"Recent software updates caused operation to deteriorate"
19 September 2013
Pros: Currently none.
Cons: Initially bought the printer for use with Win7. Since switching to Mac I have discovered printer software has fewer options and hard to navigate. Since last software update it seems to suck ink like cheap beer.
Summary: I got a great deal on this printer about a year ago (new from an office supply store). The first twenty or so prints were not bad, not nearly as good as the ones from my HP B9160, but not nearly as expensive or cumbersome to print either. Unfortunately, I was reminded why I don't buy Epson. The print heads clog really quickly and then you get banding on your prints. It happened to me before on another Epson. I chalked it up to being that printer but apparently it wasn't.
Summary: This is not a great printer. I bought thhis because it was a replacement to the 2200, which is like old faithful to me. This printer did not put down enough color when printing, it looked dull and boring, and the colors were completely wrong. Now some of you might be saying that my computer is not displaying colors correctly. I fired up old faithful and printed out the same picture with the same settings. It looked miles better!
Pros: Prints decent portraits, reproduces flesh tones fairly accurately.
Cons: Color always has to be tweaked in Photoshop to print correctly. Drinks ink like nothing I've ever seen. WILL NOT PRINT on transparencies or opaque papers AT ALL. My Canon i9900 would print on WOOD for goodness sake, and this thing won't even print on m
Summary: The current Epson Stylus Photo 1400 is my 2nd. The first had a problem where after a few prints, paper would run through the printer without any printed image. The printer just feed paper through. I called Epson help desk, we reinstalled the drivers, did all of the trouble shooting and were unable to have the printer do its job. Epson had me return the printer and forwarded me a new Photo 1400.
Pros: Photos have come out nice, sometimes. Photo Paper, specifically the Premium Luster.
Cons: Ink consumption, Ink is hard to find in local stores and is way too expensive, hard time recognizing ink cartridges, print head alignment, will not print when one ink cartridge is low, does not print banners,
Summary: After reading all the reviews I could find on the types of printers I was interested in, this one had the best reviews with the least amount of 'problems' associated with it, and all but about 2 reviewers raved about it. Well, I needed a wide format printer, and this one seemed to be what I needed. It's not. I have to 'play' with the photo editor to print large decent photos that still are not what I consider 'consumer quality.
Summary: I've had this printer about six months, and it has really been a let-down. I bought it for photos and CDs. For a couple months it produced lovely photos. Now, the ink has to be recalibrated every time, which takes about 45 mins and pounds of ink. After calibration, it prints about 20 good-looking photos, and then they look like trash again. For such an expensive printer, I expected better. The CDs on the special tray always come out looking great.