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The Artisan Epson Printer, despite being eight years old, still has a wide-array of connectivity options that will still get and keep you connected to the printer. Not only that, it’s ability to print photos on-par with the actual photographs rivals printers used by professional photographers. It’s why we consider it a best printer for screen printing, best printer for heat transfers, and best printer for art prints!

Why We Like It – Epson Artisan 1430

The Epson Artisan 1430 is another blast from the past printer that may sound a little outdated, but was quite up to date back in its day. Despite that, it’s a specialty printer that can churn out stunning, high quality prints using its six-color ink system that will still rival more modern-day printers.

Pros
  • Printer’s Photo Replication is Outstanding
  • Still Has a Variety of Connectivity Options
  • Compact for a Wide-Format Printer
Cons
  • Really Slow Print Speed
  • Plain Paper Output is Fair at Best
  • Potentially High Running Costs

Speed

The Epson Artisan 1430 Wide Format Printers are marketed mainly as photo printers and as such output quality, not speed, will be the main deciding factor of whether you get one or not. However, we know many of you do like to know print speeds, so after some research we found out that print speed is roughly 3ppm for both color and monochrome pages. This is outrageously slow, but remember it’s about the print quality with this printer, which is why it’s considered a best printer for cardstock. Still, check out the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 if you want something faster.

Print Quality

Epson Artisan 1430 Inkjet Printers have especially good photo printing capabilities and its photo quality representation is one of the best, bar none. Reproducing a color photo on photo paper or presentation paper matte yielded exceptional results. On plain paper the color was accurate, but a little washed out. But this also means that, if you need to print text documents, they’ll be a little on the washed out side too so be on the lookout for that. Check out the HP Designjet T120 if text documents are what you need more of out of your printer.

Efficiency

Epson Artisan 1430 Printers/Scanners come with your more advanced six color ink system: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, and Light Magenta. Because of this it’s very difficult to estimate running costs because we have no idea when the two extra ink cartridges will produce more ink. However, because there is no program you can join for cheaper ink, and considering the cost of cartridges without this program, it’s safe to say costs can run high if you’re not frugal. Check out the Brother Inkjet Printer MFC-J985DW if you want to save on running costs.

Advanced Features

The printer was first released in 2012, so it probably won;t have as many of the advanced features as many modern printers do. What it does have is a CD/DVD compatible tray for printing photos directly from those formats. But it does have wi fi and USB connections, as well as a PictBridge USB Port in the front. Mobile connections include the EpsonConnect App. Overall, the printer’s accessories still make it viable competition in the home printers market.

Value

The paper feed on the Epson Artisan 1430 has a capacity of 100 sheets of plain paper and up to 30 sheets of specialty or fine-art media paper. The product warranty is one year, which is always nice to have, but can be extended should you need to. And despite it being a wide format printer, it’s actually quite compact, measuring only 24.3 x 12.7 x 8.5. We know it sounds big, and it is, but for a wide-format printer this is one of the smallest you’ll see.

Epson Artisan 1430 Wrap Up

At the end of the day, the Epson Artisan 1430 will most likely act as a back-up to your standard printer because of its only fair ability to print on plain paper and its excruciatingly slow print speeds. But this doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive. Moreso, think of it as a specialty printer that will bring family photos to a bigger canvas for all to enjoy.

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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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