Aug27

Epson Artisan 1430

Posted by admin on 08/27/14  ~  Posted in: Uncategorized

 Epson Artisan 1430 is a 6 color inkjet and according to Epson's website the Artisan 1430 takes photo printing to the next level of performance printing high quality "Ultra Hi-Definition borderless prints up to 13" x 19". In addition it claims that it's photos are smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant because it uses Claria® Hi-Definition Ink. It also boasts some impressive specs that as a photographer myself I find rather appealing and as you might expect so do other photographers. The following are the specs taken directly from Epson's website.

Printing Technology: 6-color advanced MicroPiezo inkjet technology optimized for photo printing

Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 1.5 picoliters

Maximum Print Resolution: 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi

ISO Print Speed:

  • Black: 2.8 ISO ppm1
  • Color: 2.8 ISO ppm1

Photo Print Speed: 

  • 4" x 6" borderless photo in as fast as 46 sec2
  • 8" x 10" borderless photo in as fast as 1 min 51 sec2
  • 11" x 14" borderless photo in as fast as 2 min 53 sec2
  • 13" x 19" borderless photo in as fast as 3 min2

CD / DVD Printing: Inkjet printable CDs and DVDs

 Paper Sizes: 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", A4 (8.3" x 11.7"), letter (8.5" x 11"), legal (8.5" x 14"), 11" x 14", 12" x 12", B (11" x 17"), A3 (11.7" x 16.5") and Super B (13" x 19")

 Maximum Paper Size: User definable up to 13" x 44"

 Borderless Sizes: Photo: 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", A4 (8.3" x 11.7"), letter (8.5" x 11"), 11" x 14", B (11" x 17"), 12" x 12" and Super B (13" x 19")

 Paper Types:

  • Plain paper
  • EPSON® Bright White Paper
  • Photo Paper Glossy
  • Premium Photo Paper Glossy
  • Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy
  • Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss
  • Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
  • Presentation Paper Matte
  • Premium Presentation Paper Matte
  • Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte
  • Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-sided

Envelope Types: No. 10

Input Paper Tray Capacity:

  • 100 sheets (plain paper)
  • 20 sheets Premium Photo Paper Glossy

 Ink Palette: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, and Light Magenta

 Ink Cartridge Configuration: 6 individual ink cartridges

Fade Resistance / Print Longevity:

  • Up to 98 years under glass
  • Up to 200 years album storage4

 Ink Yield Information:

 Epson provides ink cartridge yields based on the ISO / IEC 24711 standard for inkjet products, which excludes the first installed cartridges.

  • High-capacity Black (T079120): About 470 pages
  • High-capacity Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Magenta (T079220, T079320, T079420, T079520, T079620): About 810 pages per color

In addition it boasts:

Interface:

  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11 (b/g/n)6
  • Epson Connect™8: Epson iPrint™ Mobile App
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I give this printer high marks for ease of setup. Even the wireless setup was simple, just connect via USB, use the appropriate disc supplied and follow the onscreen instructions for entering your local network setup info. It searches for all available LAN's, then choose your LAN and enter password or phrase. Of course if you have your router setup, as you should, to restrict access by MAC address then you will have had to enter the mac address of the printer to your access list. How do you find out the MAC address you might ask? Well I could not find it until I tried to access the network without it and then low and behold there are the screen is a warning that I may have to enter this info - the MAC address is right there infront of you. Of course giving you this info from the get-go would be way too easy. For me this whole process took less than 10 minutes in my case, so no problem here.

The 1430 has a front USB port to be able to print directly from a camera via USB. I'm not sure exactly why you would want to do this but it can be done and it does work.

Print quality with the standard Epson inks is OK however I did experience quite a bit of banding in my prints and in addition this thing really chugs ink so if you do a lot of printing you will need to have lots of extra ink on hand. On the bright side though, there are many manufacturers like InkXpro out there that offer a CIS (Continuous Ink System) for this printer so you can buy ink in bulk. I purchased a CIS kit for my Artisan and it's a pretty easy setup. If you are looking for a fast printer the 1430 is not your printer. It is probably one of the slowest printers I have owned in a long time but while you are waiting for your print job to finally come to an end and your printer is gulping down ink you will not be bothered with excessive noise because while it is slow it is also extremely quiet.

If you do not plan on doing a lot of printing and by that I mean printing every day, then you are in for some problems. Mainly this printer's print heads clog way too easily, which means you then have to do a lot of head cleanings which of course uses tons of ink and then.......the worst thing of all happens and this will absolutely ruin your day and if you are a photographer relying on it to make money selling prints this is really important. This printer has a built-in meter that calculates how much ink has been used and may have accumulated in the waste ink pad which is hidden in the bowles of the machine. When it comes close to the limit it warns you that the waste ink pad is close to being full and will need to be replaced then just click ok and your good. When it reaches this end limit however which in my case was after only about 4 months, the printer just stops in the middle of everything and the red lights start flashing and there is nothing you can do about it. After some research I found that Epson does offer on it's website a waste ink reset tool but it's only available for Windows and it does not reset the counter back to zero. If your 1430 is set up on a Mac you are out of luck. In my case I set up the printer on two computers one of which is a PC so but I chose to not use Epson's reset tool and to purchase reset keys from 2manuals.com. Each key can only be used once but you can buy more than one and 5 keys is only $34.95. But once again this is only available for Windows and if you have a Mac sorry. Epson's website says that the only real way to properly reset the counter and replace the waste ink pad is to ship the printer back to Epson for them to service it. I think the real question is why does Epson think it's a good idea to have a printer that just dies after a period of time without a convenient way to reset and clean or replace the ink pad if it is truly full which in most cases btw is not? Epson should be ashamed of themselves. There simply is just no excuse for this to happen. In my case I lost an entire week of production researching and trying to decide what to do.

I also tried to set up this printer to print sublimation transfers using sublimation inks and if your reason for considering the Artisan 1430 is for this purpose, Don't Do It. This printers' ink nozzles are just not made for that in my opinion no matter what sublimation ink you use. Even if you use Sawgrass SubliJet inks you will have problems and given the ludicrous cost of SubliJet inks and the rate of ink usage of the 1430 you'll go broke just feeding it ink. The ink cost situation is made worse when you consider that the 1430 is a 6 color printer, so combined with the print head clogs, endless cleanings and WIC reset situation it is a recipe for disaster.

My overall rating on this printer from 0 - poor to 10 - excellent is 3. Mainly due to the WIC reset and the print head clogs.

I am at present waiting for a Ricoh SG 7100DN to arrive which I will be using it to print 13 x 19" transfers for tee-shirt printing for CamisetaModa. The Ricoh is a 4 color printer which is a much cheaper solution for t-shirt printing.