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Wide Format Printers

Large format printers (also known as plotters or wide format printers) are a growing requirement for many businesses. If you are looking for the best large format printer, then you should consider some of the following points to help you decide which printer will be best for you.


Printing of large format media (including A2, A1, A0 and bigger) either in mono or full colour is a requirement for many businesses. The high cost of buying these machines new has often prevented business from investing in their own equipment. Sudden Impact’s offering of refurbished large format printers makes this much more achievable.


In our industry, Hewlett Packard are generally considered to be the market leader in wide format printing. Models such as the Designjet 110/130 series are an ideal entry level machine for single users or small offices wanting to print up to A2 sized documents or drawings. However, for the larger office or multiple users, we would recommend the Designjet T1100 or T1200 series machines.


What type of images do you want to print?

Some plotters are more suitable for line printing (for example design and technical drawings) while others are better suited to poster, advertising and full colour banner printing. Plotters configured for line printing may generally have fewer colour options but will be much quicker when printing. For printing block colour poster type prints, plotters will have greater colour capability with the focus on quality rather than speed.


What size media will you need to use?

For anything larger than A3 media, you will need to look at a wide format printer. A3 laser printers are readily available as are colour inkjets, but for A2, A1 and A0 or larger, you will need purchase a plotter. Refurbished plotters start from as little as £400 for a desktop A2 unit. Please call us for availability.


What type of media do you want to print on?

Certain models of plotter will allow you to print on media such as canvas, vinyl, gloss and bespoke media.

The smaller models tend to use cut sheet media, while the larger models allow you to use roll feed media.

Once you have bought and installed your plotter, it quickly becomes an important part of your business. With this in mind, you should consider a Sudden Impact Service Contract or Preventative Maintenance Contract. That way, you have the peace of mind knowing that if your machine breaks down, one of our engineers can attend, and either fix it, exchange it or offer a loan machine to minimise disruption and downtime.


Sudden Impact is able to supply, repair and refurbish plotters and wide format printers. We have a team of qualified technicians who have many years of experience in repairing these printers. We can also provide specialised advice and support when it comes to choosing one of our machines.


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