A top quality printer is a vital weapon in any graphic designer's arsenalMany graphic designers create images that are lifelike and use bright colors and as such, they printers that are able reproduce this. The color, resolution, and speed of a printer are all things that graphic designers need to take into consideration when looking for a device that can replicate what they have created onscreen. However, whereas large graphic design companies can afford top of the range high-cost models, freelancers might not have the same luxury, so it always pays to shop around.

Printers for Companies

Graphic design companies print a much higher volume of designs on a daily basis and need a printer that can keep up to speed without losing any of the quality. Epson is a great brand that offers the best warranty for their products. The Xerox 7880 wide format printer is a fast and cost effective option. It produces high quality images and can print up to 14m² per hour. Another option is the Xerox Phaser 7760, which prints up to 35 pages per minute and also prints with great detail. Another option is an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Professional edition in tabloid size, which prints 17 inches wide.

Printers for Freelancers

Graphic design freelancers who print less than graphic design agencies, but still want high quality, have lots of options. Canon Pixma is a great line for freelancers, especially the iX6520. It’s very economical and although it only uses four color cartridges, prints stay true to the original image. The Epson 1400 prints up to 13 inches wide and has a great paper feed system. The Canon Pro9000 Mk II uses eight different inks and is designed for more frequent use. This is great for graphic design freelancers or smaller volume companies. The Xerox Phaser 6130 is also a great choice for a home office.

Keep in mind that there are two main choices: laser jet or ink jet. Even though laser jets are faster, the color quality isn’t always the greatest and, as the toner cartridge empties, the colors lose their brightness. Inkjets have the best color quality, but if they get wet, the colors smudge and the work is ruined. The inks in laser jets also last longer than an inkjet.

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