The first official announcement from CES 2012 comes from Epson in the form of the new Artisan 1430 wide format printer early this morning.
The Epson Artisan 1430 will focus on providing the glossy, beautiful photo prints up to 13 x 19-inches we are used to seeing from this lineup. The kicker will be that this wide format printer will offer users wireless connectivity as well as mobile printing with the Epson iPrint App and Adode Photoshop Elements bonus software.
Using the 6-color Advanced MicroPiezo print head with DX5 technology, the Artisan 1430 offers a maximum optimized print resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi and a minimum ink droplet size of 1.5 picoliters. Regular print speeds may come in slow – 2.8 ppm in both black and color – but the photo print speeds are much more competitive with a 4×6 in 46 seconds, an 8×10 in just under two minutes and a 13×19 borderless photo in three minutes.
The Artisan 1430 can hold up to 100 sheets of plain paper and 20 sheets of photo paper and the Ultra Hi-Def photo are smudge, scratch and water resistant with a storage time of 98 year under glass. Users can print on a variety of media including CD/DVDs, envelopes, double-sided matte presentation paper and a plethora of photo paper. The maximum paper size comes in at 13 x 44 inches.
There is a front side PictBridge port, image enhancement tools for auto color and lighting correction and the Artisan 1430 is Energy Star and RoHS compliant.
The Epson Artisan 1430 wide format printer will be available in February through Epson and authorized vendors for the suggested retail price of $299.99.
Want more? Check back later for hands on coverage of the Artisan 1430 and other new products at the Digital Experience show! Or visit our official CES 2012 page where we will share the best from CES 2012 all week long!