The best photo printer that I've ever had. I've had three others. Any size printing area from 2 to 13 inches wide. Really sharp Photo Printing. I have used this product less than a week, but have used other photos printer from Epson for about 10 years. (Artisan 50)
Recently my 2009 "Artisan 50" began to produce prints with pale 1/16" horizontal lines at 1" vertical spacing Two days of fiddling with cleaning fluid, squirted from a syringe though the carriage ink spikes and other cleaning procedures was to no avail! (If I choose "Text" or "Text & Image" I get lines. If I choose "Photo" or "Best Photo" I get good text or photo prints!) I bought the C88+ since I previously owned a C80. I liked the the waterproof "Durabright" inks that don't soak into the paper or "show though" on double sided printing. (I had to use 28lb paper to be able to print on two sides with the "Claria" inks used in the Artisan 50). I have run a few test prints though the new C88+ and obtained the expected satisfactory results. I was not able to use the Printer Software CD since each of the 10 times I tried to it only came up on the screen in French. I can see that the CD does have the installation procedure in English. I gave, plugged the printer into my computer, and used the "Installation Wizard" software for newly detected Hardware! It worked. Thank you for a nice home use inkjet printer. Now you just need to halve the cost of your inks! Gordon Hindle. 40 years a Technical Illustrator.
The Artisan 1430 looks and acts simpler than my 8-year-old R1800 that it replaced. Images are Epson- grade (superior). They still seem to be having a little trouble with paper-handling, though. Every so often, the 1430 will go into exaggerated paper-grabbing motion, reminiscent of the R1800. It seems to be another printer that you wouldn't want to simply load and walk away from. If you're making limited-edition high-quality prints from art or photos, this printer is a good choice.
I have used my Epson Artisan 1430 Inkjet Printer now for about 4 months. Besides it's quiet operation, I find the ink usage very good. I do a lot of color prints mostly 8 X 10 and the performance is excellent! I would buy another in a heart beat/
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