The USB-based printer sets up in a jiffy. The six ink cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, and light magenta) snap into place, and a single CD installs the print driver, CD-printing software, and manual. A second disc includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for the Mac, a $100 value.
The Stylus Photo 1400 has one top-loading paper tray and a front-loading slot for printing on discs. In order to accommodate 13-inch wide paper, the 1400 measures more than two feet wide, but the input and output trays fold up to keep the printer
Getting the best prints
Print quality is Epson
Print quality is important, but the Stylus Photo 1400 also produces images that will last, something that will appeal to both photographers and scrapbookers. According to the print permanence experts at Wilhelm Research, Stylus Photo 1400 prints should last for more than 80 years when stored under ultraviolet glass and out of direct sunlight.
Performance and other extras
The Stylus Photo 1400 isn
Ink usage was decent: I got more than 100 letter-size prints on a single set of cartridges before I had to change an ink tank. The cartridges have a higher capacity than the ones Epson uses in its less-expensive printers, but are not as large as those found on more-expensive photo printers. Even if you use the 1400 for snapshot-size prints, however, you
What I would have liked, however, is a better disc-printing utility than the one that comes with the printer. It is hard to use, lacks integration with iPhoto or other programs, and really isn
|Graphics: Fine lines and gradients||Superior|
|22MB Photoshop image quality||Superior|
|Text quality||Very Good|
Scale = Superior, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
|10-page Word test||4:00|
|1-page Word test||0:32|
|22MB Photoshop image||2:00|
|22MB Photoshop Image on Super A3||3:59|
Times are in minutes:seconds.
How we tested: We connected the printer via USB 2.0 to a 2.66GHz Mac Pro running OS X 10.4.8 with 1GB of RAM. We recorded the time it took the printer to print a one-page Word document and a ten-page Word document, as well as the time it took to print a 22MB Photoshop image and a four-page PDF. We then recorded the amount of time it took to print the same Photoshop image on Super A3 paper. A panel of experts examined samples of the printer
|Print resolution||5,760 x 1,440 dpi|
|Paper sizes||Letter, Legal, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, A4, 11 x 14, 12 x 12, B, A3, and Super B|
|Cost to replace ink/toner carts||$114 ($19 each for black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta)|
|Weight (in pounds)||25.4|
|Dimensions (width x depth x height, in inches)||24.2 x 31.6 x 16.3|
|Special features||CD/DVD printing|
’s buying advice
Getting a photo ink-jet printer that produces brilliant images at sizes larger than letter-size paper has generally meant spending at least $500; if you can find one cheaper than that, it
[Rick LePage is Macworld
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