In our speed tests, the Stylus NX430 performed at an average rate printing photos, but it sprints ahead of the competition with presentation output speed, color graphics speed, and especially text speed. To widen the margin further, the NX515 printed a staggering 14.11 pages per minute of plain text on plain white paper.
In fact, the Epson churned out more pages per minute (text, graphics, and presentations) than most inkjet printers I've tested to date. Look no further than the Epson Stylus NX430 printer if you need hard copies of your documents in your hand as quickly as possible.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|Presentation Speed (PPM)||Photo Speed (1 Sheet)||Color Graphics Speed (PPM)||Text Speed (PPM)|
The printer also doesn't disappoint in terms of print quality. With so many driver options to choose from, Epson makes it easy to cater to your prints in the most efficient way possible. I tried to cycle through most of the options, including using Epson's Vivid colorspace as opposed to Adobe's RGB, but I found that Epson's preset setting produced the most pleasing and accurate images. By far, the most accurate samples came from black and colored text and graphics containing thick, black lines.
Considering the cost of the printer and the consumables, the Epson's print samples are some of the most evenly saturated, fully formed shapes I've seen in a while. I'm satisfied with the weight of thin and thick lines, and the readability is clear even down to the smallest fonts on normal white document paper. I'm equally happy with the photo quality that continues to live up to the Epson name. All the printouts display smooth quality and are free of graininess or blotchy facial tones.
Service and support
Epson backs the Stylus NX430 with a limited one-year warranty that includes toll-free customer support weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT. Further support is available online through a model-specific troubleshooting guide, FAQs, e-mail support, driver updates, and document downloads.
The Epson WorkForce NX430 lives up to its "small-in-one" moniker with the size and features to match. Students and small offices cramped for space will have to sacrifice an auto-document feeder and double-sided prints to get the NX430 under $100, but its Wi-Fi connectivity, quick print speeds, and the most recent addition of iPrint apps for smartphones make this multifunction a worthwhile grab.
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