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This is my first A3 photo printer, but not my first Epson photo printer.
on 22 July 2013
I have owned a few printers over the years, each upgrade they get a little better. My last printer an Epson 790 photo lasted me for years but I really fancied an A3 printer. What I didn't expect was a much better quality print and I am still worried that it's printing too fast. I have read comments from reviewers that this is a slow printer and I may think like that when the novelty wears off, but compared to the older generation photo printers, I have to check the settings to prove to myself I have not left it on draft by accident.
A3 printing is wonderful, it obviously takes a little longer than A4, I would suggest it takes as long as the older photo printers took to print A4. The colours are sharp, I have some Kirkland (Costco own brand) glossy paper that works as well if not a bit better than Epson's premium glossy, there was always a colour cast with this paper on my old printer, so Epson have changed something, it also prints perfectly on Ryman satin and photo paper.
I am not new to wifi printers as I already have a wifi laser printer. This just made wifi an essential for me with the Epson 1500W, also it's a big printer and will not easily fit on an average desk, although it does fold up fairly neat when you put all the trays away. It's still a bit of a beast, wifi means you can put it anywhere in the house / office within reason. The wifi was far easier to set up on this than my brother laser printer, I had it connected within a couple of minutes. There is an RJ45 socket and USB connector, you need one of these to initially set up the wifi. I see no reason to use a cable connection day to day. Wifi just works, turn it on and the Epson monitor picks it up and you're ready to print.
Compared to older generation Epson printers, it is remarkably quiet in operation, even with the top open, which as we all know is how we use inkjet photo printers, everyone is a peeker!
There is no USB or network cable bundled and a very sparse collection of papers provided. They do not even give you a sheet of A3, luckily I ordered a pack of Epson A3 at the same time I ordered the printer, it's not cheap and I guess I will mostly be printing A4 or less. The printer is supposed to support paper roll, but I have not investigated this yet. Nor have I attempted to print onto a DVD, but the DVD printing looks simple enough to achieve.
I mainly bought the Epson as 3rd party inks and continual feed ink systems are available, otherwise the price of ink is prohibitive.
I have a 12megapix camera which just about cuts it for A3 printing with only minimal upscaling at 300pix per inch interpolation. The quality of print is excellent, blue sky is nice and flat, reds are correct and amazingly greens are really good, I always find greens are hit and miss on this level of printer. mono is acceptable.
So far I have not been disappointed with the Epson 1500W, it is an ideal printer for my home hobby use, it will also be used for home office colour printing and I am quite excited at the prospect of printing my own trade show banners for our small business. I have so far found that A3 papers are difficult to source, but I am sure as A3 printers become more common for shutterbugs larger papers will be in most stationers. I am pleased I bought it and don't feel I need one of the more pro units in the Epson range.