Elmer Lin, NCARB, CSI
2120 18th Avenue San Francisco, California 94116
T: 415-566-7442 F: 415-566-1431
For what it is worth, I purchased an Epson WF-7620 for printing 11x17 (and 18x36 half size) drawings last year, having done so after convincing myself the Epson was going to be worth the extra cost of their most expensive ink (based on my previous Epson printer experience a few years ago). Well now just over a year later, the printer is smearing black ink over most of my prints; and looking under the cover there seems to be lots of 3 colors of ink on the foam matt (and I am only on my 2nd set of cartridges- plus I'm finding the high-capacity cartridges are somewhat hard to find). I don't know if I got a dud or if Epson quality has gone down, but knowing what I know now I would go with a Brother large format printer.
I have an Epson WF-7510 for 11 x 17's and often times the paper won't feed in unless I "push" each sheet manually.
-RVP, AIA, LEED AP
I have the Epson WF-7520 and also have many issues with the paper feed.
John E. Crowell
Deer Hill Architects LLC
40 Lowell Street
Peabody, MA 01960
We've been very happy with our Toshiba e-studio 2551c for the past few years. New it was a bit over $2k, so maybe you could get one used/reconditioned for your price point.
Frank M Guillot, FAIA
II have a Brother printer that is 6-7 years old. It keeps going and going. Model MFC 6490 cw. I think it cost about $300. Inkjet so I have to replace cartridges a few times a year. Good luck!
Ali Awad, AIA
Awad + Koontz Architects Builders Inc
10 West 58th Street
Minneapolis MN 55419
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I have had the Epson WF-7520 inkjet for years and am very happy with it. I believe the WF-7620 is the newer version ( https://epson.com/For-Work/Printers/Inkjet/Epson-WorkForce-WF-7620-All-in-One-Printer/p/C11CC97201 ). It has 2 trays so you can load 8.5X11 and 11X17. It doesn't get high volume usage in my office – maybe a ream of 11x17 paper per month – but has held up very well and the high capacity ink cartridges last a while. I believe the price is around $300. You can buy a lot of ink for the cost difference between this and a wide format color laser. Food for thought...