Before purchasing this printer I read all about it and I read quite a few reviews on the Artisan 1430, some almost discouraged me from buying. I decided to give it a try anyway, and I must say that I did not have any trouble downloading the software and I had my printer up and running in less than 25 minutes. I am truly delighted with this printer as I am with the other 3 Epson printers I have and use.
I have had my Artisan 1430 for about 5 months. I have had other Epson printers because of the long print life but the pigment inks clogged the print head if left unused for vacation etc. So I bought the Artisan and love it. First thing I noticed that anything I printed on any surface looked to be the correct color no shifts on CDs or glossy, satin, or mat papers. This was 1000% better than the pigment printers. Also seems to print on more surfaces not needing special coating. Longevity of prints is outstanding; I put a print out on a screened in porch getting sun most of the day in Florida for 3 months and think I can maybe detect some possible fading. Everyone loves the vivid and accurate colors. Only complaint is this printer does not come in larger (17") format.
I ordered this printer one week before Christmas. After many years of great printing my Ebson R280 stopped printing good photos. I needed to finish a Christmas gift project, and had about 125 pictures left to scan and print. The Ebson V550 scanner gave me good pictures to print ,nice scanner . The Artisan 1430 came over night 3 days before Christmas . It was easy to install ,and the wi fi install was no problem. " I had it hooked up to two pc's. I was back in business and finished Christmas day. I was surprised at the quality of print , It's an Epson. The Artisan is a wide format printer also ,I can't wait to do some wide and large format prints. For the money I think this is a great printer and prints fantastic quality photo prints.
So far I have printed 31- 8 X 10s - 4-11 X 17s & 3 11X 14s with very good results. The set up of the printer was EZ. The print speed is great. The colors are right on. I don't understand some of the negative reviews of the Artisan 1430. So far I have only used the inks that came with the printer so I can't tell how much it will use. I have only had the printer for three weeks but so far I love it. I used my last Epson printer for about 8 years printing 1000's of prints I hope i will do the same with the 1430.
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