After what seemed to be a very long wait, almost 6 full weeks, the EPSON Artisan 1430 finally came off of back order and arrived shortly thereafter. On at least 3 occasions during my wait, I debated on whether or not I had made the right choice opting instead for the competitorâ€™s entry level wide format model or possibly the more expensive EPSON Stylus Photo R2280. As I am a photo print at home newbie not wanting to invest too much and donâ€™t output much black and white, I stayed the course and waited out the delay. I am happy that I did! I utilize a secure 802.11n Wi-Fi network therefore it was my desire to set up wirelessly. I had read mixed reviews about the setup, whether or not I needed a USB cable for initial hookup but chose to try this over the air. The printer connected flawlessly. Print speed is not all that fast but I typically print 5x7 or 8x10 in low volume therefore this was not a factor in my selection. Manufacturer print speed specifications appear fairly accurate as noted for the various sizes, but this is not this devices strong point. Photo quality is. I must say the quality of Claria dye inks when used with EPSON photo paper is first rate and can hold up with the best the usual local box /drug store markets provide. Prints made on Ultra Photo Luster and Ultra Photo Gloss papers are tack sharp and a true reproduction of contrast and color as I selected in post. I have yet to try other third party papers and paper profiles so have no verdict on that at this time. Speaking of which, there was no need for any addition color correction which surprised me. Believing I would have to make some type of adjustment this printer reproduced exactly what I see on the monitor and this was â€œright out of the box.â€� Note that B and W prints will usually contain a slight color cast. There is only one black and no dedicated grey scale inks which are compensated by the use of the colored inks. I found that adding a slight sepia tone will generally work to hide any unwanted hue. I have not tried this trick with Matte papers. If you are not printing in higher volumes, the occasional black and white or like me, want to give home printing a try without spending a lot up front to do so, I would highly recommend honing your skills on the EPSON Artisan 1430 but you may have to wait as either high demand or limited production runs appear to limit availability.
We originally used the Avery 6467 Removable Labels for Job Folders and loved them. I prefer the Address Label size for my folders because I can add more information and make the top line larger for easier viewing (and locating in a hurry.). Turns out they make the Removable Labels in Address Label size, Avery 6460. I use these on manila file folders, on the outside of filing cabinets and other places. They are sticky enough for permanent labeling, yet remove cleaning when you need to replace the label or re-use a folder. I now use them for ALL my folders: Personnel folders, AP vendors paid, Project Folders and even Insurance and To-Do labels for short-term assignments. I cut the sheets in half and use the half-sheets in the laser printer when I only need one or two labels at a time. The half sheets eventually get shading on them from printing one label at a time and start to turn grey over time. We re-use most of our manila folders now!!
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