The purpose for Epson printers over others is if you need halftoning capabilities, the simplest and most effective method for the majority of computer configurations is using a RIP. Film RIPs are mostly configured to work with Epson. There are a few more printers by Epson available, but these are the most common printers used that are not discontinued.
1100 is discontinued, 1430 is the new version of the 1400. The new 1100 is the WF-7010 which has bottom feed trays - I have no clue how you would run a banner of 44" through that but it says you can. I hate bottom feed, HPs jam up all the time on envelopes and card stock so I don't like that Epson is making a lot of 'em that way now, top feed is so much better for anything other than copy paper. I did take a closer look at the WF-7010, unlike the 1430 it takes different inks and one black tank instead of 2 like the 1100 did. It also has a wide open area above the entire printhead travel length, so it would actually be easier to install a CIS as long as you don't mind keeping the lid up. I had to cut up the 1100 to keep the tubes from rubbing against things.
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