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Epson Stylus Photo 1500W A3+ WiFi Printer Review

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Epson Stylus Photo 1500W A3+ WiFi Printer Review

Epson Stylus Photo 1500W A3+ WiFi Printer Review

Epson Stylus Photo 1500W A3+ WiFi Printer Review – We test this A3 photo printer from Epson with 6 inks designed for glossy photo prints.

Posted : 13 Mar 2013 8:52AM byJoshua Waller

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The Epson Stylus Photo 1500W is an A3+ photo printer with 6-colour ink cartridges and high resolution printing designed for quality photo prints, with the added convenience of built in Wi-Fi networking. Its also known as the Artisan 1430 in some markets.

Designed for photo enthusiasts, the Epson Stylus Photo 1500W can print from anywhere with built in Wi-Fi support. The print can even print from iPhones and iPads using Epsons free iPrint app. The Epson Stylus Photo 1500W prints on glossy paper, plain paper, envelopes, iron-on transfers plus CDs and DVDs. Standard 4 x 6 inch (10 x 15cm) photos all the way up to panoramic and A3+ prints are supported.

The 1500W uses Epsons Claria 6-colour, dye-based ink-set to achieve vivid and long-lasting results with a glossy finish. The resolution reaches up to 5760 x 1440dpi thanks to a small 1.5pl droplet size, so should provide high-quality prints with fine detail and smooth tonal gradations.

With 6 ink cartridges – made up of 5 colours and 1 black, the printer uses OWL ink with just 11ml in each cartridge. The replacement cartridges cost 14.21from Epson- a total of 85.26 if you need to replace all 6 with genuine Epson inks!

Print from anywhere: Wireless connectivity

Versatile: Print on CDs, envelopes and more

Vivid colours: Epson Claria Ink, 6 cartridges

PictBridge support: Print directly from digital cameras

Smooth gradations: 1.5pl minimum droplet size

During setup its possible to choose whether you are using a USB cable or wireless, if choosing wireless you can choose 1st setup or adding another computer. This means you can setup the printer without the need for a USB cable, which is handy, as one isnt provided in the box.

Wireless setup- 1st setup is easy to perform using the quick connect Wi-Fi button on the printer and wireless router, you simply press the button on the router, then press the button for three seconds on the printer. The Epson install software guides you through this process on screen, and when youre setup you can print a test page to make sure its working correctly.

At the front is a paper feed drop down flap, where you can also place the CD/DVD tray for printing on compatible discs.

The printer has a good number of options and settings in the printer control screens on the computer, however the print preview screen is beginning to look dated, and on our computer didnt automatically pop up to the front of the screen, meaning it was easy to miss it, delaying the print from starting.

Print Speeds: Printing a large 36mp image on A3 with the photo fit to A3 (borderless), gives a print at 445ppi, and this takes roughly 8 minutes to print, using the highest quality settings available in the printers settings. A full page (borderless) photo print on A4 takes roughly 4-5 minutes at the highest quality settings.

Colour reproduction – these images show colour reproduction:

Epson 1500W Prints Colour Reproduction

Epson 1500W Prints Black and White / Colour Reproduction

Epson 1500W Prints Colour Reproduction

These images have been scanned at 600dpi to show the detail in the prints, although these scans are slightly muted in colour in comparison to the true prints. The prints are bright, saturated and quite contrasty, giving punchy prints.

Value For MoneyThe Epson Stylus Photo 1500W is available for around 249 if you shop around. Alternative A3 printers include the Canon Pixma IX6550 available for159with 5 ink tanks, or the next step up would be the Canon Pixma Pro-100 with 8 ink tanks, available for around349.

The Epson Stylus Photo 1500W is well suited to anyone who is interested in printing high quality glossy prints at sizes up to A3 or bigger. There arent a massive selection of A3 photo printers available at this price point, with models coming in at much cheaper with less ink colours, or quite a lot more expensive for better black and white printing. However with small ink cartridges it could quickly add up if you plan to print a lot of A3 colour photos, as a fresh set will set you back around 85. The printer has good Wi-Fi connectivity that is easy to setup, and it didnt mind printing large 36 megapixel photos from Photoshop.

Decent black and white reproduction considering it doesnt have dedicated black/grey inks *

Epson Stylus Photo 1500W ConsSmall ink cartridges – particularly if you plan on printing a lot of A3

Expensive for a full set of ink (~85)

*Black and white prints have a slight colour cast

Epson Stylus Photo 1500W / Artisan 1430 Specifications

Software Resolution (Interpolation)

Main unit, Power cable, Setup guide, Software (CD), Wi-Fi/network setup guide

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An interesting review. I am thinking about getting an A3 printer. this will be on the shortlist. Thanks

An interesting review. I am thinking about getting an A3 printer. this will be on the shortlist. Thanks

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When you printed Black and White, did you try the Epson 1400s trick setting to achieve neutral prints? Procedure is simple and as follows: Prepare your image and ensure it is converted to Greyscale in Photoshop (or whatever post processing software you use). Send to print and access the printers properties area. On the first (General) page, select Best Photo (farthest right) from the top choices Select Plain Paper/Bright White Paper as the media – this is essential. Do NOT select the actual type of paper – you must choose Plain Paper Select paper size and orientation (Portrait or Landscape) as required Click on the Advanced button to enter the Advanced area page Select Greyscale, High Speed, Edge Smoothing options

When you printed Black and White, did you try the Epson 1400s trick setting to achieve neutral prints?

Prepare your image and ensure it is converted to Greyscale in Photoshop (or whatever post processing software you use).

Send to print and access the printers properties area.

On the first (General) page, select Best Photo (farthest right) from the top choices

Select Plain Paper/Bright White Paper as the media – this is essential. Do NOT select the actual type of paper – you must choose Plain Paper

Select paper size and orientation (Portrait or Landscape) as required

Click on the Advanced button to enter the Advanced area page

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Hi dcash29, no we did not try this, thanks for the information.

Hi dcash29, no we did not try this, thanks for the information.

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