HP makes a variety of A3 inkjet printer for home or office use and they run the gamut in terms of price, print quality and design. The following article will give an overview of the three most popular HP A3 printers covering overall design, price and print quality.

First in the lineup is the HP Photo Smart B8550 color inkjet printer. This model retails for about 150 to 200 dollars in the online market place though you may end up paying more at a brick and mortar location. It currently retails for 224.99 on the HP website. The printer features 1200 x1200 dpi print quality, A3 plus and USB connectivity. It can print 4x6 and 13x19 inch photos as well as 12x12 scrapbooking pages. A 2.4 inch color display allows users to select, display and print images without a PC and allows for direct printing from Pict-bridge enabled cameras. A five ink printing system prints lab quality photos and the unit also allows users to only replace cartridges that are needed. The 8550 comes in a white and small outer shell that is sleek and user friendly. The LCD screen flips up on the left side of the printer and below on the left corner are 5 slots for various memory or USB devices.

Next in the hot seat is the HP Officejet 7000 inkjet printer. This is a wide format printer targeting work teams of 3 to 5 people. It features a user friendly LED control panel with an ink cartridge status indicator. Four individual ink cartridges are used to print high quality photos and color printouts. There is a 100 sheet output tray that supports A3 and B-size and a 150 sheet input tray that supports the same sizes. Other features include high speed USB 2.0 connectivity, a 384 MHz processor and 32 MB of RAM. Built in Ethernet connectivity cables make networking a breeze. The printer retails for about 160 to 210 dollars in the online market place. It is similar in size and design to the previously mentioned B8550 however it comes in black and has no flip up LCD screen.

Last but certainly not least is the HP Business Inkjet 2800dtn inkjet printer. This model is probably overkill for consumer use however it is a reasonable package for the office user. It features a 400 sheet input capacity, 24 ppm black and 21 ppm color draft speeds, 4800 optimized dpi color, and four individual print cartridges with long-life print heads. A back lit LCD allows users to control the printer free of the PC for some functions. The unit has a high volume monthly duty cycle of 12,000 pages and the printer can support volume printing. Sophisticated networking technologies are also integrated into the printer. It is compatible with PC's, Mac's and major network operating systems. The 2800 retails for about 700 to 800 online and for a slightly more in the store, not for the faint of heart. It has a well rounded two tone color scheme and rectangular design. The unit is much larger than that of more consumer driven printers but for what it can do you can spare the space.

Shopping for a good HP A3 printer is not as hard as it seems. With the printer models listed above, it should be no problem finding the printer that will work best for you.