Over the years, printing has evolved to communicate many things. Apart from the normal paper printing, human needs and imaginations have expanded into pasteboard, a paper stock that is thicker and more durable than normal writing or printing paper.
Cardstock printing requires high-quality printers that can handle pasteboard printing. Such printers come in many forms and models. They take more toner and ink than the normal regular or traditional printing, but with fewer paper jams and wastage.
I will take a review of some of the best cardstock printers available.
1. The Epson Artisan 1430
The Epson Artisan 1430 is one of the worlds best high-resolution cardstock printer with a capability of borderless printing taking paper sizes of up to 13 inches by 19 inches. The high color definition is capable of printing very high-quality, scratch-resistant longer lasting pictures. With print resolutions of up to 5760 by 1440 dpi, it’s inarguably the best printer for exceptional photos, images, gallery pictures and marketing campaigns materials such as product brochures and sizeable flyers.
This printer technology also employs the use of individual color cartridges that can be replaced individually without having to buy cartridge packs every time any of the cartridges get depleted, as is normally the case of most ordinary multifunctional printers.
It cannot be used for printing large documents such as big billboards.
2. Dell Wireless E525W
Dell Wireless E525W is an attractive all-in-one printer. Users find the multifunctionality very convenient and its rather not-so-big size very appealing. It’s a printer capable of cardstock printing even over wireless networks. Its Wifi feature makes for a clutter-free office space.
Its LED low-cost printing combined with the high-quality output, the Dell E525W easily stands out as one of the best cardstock printers.
This cardstock printer is suitable for highly exceptional quality printing for marketing materials such as trifold brochures, pictures, images and presentation slides.
Its LED printing makes it lower the cost of printing and makes it suitable for handling big projects. The Wi-Fi connectivity feature also makes it convenient for use in small offices that require fewer cables.
Other connectivity alternatives such as USB and Ethernet also allow for print over networks as well directly from storage devices that have USB connections.
It also delivers print quality of up to 600 dpi with acceptable print speeds and ID Copy printing capability.
It’s relatively big and a highly portable printer.
3. The HP LaserJet Pro 200
The HP brand has always had a name when it comes to laptops and printing devices. It’s no wonder that the HP LaserJet Pro 200 made it to our list. It is an attractive and highly functional low-cost printer with connectivity technologies that include Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB.
This printer is easy to setup even using the printer setup wizard. It gives high-quality printouts and supports cloud-printing, ePrint services, and remote printing vial emails or web browsers and apps.
Despite being a low-cost printer, it gives great quality print jobs at considerably fast speeds and comes with an interactive 3-5-inch touch control panel that makes it more user-friendly.
It comes with a feeder that requires cardstocks to be fed in one at a time.
4. Epson Workforce WF-100
The Epson Workforce WF-100 is one of the world’s smallest and lightest on the move printers that can be used to handle cardstock printing at home, in offices, while traveling or camping, for projects and research materials as well as adventures and road trips. This is a pick and carry printer that just suits almost every on the move printing requirements.
Furthermore, with the resolution of 4800 by 1200 dpi, you are assured of very high-quality print jobs for cardstocks. The paper feeding process ensures less folds and straight and neat printouts.
It’s capable of printing up to 8.5 by 14-inch paper sizes. This is in contrast to its compact design and in comparison, to other smaller or same printers in the market.
It supports connectivity through Ethernet, Wi-Fi and mini USB and comes with an internal battery. That means printing can be done even when not connected to a regular power source. Highly suitable for traveling and off-office print tasks.
The printer uses the 4-color (CMYK) drop-on-demand microPlenzo inkjet technology for exceptional print quality.
The printer uses the 4-color (CMYK) drop-on-demand microPlenzo inkjet technology for exceptional print quality. This is its undoing as the print cartridges have to be bought in packs. It is also not very suitable for bulk-printing.
5. Canon PIXMA Pro-100
The Canon PIXMA Pro 100 inkjet is one of the most suitable cardstock printers for very thick cardstock printing with a capability to handle a wide variety of cardstock papers.
Employing the 8-dye-based ink printing and an optimizer for images quality that makes it printout high-quality print jobs with a printing resolution of 4800 by 2400 dpi.
The Print Studio software makes it much more easier for you to get quality results from your preferred photo applications. Allows for Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB connection hence making it possible to do wireless printing.
It is not a multifunctional printer and can only be used for printing purposes, and the cardstocks have to be fed into the tray one by one.
Based on the review above, the best cardstock printer should be suitable enough for your needs. If you are a traveler, a researcher, a student or someone on the move, then smaller lighter and easy to pack printers will be more appropriate. For an office-based cardstock printing which mostly would be bulky, the more cost-effective ones will be more advisable.
Even though the operating costs such as the cost of cartridges or maintenance should be a consideration, the suitability of a cardstock printer should be based on many other factors. Such as the use, is it a business venture that has returns, e.g., for printing flyers, marketing materials that need to be of very high quality and appealing to the intended audience, or a project that has budget allocations for it or simply a printer for family photos, images or travel pictures.
However, in whichever situation, a cardstock printer needs to be easy to setup, easy to use and comes with the relevant features depending on what your specific requirements are.