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Economical A3 Printer

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I'm a graphic design student looking for an economical colour A3 printer, my uni lets us print a single side of A3 at 60p and we're required to print a lot of A3 sheets constantly. Every term I sp… Read More
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11m, 2w agoPosted 11 months, 2 weeks ago
I'm a graphic design student looking for an economical colour A3 printer, my uni lets us print a single side of A3 at 60p and we're required to print a lot of A3 sheets constantly.

Every term I spend over £50 on printing easily.

I was wondering if anyone knows of a possible A3 printer used for offices as I've looked at all in one home solutions and the reviews for a lot of them seem to be quite mixed.

The only thing I really need it to do is print A3 in colour and be fairly economical to run, accept paper thickness upwards of 160+gsm and double sided printing would be amazing.
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11m, 2w agoPosted 11 months, 2 weeks ago
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So £50=120 @A3
To be in profit you will need to spend at least £150 to £200 on a decent inkjet and then factor in the inks possibly around £10 a set which should enable you to print about 50-100 pages max at A3
You will be in profit After spending about £400 to £450 but then the printer may break down and jets clog up and inkjets are very s l o w!
In my opinion it's a big risk and for me not worth it just stick to the uni


Edited By: sowotsdis on Aug 09, 2016 09:49
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sowotsdis
So £50=120 @A3
To be in profit you will need to spend at least £150 to £200 on a decent inkjet and then factor in the inks possibly around £10 a set which should enable you to print about 50-100 pages max at A3
You will be in profit After spending about £400 to £450 but then the printer may break down and jets clog up and inkjets are very s l o w!
In my opinion it's a big risk and for me not worth it just stick to the uni

What he said!
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sowotsdis
So £50=120 @A3
To be in profit you will need to spend at least £150 to £200 on a decent inkjet and then factor in the inks possibly around £10 a set which should enable you to print about 50-100 pages max at A3
You will be in profit After spending about £400 to £450 but then the printer may break down and jets clog up and inkjets are very s l o w!
In my opinion it's a big risk and for me not worth it just stick to the uni

Thanks for the insight, the numbers I gave were just from what I remember from my uni's printing program the last time I checked and are probably a bit of a conservative estimate. I can't look up the actual amounts anymore as they've been wiped now that summer's in swing. But I've apparently printed 587 pages over 203 print jobs with most of those probably being A3 prints.

I also live with 2 illustration students and 3 other graphic design students so if I did get one we'd probably all be using it. But as you mentioned, reliability and durability aren't exactly that great from what I've seen which is what's mainly put me off from buying anything so far.

But thanks for the advice, I just thought I'd ask to see if there was anything really viable for someone in my situation :)

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