"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!
Summary: I bought this printer for graphic design school. At first (meaning, within the very limited 1 year warranty) everything worked great. Then, my black ink began banding. No problem - you would think the built-in nozzle cleaning and checking might resolve the problem. Alas, this did not work. Epson online support was not helpful whatsoever. They basically say (in a nutshell) "do nozzle cleaning and if that doesn't work you need to get it serviced. And..
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: I've been buying epson printers for ages. I always use the real epson ink cartridges. My small all-in-one printer has been plugging along for years. So, with that context, onto my experiences with the wide format printer. The first one of these I bought started having problems after a few months, mostly with dragging black ink, and also with stray ink drops. Cleaning the print heads would help for awhile, then it would start again.
Summary: I bought this printer about 3 years ago on the recommendation of a friend. The up-side is that it makes beautiful prints. The down side is everything else about this machine. As an artist I make a lot of high quality prints of my work, and when using premium paper, and calculating that a set of ink is $120, A HQ 8x10 costs about $2. I estimate that I spend almost $500 a year on ink and paper.
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.