945DW

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Business inkjet with true A3 ability

Specifications

Category: All-in-one color inkjet printer
Print speed: 22ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 750
Weight: 27.9kg

Reasons to buy

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Duplex A3 print and scan
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Three paper trays

Reasons to avoid

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Muted colors
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Slower than a laser printer

The Brother MFC-J6945DW (known as the MFC-J6945DW in the UK) is an inkjet that’s aimed at a role in a busy office more usually filled by a laser printer. The impressive print speed is only a little slower than the average laser, while offering all the advantages of an inkjet, such as the the ability to print on photo paper at a higher image resolution. It also comes with an unusually generous amount of ink — enough for a whole year apparently. The most impressive feature, however, is its ability to duplex print and scan not just A4 paper, but A3 as well.

Read the full review: Brother MFC-J6947DW (opens in new tab)

Canon PIXMA iX6850

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9. Canon PIXMA iX6850 printer

Sleek and sophisticated A3 printer

Specifications

Category: Color inkjet printer
Print speed: 14ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: up to A3+
Paper capacity: 150 sheets
Weight: 11.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Natural colors
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Large color prints

Reasons to avoid

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No auto duplex

Canon PIXMA iX6850 looks rather smart for an A3-sized office printer and its specifications are no less impressive. It uses five inks instead of the usual four to achieve superior quality images and each one comes in an individual cartridge for more cost-effective replacement. It can’t print both sides of a page automatically (duplex), but this machine is well connected with an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi and AirPrint compatibility. If you need to print large spreadsheets, large photos and high-resolution posters this printer can handle any size paper up A3+ (329 x 483mm).

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16600

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10. Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16600 printer

Supersized supertank for the small business

Specifications

Category: All-in-one inkjet printer
Print speed: 32ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3+
Paper capacity: 550 + 50 sheets
Weight: 20.2kg

Reasons to buy

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Cheap ink refills
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High paper capacity

Reasons to avoid

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Pigment ink, not dye
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High purchase price

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-M16600 is the largest in Epson’s expanding line of supertank printers and it’s big enough to handle A3-size paper. It can also hold well over a ream of paper in its two drawers with room for 50 more sheets in the automatic document feed. The ink tanks are also larger than usual and can hold enough bottled ink for 4,500 monochrome pages and 2,800 color. It also prints quickly with a first-page-out time just over five seconds and a monochrome print speed of 32ppm (pages per minute), or 25ipm (imprints per minute). 

Jim is a seasoned expert when it comes to testing tech. From playing a prototype PlayStation One to meeting a man called Steve about a new kind of phone in 2007, he’s always hunting the next big thing at the bleeding edge of the electronics industry. After editing the tech section of Wired UK magazine, he is currently specialising in IT and voyaging in his VW camper van.