The NX430 is one of the smallest printers we've tested, coming in at just 15 x 12 x 6 inches. With its sleek black look, it's attractive and small enough to fit inside a small office, dorm room, family room, etc. The moniker Epson uses is an 'Small-inOne' All-in-One printer. I'd say that's pretty spot on, as it is small, sleek, and also it can do three things — Print/Copy/Scan. While it looks great, it definitely feels a bit flimsier compared to some of their higher end printers. The main attraction to us Apple users is that this printer features compatibility with AirPrint. This enables you to print directly from your iOS devices, such as your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. In addition to that, it also supports Wi-Fi printing, so no need to hook up a USB cable if you don't want to be tied down to your machine.
Setting up the Wi-Fi connection is simple. I went to the Wi-Fi setup with the 2.5" touch screen and did a manual configuration. I chose my network and then entered the password. Next I opened up the Printer settings on my Mac, choose 'Add printer', and then I was able to select from the Nearby Printers. Within an instant, it was all setup. You can access all of the typical settings, such as Supply Levels, Print test pages, clean heads, etc. I would say part of this is the ease of the printer, but also much of the ease comes being paired with Mac OS X.
If you want to print some pictures from your SD card, no problem. You can insert an SD card, Memory Stick PRO duo, or a USB thumb drive and do a slideshow to print and select photos. The LCD isn't much to be impressed with, especially when you are used to looking at Apple Retina displays all day long, but for a sub $100 printer, it gets the job done.
From the same multi-function touch screen, you can Copy and Scan as well. The Flatbed scanner works quite well. I used the scan tool in OS X and was able to scan directly into Preview with ease. The maximum bit is 24-bit, and has a resolution of 1200 x 1200. I was able to get some pretty good scans, and when choosing the proper dpi, you can get the results you would like.
Print quality was quite good with photos. It offers 4 color inks - Cyan/Black/Magenta/Yellow. I was printing on some of the Epson brand 4 x 6 Glossy photo paper and the high-res images I printed came out looking awesome. I really do appreciate the photo quality that Epson has when it comes to printing photos. The output on standard paper was good for a printer in this price range. The test prints I did were absolutely acceptable, text, graphics, PDFs, and photos. My only gripe was running out of black ink too soon. I deliberately used a mix of colorful photos and graphics for testing, but still ran out of Black, way before I did of the other inks. This could have been my testing documents, but it did burn through quite faster than I would have expected. Here is the thing that irritated me though — until I replace the Black, then I can't print anything at all (even though the menu says I can still use other functions). It won't even let you do a nozzle test. However, scanning still worked just fine.
When the printing did commence, it's no speed demon, but it gets the job done. It's much slower than the Artisan 800 we had tested previously, however, it's also 1/4 of the price.
With the built-in Wi-Fi, AirPrint capability, great photo printing, LCD touch screen, and respectable color printing, I found this printer to be a winner on most counts, and being a sub $100 printer, it's certainly capable for all that it offers.
Product: Epson Stylus NX430 Small In One Printer
Review Sample provided by: Epson