Top Choice On a Budget

Canon Pixma ix6820

  • OS Compatibility :Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 , Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP1, Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3 32 bit13; Mac compatibility : Mac OS X v10.6.8 v10.913
  • Utilizes Air Print, Google Cloud Print and PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS)
  • Fine print head technology (Full photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering)
  • High performance 5 individual ink tank system.Auto Sheet Feeder 150 sheets
  • 9600 x 2400 dots per inch maximum print resolution; Print Resolution (Up to): black: 600 x 600 dots per inch, number of nozzles: color: 4,096, black: 1,024, total: 5,120
If you’re on a budget but still want to be able to print in a wide format the Pixma IX6820 is a good choice. And not just because the price tag is low. The PIXMA also happens to be one of the most highly-rated printers on the market.

Capable of 9600×2400 DPI and able to print up to 13×19 means this things is a great bargain. It doesn’t provide any other functions like scanning or copying but it is a great low priced option that still allows you to print in a larger format.

Pros

-Comes with an extended 1-year warranty and affordable price tag.

-Wireless operation gives you options on where to place your printer.

-The black cartridge ink tank is extra-large for fewer refills.

Cons

-The larger cabinet may not work well in your small production space.

-Owners have complained about output speed and software glitches.

HP DesignJet T120 Large-Format Inkjet Printer

Best Overall

HP Designjest T120

  • Take control of your print jobs print technical documents in house and help save time and money
  • The most compact 24 inch printer is the perfect fit for your studio or office
  • Fits anywhere place this printer on your desktop, shelf, or wherever it’s convenient with the optional stand
  • Move this printer any time, any place with Wi Fi connectivity, all you need is a power plug
  • The professional look and feel of this printer is designed to complement your workplace
If money were no object or if my shop was doing a lot of business I’d buy the T120. It has a couple major advantages over the Canon Pixma IX6820. For one it prints 24 inch wide transparencies. That’s the standard size for screen printing frames, so it’s not limited to 13×19.

It’s also capable of using rolls of transparency film rather than sheets. Using rolls will save you lots of money long term. You won’t need to use a whole sheet if you only need a 8 inch long print. You also save a lot on rolls over cut sheets.

You know the manufacturer, but are you aware of the fact that HP makes a large-format inkjet printer that features the wide mouth you need to turn out graphics as wide as 24-inches?

This is another studio quality printer capable of amazing prints. Using the company’s signature thermal inkjet technology, owners of this transparency printer can expect smooth manual sheet and roll feeds and intuitive operation plus a touchscreen LCD readout.

Wi-Fi connectivity is at your fingertips thus you can control transparency production from iOS and Android devices any time you like. What you won’t do with this printer is print anything other than artwork.

Pros

-Achieve optimized resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi for crisp, solid output.

-Get fast processing speed and energy savings thanks to multiple environmental certifications.

-Print head works with a variety of color inks and you can feed media up to 11.8 mil thick.

Cons

-This is an industry quality printer, and it comes with a hefty price tag.

-Do you use third party ink cartridges? HP says this printer only works if you use their cartridges.

Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Inkjet Printer

  • Take control of your print jobs print technical documents in house and help save time and money
  • The most compact 24 inch printer is the perfect fit for your studio or office
  • Fits anywhere place this printer on your desktop, shelf, or wherever it’s convenient with the optional stand
  • Move this printer any time, any place with Wi Fi connectivity, all you need is a power plug
  • The professional look and feel of this printer is designed to complement your workplace
The Artisan line is one of the top options for small businesses and independent creators and Epson has been creating quality printers for many years.

We’ve selected the Expression Photo HD XP-15000 because while it’s fairly new, it’s amassing a huge fan club. Output is high-def, vibrant and the wide-format (13- x 19-inches) gives you room to churn out horizontal images for t-shirts that won’t wind up under wearer’s arms.

This isn’t a home or business inkjet printer. The Epson XP-15000 is custom made for printing artwork, high quality transparencies and studio quality photos.

