It is getting very hard to find a 'stand alone printer.' Many will understand why I prefer a printer to be just a printer. I just replaced an Epson Stylus Photo 900 after 14 years of excellent service with the Artisan 1430. If it weren't for the 'long lasting image' ink used over the years in the 900 that machine could go on and on. That 'long lasting photo' ink hardened too much and eventually clogged the print heads. If the machine provided for access for mechanically cleaning the print heads the 900 would last another 14 years! The Artisan 1430 is essentially the same quality level with the addition of Large Format printing. I have used it for a few weeks now and am very happy with another Epson quality, high end consumer printer. The Artisan 1430 is great! This is also the opinion of professional Printer Repair shops; "the 1400 series has been great!" The set up was easy with the exception that unlike the 900 which could be plugged into the computer using USB or into the Mac Time Machine Wi-Fi hub with no special set up, the 1430 required 'set up' for both the USB connection and again for the 'wireless' connection to be recognized by the Time Machine Wi-Fi. Short of a continuous daily duty requirement, this has got to be one of the world's best printers! It sits next to the 2400 Flat Bed scanner which is still solid after 14 years as well.
We have had a number of different printers as we are semi-professional photographers and print our own prints. We have had Cannon printers and other Epson printers, but for the price, the Epson Artisan 1430 is by far the best with the fewest problems! We have yet to have a paper get stuck or any other problems that we have had with other printers. The ink lasts longer too. We highly recommend this printer!!
Epson makes one of the best inkjet printers that money can buy in my opinion. I do a lot of graphic artwork which if Im not making a sticker out of vinyl then I am normally having to print a vellum to make my screens for the silk screening process. This printer is very functional with exceptional print quality. It is very easy to set up and definitely user friendly.
The printer is amazing!! Exceeds in quality .. just a heads up if you get the blinking red lights on the ink and garbage button check your printer tray . The smallest amount of paper will make the error happen. Keep it clean people ! The best printer I've used in a while .
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