"Near Perfect"on by photosbynick
Pros fast, ink consumption, price, colors, sharpness
Cons none really.. except maybe a little better accurate on matching colors on the screen
Summary I am a professional photographer so I have been around the block with photo gear and printers. I got this printer because of the price and was going to just use it at home with my personal and fun work. After printing a few 13x19 prints of my family for my house, I realized the amazing quality I was getting from this printer. It is comparable to my printers in my studio that cost $2000+ for them. OK, so the prints are not perfect and not exactly like a lab print, but pretty close. It is all in using genuine epson ink and good paper. Most people who complain about bad prints either dont know how to post process and print and/or use generic paper. I am using the top of the line epson luster premium paper. Looks and feels like a lab print. Pricey for the paper but well worth it.
Tonight I am printing a sample album for a meeting tomorrow and the album is 40 pages 11x14. I just printed all 40 pages on the 11x17 luster paper premium (going to cut the paper to size later) and only used 1 and a half full sets of ink. I am using the best settings on ink output for quality too. So people who say the inks dont last long, how freaking long do they want them to last. 1 whole ink set lasted 30 11x14 prints and that was using top quality settings.
I love this printer and recommend it to anyone who is serious about their work. If it is good enough for my business then it is good enough for you.
Pros More quiet than my old printer
Cons Low print quality, high cost, low reliability
Summary I purchased this printer because I need to print 11x17 and my friend had an Epson 1280 that gave great results.
First print out of the box had lots of thin lines going across it, which means clogged heads. I know this issue from my old Epson Photo printer from 1999 that gave great results unless the print heads were clogged - which the were most of the time. I boggled my mind that such an expensive printer after all these years of development (one should think) still could produce such awful results.
In fine mode the prints look great but glossy paper will show tiny pin holes that glitter in the light due to the printer pulling the paper through.
In normal mode the prints look almost ok if you dont mind noticing banding. The printer prints about an inch at a time and you can easily spot the additional zebra pattern. Thats unacceptable when you pay $350 for the printer and $20 each time you replace an ink cartridge.
The printer has 5 individual cartridges ($20ea.) and you can easily blow through that in a day of printing. I have printed about 6 pages in fine mode (11x17), 30 pages in normal mode (letter size) and 20 pages in normal mode (11x17), the ink levels are now down to 15%.
I did not clean the print head during my ordeal, because I know it wastes a lot of ink, and because the test page that you can print to see how many nozzles are clogged always showed different nozzles being clogged.
Printing larger files will crash the printer. I tried to print multi-page pdf documents and every time the printer stopped printing mid page on the second or third page, wasting my time, ink, paper and money. Printing only 2 or 3 pages at a time is the only thing that works.
Choosing paper overrides print quality, so if you have cheap thin paper you cant print high quality on that, choosing expensive Epson paper you can only print high quality.
I found no way to print quickly and select nice paper.
Look elsewhere than to Epson if you need good reliable prints.
Pros Can really make outstanding prints with this printer and Epson photo paper.
Cons Photo printing with Photoshop has a lot of steps. Maybe there is a way to save settings as a personal default. If so, I have not found it.
Summary I have had this printer a couple of weeks. I really had zero problems physically setting it up. Ink primed without issue, software loaded fine (even auto loaded printer profiles for different Epson papers into Photoshop automatically. I have printed quite a few 8x10 photos and they are excellent - Once you figure out the printer profile to use in photoshop (cryptic names). I struggled with getting good prints at first. Seemed PhotoShop and the printer both wanted to control color correction. Found help on the web to make the proper software print selections, now they are fantastic. Note on paper: I had some HP glossy 8x10 paper left. I loaded the 1400 up with 1 sheet of 8x10 HP glossy, and 1 sheet of Epson glossy. Printed two copies of same pic. Epson paper was better. Maybe because it more closely matched the ICC profile? Not sure. But will be buying Epson photo paper. Ink use - seems low so far. Hope this helps.
Pros Printer has the ability to print a good photo.
Cons Beware of printer not accepting ink cartridge.
Summary After replacing one of the ink cartridges for the first time, this two month old printer would not print. I had read about others having this problem but did not think it would happen to me. I removed and replaced the cartridge several times and the printer still shows out of ink. The ink is the exact type recommended. I would avoid this printer until this issue is resolved by Epson.
Pros Good price for its printing capabilities. $299 at CompUSA plus $50 rebate
Cons Won't recognize the ink cartridges or something.
Summary I will take this back tomorrow and hope that CompUSA can replace it or fix it to recognize the ink cartridges. Looks like others have had similar problems.
I worked with Epson Tech for over half an hour and they said to just return it to CompUSA. I would like to have it working and give it a higher rateing, but not at this time.Updated
My first purchase of a 1400 did not work (would not recognize the ink and do its charging thing). I returned it the next day to CompUSA and got a new printer. This one did as advertized and took only three minutes to charge the ink and be ready to go. I have printed several large (13 X 19") photos with beautiful colors and clarity. I wold now give it at least a 9.0 rating