Pros

-Delivers 5760- x 1440-dpi images that are grain free.

-Has a Claria ink system with 6 individual colors, each of which can be replaced solo when it runs out.

-One company used this printer to make thousands of heat transfers seamlessly in place of an industrial printer.

Cons

-Better keep your wallet open; this is expensive.

-Some users have complained of paper jams when using thicker, better quality paper.

Brother Inkjet Printer MFC-J985DW

  • SIMPLE TO CONNECT: Versatile connection options with built in wireless, Ethernet, or connect locally to a single computer via USB interface
  • MOBILE PRINTING: Print wirelessly from mobile devices(1) using AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan, Mopria and Wi Fi Direct
  • CLOUD CONNECTIVITY: Print from and scan to popular Cloud services including Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive,(2) directly from the MFCJ895DW
  • NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATIONS (NFC): No network setup needed for NFC one “touch to connect” mobile device printing and scanning(4)
  • FOR USE WITH BROTHER GENUINE INKS: LC3011BK, LC3011C, LC3011M, LC3011Y, LC3013BK, LC3013C, LC3013M, LC3013Y
  • AMAZON DASH REPLENISHMENT ENABLED: Upon activation, Amazon Dash Replenishment measures the ink level and orders more from Amazon when it’s low
This Brother inkjet printer is another general purpose office machine. That doesn’t mean you get short shrift on technology or features. This machine was designed to be cheap to operate, transparencies only cost about 5 cents each to print.

Processing speed is a respectable 10 per minute and connectivity requires only a Wi-Fi connection. Scan and print other projects using this printer, too.

Pros

-Spend less money for more pages using Brother’s unique INKvestment program.

-Get a 2-year limited warranty plus unlimited free phone support.

-Wireless printing options include AirPrint; Google Cloud Print; Brother iPrint&Scan.

Cons

-If you expect to output wide graphics, this machine may not be your best bet.

-Not connected to a wireless network? This printer won’t work for you.

HP ENVY 4520 Wireless Printer

 

 

  • Main functions of this HP color inkjet photo printer: copy, scan, fax, wireless printing, AirPrint, touchscreen, Instant Ink ready so you’ll never run out of ink, and more
  • Print laser-quality documents and lab-quality photos from your smartphone or tablet
  • Optional quiet mode helps keep noise to a minimum
  • Designed to fit your life: Save your space with a compact all-in-one designed to fit on your desk, on a shelf, or anywhere you need it
  • Paper sizes supported: Letter; legal; 4 x 6 in; 5 x 7 in; 8 x 10 in; No 10 envelopes

 

The HP Envy 4520 is another all-in-one option if you need good print quality but can’t justify dedicating a machine to just printing transparencies.

The Envy even interfaces with Alexa. It’s simple and cheap to run and the print quality is great for screen printing transparencies.

It’s not a wide format printer but is very capable and should be able to handle anything your business needs.

Pros

-Simple set-up and easy connectivity to a smartphone or tablet.

-Gets extremely high performance remarks from consumers and reviewers.

-Save money on both the machine and ink cartridges.

Cons

-Sells out fast, so if you see and want this Envy, grab it.

-You may not want to get involved with the ink replenishment program.

And the winner is….

Conclusions

If saving money is your main objective when you launch your search for a printer capable of handling your screening projects, both the Brother Inkjet and HP Envy (the least expensive of all) should be your first considerations when you shop. Either one could be considered the best printer for screen printing film. 

At the other end of the continuum, we are impressed by both the Epson Expression and HP DesignJet because these two are as close to professional as one can get without going commercial. Prices are hefty and within the same ballpark, but the ability to output wide, solid art can’t be dismissed. If you’re willing to write the check, choose either of these and you’ll be a happy screener.

Our top pick is the Canon Pixma iX6820 as the best printer for screen printing positives. The print quality and ability to print on wide formats makes it a perfect option for screen printing negatives. It’s also really simple to use.

OUR TOP CHOICE!

Canon Pixma iX6820 Business Printer

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