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A3 Laser Printers compared to A4 Laser Printers

The following article compares A3 laser printers to A4 laser printers and gives examples of features found in lower and higher price groupings for:

•  A3 and A4 monochrome laser printers 

•  A3 and A4 colour laser printers 

 

Price

Economy of scale dictates product price. Manufacturers need to cover costs, overheads and still make a profit in order to stay in business. In general, the demand and subsequent sales volumes of any product are directly related to the ability of the manufacturer to regulate the price of a product. e.g. lower demand and smaller sales volumes result in manufacturers having less ability to lower prices.
However, as consumers are becoming increasingly technologically minded, the desire and expectation for owning faster and more capable equipment grows proportionally. Therefore, increased demand and lower costs of manufacturing laser printers has resulted in entry level A3 printers that are now within the price range of small businesses and increasing numbers of home offices. In addition, manufacturers tolerate minimal profit from the actual sale of the laser printers in the expectation that recompense will follow from future sales of printer related consumables e.g. toners, fuser assemblies.
 

Performance

A3 laser printers typically have greater memory and capacity making them very efficient and economical A4 printers.
 

Footprint

A3 laser printers have a significantly larger footprint which has the advantage of making maintenance easier. As technology evolves, the ongoing trend is toward smaller, less bulky and lighter printers, and one would expect to pay a premium for the current smallest versions.
 

Print Size

Being able to produce excellent quality prints in full poster size, banners and newsletters is a major appeal to buyers of A3 printers.
Who Uses A3 Laser Printers? shows some of the applications and types of businesses that regularly use these wide format type laser printers.
 

In the examples below, remember that prices fluctuate so always apply due dilligence.

Example: Comparative features of monochrome A3 and A4 laser printers from lower and higher price groupings

 

Product

Epson EPL-N2550
A3 monochrome laser 
£1068.08 (inc.VAT RRP)
Internet prices from 
£487 inc vat

 

Xerox Phaser 5550
A3 monochrome laser 
£2291.25 (inc.VAT RRP)
Internet prices from 
£1829 inc vat

 

Xerox Phaser 3250V/D
A4 monochrome laser 
£233.83 (inc.VAT RRP)
Internet prices from
£152 inc vat

 

Lexmark T654n
A4 monochrome laser 
£797.83(inc.VAT RRP)
Internet prices from 
£627 inc vat

 

Print Method

EPSON AcuLaser Monochrome

Phaser laser printer Monochrome

Phaser laser printer
Monochrome

Lexmark laser printer
Monochrome 

Print Resolution

1200RiT (Epson Resolution Improvement Technology)

Up to true 1200 x 1200 dpi
at full rated speed

600 x 600 interpolated
(up to 1200 x 1200
enhanced image quality)

1200 Image Quality
1200 x 1200 dpi
2400 Image Quality
600 x 600 dpi

Print Speed for
Black Text A4

Up to 30 ppm 
(A3: 17 ppm)

Up to 50 ppm 
(A3: 28 ppm)

Up to 28 ppm A4

Up to 53 ppm A4

Print Speed for
Colour Text A4

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Print Speed     
for Photo

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ink Cartridges

Black:
Approx. 15,000 pages
£199.59 (inc.VAT RRP)
(1.33 pence per page)
Colour: N/A

Black:
Approx. 35,000 pages
£94.38 (inc.VAT RRP) (0.27pence per page)
Photoconductor Unit 60,000 £258.03 (inc.VAT RRP) (0.43 pence per page)
Colour: N/A

Black:
Standard
Approx. 3500 pages
£72.73 (inc.VAT RRP)
(2.01 pence per page)
High Yield
Approx. 5000 pages
£87.44 (inc.VAT RRP)
(1.75 pence per page
Colour: N/A

Black:
Standard
Approx. 7000 pages 
£201.70 (inc.VAT RRP) 
(2.88 pence per page)
High Yield
Approx. 25,000 pages 
£463.14 (inc.VAT RRP) 
(1.85 pence per page)
Extra High Yield
Approx. 36,000 pages 
£495.10 (inc.VAT RRP) 
(1.38 pence per page
Colour: N/A

Paper Capacity

400 A4 standard
1,500 A4 optional input  
(60-210 g/m² )

1,100 A4 standard 4,100 A4 optional input  
(60-215 g/m² )

251 A4 standard

501 A4 optional input  
(60-176 g/m² )

650 A4 standard

4,300 A4 optional input  
(60-176 g/m² )

Media Size

Up to 4 paper sources and max. monthly print volume
of 100,000 pages. Automatic Duplex Unit.
A5, A4, A3, B5, B4, LT, HLT, EXE, LGL, GLG, B(Ledger), GLT, F4, Monarch, Com#10, DL, C5, C6, ISO_B5; From 76.2 x
99.9 mm to 305 x 508mm

Up to 6 paper sources and max. monthly print volume
of 300,000
A/letter, A3, A4, A5, A6,
B4 JIS, B5 JIS, B6 JIS, Executive, Large US Postcard, Legal, Small US Postcard, Statement, Tabloid, US Folio; Custom sizes: 89 x
98 mm
to 297 x
432 mm

Up to 3 paper sources and
max. monthly print volume
of 30,000
Depending on tray: 
76 x 127 mm to 
216 x 356 mm and 
105 x 148 mm  to 
216 x 356 mm

