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Best A3 printers 2020: top printers for large printouts

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Welcome to our list of the best A3 printers for printing out large lab-quality printouts at home of at the office.

If you need large-scale printouts, for example for portfolios or displays, then a standard A4 printer just isn't going to cut it. The best A3 printers, which we've listed in this guide, can handle much larger printouts, which – crucially – not compromising on print quality.

Because of the larger size of the printouts, the best A3 printers will ensure that image quality remains as high as possible. However, one thing you might notice when searching for the best A3 printer for your needs is that they can be more expensive than regular printers.

That doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune, as our price comparison tool will help you get the best price for the A3 printer of your choice. 

So, let's take a look at the best A3 printers in 2019. If you need to make large printouts, these are the very best choices you should consider.

OKI C844dnw

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1. OKI C844dnw printer

Meet the smallest A3 printer

Category: A3 colour laser printer | Print speed: 26ppm | Paper sizes: up to A3 | Paper capacity: 300 | Weight: 37kg

Smallest A3 printer
Upgradable
Expensive  
Not the fastest 

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

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Premium A3 printing with all the features

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

Customisable touchscreen
High resolution prints
Wi-Fi costs extra
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

Epson Expression Photo XP-970

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3. Epson Expression Photo XP-970

Sleek six-dye photo printer with A3 skills

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet MFD | Print speed: 28ppm | Paper sizes: A3 | Paper capacity: 100 | Weight: 8.7kg

Lifelike photo prints
Slim design
Expensive to run
No A3 duplex mode

Thanks to its surprisingly slim design, this inkjet photo printer can slide away under your desk when not in use and yet it’s big enough to hold one hundred sheets of A4 and handle A3 paper via the rear feed. It’s a multifunction device with a high-res A4-sized scanner and an auto duplex mode for A4 paper. Its real talent, however, is printing vivid and lifelike A3 photographs using six of Epson’s Claria inkjet cartridges at a resolution of 5760x1440DPI. Yes, replacing six cartridges is costly, but the expense is justified by the high print quality. This Epson Expression Photo XP-970 replaces the virtually identical XP-960 to which we awarded five stars.

Canon Pixma Pro 10-S

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4. Canon Pixma Pro 10-S

Ten-inkjet carts for gallery-quality mono prints

Category: Colour inkjet printer | Print speed: not given | Paper sizes: A3 | Paper capacity: 150 | Weight: 20kg

High print resolution
Excellent greyscale
Expensive to run
Expensive to buy

By using ten separate pigment inks, this professional photo printer can achieve superior greyscale and colour shading and results that are good enough to hang in a gallery. Canon’s pigment based LUCIA cartridges produce prints that are more stable and durable than dye-based inks and they can be replaced individually, so you don’t need to buy a whole new set when one runs out. It’s a substantial machine that can handle A3+ paper and comes with Wi-Fi built enabling you to print via the excellent Canon PRINT mobile app. You’ll find a full set of ink in the box. 

Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW

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5. Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW printer

A capable and capacious A3 printer

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

Duplex A3 printing   
Deep paper trays
Expensive ink 
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 

HP OfficeJet Pro 7720

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6. HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 printer

Absurdly affordable A3 printing

Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer | Print speed: 22ppm | Paper sizes: up to A3 | Paper capacity: 250 | Weight: 15.5kg

Low price point  
A3 printing
A4 scanner bed
Costly cartridges

This sizable four-in-one proves that A3 printers needn’t be expensive. Although it can’t scan or duplex print anything larger than A4, this inkjet can turn out full colour photos on glossy A3 paper. It can also churn mono pages of A4 at the impressive rate of 22 per minute. We found the performance a little noisy and the build quality worryingly flimsy, but at this price, we’ll recommend it to anyone who needs a multifunction device with the occasional need for A3 printouts.   

Read the full review: HP OfficeJet Pro 7720   

Epson EcoTank ET-7750

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7. Epson EcoTank ET-7750 printer

Refillable ink tanks for crisp and cost effective printing

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

Vivid A3 photos  
Low cost per page 
High price point 
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

Brother MFC-J6530

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8. Brother MFC-J6530 printer

Full A3 functionality in a compact four-in-one

Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer | Print speed: 15ppm | Paper sizes: up to A3 | Paper capacity: 250 | Weight: 6.8kg

Affordable ink refills  
High ink/paper capacity
High initial 
The ink tanks add bulk

This capable colour MFD can not only print, scan, copy and fax, but it can do it all with A3 paper. The ingenious design also finds room for a 250-sheet deep paper tray and a 50-sheet automatic document feeder. Wi-Fi is built in and that 6.8cm display is a touchscreen. At 22 pages mer minute, it can turn out mono pages quickly and it’s not much slower in duplex mode

Canon Pixma Pro-100S

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9. Canon Pixma Pro-100S printer

Affordable A3+ photo printing

Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer | Print speed: 15ppm | Paper sizes: up to A4 | Paper capacity: 100 | Weight: 8kg

This looks and feels like a professional-level photo printer, but compared to most A+ models, it’s relatively inexpensive. Nonetheless, the sturdy body houses a sophisticated eight-ink print engine capable of turning out superb quality photo prints. As well as plus-sized prints, the main paper tray can hold 150 sheets of A4. It would suit a pro, or semi-pro photographer, or sit well in an office that calls for high-quality colour prints. Unlike its predecessor, the almost identical Canon Pixma Pro-100, this model now has Wi-Fi built in.

Brother MFC-J5945DW

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10. Brother MFC-J5945DW printer

This inkjet all-in-one prints as fast as a laser

Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet MFD | Print speed: 22ppm | Paper sizes: up to A3 | Paper capacity: 500 | Weight: 21kg

Rapid print speed   
High paper capacity
Inconsistent prints 
Less economical than laser

Brother has a long line-up of business printers that include both laser and inkjet models and this inkjet brings the best of both worlds. It prints high-resolution photos on glossy photo paper and with inkjet tech being smaller, Brother has managed to give this desktop unit the ability to handle A3 paper. The rapid print speed of 22 pages per minute is a fast as many lasers.

Read the full review: Brother MFC-J5945DW