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Although superficially the all-black A3+ Epson Stylus Photo 1500W (Artisan 1430 in the US) printer looks suitably different to the two-tone Epson Stylus Photo 1400, under the hood it's a different matter.One of our chief gripes with the Epson 1400 was that it used the Owl Ink cartridges - well the Epson 1500W features the same six-colour dye-based ink system, with individual cartridge bays for magenta, cyan, yellow, light magenta, light cyan and black.Not that there's fundamentally a problem with the Epson fade-resistant Claria ink - the colours are lively on glossy paper and prints are said to last up to 98 years under glass and over 200 years in a photo album. No, it's more to do with the size of the cartridges.Buying GuideBest printer 2012: 16 top inkjet and laser printersThe Owl Ink cartridges are also used in some of Epson's A4 photo printers, where their 11.1ml ink capacity makes more sense. Doubling the print size to A3+ naturally means that ink supplies will run down faster and the cartridges are going to need replacing more frequently.It's like putting the fuel tank from a Mini Cooper inside a BMW 5 Series; you're not going to get too far if you push it hard.
The Stylus Photo 1500W is Epson's most basic A3+ photo printer. It's designed to replace the Epson Stylus Photo 1400, released in 2007, and is aimed at both pro and home users. Versatility and quality are Epson's watchwords for this model, so let's see if the 1500W delivers! This printer is relatively compact and discreet. It measures 61.6 x 32.2 x 21.5 cm, weighs 11.8 kg and has a much more modern design than the Epson Stylus Photo 1400. Paper feeds in from a vertical sheet loader and you collect your finished prints from a horizontal tray. Unfortunately, no specific loading accessories are included for thicker papers or rolls of paper, limiting both paper compatibility and printing possibilities. The higher-end Epson Stylus Photo R2000 is better-equipped in that department. The interface is very simple, with a smattering of physical buttons for controlling the printer and its basic functions. Note that there's no screen, so any more advanced maintenance processes will need to be piloted via a computer. The only thing that's really missing is an Ethernet connection, which can be particularly useful for pro users. However, Wi-Fi is on hand, which means the printer can be easily shared between several users.