An 11 x 17 laser printer, also known as a Tabloid Printer, is a device that prints larger sheets of paper using laser technology. Laser printers in general mostly print regular A4 (8.3 11.7 in) sheets of paper, which are used commonly in homes and businesses. 11 x 17, or Tabloid paper, derives its name from common usage in tabloid newspapers.
A Laser printer is the latest type of printer on the market. Although more expensive than its predecessor, the Inkjet printer, the Laser is faster, quieter, lower maintenance and is capable of producing very high quality printouts even in color.
The most commonly available paper size is A4, which is used in homes and most businesses. Because of this, the standard printer will generally only be A4 compatible. As such, Ledger Printers (as they are also called) are typically only used by businesses, which require such papers sizes, such as newspaper companies. Due to the larger size of the printer, as well as the professional capabilities it has, a printer of this type will cost a lot more than a regular printer.
Inkjet printers, which are slower and lower quality than the Laser variant, have recently become available and rather cheap on the market, being capable of printing 11x17 paper. These are very useful for small businesses that want to print occasionally in ledger size, but previously could not afford it due to the expensive costs of using or owning a Laser printer. These can cost around 250, which are offered by Cannon, Epson and HP.
Most professional printers can print up to 12.28" x 18.5", which is the largest size. These printers are used for printing banners, large signs, tabloid size and even regular A4. However, if you only wish to purchase a Ledger compatible laser printer, it is best to avoid these larger models which can cost anywhere from 2000- 3000. Regardless, an 11x17 model is still large and pretty expensive.
A good way to store and carry the larger printouts made are poly envelopes. It can be hard to find good quality envelopes or any storage device, as most envelopes are made to contain A4 size prints. Poly envelopes, however, are rather cheap and can be purchased online for around 1.5-5 each depending on the quality and type.
Tabloid Printers are extremely valuable for business people who need large print outs, such as foremen, newspaper publishers, or graphic designers. These printers come with a host of valuable cutting edge features such as dual side printing, 1000 page storage capability, Ethernet connectivity, wide format printing, memory capabilities of more than 512 MB. It also includes built in networking capabilities, with high resolution printing of around 600 dots per inch, and some print at speeds of 50 pages a minute (black and white) and color printing option as well. Most of these print smaller size pages as well. This type of printer, although expensive both to buy and to use, is powerful and comes highly recommended for the professional who finds himself needing large printouts.