For $100 (since 10/05/2012), the Epson Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One color inkjet multifunction printer (MFP) provides a great deal of bang for the dollar. It manages top-notch and user-friendly, the unit does not take up a lot of space, and the output is quite nice. It is also fairly fast.
The inks are simply what you had anticipate from an MFP valued like this: expensive but appropriate for low-volume publishing provided its various other staminas.
The flip-up control board on the XP-400 is, perhaps remarkably, affordable, quite easy to use for an MFP. The mix of a 2.5-inch LCD showing large symbols and well-thought-out food selections and a bordering touch panel with contextually lit manages (they just show up when required) is very easy to use.
Wi-Fi configuration was easy, as was configuration via USB. The Epson Check software is the company’s age-old and qualified program. However, this model has no optical personality acknowledgment.
The XP-400’s paper handling features are fine for low-volume PC users, but it has no Mac support for manual duplexing (automated publishing of each web page with dialogs that show you how to turn and re-insert the paper), as there’s for Home windows.
The back upright input feed will hold 100 sheets of paper, which travels a fairly straight course to the 35-sheet front output tray. The scanner is single-shot, with no automated document feeder, but the cover telescopes approximately fifty percent an inch to accommodate publications. The scanner platen is A4/letter-sized.
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For the price, the XP-400 is remarkably fast. At the default setups, the XP-400 prints monochrome web pages at 6.5 each min (ppm) on the PC and 6.4 ppm on the Mac. Snapshot-sized pictures published on ordinary paper arise at simply over four ppm and on shiny paper at about 0.8 ppm.
Monochrome duplicates reach 5.5 ppm, well over average for a consumer-grade MFP. If you truly need to obtain an appearance at something quickly, you can use prepare setting, which is clear, otherwise enjoyable to appearance at. The evaluated copy speed of 5.5 ppm is excellent, but checks on the Mac are slow.
Standard and best-quality output from the XP-400 is quite nice. However, we did notice some problems, text-especially with bigger font styles. The problems do not jump out at you, but we did see dropouts and some jaggies after shut evaluation. Color video are made agreeably on ordinary and shiny paper, with what we usually explain as a somewhat cool color combination.
However, our grayscale picture published quite dark without the purplish or green actors we sometimes see. That is an advantage, as the grayscale option, which usually creates a lighter picture in real grays, was handicapped in the dialog. Epson says it does this on purpose with premium paper.
However, there was no description as to why. If you publish great deals of grayscale pictures, you had been well recommended to modify the advanced setups for lighter pictures and conserve them as among the faster ways available on the first tab in the printer dialog.
The XP-400s inks a better handle their XL cartridges, but that is not saying a lot. The 500-page, $30 XL black works bent on 5.8 cents each web page (CPP), while the $17 450-page cyan, magenta, and yellow XL cartridges are 3.8 CPP each. That is an above-average 17.1 cents for a four-color web page.
In the smaller sized standard capabilities, black is a massive 7.4 cup, and each color is 5.4 CPP. Spending 23.6 cents for a four-color web page is pricey, also in the entry-level category.
Despite the pricey ink, the Epson Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One could be a useful office or dorm-room printer for low-volume users. Its small impact and flexible positioning (many thanks to the Wi-Fi) are significant possessions when space goes to a costs. Overall efficiency and output quality leave little to be preferred.
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