Last updated on February 15th, 2020 at 06:45 pm
If you are unfamiliar with transparencies, they are sheets of plastic film with a glossy finish made by reacting acetic acid with cellulose and sulfuric acid. The result is the sheets of plastic we often see being used on overhead projectors.
Transparencies can be found in different forms ranging from; transparency films with stripes, device-specific films with special coatings, multi-purpose transparency film designed to function in multiple printers, paper-backed and thick transparencies.
Printing on transparencies can be extremely stressful for the simple fact that most printers are not designed for transparencies. Users often experience issues such as opacity, paper jams, ink smudges, and many more.
But how does one know which printer would work best for printing transparencies? We scoured the market and conducted a well-informed research to find you some of the best offerings available in the market. When printing transparencies, it is prudent that you opt for a printer dedicated to printing transparencies. However, if a dedicated printer is out of reach, we would recommend that you opt for an inkjet printer. This is because inkjet printers can deliver precision and print opacity that other printers are incapable of providing. Below are some reviews of the best printers for transparencies that you can consider buying.
Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-Format Printer
A lot can be said about this fairly new ultra HD printer. The Expression Photo HD XP-15000 lives up to Epson’s standards of creating high-quality printers. This inkjet printer is designed for printing high-quality transparencies and professional quality photos. The vibrant 5760- x 1440-dpi print quality can be attributed to the printers 6-color Claria ink system that has an ultra-wide color gamut and produces enhanced black-and-white prints. Finally, it boasts a 200-sheet front tray and supports automatic dual-sided document printing.
- You can print wide format prints that are up to 13 x 19 inches wide meaning you can create both vertical and horizontal prints.
- The print output quality is unmatched and grain free.
- The Claria ink system uses six individual cartridges that run independently and can be replaced individually when they run out.
- This printer requires a lot of patience as our research discovered that a lot of users complained of experiencing paper jams quite frequently.
- The printer is somewhat expensive.
HP Envy 4520 Wireless Printer
This multi-purpose printer is one of the most sought-after printers in the market, and it is often sold out as soon as it is available. It boasts two-sided duplex printing, wireless printing and delivers excellent print quality. It is one of those printers that in our opinion, offers value given its cost and the number of features that users get when they acquire the Envy 4520. This printer will not disappoint and will handle all your business needs. Plus, you can enjoy the printer’s Alexa interface alongside with the Instant Ink replenishment program.
- The printer is voice activated, and users can use an Alexa activated device to print.
- Users can perform multiple functions such as printing, scanning, and photocopying on the HP Envy 4520.
- Installing and setting up the printer is exceptionally straightforward.
- Users can print remotely from the HP ePrint app using their smartphones or tablets or with the AirPrint app.
- You get a one-year limited hardware warranty upon purchase.
- The printer cannot deliver wide format prints.
- Not everyone wants to join the HP ink replenishment program.
Brother Inkjet Printer, MFC-J985DW
If you are in business or are a general-purpose office and are looking for a cost-effective printer, then the Brother MFC-J985DW is what you should be considering. With prints costing only 5 cents to produce, this printer is designed to operate cheaply, and it does so using the Automatic duplex two-sided printing and ink use that is under one cent per page for black and white prints and less than five cents per page for colored prints. The printer can be used for multi-purpose functions and has Wi-Fi connectivity.
- The Brother MFC-J985DW Printer comes with a two-year limited warranty.
- Through AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and the Brother iPrint&Scan app, you can print wirelessly from any location.
- You save money that you would have otherwise used to replenish cartridges thanks to the unique INKvestment program.
- The printer is amazon dash replenishment enabled, and therefore, your toner levels are measured, and more ink is ordered from Amazon when the amounts are running low.
- You cannot use this printer if you are not connected to a wireless network.
- We have seen better output quality for wide print graphics.
HP Designjet T120 24″ ePrinter
Now if money is not a factor that defines your printer choice, then the DesignJet T120 is a printer that you should definitely consider purchasing. Given it is much larger than the other printers we have mentioned but its capabilities are awe-inspiring. For starters, the printer can handle transparency rolls, which will help you save on costs, and it prints 24-inch-wide transparencies. HP does not disappoint with this printer as the printer is quite intuitive, and the roll/sheet feeds are smooth. The Designjet T120 also boasts Wi-Fi connectivity, a touchscreen LCD screen, and exceptional output quality.
- You can use media that is as thick as 11.8 mils.
- The printer has multiple environmental certifications, including an energy saving one.
- The processing speeds on this printer are unmatched and one of the best we have come across.
- You get crisp, solid output with print resolutions of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi.
- The printer is not cheap.
- Users are restricted to using HP ink cartridges, so if you prefer 3rd party ink cartridges, this may be a challenge for you.
- Given that the printer is an industrial printer, it has a large footprint and occupies a lot of space.
Epson SureColor P800 Inkjet Printer
The Epson SureColor P800 is undeniably a great printer if the high-quality professional prints are anything to go by. It is ideal for printing transparencies as it has been adapted for printing multiple media. With nine different colored inks and several black shades, you can expect stunning colored output and awe-inspiring greyscale images. The printer has been adapted for use with paper rolls, which means you can save some little coin compared to if you were using sheets.
- The touchscreen on the Epson P800 is remarkable and very responsive.
- If you are constantly changing your network connections, the printer is capable of recalling information, so you do not have to repeatedly key in your Wi-Fi password.
- The output colors are Deep and highly saturated, which makes the print quality to be outstanding.
- The printer is extremely compact and lightweight, with a small footprint.
- The manual feed tray is not ideal for thick fine art paper. Subsequently, if you work with multiple media aside from transparencies, your experience will be less than likable.
- Paper alignment on the Epson P800 is stressful and annoying as you have to correct it to avoid regular paper jams.
- Ink wasting when switching between glossy and matte black papers or vice versa is a common occurrence with the printer.
When choosing a printer for transparencies, the key thing that you should bear in mind is that you want a printer that can deliver a wholly opaque film that prevents light from bleeding around and through the images when you are projecting. This ensures that your images are crisp and remain highly detailed. Transparencies are delicate and non-porous in nature, and it is, therefore, crucial that you have the right printer for the job; otherwise, you will end up with messy prints that are smudged. Be sure to conduct your research; that way, you are certain that the printer you choose can meet your needs. Also, remember to familiarize yourself with the printer as well as its settings to avoid mishaps when you are printing the final print. Feel free to contribute your thoughts on our list above and let us know if you have any other printers that you would recommend for transparencies.