Excerpt: Epson's Stylus Photo 1400 won our Best Buy award last year, thanks to its low price and excellent photo quality. It takes the same six cartridges as Epson's R285 and R360. Like the R285, we had problems with the default colour profile. Despite its strong performance last year, it doesn't stand up too well against the latest A3 photo printers. The 6x4in photos looked great once we adjusted our colour profiles.
Excerpt: This is the cheapest A3+ printer in this group test and going by the numbers should be here just to fill the space while the others shoot it out for the top prize, though as the saying goes, every dog has its day. The Epson has six ink tanks and, as is standard nowadays, they're all separate. The design and construction isn't as impressive as the HP and Canon models here, but this is the cheapest device on test.
Excerpt: The new Epson Stylus Photo 1400 is a A3+ six-colour photo printer that replaces the very popular Epson 1280/1290 model, which is a very old printer by today's standards. Although it does a great job with color prints, the 1280/1290 has been due for an update for some time now. With an outward appearance similar to the current R1800 and R2400 desktop printers, the Epson Stylus 1400 is a very nice update to the older models.
Summary: There are plenty of options in the printer driver, crucially including ones so that non-Epson papers that come with their own profiles - like fine art papers - can be used for best results. The results using three different types of Epson's own papers and the profiles for each one, were wildly different. The glossy paper was frankly poor, but the Premium semi-gloss and the matt paper (within certain parameters) were fine with plenty of detail and good colours.
Pros: Up to A3+ papers, Very good build quality, 6-cartridges to minimise costs, 1.5pl droplet size for very fine detail, Very quiet, Rich colours, Direct printing to CD/DVD
Cons: Results vary even on Epson papers, Quite slow, Driver support for Windows ICM, not WCM for Vista
Excerpt: Epson's Stylus Photo 1400 looks remarkably like the Stylus Photo R1800, reviewed in What's New, Shopper July 2005. However, there are a few important differences. Unlike the R1800, the 1400 can't use roll-fed paper and it has no FireWire interface. Furthermore, it uses conventional dye-based inks rather than the R1800's pigment ink and gloss cartridge.