I have been using this scanner for about two years. I bought it to scan negative film and it does a great jpb. However, I originally bought it to scan 4" x 5" negatives. It does not do negatives that size. It scans color and black and white pictures and documents with great clarity. My only con is that it will not scan my 4" x 5" negatives. Mostly my fault for not reading the description of the scanner.
Purchased this to replace a Photo 1400 that was only 3 years only that had stopped feeding paper properly. Although I don't do that much printing anymore, when I do, it is mostly 8-1/2 x 11 and larger. I like that the 1430 takes the same ink and is functionally about the same, although it seems a little faster. The print quality is excellent, as has been the quality on the last 4 Epson photo printers I have owned back into the late 90's. If anything, the quality seems to get incrementally better with each generation of printers. Each new one just doesn't seem to last as long as the previous one. (The first one I had lasted 12 years.)
The Artisan 1430 is an exceptional printer, however, the wireless connection was a, "Bear" to get it to connect. Otherwise, I would have given this printer a 5 star rating.
I am blown away by the quality of HiRes scanning. I have been scanning old family photos, and when I set the scanner to its highest scanning ability I have been able to print old grainy sepia tone images, which were originally 5 x 7 in size, to large format beautiful b/w images with great detail! I LOVE this scanner!
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