Up to 6 paper sources and max. monthly print volume of 275,000

0 Envelope, 7 3/4 Envelope
9 Envelope, A4, A5
DL Envelope, A6 Card
Executive, Folio
JIS-B5, Legal, Letter
Statement, Universa
l

 

 

 

Example: Comparative features of colour A3 and A4 laser printers from lower and higher price grouping

 

 

 

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Product

Epson Aculaser C9200N
A3 colour laser printer
£2872.88 (inc.VAT RRP) 
Internet prices from
£2207.88 inc vat

Kyocera FS-C8500DN
A3 colour laser printer  
£7999.99 (inc.VAT RRP) 
Internet prices from
£3,266.24 inc vat

 

HP LaserJet CP2025
A4 colour laser printer
£292.58 (inc.VAT RRP)
Internet prices from 
£248 inc vat

 

Kyocera FS-C5400DN
A4 colour laser printer
£1199.00 (inc.VAT RRP)
Internet prices from
£999.99 inc vat

Print Method

EPSON AcuLaser Colour

Ecosys laser printer

In-line colour laser
printing technology

ECOSYS colour printer

Print Resolution

2400 RIT (Epson Resolution Improvement Technology)

600x600 dpi multi-bit technology 
(9,600 dpi effective)

Up to 600x600 dpi

600x600 dpi Multi-bit technology
(9,600x600 dpi effective)

Print Speed for
Black Text A4

Up to 26 ppm 
(A3: 13 ppm)

Up to 55 ppm 
(A3: 28 ppm)

Up to 20 ppm  A4

Up to 35 ppm  A4

Print Speed for
Colour Text A4

Up to 26 ppm 
(A3: 13 ppm)

Up to 50 ppm
(A3: 25ppm)

Up to 20 ppm  A4

Up to 35 ppm  A4

Print Speed     
for Photo

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ink Cartridges

4 replacement toners: 
Black: 21,000 Pages 
£220.58 (inc.VAT RRP) 
(1.05 pence per page) or Photoconductor Unit 50,000 pages £238.64(inc.VAT RRP) (0.48 pence per page)
Colour: 14,000 pages   
£268.23 (inc.VAT RRP) for each colour 
(1.92 pence per page) or Photoconductor Unit 30,000 Pages £177.28 (inc.VAT RRP) (0.59 pence per page)

4 replacement toners: 
Black: 25,000 Pages 
£173.9 (inc.VAT) 
(0.70 pence per page)
Colour: 18,000 pages   
£252.63 (inc.VAT) for each colour (1.40 pence per
page)

4 replacement toners: 
Black: 3,500 Pages 
£122.2 (inc.VAT RRP) 
(3.50 pence per page)
Colour: 2,800 pages 
£115.15 (inc.VAT) for each colour (4.11 pence per
page)

4 replacement toners: 
Black: 16,000 Pages 
£128.19 (inc.VAT RRP) 
(0.80 pence per page)
Colour: 12,000 pages 
£143.35 (inc.VAT) for each colour (1.19 pence per
page)

Supplied with black cartridge(8,000 pages) and colour cartridges
(6,000 pages)



Paper Capacity

350 A4 standard
1,850 A4 optional input  
(64-256 g/m² )

1,100 A4 standard
4,100 A4 optional input  
(60-220 g/m² )

300 A4 standard
550 A4 optional input
(60-220 g/m² )

650 A4 standard
2,650 A4 optional input
(60-220 g/m² )

Media Size

Up to 5 paper sources and  max. monthly print volume
of 150,000 pages 
A3, A4, A5, A6, B4, B5, LT, HLT, GLT, EXE, LGL, GLG, F4, MON, DL, C5,
C6, C10, IB5, Transparency (Custom size from
76 x 99mm to 305 x
508 mm)

Up to 5 paper sources
and max. monthly print
volume of 225,000 pages 
A4, A3, B5, A5, A5R,
A6R, Letter, Legal and
all other custom paper
sizes

Up to 3 paper sources
and max. monthly print
volume of 40,000 pages
A4, A5, A6, B5 (JIS),
10 x
15 cm,16K,
envelopes (ISO DL, ISO C5, ISO B5), post cards
(Standard #10,
JIS Single, JIS Double)
(Custom size from 76 x 127
to 216 x
356 mm)

Up to 6 paper sources and max. monthly print volume of 150,000 pages

A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Letter, Legal, Custom (70 x 138 mm and 105 x 148 mm to 216 x 356 mm)                             

 
 
 

 

Articles

1 History of Laser Printers
2 How do Laser Printers Work?
3 LED and LCD Printers - Are these Laser Printers?
4 Laser Printer and Photocopier - What is the Difference?
5 Laser Printer Paper - A3 Size and its Equivalent
6 Toner Cartridges - What are the Different Types?
7 Choosing a Laser Printer – How to Make an Informed Choice
8 Where to buy a Laser Printer and its Consumables - High Street v Internet
9 Basic Maintenance of Laser Printer
10 Who uses A3 Laser Printers?
11 A3 Laser Printers compared to A4 Laser Printers
12 A3 Colour Laser Printers compared to A3 Monochrome Laser Printers
13 A3 Colour Laser Printers compared to A3 Colour Inkjet Printers
14 Why does a Laser Printer cost more to buy than an Inkjet Printer?
15 Laser Printers: Health and Safety

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