Posters! They adorn your walls when you’re a teenager; they provide you instructions at school, college, and work; and they advertise to you for literally your entire life.
The best poster printer, or large format printer, can give a massive boost to any business and its marketing strategies or can simply be a useful tool in a workplace when instructional posters are required.
We can’t think of a reason why you’d need one in your home unless you have a teenage daughter whose K-Pop fandom makes it cheaper to print the posters rather than buy them. But there’s a desktop printer on this list if you have to go down the route.
So, have a read on and see if there’s a printer for you.
List of Poster Printer
1. Canon imagePROGRAF iPF770
2. HP DesignJet T790ps
3. HP DesignJet T530
4. Canon imagePROGRAF TA-20
6. HP DesignJet T210
7. Canon imagePROGRAF iPF780
8. HP DesignJet T650
9. HP OfficeJet Pro 8025
10. Canon imagePROGRAF TA-30
Comparison Table for Top 10 Printer for Poster
5 Best Poster Printers Reviews
1. Canon imagePROGRAF iPF770
Canon is one of the most reputed brands in printing, and the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF770 is another winner from a company that continues to excel.
If you want to produce high-quality posters and do it with relative ease, then this large-format inkjet printer is most certainly for you.
This printer creates posters with exceptional detail thanks to a High-Density Print Head. You’ll be printing with a 2400×1200 dpi resolution on print media that can be a maximum of 36 inches wide and 59 inches long.
As with all top-class printers designed for producing vibrant, colorful images, you’re getting a decent ink-configuration. The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF770 comes with 5 individual ink cartridges (black, matte black, cyan, magenta, and yellow). You can use either a dye or pigment ink set.
Canon has tried to find ways to help you save ink, and therefore money. The iPF770’s sub-tank system has been designed to ensure that no ink is wasted. All of it will be used before a cartridge change. There is also an ‘Economy Mode’ if you want to save ink when doing draft prints.
You will find yourself with many connectivity options. Direct printing is possible from cloud services, and the imagePROGRAF Print Utility will allow you to print from devices such as an iPad.
Finally, you have a plug-in that allows you to convert MS Office documents and additional programs such as Poster Artist Lite, which can be used in poster creation.
1. Utilizes two channels of pigment black to produce precise lines
2. Fantastic line accuracy of +0.1% with thin 0.02mm lines possible
3. 15,360 nozzles in the print head and 4pl ink droplet size for amazing, detailed posters
2. HP DesignJet T790ps
The HP DesignJet T790ps is a wonderful printer for anyone who does as much work in black and white as they do in color.
With a resolution of 2400x1200dpi and a 6-ink configuration, this printer can produce stunning visuals and sharp, tiny lines.
What makes this an incredible black and white printer? That would be the 3 ‘black’ cartridges – matte black, photo black, and gray. These provide the chance for subtle changes of shades and deep blacks to enhance any image.
When printing black lines, you will get an accuracy of +0.1% and a minimum line size of 0.02. You won’t find many printers capable of better than this.
Not everyone wants to print the same print media. The DesignJet T790ps has been set up to handle media with a thickness of up to 0.8mm and as such can handle bonded & coated media types, technical paper, film, photographic paper, and self-adhesive media such as polypropylene and vinyl.
Setting this apart from other printers is the 8GB virtual memory, which allows you to print intricate designs from USB. This has the bonus of meaning you don’t require a high-performance computer to handle difficult work.
If you need to print drafts or work that doesn’t require the printer to go at its maximum, then there is an Economode that allows you to print two A1 sized sheets per minute.
Overall this is a larger poster printer that makes other poster printer machines look a little league.
1. Print in detail and with high accuracy in color, or in black and white
2. No computer required – print directly from a USB drive
3. Print gigantic posters with a maximum length of 300 foot
3. HP DesignJet T530
We’ve looked at some extreme wide-format printers thus far in this review article, but not everyone needs a giant poster printer.
While still a wide format printer, this particular HP DesignJet T530 has a maximum print width of 24 inches.
Despite being smaller, it does share many features with the large color poster printer machines that we’ve looked at so far.
Resolution, like the previous Canon and HP printers we’ve reviewed, is 2400×1200 offering you all the quality image printing of the larger machines. Other features that also remain equal are the line accuracy of +0.1% and the minimum line width of 0.02mm.
Differences come with the ink-configuration. This is a printer with a 4-ink system – black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. This is ideal for color printing, but you may want to consider one of the other options on the list if you do a lot of black and white work.
The HP DesignJet T530 may not be able to handle all the print media of larger printers as the maximum media thickness it can take is 0.3mm. But if you don’t print other than on regular print media, this isn’t going to be a problem for you.
As we’ve previously mentioned, the maximum width of this machine is 24 inches. Additionally, the maximum length is 74.7 inches. One thing to note is that this printer does not offer borderless printing.
Finally, this printer supports direct printing from Android. For all other devices, use the HP Smart App.
