Overall, reviews say Epson's Stylus Photo 1400 is a solid entry in the crowded field of inkjet photo printers. It's not perfect; reviewers note that, particularly for black-and-white printing, the machine requires tweaking of settings to achieve professional-looking prints, and we found plenty of user complaints about breakdowns and ink waste. The Epson Stylus Photo 1400 also lacks convenience features like memory-card slots that other printers in the same class have. It gets mixed reviews for photo quality; some experts praise its excellent color accuracy and detail, while others find it merely average. In a pinch, the Epson 1400 can produce acceptable text documents, but very slowly. Although Epson estimates 15 pages per minute, the 1400 manages only 2.5 pages per minute in one test, versus seven to 10 pages per minute for competitors like the Canon Pixma iP4820 (*Est. $80) -- which also produces surprisingly good photos for the price. For truly professional photo quality, experts favor higher-end printers like the Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II.
The best review of the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 comes from professional photography site Photo-i. Reviewer Vincent Oliver spent several days conducting an interactive evaluation of the 1400. The review includes a small library of photos, sample prints and direct comparisons to half a dozen competing photo printers. CNET's article is less detailed and lacks photos and sample prints, but it does a nice job of outlining features, specifications and performance. PopPhoto.com and PCMag.com publish significantly less-detailed reviews with minimal comparisons, but the sites give some nice summarizations of the printer's pros and cons. ConsumerReports.org conducts its usual thorough, unbiased testing, and it ranks the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 against eight other inkjet printers, but there's very little discussion aside from the ratings chart. We found plenty of user reviews at Amazon.com.
This is the most detailed review we found of the Epson Stylus Photo 1400. The review includes extensive photos of the printer itself as well as samples of print output on color and monochrome photo settings and text. Direct comparisons are made to the preceding model, as well as with six competing printers.
Review: Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Review, Vincent Oliver, Feb. 26, 2007
ConsumerReports.org tests nine inkjet printers, including the Epson Stylus Photo 1400. Editors rate each printer's photo, text and graphics quality and power consumption. They also estimate their print speed and cost of use for various tasks, and they rank the models from best to worst.
Review: Printers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
The majority of this review is dedicated to the Stylus 1400's design, features and specifications. Text printing is addressed briefly, but most testing was done to determine photo quality. CNET rates printers on a 5-point scale and arranges reviewed models on a chart that displays their respective ratings. The Stylus 1400 gets 4 stars out of 5.
Review: Epson Stylus Photo 1400, Philip Ryan, Feb. 6, 2007
In his tests, David B. Brooks throws the most difficult-to-print images he can find at the Epson Stylus Photo 1400. Conclusions tend to focus on the differing needs of users rather than recommending one model outright.
Review: Epson's Stylus Photo 1400; A New Dye-Ink Printer That Replaces The 1280, David B. Brooks, June 2007
Michael J. McNamara reviews the Canon Pixma Pro9000 and Epson Stylus Photo 1400 and includes a brief evaluation of the Canon Pixma Pro9500 in this article. Though the title suggests a head-to-head, the only thing comparative here is that competing printers are included under one title. Each printer is written up separately.
Review: Printer Test: Canon Pixma Pro9000 and Epson Stylus Photo 1400, Michael J. McNamara, Dec. 16, 2008
PCMag.com has arguably the largest database of printer reviews to be found online. As such, printer expert M. David Stone has an outstanding frame of reference for evaluating these machines. This is a decent, basic review offering price point and output quality comparisons to competitor's models, but tests are not described.
Review: Epson Stylus Photo 1400, M. David Stone, Jan. 18, 2007
More than half of the 140 or so user reviews here give the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 4 or a perfect 5 stars -- but 30 users trash it. Some older complaints center around defective replacement cartridges, but the latest complaints say the printer wastes ink in its recurring "cleaning" process, says it's out of ink when no ink has been used or simply stops working after a while.
Review: Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Large Format Photo Printer (C11C655001), Contributors to Amazon.com