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.
A2 Photocopier Purchase Costs
The costs you will incur when sourcing a new A2 photocopier for your home or office can be affected by numerous different factors, including:
- Whether you’re buying or leasing
- Printing speed (Pages per minute)
- Printing capacity (Number of sheets held)
- Size & functionality
Price can also be affected by the brand of manufacturer that you choose and whether you are buying from an authorised dealer or an 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 included in the monthly fee – although this depends on your service level agreement. However, if you’re unsure whether to buy or lease, think hard about what your business needs are before choosing a photocopier and making a decision.
To make your life easier, we’ve included a quick rundown of some of the market’s leading A2 photocopier models below.
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 A2 Ultrachrome Photo Printer
The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 A2 Ultrachrome Photo Printer claims that with so many brands in the market, this is the one you can trust and "will be a perfect acquisition".
It's available from £900 to £1200 and has been given a five star rating on Amazon through numerous customer reviews. This printer is widely respected among photographers and according to one "...is always a regular choice. Epson have provided some excellent touches and this equals good value for money."
Epson Stylus Colour 3000 A2 Line Wide Format
This printer costs around £700 to buy new and is considered fantastic value for money. It may be worth looking around for a second hand model if price is an issue.
Epson Stylus Pro 4880
The Epson Stylus Pro 4880 is a very professional A2 printer and has been given a five star rating. Epson's website claims it "pushes the limits of photo quality printing" and will "deliver superb, contract quality results in vivid colour and stunning black and white".
This professional printer would cost more than £2,000 to buy new, but a used one is available from costs of around £600.
HP Designjet 130r Inkjet A1, A2, A3 Printer
This HP colour printer is perfect for graphic designers who require "exceptional image quality". It has internal colour sensor technology and produces high resolution images that resist fading. This printer needs to be pre-ordered and costs around £1,558.78 (inc VAT).
Canon Image PROGRAF LP17
The Canon image PROGRAF LP17 is one of the best choices available on the market today. It is capable of producing ultra-fast A2 prints in just 20 seconds.
Its other features include poster artist, economic printing, vivid colours, and borderless prints for maximum impact. It is suitable for a vast array of media types. Costs are around £1,270.
Canon IPF5100 A2 Printer
Another option from Canon would be the IPF5100 A2 printer. Their site claims an "exceptional" A2 print through the use of their unique 12 colour pigment ink system.
The iPF5100 large format printer delivers quick, consistent and impressive prints making this an ideal machine for photographers, fine artists and others. Costs are around £1,350 to £1,650.
Second Hand Copiers
If you are 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 A2 copier will generally set you back around £1,000 to £1,500.
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