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A3 vs. A4 MFP

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When searching for a new printer for your home or office, you may come across the terms A3 and A4. This refers to the paper sizes that the machine is designed to handle.

  • A3 is 11.69 x 16.53 inches which is similar to (U.S. sized paper) Ledger 11″ x 17″.
  • A4 is 8.27 × 11.69 inches which is similar to (U.S. sized paper) Letter 8 1/2″ x 11″.


An A3 printer, copier, or MFP is designed to handle A3, A4, letter, legal, ledger, and some smaller sizes such as postcards and envelopes. Matching the right class A3 MFP to your total printing volume provides a better overall running cost than an A4 laser printer, even if the A4 is less expensive! If you have a high print volume and are looking for more optional equipment, an A3 is perfect for you. With this type of printer, you can print out an entire 12-month plan, rather than printing them on two A4 pages and sticking them together. This provides a neater, more professional look. You can even print out large posters or banners for your business, giving you the highest quality of print. You will not have to outsource the resources you need to print to another company; you can print your materials yourself!

Kyocera’s A3 Multifunction Printers are diverse and when it comes to selecting one for your specific business. You will be purchasing a machine that has a low impact on the environment and will save costs, yet is speedy enough to complete tasks on time.


A4 printers, copiers, and MFPs are smaller and more compact. It is designed to handle A4, letter, and legal, but not A3 or ledger sized paper. A4 machines will also typically handle some smaller sizes, like postcards and envelopes. An A4 machine is the right choice for you if you are looking for a small printer that is not needed for special projects.

Kyocera’s A4 Multifunctional Printers are created to have a commitment to responsible environmental management, providing cost-savings for businesses while educating enterprises to be more environmentally-aware.

Which Machine Should You Choose?

The most significant difference between A3 and A4 machines is the size. Many offices typically use letter and legal sized paper. However, some may use a larger ledger size for engineering documents, making booklets, menus, and design layouts. It all depends on your office’s day-to-day functions. If your office requires equipment options like large capacity trays, 3-hole punching, folding, finishing, or stapling more than 50 sheets at a time, a full-size A3 machine will likely be the best option for you. Smaller and lighter A4 machines generally have only light-duty options available. Before deciding on a printer, assess your budget and include ongoing maintenance costs as well.

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For over 50 years, Carraway Office Solutions, Inc. has been serving the productivity needs of Eastern North Carolina businesses and organizations. Carraway Office Solutions works hard to keep pace with the changing environments of office needs and solutions offering customers a wide range of options to meet their needs. Visit us online or give us a call today!