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Epson Stylus Office B1100 A3+ Printer Review
Epson Stylus Office B1100 A3+ Printer Review

The Epson Stylus Office B1100 is capable of printing up to A3+ and offers great value for money. Using five Durabrite Ultra ink cartridges, two black, cyan, magenta, yellow; printing costs are good and quality perfectly acceptable for poster printing and larger documents.

Printing at speeds of approximately 2.5 pages per minute for A4, text can be a little feathery but perfectly acceptable. A3 prints are completed in less than a minute with good colours and detail on plain and photographic paper. Full colour A3 photographs can take around five minutes, which is normal for this size and type of printer.

The B1100 has no Ethernet connection or Wireless capability and so cannot be added to a network. There is only one paper tray (at rear) which holds approximately 100 sheets so it is not possible to load two different types of paper media at once.

The Epson Stylus Office B1100 uses not one, but two T0711H higher capacity black cartridges to product quicker Ink coverage across the larger A3+ area. T1002 Cyan, T1003 Magenta, and T1004 Yellow cartridges complete the four colour set. No extra Light Cyan and Light Magenta colours here as this is not primarily a photographic printer. A Rhino cartridge set of colours costs around £40, while the Black Giraffe sells for approximately £10.

This machine scores poorly on features but overall results are excellent. The B1100 produces well defined colours, detail and clarity; however black text can be fuzzy. This makes this printer best suited to producing A3 posters and brochures containing pictures and graphics. Photographic quality is good, if not comparable to dedicated, more expensive Photo models by Epson. Being just a four colour ink system means it lacks the colour gamut to compete with the six colour Epson R1400 for example, but for £150 this machine is a real bargain. Buy it now if you have the desk space!

Update:
Compatible and refillable Ink cartridges are now available for this machine. Priced around £14 for a complete set, they offer tremendous value reducing printing costs. Refillable cartridges that you refill yourself offer even greater savings for heavy printer users.


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