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Epson Stylus Photo 1400 – Mid-Range Wide Format Printer

The Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printer is a fairly middle-of-the-range printer for home photo printing purposes. It’s alright at what it does, but don’t expect to be blown away by any of the features. Let’s take a look at the various pros and cons of this machine so you can make an informed decision before you commit to a purchase.

Top Features of the Epson Stylus 1400

The Stylus 1400 is quite a feature-packed machine. It’s a wide format printer, capable of producing photo prints up to 13 inches by 19 inches. The high-definition ink the printer uses is designed to also make your prints more resistant to damage in the form of stains and scratches. The printer also has the ability to print onto CDs and DVDs, making it versatile for the average home user.

There are a few software perks involved with this machine. It includes automatic image touch-ups so you don’t necessarily have to be an editing whiz to get great quality prints. However, if you are an editing whiz you’ll be pleased to hear the printer comes with a free edition of Photoshop Elements, which makes the task of getting images exactly right a lot easier (if you know how to use the software, that is – there’s a bit of a learning curve).

The printer is also PictBridge-enabled, allowing for easy printing without attachment to a PC. This is great is you want to snap a photo and print it within a few minutes.

In terms of print quality, the Stylus 1400 does have some fairly impressive features. The print head is capable of applying ink droplets in the page in various different sizes, even as small as 1.5 picoliters, which results in sharp and well-defined images.

Another plus is that this is the least expensive of the printers on offer from Epson that can print 13-inch wide photos.

Downsides of the Stylus Photo 1400

Black-and-white prints are one of the big downfalls of this machine. Because of the colors used by the printer, it’s impossible to print a truly neutral black-and-white on this machine – a big drawback for some photographers.

The machine also lacks any type of memory card reader, so while you can link up a camera directly to the printer via USB, you can’t insert a card and print directly from that.

Ink for this printer is also expensive. For exactly this reason Epson make it difficult to find out exactly how much ink is in each cartridge. In short, expect a high cost of ownership if you purchase this machine.

Consumer Response to the Epson Stylus Photo 1400

Customers who are happy with this machine often comment on the quality of color photos achieved by the Claria ink from Epson, especially when creating glossy prints.

The flaws in black-and-white printing are one common cause for complaint amongst photographers who shoot mainly monochrome photos. Expensive ink and print head nozzles which clog easily are other common warnings from owners of this machine.

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