Epson’s Stylus Photo 1400; A New Dye-Ink Printer That Replaces The 1280
1 June 2001
Excerpt: The Epson Stylus Photo 1280 has been going strong for almost six years now, and you'd think that Epson's replacement model, the Stylus Photo 1400, must be exceptional to be worthy of replacing such a venerable printer. While the idea has merit, the fact is that Epson's letter-sized, dye-ink photo printers, such as the R380, already have new inks; the 1280 was the last holdout of old technology.
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: 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
Summary: Selv om R1400 har blitt eldre, henger ikke skriveren på noen måte etter de yngre konkurrentene i denne testen. Hastigheten er fornuftig og bildekvaliteten er god og på noen punkter – enda bedre enn storebror R2000. Epson 1400 leverer fi ne farger der hudtonene er gjengitt perfekt. Også skarpheten er fornuftig mens detaljene er litt for dårlig og kontrasten en tanke for lav. Svart-hvite bilder blir litt gyldne, men har samtidig et variert toneomfang.