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Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Review

When you're dealing with printing photos in your own home, you have to make one of two options: do you purchase a printer that allows you to print more than just photos, or do you go with a printer that is designed to print only photos. This is not an easy choice for anyone to make, especially someone who has never had to purchase a printer before. One option that you have is the Epson Stylus Photo 1400.

What Is It

This printer comes from Epson's wide range of Stylus machines, all of which have been reviewed fairly decently since they were created. So what does this printer bring to the table that others didn't? First let's talk about the type of inkjet cartridges the printer uses. Unlike some of the other printers from the company this printer uses pigment-based inks. What does this mean for the average person? It's not something that you'd notice right off - the color isn't really brighter and the quality is basically the same as most high quality photo printers, but over time you'll notice a huge difference. The Epson ink cartridges that use pigment-based ink tend to have photographs that last much longer than pigment based inks, so if you're looking to print something that you know will last than this is definitely something you should think about.

The Good

There are plenty of things to enjoy about the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printer aside from the pigment-based ink, including the fact that it's perfect for people who like to scrapbook. That's because unlike smaller photo printers this printer can handle 12 x 12 inch paper. This means that you can design your scrapbook page right on your computer and can print it out straight from your printer, which is a great option for someone who is limited in the amount of time that they have to indulge in scrapbooking.

The Bad

There are a few bad things about this printer, though, and one of the big ones is that there is no card reader. Most photo printers have a card reader, but this does not. This means that you'll have to hook the printer straight up to your computer to print. And the black and white prints that you'll get are more of a grayscale print than a true, high contrast black and white.

The Verdict

If you print photos often, and want your prints to last for a very long time, the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 is definitely a printer that you should look into. If you need a card reader in your printer, however, skip this one entirely.