Dye inks certainly pack in the punch with colour and glossy media especially So let’s take a look at what this printer can do.
The first print is a straight print from our test picture. I used Epson Premium Lustre Photo Paper and let the printer manage the colours, no other adjustments were made. The printing time was 1 minute 41 seconds, timing was started from take up of media to final stop. I have not included spooling time as this will vary depending on you own computer speed etc.
Colours are excellent. The colour gradients are very smooth from pure white paper base through to a solid colour. The smoothness will be due to the 1.5pl drop size. The solid colour swatches display strong colours. The Red is exceptionally strong, perhaps bordering on the oversaturated. The Green is not so strong, possibly too much yellow which is making it look like a lime green. The Blue is a very deep colour, whereas the Cyan is looking washed out. The Magenta swatch is very heavy, some of the vividness has been lost here. The Yellow swatch is in a league of its own, I have never seen such a strong yellow colour on any other printer. The Black swatch is solid with excellent depth. The Grey (Gray) swatch is displaying a slight warm tone, not quite enough to call it sepia, but it’s heading in that direction.
I also printed the test file on Epson Glossy Photo Paper using the same settings and the results were poles apart, Sophie (the baby portrait) looks like she has been boiled and the B/W sample is a lot warmer. The point I want to make here, is that you will get a variation in colours with different media types. It all comes down to how good the profiles are. Epson generally include good profiles with their printer drivers, but you may have to experiment to find the one you like.
Using the Premium Lustre Photo Paper print, the cotton reels display clean colours throughout. The Black reel has well defined strands and the brown reel is a nice chocolate colour, almost edible. Both reds display vibrant colour. The yellow reel has a nice tone without being oversaturated, the green reel has picked up too much yellow and is perhaps the most disappointing colour. The light and dark blue reels are well defined.
The 1500W did produce some good B/W prints, especially with the Lustre media. The printer doesn’t have a set of dedicated grey inks, it mixes colours to produce grey tones. If the profile is not spot on for the media type in use then you can introduce a slight shift in colour.
I have already mentioned that the ink cartridges are far too small for an A3 printer. I used up a new set of inks to see just how many Phoro Glossy prints could be produced. I printed 22 A3 prints before the ink low message was displayed, despite this I still managed to print another 3 sheets plus 9 6×4 inch prints. I would estimate being able to produce 30+ A3 prints with a replacement set of inks – the printer consumes a quantity of ink during the initial priming stage. At £60 for a set of inks and £30 for the paper the cost per print will be around £3.00. Printing time for an A3 print at 2 minutes 57 seconds is impressive.