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Epson Artisan 1430 Review

The Epson Artisan 1430 is a decent pro-photo printer with great software and media options.

July 03, 2012
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Science Introduction

The features are nice and all, but what about the performance? The Epson Artisan 1430 can hold its own against many printers in its class, and here's how.

Color Performance

Solid color performance, even if the color gamut is a little weak.

If you buy the Epson Artisan 1430, you'll be happy to note that it has a very good overall color accuracy right out of the box. If you allow the printer to manage its own colors, your prints will only have a minor color error in comparison to many other printers, though it's not perfect. With that said, your eyes should not be able to discern any major error.

Despite its good color accuracy, there are a few color values that the 1430 just can't handle. Not surprisingly, the 1430 has a color gamut that is decent for most printers, but a bit lackluster for pro-photo printers. Sitting at 42.53%, the Epson Artisan 1430's color gamut is on the low end of competitive for this type of printer, but it should still work fine for most prints.

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Print Speed

For all its good points, it's a slow printer.

While the Artisan 1430 is fast with its prints, it intermittently puts itself through an initialization process that takes several minutes to complete. Even though it's important that the printer cleans its heads and the like, it can be downright infuriating at times when all you want is one print, and it takes several minutes for the printer to even grab the paper.

The Epson Artisan 1430 doesn't seem to have any speed issues in printing, as documents can be cranked out at a rate of 2.41 pages per minute at best quality. If you need prints for a big presentation, the Epson Artisan 1430 will get you what you need in a hurry. While the Epson Artisan 1430 isn't the fastest printer in the world, it's very good. Churning out high quality 4 x 6 prints at a speed of 1 print per 36.25 seconds, you won't be left waiting for photos for long.

Detail Performance

Solid detail preservation and an impressive DMax.

When making a print, a deep black level is important for a pro-photo printer to have in order to show a wide contrast ratio. With a DMax measure of 2.95, the Epson Artisan 1430 has a black level that is absolutely superb for any printer, and is one of the best on the market.

Maintaining an even transition between darkest and lightest colors, the Epson Artisan 1430 does a fairly good job with maintaining detail in gradients. While the 1430 does a fairly good job at preserving fine lines, it doesn't do so hot with printing a crisp edge. It's not really clear why this is the case, but it definitely adds a tiny bit of blurriness in very small pictures.

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