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A Review of the Epson Stylus Photo 1400

If you like photographs, or if you love scrapbooking, then Epson has something to brag about- the Epson Stylus Photo 1400. For about $120.00 you can bring this beast home. It is not very small and certainly cannot boast a light-weight status, but for those who enjoy control over their own photo printing, and especially for those who like to print on oversized papers, including the 12 x 12" sheets made popular by scrapbookers, this printer will make up for the bulk.

The Epson Stylus Photo 1400 uses six separate ink cartridges; Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, and Light Magenta. That means no more wasting unused color ink just because one of the colors is out. Although replacing all six cartridges at once would be a wallet drain at approximately $115.00 ($18.99 each), it is unlikely that you will find yourself having to replace the entire set at one time, plus the set will provide you with approximately 500 black and white prints and 240 color prints. The printing capabilities are highly impressive, too. Print sizes up to 13" x 44" and borderless up to 13" x 19" with a resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi. At slightly less impressive resolution, you can have that 13" x 19" image in as few as three minutes, while black and white and color print speeds reach fifteen pages per minute. What does that mean for you? Well, how does a 4x6" photo in 46 seconds sound, or an 8x10 in less than two minutes. The little heavyweight can even print directly on CDs and DVDs. Perhaps the best feature for many people is the capability of this printer to handle 12x12 papers. This means that you can print your photographs directly on the paper to be decorated and inserted into your scrapbook. You can even print 120 sheets without ever refilling the tray with this mini-wizard.

So what are the drawbacks? Why is something so great priced so low? Well, as previously mentioned, it is a cumbersome unit compared it its competition. For those who print frequently or at the highest resolutions, the ink expense will be a factor to consider and over-sized paper, especially high-quality photo paper can get expensive, but this printer is aimed at amateur photographers. Although it is capable of printing everyday text on a standard 8 ½ x 11" sheet of paper, that is certainly not why this beauty was crafted. It was engineered to make printing at home a genuine art and to open the door for artists who wished for sizes larger than 8 x10". In other words, if you are looking for a printer to sit atop the filing cabinet in your small office and to turn out page after page of black and white text with only the occasional colored chart, then this is not the printer for you. But, if you are a person with a camera attached at your hip or a room dedicated to your craft, then look no further.

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