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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. It's also known as the Artisan 1430 in some markets.
The 1500W uses Epson’s 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.
Epson Stylus 1500W Inks
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 £14.21 from Epson - a total of £85.26 if you need to replace all 6 with genuine Epson inks!
- A3+ printer
- 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
- 5,760 x 1,440 DPI
- Smooth gradations: 1.5pl minimum droplet size
- Borderless printing
- Wireless printing from phone
- USB 2.0
During setup it's 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 isn't provided in the box.
Epson Stylus 1500W Buttons
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 you're setup you can print a test page to make sure it's 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.
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
Epson Stylus Photo 1500W / Artisan 1430 Sample Photos
Black And White Print Large Scan 600dpi
Building Print Large Scan 600dpi
Portrait Print Large Scan 600dpi
Text Quality Print Large Scan 600dpi
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 for £159 with 5 ink tanks, or the next step up would be the Canon Pixma Pro-100 with 8 ink tanks, available for around £349.
Epson Stylus Photo 1500W ProsEasy Wi-Fi setup
CD printing tray
High quality colour prints
Decent black and white reproduction considering it doesn't have dedicated black/grey inks *
Epson Stylus Photo 1500W ConsSmall ink cartridges - particularly if you plan on printing a lot of A3
12 month warranty
Expensive for a full set of ink (~£85)
*Black and white prints have a slight colour cast
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Epson Stylus Photo 1500W / Artisan 1430 Specifications
|Optical Resolution||No Data|
|Software Resolution (Interpolation)||No Data|
|Print Resolution||1440dpi - 5760dpi|
|CD DVD Printing||Yes|
|LCD Monitor||No Data|
|Power Consumption (W)||3.5 - 18|
|Box Contents||Main unit, Power cable, Setup guide, Software (CD), Wi-Fi/network setup guide|