Conclusion

December 23, 2011 by Sarah Meyer Reads (13,351)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 6
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 7
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 3
    • Total Score:
    • 5.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Ink Control Tests
In our tests, we exhaust (printing until the color runs out) a new set of cartridges; exhaustion meaning the printer will not print another quality document without a replacement. We print at a ratio of three pages of black and white text to one full page of color. We decided on the 3:1 ratio because we felt that the average user is printing more text than color.

The Epson Stylus NX430 includes four ink standard capacity 124 cartridges (CMYK). Users can also upgrade to high capacity 126 cartridges but they weren’t included in the original packaging so we didn’t test them.

At the ratio of 3:1 in Epson’s normal print mode, the Stylus NX430 printed 200 pages before the printer alerted me that the magenta ink cartridge had expired (ran out of ink).

I was alerted to the fact that the ink was low in the status bar, but since there was no pop up, I can’t give a page estimate.

I didn’t have any paper jams to report, but I did have a weird printer freeze happen during my tests. The printer control panel displayed that it was printing and the status menu on my computer also reported there was a job in progress but the printer had completely stopped printing. I tried to cancel on both the printer and my PC but to no avail. I finally rectified the situation by turning off the printer and then turning it back on. I believe it’s because I had the Stylus NX430 set up over Wi-Fi and the printer lost communication.

Energy Use Tests
The Stylus NX430 is Energy Star qualified and the energy usage backs up that claim. The highest watts used seen during our tests were during the draft print jobs.

When printing in normal print mode, the NX430 used between 10-15 W. When printing color in the normal print mode, the energy use lowered to between 8-13 W. When printing in draft mode, the energy use increased to between 13-17 W.

When in ready mode, the Stylus NX430 pulls about 6 W but that drops to 2 W when the printer falls into sleep mode.

STYLUS NX430 SPECIFICATIONS

  • 3-in-1 inkjet: print, scan and copy
  • Print speeds: up to 6.2 ppm in black, 3.2 ppm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 5760 x 1440 dpi
  • Smart touch panel w/ 2.5-inch LCD
  • Built-in card reader
  • Paper capacity: 100-sheet rear fed tray
  • Energy Star qualified, RoHS certified
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Wi-Fi
  • Warranty: 1-year limited with quick product exchange

CONCLUSION
The Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One is indeed small, probably one of the smallest all-in-ones I’ve seen, not only from Epson but from other manufacturer’s as well. And the initial price tag is budget friendly with a suggested retail price of $99.99 and a street price closer to $69.99.

But it also has its flaws, probably the worst being that it will cost the owner of the Stylus NX430 almost $38 to replace a full set of standard capacity ink cartridges and nearly $66 to replace a set of high capacity cartridges. Depending on how much printing you do, you could buy several Stylus NX430’s for the same price as a few sets of high capacity ink cartridges.

I would say the Stylus NX430 still fills a need though: a home or dorm room with the need for scanning and mobility but an average print volume with limited photo printing.

PRICING AND AVAILABLITY
The Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One inkjet printer is available now for the suggested retail price of $99.99.

Supplies are available through Epson. A set of high capacity 126 ink cartridges will set the user back $65.98 while a set of standard capacity 124 cartridges cost $37.58.

The Epson Stylus NX430 comes with a 1-year limited warranty with quick product exchange.


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