Epson Expression Home XP-400 Review: Small & Fun

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Service & Support
      • 6
      • Print Quality
      • 7
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 7
      • Performance / Print Speed
      • 6
      • Features
      • 6
      • Operational Costs
      • 4
      • Total Score:
      • 6.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Improved text print speeds
    • Good text/photo print quality
    • Ease of use
  • Cons

    • Ink costs
    • No front side USB
    • Slow photo print speeds

Quick Take

The Epson Expression Home XP-400 does what is expected of it: print, scan and copy at a decent clip and produce quality text documents and images.

So you might be thinking from my review title, Epson Expression Home XP-400 Review: Small & Fun, that the Expression Home XP-400 is exactly that: small AND fun.

And for the most part you would be right!  So congratulations on your power of assumption – except that there is a little more to the story.

\"\"Yes, the Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One offers customers a compact footprint that will fit perfectly on your desk, kitchen countertop or on top of a pile of books that cost three times as much you\’ll probably use three times as less.

And it definitely improves on past generations in both print speeds – two pages per minute may just save you from getting lectured on the importance of punctuality in front of your whole class – and print quality while still maintaining a budget-friendly price tag of $99.99.

The Expression Home XP-400 is easy to use despite the serious lack of photo software (we miss you Epson Easy Photo Print) and you\’ll find the scan and copy devices are just as reliable as the printer itself. The touch panel is simple to navigate with only three main device menus and four secondary menus dedicated for wireless settings, help and maintenance.

Plus, you can stay at your friend\’s place for an extra 15 minutes by printing your term paper wirelessly with Epson Connect (or Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print) and then swinging by and picking it up at your earliest convenience.

So what\’s the problem you ask?  When does the Expression Home XP-400 stop being nice and start getting real? Well, right about the time you have to go to the campus bookstore (or big box store) and pay for your replacement set of cartridges. $80 for a set of four high capacity cartridges? Let\’s face it, that\’s almost as much as you spent on the printer.

But in Epson\’s defense, nearly all of their competitor\’s are charging an arm, leg and your first born for ink too. So read our full review of the Epson Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One and then compare it to other reviews at PrinterComparison.com.


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