Colour A2 Photocopier Costs Overview
An A2 photocopier is also known as wide format photocopier and is a name usually given to photocopiers that are able to produce prints or copies A2 to A0 in size. These photocopiers are commonly used by architects, graphic designers, advertisers and construction designers to produce large formats and accurate prints and plans.
A2 photocopiers come as both colour and black & white models and may offer scanning, fax and printing functions. In this case, what you will be looking at is an A2 multifunction printer rather than a dedicated photocopier.
This article will explain the costs involved in purchasing an A2 photocopier and what to consider when making a choice between different brands and models.
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A2 photocopier costs
The price of a new A2 photocopier will depend on a few factors. Whether the printer is for your home or your office, the following will all have an impact on how much it costs:
Prices also vary between brands, and can be affected by whether you’re buying from an authorised or unauthorised dealer.
Many businesses find leasing a photocopier to be a more cost-effective solution in the long run, as maintenance and toner costs are often included in the monthly fee – although this will depend on your service level agreement.
Whether a photocopier is right for you, and whether it’s best to buy or lease it, will depend on your business needs – so be sure to think about these before choosing a photocopier and making a decision.
The best full colour A2 photocopiers
To make your life easier, we’ve included a quick rundown of some of the market’s leading A2 photocopier models below.
|Photocopier||Lowest price||Best for|
|Epson SureColor SC-P5000||£2,000||Proofing|
Epson SureColor SC-P800
|Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000||£950||Photographers|
|HP DesignJET Z9 24||£950||Quick printing|
|Canon imagePROGRAF iPF5100||£1,350||Posters|
Now let's dive into some more detail on each model…
Epson SureColor SC-P5000
Best for proofing
As with all technology, the proof is in the pudding. We’d always recommend trying before buying, but you can take our word for it on this one – you’ll struggle to find a better professional A2 printer and proofer than the Epson SureColor SC-P5000.
It provides 99% pantone solid coated colour accuracy, using ultrachrome HDX inks to bring brilliant brightness to your prints. Ideal for architects and photographers, you’re guaranteed long-lasting quality, and it’s really simple to set up. For this model, you’re looking at just under £2,000.
Epson SureColor SC-P800
Best for panoramic prints
Looking for more printing freedom? The Epson SureColor SC-P800 is one of the only A2 printers on the market with a roll paper function, breathing life into your panoramic or banner prints. You’ll get high quality results, too.
Impress your clients by giving the truest representation of your photographs with this printer’s nine-colour UltraChrome HD ink-set. Better yet, it’s suitable for tech beginners thanks to its new intuitive interface. Prices start from approximately £799 excluding VAT.
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000
Best for photographers
Photographic prints are king with this Canon model. But why does it reign supreme in this department? It comes down to the Lucia Pro 12-ink system, which produces breathtaking, borderless images. Plus, this printer will fit neatly on your desk, making it perfect for smaller studios.
Whether you’re printing gloss, matte, fine art papers or canvas imagery, the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 easily handles high volumes, while offering wireless and Cloud connectivity. This professional A2 photo printer is available for approximately £950.
HP DesignJet Z9 24
Best for quick printing
You can impress your clients by printing at jet speed with this HP model, thanks to its integrated vertical trimmer that reduces post-production time by up to 20%. This is the first printer to include such a feature. Also, compared to previous HP models, the HP DesignJet Z9 24 prints 2.5 times faster on average.
One of the more expensive printers on our list, costing around £3,600 including VAT, this is ideal for large art studios and engineering companies. Despite its industrial size, it creates extremely high quality prints with its 2400 nozzle-per-inch HD print heads.
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF5100
Best for posters
Another Canon in our arsenal, the iPF5100 A2 printer has a unique 12-colour pigment ink system. On top of that, it has the brand’s widest colour gamut, providing the deepest, richest colours you can get from Canon.
This model is ideal for photographers, fine artists and others, thanks to its 1,000 poster templates and images. Its price can range from around £1,350 to £1,650.
Second hand copiers
If you’re in the market to buy a second hand photocopier, it may be worth considering that you can currently get a refurbished A2 photocopier from around £400 to £800.
Otherwise, a decent, brand new A2 copier will generally set you back around £1,000 to £1,500.
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