Wide Format Inkjet Printer Shootout – Epson versus Canon

For today’s product review we have two industry stalwarts with Epson and Canon squaring off to see which manufacturer has the best wide format inkjet printer.

 

First up is the Epson Stylus Photo 1400. Epson has an exceptional history of producing fine printers, copiers, and scanners, and the wide format Stylus Photo 1400 is no exception.  This printer is one of Epson’s best ever and produces magnificent, ultra high def, 5760 x 1440 dpi photos that are better than anything produced on any other wide format inkjet printer on the market.

The Stylus Photo 1400 has a compact 24.2 x 16.3 x 12.4 inch footprint and is a breeze to setup and use.   The device produces high definition prints up to 13″ x 19″ for extraordinary sized photos, campaign signs, banners, and more.

The Epson Stylus Photo 1400 also features CD and DVD printing which allows for the output of professional looking CDs or DVDs for a digital portfolio.

Additional features include:

  • Borderless 13″ x 19″ photos in as fast as 3 minutes.
  • Ultra Hi-Definition prints with six color ink, Claria, ink for long-lasting photos, banners, brochures, and posters.
  • Professional looking CDs and DVDs – print directly onto the CD or DVD without the need for labels.
  • Speed and Quality
  • Powerful Adobe Photoshop Elements software
  • Individual ink cartridges so you can replace only the ones that are running low.
  • Borderless prints in popular sizes: 4″x6″, 5″x7″, 8″x10″, 8.5″x11″, 11″x14″, 11″x17″, 12″x12″, 13″x19″.
  • Precision color and detail – up to 5760×1440 dpi with ink droplets as small as 1.5 picoliters.
  • Epson proprietary DX5 Micro Piezo printhead technology taht provides prints with professional detail without sacrificing speed.
  • Print on multiple finishes from matte, to luster, to high gloss.
The feature packed Epson Stylus Photo 1400 – a beast for a value $498 price tag.  
Next into the ring is the Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mark II.  Canon tried to win the “Longest Model Name” award and I think it has done a great job with that.  Besides the name, the Canon is a feature rich, wide format inkjet printer that stacks up well against the Epson Stylus Photo 1400.  
The Pixma Pro is a powerful and versatile machine that follows a long lineage of Canon printers.  The Pixma Pro’s feature set also includes a PictBridge input that allows the connection of a digital camera or camcorder directly to the printer.  It prints photos at a fast and reliable pace and holds a large volume of paper media.  The Canon’s 26×7.6×13.9 inch footprint is slightly larger than the Epson but still compact and suitable for setup in most home or office environments.    
Primary features of the Canon are as follows:    

  • Borderless paper format support up to 13″x19″
  • Two separate paper paths including a front feeder for heavy or coarse paper types.
  • 8 color ink system
  • Ambient light correction software which optimizes color output to match the specified lighting condition.
  • Canon FINE print head technology.
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
The Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mark II is a world class wide format inkjet printer that is a beautiful device and a bargain at $417.  It falls a little bit short however in the head to head battle against the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 which is our winner in this round of the wide format printer shootout.
 Final verdict – the Epson Stylus Photo 1400.
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