Conclusion: Epson’s Artisan 1430 is a perfect step-up printer for users who do a lot of photographic printing and feel restricted by affordable home printers limited to 8.5 x 11 inch or 11 x 17 inch output. The six-color ink system provides an excellent color gamut for the price. To get really good results requires that you use the right paper, but that’s true of all photographic output.
Pros: Affordable wide-format printer, Six color inks, Excellent quality on photo paper
Cons: No media card slots, Poor output quality on plain paper
Summary: Durability 'Solidly built.' Australia's Photo Review magazine gives the Epson Artisan 1430 a score of 9 out of 10 for build quality: "solidly built," editors conclude after a full test. We did find some complaints from Amazon.com customers that they received buggy units, but most report no problems. In fact, the Artisan 1430 is the owners' favorite all-purpose inkjet printer at another retail site, BHPhotoVideo.com.
Pros: Impressive photo, text and graphics quality, Can print up to 13 by 44 inches, Wireless printing, free Photoshop software and other extras
Cons: Black-and-white photo prints have a color cast, Tiny ink cartridges, Slow
Excerpt: The Artisan 1430 A3+ printer follows on from the Stylus Photo 1410 and a long succession of six-colour dye-based models from Epson. Apart from the provision of a Wi-Fi connection, little has changed technically from the 1410, but there has been the considerable drop in the price, now down to an affordable $399. The Artisan 1430 is an all-black, boxy machine with some rounded edges and a small silvered panel incorporating the On/Off and other buttons.
Conclusion: Having a dedicated photo printer is a great way for photographers to showcase their work, and the Artisan 1430 offers fantastic value for money. It struggles to create borderless prints at large sizes, but given the price, that can almost be overlooked. Ink is still expensive, though.
Pros: Beautiful prints; vibrant colours; detailed blacks; easy to set up
Cons: Leaves streaks printing large borderless prints; ink is pricey
Excerpt: If you’ve been considering the move to a 13-inch wide printer, the options have never been better. With three printers available from Canon, and four models, including the Artisan 1430 reviewed here, from Epson, there is a wide range of choice in both features and price.
Excerpt: This A3+ (33X48cm) printer is one of the least expensive printers in this format. It uses six ink cartridges of the Epson Claria dye type ($27 per cartridge or $140 for the “value pack”) which the company claims will give prints with a fade-free life of up to 98 years under glass and 200 years in an album, provided genuine Epson ink and paper are used. The printer handles CD/DVD blanks. Connectivity is versatile, using USB 2, WiFi or Pictbridge.
Pros: You're looking for a solidly-built A3+ printer that can be used on a network and for printing from mobile devices., You'd like to be able to print labels on CDs and DVDs., You'd like to be able to print panoramas or banners up to 1.1 metres long.
Cons: You want fast printing speeds or require high-volume production performance., You're looking for an A3+ printer that provides full support for ICC profiles., You want to produce monochrome prints that are free of colour casts., You require facilities for roll paper printing.