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Epson Stylus Photo 1500W review

Wireless A3+ printer that's great for glossy photos

Our Verdict

For

  • Comparatively cheap
  • Great on glossy paper
  • 1.5pl drop size
  • Good connectivity
  • Fast and quiet

Against

  • Small ink cartridges
  • Black and white not so good

Although superficially the all-black A3+ Epson Stylus Photo 1500W (Artisan 1430 in the US) printer looks suitably different to the two-tone Epson Stylus Photo 1400, under the hood it's a different matter.

One of our chief gripes with the Epson 1400 was that it used the Owl Ink cartridges - well the Epson 1500W features the same six-colour dye-based ink system, with individual cartridge bays for magenta, cyan, yellow, light magenta, light cyan and black.

Not that there's fundamentally a problem with the Epson fade-resistant Claria ink - the colours are lively on glossy paper and prints are said to last up to 98 years under glass and over 200 years in a photo album. No, it's more to do with the size of the cartridges.

Epson Stylus Photo 1500W review

The Owl Ink cartridges are also used in some of Epson's A4 photo printers, where their 11.1ml ink capacity makes more sense. Doubling the print size to A3+ naturally means that ink supplies will run down faster and the cartridges are going to need replacing more frequently.

It's like putting the fuel tank from a Mini Cooper inside a BMW 5 Series; you're not going to get too far if you push it hard.

With a street price of around £240 (around $300 in the US), the Epson Stylus Photo 1500W appears good value - the extra 'premium' over the cost of the Epson 1400 gets you Wi-Fi printing functionality.

Both models share the same Micro Piezo TFP print head, with 90 nozzles per colour capable of 1.5pl ink droplets, and a maximum resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi.

Epson Stylus Photo 1500W review

Neither is a particularly cheap printer to run. The 11.1ml coloured ink cartridges cost £14.21 ($21.99), putting the price per mililitre of ink at £1.28 ($1.98).

In terms of paper handling, the Epson 1500W/Artisan 1430 has a capacity of 100 sheets of plain A4 or 30 sheets of Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper.

On-body controls are limited, but ample printer management is offered by the familiar Epson interface when the driver is installed on a computer.

Connectivity comes in three forms: USB 2.0 (for which you'll need to buy a cable separately), a front-panel PictBridge port for printing directly from a compatible camera, and Wi-Fi for printing wirelessly from a laptop or desktop computer.

Being Wi-Fi compatible means that by installing the Epson iPrint app, images can also be printed from an iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Build, handling and print times

Build quality is typically good. The Epson Stylus Photo 1500W isn't going to win any style awards - the design eases towards functional and industrial rather than elegant. But, at 616mm x 322mm x 215mm with the sheet feeder and output trays closed, at least its footprint is relatively compact.

That's not to say it's small - this is an A3+ printer after all. Since it offers wireless printing, at least you don't have to have it in the same room. It took us a few attempts to get the printer recognised on our network, although there's a decent, if slightly daunting, online help resource should you come unstuck.

The Epson 1500W is quiet when it is running, though, and print speeds aren't disastrous. Epson rates the Stylus Photo 1500W's print speed at 3 minutes 18 seconds for an A3+ print at default photo quality.

This is accurate: in our tests, we clocked a standard quality A3+ print at 3 mins 24 secs from the point at which the rollers engaged the paper to the time the picture was ejected.

Selecting the highest quality Photo Resolution Performance Management (RPM) setting, we saw the A3+ printing time increasing to 7 mins 55 secs, with an A4 print at the same Photo RPM setting taking 3 mins 41 secs.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed45 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity130 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyStylus Photo
Maximum Print Resolution5760 x 1440 dpi
Brand NameEpson
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA3+, A6, Panoramic, Postcard, A3, A4, Letter, Legal, B4, B5, Envelope No. 10, DL Envelope, C6 Envelope, A5, Custom Size, A3+ - 329 mm x 483 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 304.80 mm x 304.80 mm, Postcard - 148 mm x 100 mm, A3 - 297 mm x 420 mm, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, B4 - 250 mm x 353 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, C6 Envelope - 114 mm x 162 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, 130 mm x 200 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 90 mm x 130 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm
Recommended UsePhoto/Disc Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity130 sheets
Country of OriginIndonesia
Height215 mm
Width616 mm
Depth322 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Cut Sheet, Panoramic, Postcard, CD/DVD, Photo Paper, Envelope, Glossy Paper, Matte Paper, Iron-on Transfer, Premium Paper, Inkjet Paper
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product Model1500W
Product NameStylus Photo 1500W Inkjet Printer
Product LineStylus Photo
Manufacturer Part NumberC11CB53301
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Marketing Information

Wireless A3+ photo printer

Print high-quality, glossy photos from anywhere with this wireless A3+ printer.

For photo enthusiasts looking to move into A3+ printing, the Epson Stylus Photo 1500W offers an unbeatable combination of convenience and superior specifications for high-quality, glossy photo output. It will also appeal to small/home office users wanting a multi-purpose printer with advanced connectivity and exceptional photo and presentation quality.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Stylus Photo 1500W Inkjet Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Light-Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Light-Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Software CD
  • Basic Operation Guide
  • Start Here Guide
  • Warranty Document
  • Power Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.80 kg