Printer in use.
This is where we start looking at the printer in detail and looking for things that may turn a few red lights ON for you. The thing that strikes me is how small the ink cartridges are especially for an A3+ printer. The 1500W uses six individual Claria cartridges, Yellow, Cyan, Magenta, Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Black. These are the same ink cartridges that many Epson A4 printers use, including the All in One Epson PX720WD printer. If you want to produce a lot of A3 photos then these small cartridges are not going to yield too many prints. However, looking at the photos, they do display exceptional quality, I will come back to this later.
Epson have done away with the brushed metal finish and presented us with an overall black matt finish, maybe this keeps the cost down but can look depressing in a home environment. However, the overall construction and quality of material used are of a very high standard. The 1500W has a small footprint when in the closed state, i.e. when the trays are all closed, this also provides a good seal against dust and other objects which may happen to fall into the printers works.
Photo Media is loaded via the rear gravity feed holder, this is a three stage extendable support. The first section of the tray has two rubber grips to prevent media from slipping. There is also a side stop to stop the media from skewing as it is being fed in. The grey media guide slider can be set from A3 through to 6×4 inch photo sizes, markings for A3 and A4 are engraved on the rear support. The media guide should just be pushed up to hold the media in place, but not too tight, it has a smooth but secure movement. Prints are delivered to a front three stage media tray which also doubles as the front cover when closed. This tray feels flimsy when extended, but would require some very heavy handed use to cause any real problem.
The printer doesn’t have a straight paper path feed, which may limit you to using the more popular off the shelf media surfaces. Some photographers may find this a limitation especially if they want to use heavier fine art rag media or card media. The printer has a CD/DVD printing capability, a CD/DVD tray is included with the printer as well as Print CD, a software application for laying out images and type on the label. Printing custom labels on inkjet printable CD/DVD disks gives your work a finished touch, important if you are delivering disks containing images or movies to clients.
The printer uses USB 2.0 to connect to a computer, (cable not included). The 1500W also has a WiFi connection, this means you can share the printer with other users in your home/office without the need to turn on the master computer first. A PictBridge port is located at the front of the printer for photographers who want to print directly from a PictBridge compatible camera. When using PictBridge the print settings are set from the host camera and functionality will vary depending on camera model.
The top control buttons on this printer are minimal, the first button is the power On/Off button, a green light indicates that it is ON. Next is the WiFi button, this activates the WiFi connection and is indicated as On by a flashing amber light located to the left of the control buttons, I would have preferred the flashing light to have been above the WiFi button, an information connection button is next to this. The next button is for paper feed/cancel jobs and finally the ink button flashes when ink is low and when depressed it moves the print head into position for fitting a new ink cartridge. There isn’t a LCD screen or facility to print directly from a memory card.