I prefer Epson for two reasons: 1. the high quality of the printout with color that doesn't fade, and 2. the fact you can replace individual colors as they run out instead of having to buy a color cartridge with tri-color. My only complaint is that if you haven't used the printer in awhile, you often have to clean the cartridge heads. (This is a function of the printer - you don't have to do it manually.) Is does take a minute or two, and and does use up a little ink. This printer prints great photos on glossy paper, too. And it scans documents to your computer very easily.
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!!
This printer is user friendly, easy to set up for people like me that are not tech savvy. Printer quality is great. Ink prices are reasonable to refill.
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