Canon's Pixma iX6550 is one of an increasing number of medium-format printers on the market that allows you to print to A3 while remaining relatively affordable, as it can be bought online for around £160.
Compact, for an A3 printer
To be able to accept A3 sheets of paper, the Canon iX6550 obviously has to be larger than your average inkjet printer. It's certainly quite wide measuring 549mm, but it's not all that tall and deep, at least when the paper trays aren’t pulled out. With the trays, which can accept up to 150 sheets, fully extended for use with A3 sheets, the footprint does become quite large. However, the trays are telescopic so you don’t have to have them pulled all the way out if you're not using those larger sheets, which helps save a bit on space.
Like a lot of models targeted at home users, Canon has given the top of the printer a glossy finish, which initially looks quite appealing. Unfortunately, though, it really does show up fingerprints quite badly, so with a lot of use can quickly start to look a bit grubby. Around the sides, the chassis is finished in matte plastic, which is easier to keep clean.
This model doesn't have any networking support, so the only way to connect it to your computer is via USB. Unfortunately there's no other USB port, so the printer doesn't support PictBridge for direct printing from a digital camera. It also lacks memory card slots, which perhaps isn't surprising as there's no LCD screen either. In fact, the only controls on the front are a power button and a cancel button – all other settings are controlled via the printer's driver software on your computer.