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
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
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.