Epson is well known for its A3 and larger printers, which are widely used by professional and semi-pro photographers for everything from nature, to wedding, to model photography. The Stylus Photo 1500W is a low-cost model which can print up to A3 images on plain and photo paper, making it ideal for photographers working to a budget.
The large black box can’t disguise its width, which is over half that of a standard desk, but it manages to keep a small footprint overall, by cleverly folding and telescoping both its feed and output trays. You only need open both, which greatly increases its footprint, when printing A3 or A3 pages.
The six cartridges, with light cyan and light magenta improving subjects like skies and skintones, clip into the print head, once you’ve lifted the top cover.
The Epson Stylus Photo 1500W's control panel is simple, with five buttons and five LED indicators. Quite why makers of large format printers think LCD displays are unnecessary, when their cheaper, consumer equivalents all have them has always been a puzzle.
There’s a single USB socket at the back of the Epson Stylus Photo 1500W and a PictBridge socket at the front, so you can connect a camera directly to print images from it. Epson also provides a wireless link to the printer, which can be used for direct printing from iOS devices.
Software support is basic, with a good printer driver, but little else. With a photo printer you don’t really need much else, as you’re likely to be using your image editor of choice anyway, and just need your printer to interface well with that.