Good Large Format Printer, superb value, though ink consuption is a bit on the high side | Epson Workforce 1100 Color Inkjet Wide Format Printer (C11CA58201)
Epson Workforce 1100 Color Inkjet Wide Format Printer (C11CA58201)
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Excellent printer for screen printers and 5 star Customer Service
The main reason I ordered this
was to print off film positives for screen printing.
This printer is awesome. The blacks are truly opaque and I use it for all my printing applications and we still have no run out of ink. Films come out dark and burn on the screens much better than the Lexmark POS we were using before.
The print speed is a little slow but not too bad for the price and for big graphics. Very user friendly.
One con, the thing is flipping huge and heavy. Built like tank.
Kudos to Amazon: At first we never received the printer. Checked the FEDEX website and the status was delivered. The signature was not mine and I never received the item. E-mailed Amazon and 2 days later the printer was on my door step.
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Printer works fine, ink is a problem
I purchased this as a favor to my mother and she loves the
and the fact that she's now able to print all the pictures that she takes with her digital camera, but the ink is ridiculous after a couple of pictures the
quality wanes meaning that if your like my mother and looking to pursue your photos as a business or print a lot of pictures your going to eat through a lot of ink and
's color cartridges are not cheap. My mother has taken to buying cheaper color refill kits to avoid having to buy so much of the expensive ink
Good Large Format Printer, superb value, though ink consuption is a bit on the high side
Looking for a large
, yet affordable
to support my Architecture school needs, I opted for the
which I bought on October 2009, on a price 20-25% higher than the current - which was very competitive at the time...as it now sells for $160, I would class this printer as a very good deal.
Note: A USB cable is NOT included - like with most USB printers...don't do the mistake to buy an expensive cable. Data cables nothing like audio cables...HDMI, Firewire and USB devices do not care for gold plated connectors and heavy weight copper strands...paying more than $2-3 for a 6' USB cable for this or any USB printer or even data transferring devices like USB HDDs is a rip-off...in many countries these sell for as low as 90 euro cent and are given away by the stores when you buy anything above a $40 printer or something...I cannot understand how large electronic stores in the US are convincing so many people into buying $20-30 cables to connect devices costing less than double that...
Installing the printer is easy, although the printer's driver could be refined with more features, like assisted mosaic printing of large format drawings into smaller paper stock etc...features available on office oriented printers in the late 90s, early 00s is a shame to be gone now...
Also should you install a second Epson printer, driver conflicts might occur unless you download the latest versions of both drivers: had that problem with both Vista and Win 7 64bit laptops that refused to recognize the WF 1100 after the installation of an Epson NX415 All-In-One...downloading the latest driver from the site cured it, but the frustration and time lost trying to figure out what was wrong surely took a lot of points away from the driver installation procedure developers.
The high quality and crisp detailing you would expect from a new Ink-jet printer. Nothing to write home about, but that's not this printer's mission. You should also notice that print quality is highly determined by the quality of the paper stock used: regular copier paper will allow for more bleeding of the ink and result to less crisp and less contrasty prints. Quality ink-jet paper really helps the printer perform better, but I tend to use the "cheap" or recycled stuff for most of my test drawing prints and text prints.
The difference from using good quality, heavyweight photo paper when printing photos is of high importance, but that's indifferent from any other ink-jet I know off...nonetheless, if you are trying to find in this printer the photo print quality achieved by the 3-4 times more expensive, multi-
ed Epson R series or equivalent models from Canon and HP, you might be a little disappointed...should that be the case, the Epson R1400 might be the best value photo printer capable of up to A3+/11x17 (or 13x19) size prints. Keep in mind that both the printer and the inks are a bit more expensive, on top of the cartridges being smaller too...
Quite reliable...I had 3-4 pages stuck out of a total of roughly a 700-800 sheets of 8.5x11 and 11x17s fed through the printer, and at least half of those were due miss-aligning the sheet in a hurry when the printer run out of paper...I wish it had a bypass feeding slot like some old HPs for really heavy paper stock...
...the printer has 5 cartridges. 2x black ones that are both used when printing and sold in pairs, and 1x for each of CMY colors. The printer is quite versatile, accepting all 68/69/88 - with the 68 being the high capacity version, claiming 50% more ink than the 69...price is like 15-20% higher than the 69 series equivalent, so I've stayed with the 68s. The Print quality achievable by each ink "type" is supposed to be the same, as all use the same ink - only quantity varies.
Ink consumption is a bit on the high side, and as with all printers using this line of inks, colors do get consumed slowly even when you are printing B&W prints, despite specifying through Epson's own driver properties that you wish of a black ink only print...especially the cyan. Black prints are decent to pretty good (paper kicks in), and printing text is blazing fast (and loud - I use the "quiet mode" that slows it a bit so that the printer won't hop around of excitement), but the black output is not as "true black" as the pigment black inks other manufacturers use, or that of good laser printers (take not that many laser printers also produce slightly "Washed-out" blacks).
We are not talking ridiculously low ink life, but if you are printing a lot, especially color graphics with high page coverage on 11x17, make sure you have at least a spare ink set close by...when making large graphics or photo prints, speed is considerable slower, but still pretty fast. Just remember that the average text sheet is @ 5-8% ink coverage, and photos / graphics can be up to 100%...
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