As their name suggests, A3 photocopiers are designed to handle larger paper sizes (a piece of A3 paper is twice the size of a sheet of A4). They tend to be bigger machines than their smaller cousins and they are a more popular choice with company’s that have specific photocopying needs. Research and development departments, designers, planners and engineers are among those who need a photocopier capable of handling A3 size papers.
It is often the case that A3 photocopiers are at the top end of the range in terms of additional features and capabilities, which of course means that they are not always the cheapest machines available. If your business has only basic photocopying requirements – perhaps for record-keeping purposes – then it may be advisable to choose a smaller machine, like a desktop photocopier that only handles A4 sizes. This will be the more cost effective choice. However, if your company needs to produce high-quality copies at larger sizes, an A3 photocopier is essential.
Such a machine can represent a significant investment so getting the right machine at the right price is of primary importance. Even within the specific range of A3 handling photocopiers, there is a wide range of models with various functions and capabilities. From compact desktop models that simply include an A3 feeder tray, to large-scale floor standing machines that can produce A3 copies of exceptional quality, and at very high speed.
The only way to get the best deal is to get multiple quotes from a selection of reputable suppliers. That way, you will be able to assess the overall standard of the machines on the market and weigh up the pros and cons of the various models. Having a number of different quotes will also give you a clear idea of what your budget will need to be.
Consequently, it pays to go into any decision making process with the right information to back up your choices. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to a few of the best A3 photocopiers currently on the market.
This machine is for making high-quality black and white copies, and has 600 x 600 dpi print resolution. A floor-standing machine, the imageRUNNER 2420’s sleek and stylish design nevertheless ensures that its footprint is minimal. Its standard output capacity allows for up to 250 sheets of A4 and 100 sheets of A3, but with added trays this can go up to a maximum of 1,080 sheets in total. It has an energy efficient running operation and can print locally via USB. Perfect for small businesses with a high-volume photocopying requirement.
Fast and flexible, this machine includes scanning, printing and faxing functions, as well as copying, and has a copy and print speed of 24 ppm for black and white A3 sheets. It also does colour copying, and has customisable settings for improved performance and efficiency. The print resolution is an impressive 2,400 dpi, and there is a range of finishing options, including an internal stapler, stacker and stapler, an optional hole puncher and a booklet maker. The automatic feeder has a capacity of 110 sheets, and the input capacity is 1,095 for a standard model – but this can be increased to as much as 5,095 with added trays.
The Brother MFC-J4620DW is another desktop machine, this time a multi-function printer which includes an A3 bypass tray, making it an ideal choice for a small business which has only intermittent need for A3 photocopies. Capable of making colour copies, as well as black and white, it has an intuitive LCD touch-screen and wireless connectivity. Unlike the other machines featured in this article, it only prints on one side, but its compact size and practical interface make it an excellent choice for a home-based business or a small office in which space is at a premium.