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 .
Easy to set up (be sure you have a temporary USB cable to set up the wireless feature), handsome design details (damped lid, nice), quiet operation, auto shutoff, very responsive in wireless mode. This printer is essentially similar to the Epson Stylus 1400 (with added wireless); the similarity is why I bought it. My 4 year old 1400 is slowly wearing down--it is very heavily used in our home business. Check out the reviews for the 1400 to get an idea of how well this printer design is liked. Now to the actual printing--this is one beautiful machine. I print many, many archival inkjet (Giclee-type prints) from scanned or photographed images of watercolor paintings with all sorts of wild colors to deal with on 140 lb high quality (ISO 9706) cold pressed watercolor and glossy photographic paper on my 1400. I use Photoshop CS5 to help with the color control. The prints are fabulous with excellent color. Images with large areas of very red and certain blue tones are a challenge--but so are those tones on my HP. The water-resistant characteristics of the Claria inks on soft fiber papers is disappointing. I will occasional get an errant drop of ink with my 1400 on a print ruining the print (the 1430 uses the same cartridges). I single feed most large sizes and occasionally have to give the heavy papers on my 1400 a little nudge to get it started. I mostly print 13x19s and 11 3/4 x 36, but also lots of 5x7s. The color is consistently great. Black and white photography not so great. It runs through lots of ink--be prepared (probably the only negative with this printer). Fortunately, there are frequent sales of 10-20% off in the office supply stores on the ink. Epson could do a better job with ink purchase coupons or just plain reduce the price. Overall, great printer, good industrial design, fairly priced with a generational reputation from the 1400 as a real work horse. To get a better wide format printer you will probably have to pay a lot more!
I bought it a month ago, waited 30 days to get to my location in Honduras. got here yesterday and printed 3 photos 8.5x11, nice colors, super fast, super quiet, I owned an Epson stylus pro 7900 before so this was really quiet, im familiar qith color out and quality of Epson products, however the bacl and white photo I printed did not PLEASE ME AT ALL !! I brownish almost magenta or sepia look, NOT GOOD !!! specially when I plan to provide diploma photos to several institutions, will have to figure out how to circumvent THAT !! thank you EPSON, * sarcastically*,, so this seems is going to take some troubleshooting, as opposed to my previous 7900 blacn and whites were deep blacks and it was all good, I thought I'd get the same results. heck, !! why did I think that? pigments, dye, claria !! all a big mistery and a big hassle to handle by itself, why Epson does not state clearly the intended uses for its inks. The worst part of this so far is the uncertainty of how much ink is there really in these tiny capsules, chuckles, !! these ink containers do not state how much ink there is in them, why? who know but I certainly want to know !!! the ink containers are similar to a box of matches, or a miniature soap like those found in motel 6 rooms, OKAY !! im exaggerating but regardless, these are small ink containers, how in the heck im gonna print the claimed 810 photos? how !!?? I barely printed 400 photos using the larger ink tanks for my Epson Stylus pro 7900 how im I gonna get 810 photos as Epson claims these small cartridges ink #79 will print? how? im gonna be a very upset customer if I find out on my own I don't get the 810 pages.. should I include links , directly Epson links claiming these will print 810 pages using Epson patterns for photos, yes I read it 40 times before plunging into the wallet for this investment. these are my initial concerns and impressions after having it a few hours.
I love the photos and prints I have made in the first few days I've owned my printer. Paper feeds perfectly. The only problem is the ink. I have printed only six 13" x 19" photos. And the yellow, light cyan and light magenta are already 1/3 used. I was expecting a greater yield from the printer based on the reviews I had read. And since the inks are so expensive through Epson, I am seriously considering using compatible inks that are 90% cheaper. Even though I know the quality won't be as good.
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