1. Obtain quick prints – A1 sized print media in 30 seconds
2. Access your files and print wirelessly thanks to built-in Wi-Fi
3. Design and print posters with the HP Poster Web app
4. Canon imagePROGRAF TA-20
We’ll take a look at a second large format poster printer from Canon now with the imagePROGRAF TA-20, which can print with superb quality onto print media up to a 63×24 inch size, depending on the type of media being used.
The 24-inch width is similar to the previous printer on this list, so it is most apt to tell you how the Canon and HP printers compare.
Unlike the HP, this printer does come with an extra black as part of its 5-individual color system. These are black and matte black. This feature alone immediately puts the Canon ahead of the HP if you are looking for a 24” wide format printer for predominantly black and white printing.
This printer is also an upgrade on the HP when it comes to the thickness of media it can print on. While the previous HP printer could take a maximum of 0.3mm print media, this Canon machine will handle print media up to a size of 0.8mm. That gives you a lot of extra options.
The imagePROGRAF TA-20 is an ideal printer for any business looking to make quick poster prints. If producing 24×36 inch posters, you can get up to 104 in just one hour. That is a fantastic speed.
Like the previous Canon printer we looked at, this model also has the sub-ink tank system that ensures a) all your ink gets used before a cartridge change, and b) you can change cartridges as the printer completes a job.
1. Save money by using up to 40% less ink when printing in Economy Print Mode
2. Capable of borderless printing
3. Utilizes an air feeding system to ensure paper stays flat during the printing process
The final large format printer we are looking at today is different from the other four we’ve reviewed in that it is designed to fit nicely on a desk.
We’re talking about the Epson WorkForce WF-7210, an extremely versatile printer that is capable of meeting the demands of many different people. In this case, the demand it fulfills is for smaller 13×19 borderless posters – the type you might see around a college campus or adorning the walls of any workplace.
With a 4800x2400dpi print resolution, this printer actually boasts the highest resolution of all the printers we’ve looked at despite being far and away the most affordable you will find on the list.
The WorkForce WF-7210 is best suited to be a printer for color posters, with its 4 cartridge setup including black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. All of these are pigment inks.
Your posters are sure to have vivid color and on top of that incredible detail, thanks in part to the resolution that we already mentioned, and also to the small ink droplet size of 2.8 pL. The finer details of all your most intricate designs will be well represented in the final print.
You will find a range of connectivity options with the WF-7210. This printer boasts Wi-Fi direct, so you don’t necessarily need to hook it up to a personal or work Wi-Fi connection. You also have the option of using Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Android Printing apps for your printing requirements.
1. Gain a productivity boost with high ISO print speeds
2. Borderless printing possible up to 13×19 inches
3. Monthly duty cycle of 20,000 pages means this printer is built to last
Poster Printer Buying Guide
When looking to purchase the best poster printer, there are a number of features you need to take into account. Here, we take a closer look at what those features are.
Resolution is always an essential feature of any printer.
With wide format printers, you have two options – either the type of printer that sits on a desk and can print up to 19 inches in width or the type of printer that requires its own stand and can print 24 inches and above.
The standard resolution for those larger printers at the more affordable end of the market is 2400x1200dpi, whereas the desktop wide format printers (which are a lot less expensive) tend to have a 4800×1200 dpi resolution.
So if you are mostly looking to print high-resolution posters that are 19-inches or less, it’s better to buy the desktop printer and go to the print shop for the occasional larger print.
However, if your business is mainly dealing in 24 inch plus posters, that type of printer is not an option.
While the resolution on the larger wide-format printers doesn’t seem to differ, the configuration does.
You’ll find printers with a 4, 5, and 6 ink-cartridge configuration.
The main difference between them is not actually how they print color, but how they pink blacks.
A 4 cartridge printer will only have one black cartridge; a 5-cartridge printer is likely to have a black and pigment black, while a 6-cartridge printer will add gray into the mix.
If you are doing a lot of printing in black and white, then it is better for you to go for the higher configurations. This will lead to much better shading in the posters you are printing.
Three things to look out for here because they can vastly differ. Width, length, and thickness are all characteristics you should look for.
Some printers print 19 inches wide, some 24, some 46, and so on.
Lengthwise we have seen printers that can print up to 300 inches.
Thickness is the one to be especially careful with because it will determine the kinds of print media you can use. Cardstock is thicker than regular paper, for example.
Most of the 24-inch plus printers seem to either deal with 0.3mm or 0.8mm as a maximum.
Those printing posters to show off design work, such as architects, require very precise prints. For this reason, line width and line accuracy are crucial. All of the 24-inch plus printers we have reviewed have a minimum line width of 0.02mm and a line accuracy of +0.1%.
We’ve come to the end of our look at the best printers for poster.
On our list, you have the option of two different types of printer—a desktop wide-format printer or a 24-inch plus wide format printer that requires a stand.
The main features you need to look out for are the ink-cartridge configuration. Do you need an excellent printer for black and white prints? If so, then a configuration with different black options is needed.
Finally, consider the type of print media you will be using. These printers cannot all take a uniform size, so check.