Best A3+ and A2 Photo Printers

When you are no longer excited looking at your photos printed on an A4 paper, then I think it’s time to start hunting for a new A3+ or A2 photo printer. By having your photos printed on an A3+ or even an A2 paper you would never loss that ‘wow’ factor again. Your photos will have more visual impact than ever before and that’s why many keen amateurs and professionals use these printers to print their photo work.

To help you getting the right printer, we have gathered information and reviews on 5 A3+ and A2 photo printers; the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II, the Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II, the Epson Stylus Photo 1400, the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 and the Epson Stylus Photo R3000.

Canon Pixma Pro9000 mark II

Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

The Canon Pixma Pro9000 mark II is an 8-color dye-based ink system with 2-way paper feeding which can accommodate paper up to 13×19 inches (rear feeder) and up to 14×17 inches on its front feeder. It features Photo Cyan, Photo Magenta and Red ink tanks with Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) which can produce resolution up to 4800 x 1200 dpi. The printer is also equipped with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface.

Getting The Canon Pixma Pro9000 mark II printer ready to use is very easy and quick. What you need to do is install the ink cartridges, install the software, and start printing photos.

Print Quality
This printer is at its best when printing vibrant landscape photographs. Photos look as if they were printed at a photo lab. Well, I can even say that they’re better than the prints from many Online Printing Services when printed on Canon paper. Ink usage efficiency is also great. The drawback of not having any grey cartridges can be seen as soon as you start to do some B&W printings. Black-and-White photos are looking a little dull with not much detail in darker tones. Having said that, if you do lots of color printing, you can’t go wrong with the Canon Pixma Pro9000 mark II.

The Canon Pixma Pro9000 mark II is the beast in color printing speed department. It can print twice times faster than other printer on this class. It can deliver great A3+ color print in less than 2 minutes. However, Do not expect the same result when you print a B&W photos. Printing speed can slowing down up to 2m 9s for producing A4 borderless B&W in maximum quality color mode, and can take 15m 9s to print the photo in greyscale mode.

Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II

Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

The Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II uses Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) which has a printing resolution up to 4800 x 2400dpi with 10-full color LUCIA pigment ink system to give rich color and produce professional-quality photos is unmatched, include 2 Way Paper Feeding feature for printing up to 13×19 inches and has USB 2.0 Hi-Speed to fast connection.

Installing the printer is very fast and easy.

Print Quality
I was quite impressed with the Canon Pixma Pro9500 prints in A3 size Mark II is capable of rivaling other printers in its class with a result like in the photo lab prints.

Print Speed
The Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II is not a fast printer for printing photos has a speed rating of the most sluggish in its class. To print high quality color photos in setting up this printer proves to have the same speed as the Epson A3 + printer that is 10 minutes or more for a 13×19 inches print.

Epson Stylus Photo 1400

Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

The Epson Stylus Photo 1400 has a print resolution up to 5760 x 1440 dpi with 6-color Claria dye-based ink technology for beautiful prints up to 13×19 inches long that can last up to 200 years in an album. This printer comes with a tray of CD / DVD that allows you to print images or text to a CD / DVD which equipped with Adobe Photoshop Elements software to process images, create brochures, posters, and others. This printer also has a Hi-Speed ​​USB 2.0 and PictBridge ™ port for connection.

The installation process is easy and quick just by connecting the printer to the computer and then install the necessary drivers and follow the next steps to complete.

Print Quality
The result is high quality photos with smooth gradations of color, sharp and good detail. But we were quite disappointed when printing black and white that looks too dark in grayscale. It can be solved by printing in the regular color mode that will produce far better results. Printing on premium paper semi-gloss and matte paper will produce good color and detail. Overall, this is a GOOD printer.

Print Speed
The Epson Stylus Photo 1400 takes up to 1 minute 59 seconds to print a 15×10 cm sized photo on premium glossy paper Epson, it still pretty fast. But for size A3 + photo printing without a full frame requires quite a long time: 11 minutes 1 second.

Epson Stylus Photo R2880

Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

The Epson Stylus Photo R2880 offers 8-color ink set with Epson UltraChrome K3™ with Vivid Magenta Ink technology to produce a satisfactory print quality with print resolution up to 5760 x 1440 dpi. Designed to print photos in large size, this printer uses Radiance technology feature to ensure a smooth color transitions and finer detail. It also using the features of the Advanced Black-and-White Photo Mode to control the neutral or toned black & white prints. With a tray for CD/DVD, you can print photos or text directly on your CD/DVD. The printer use two Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports and one PictBridge™ port for connectivity.

The installation process is not too difficult and quite fast. You just need to follow the instruction sheet or the software CD that came with the printer.

Print Quality
With Epson 8-color ink UltraChrome K3 system, the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 produces a pleasant printing by offering bright colors and black and white is good even on glossy paper that is a challenge for this type of printer.

Print Speed
The Epson Stylus Photo R2880 is designed for professional photo printing with a speed of the average in the class of pigment-based printer. To print an A3 + printer takes 4 minutes 13 seconds, while for print A4 takes 1 meit 59 seconds and to print a 15×10 centimeter-sized photos in high quality takes 1 minute.

Epson Stylus Photo R3000

Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer use 9-color ink set Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink that combined with Epson’s innovative MicroPiezo AMC print head to produce an amazing image quality up to 13×44 inches with print resolution up to 5760 x 1440 dpi. With AccuPhoto HD2 features that provide precision placement of each individual droplets of ink, this printer produces consistent color and highlight is very accurate. The printer is equipped with Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet and Wireless-N for it connectivity.

The printer installation process fairly quick and easy. It equipped with easy instructions to follow in, the installation process will take place quickly and easily. You only need to install cartridges in the printer and then connect the printer to the computer and proceed with installing the required software. After the installation is complete, your printer will be ready to use for printing photos.

Print Quality
The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 can print images on various kinds of paper with excellent quality and have excellent color saturation.

Print Speed
The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 has a good print speeds than its predecessors. To print 13×19 inch in high quality mode will take this printer approximately 6 minutes 45 seconds.


The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 offers excellent print quality on every photo papers we tested. We just love the colours, contrast and detail. They are superb. This printer also allows you to print on a variety of media, from roll to cut-sheet fine art paper and board up to 1.3mm thick. If you often printing your photos in both colors and black & white then we definitely recommend this printer.

For those who rarely printing in Black & White The Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II would be the best choice since the printer produces the best color photo printing on glossy paper.

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