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The underlying printing process employed by laser printers is known as Xerography, and is characterized by no liquid chemicals being used. A laser beam is used to transfer an electrostatic image to the photoreceptor drum. However, 2 closely related printer technologies rely on the use of either LED’s or LCD’s to produce an image on the photosensitive drum. This brings both advantages e.g. cheaper to manufacture and have a smaller footprint, but also disadvantages e.g. lower resolution, when compared to conventional laser printers. Given that all 3 print processes are Xerographic in nature, it is common for them to be grouped under the generic term ‘Laser Printers’ in many magazines and websites.
As you will discover, Tabloid Laser Printers have numerous advantages over other types of laser printer and competing printer technologies, and it is for these reasons why they are so appreciated by businesses both small and large.
In addition, as the price to performance ratio of wide format laser technology continues to improve, Tabloid Laser Printers are now found more commonly in the home office environment. The ability to be able to print high quality, wide format documents and other media in high volumes now opens a world of opportunities to everyone and is no longer the reserve for just large businesses and corporations.
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When a person first comes across the term Tabloid Laser Printer, the most common response is to question what the term ‘Tabloid’ actually means.
Tabloid Laser Printers are a type of wide or large format laser printer that are capable of printing on paper up to and including the following dimensions:
- The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) specifies a size of 11 x 17 inches (279 x 432 mm with an aspect ratio of 1.5455) and is known as ANSI B, B or Tabloid Size. Ledger size is 17 x 11 inches i.e. a rotated version of Tabloid Paper Size, therefore a Tabloid Laser Printer is sometimes referred to as a ANSI B, B, 11 x 17 or even a Ledger laser printer.
- ANSI and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) represent the 2 most common standards in use today worldwide concerning paper size. The ISO equivalent to Tabloid Size is known as A3 and has a size of 11.69 x 16.54 inches (297 x 420 mm with an aspect ratio of 1.4142).
Fortunately, most modern wide format printers can print in both Tabloid and A3 formats. This minimizes potential document compatibility issues resulting from differences in size between ANSI and ISO standards and is of particular importance with regard to business relationships between North America/Canada and the International community.
Examples of Tabloid size laser paper:
Tabloid Laser Printers that are capable of printing to a larger format size known as Tabloid Extra have become increasingly popular in recent years. Tabloid Extra represents a Tabloid Paper Size of 12 x 18 inches ( 305 x 457 mm).
Our Tabloid Laser Paper Review looks at 10 products and gives an overall recommendation for tabloid sized (11″ x 17″) laser paper suitable for general printing and for business or professional applications.
The extra ‘real estate’ offered by printing in large or wide format has many applications which appeal to both small and large businesses. In addition, as the price of wide format printers becomes more affordable, they are becoming an increasingly attractive proposition for the more discerning home user. Examples of situations where wide format printers (including tabloid laser printers a.k.a. 11×17 laser printers) are used on a regular basis include: