Conclusion

August 24, 2012 by Sarah Meyer Reads (18,937)
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

Ink Control Tests
In our tests, we exhaust (printing until the color runs out) a new set of cartridges; exhaustion meaning the printer will not print another quality document without a replacement. We print at a ratio of three pages of black and white text to one full page of color. We decided on the 3:1 ratio because we felt that the average user is printing more text than color.

The Epson Expression Home XP-400 includes four ink 200 cartridges (CMYK). Users can purchase both standard 200 or high capacity 200XL cartridges but we tested what was included in the original packaging.

At the ratio of 3:1 in Epson’s normal print mode, the Expression Home XP-400 printed 167pages before the printer alerted me that the magenta ink cartridge had expired (ran out of ink).

I was alerted to the fact that the ink was low in the status bar right before our last test job ? so about forty pages of mixed text and images.

I didn’t have any paper jams to report, but I did notice the weird printer freeze I’ve seen on previous Epson models I’ve tested over a wireless connection. The printer control panel displayed that it was printing and the status menu on my computer also reported there was a job in progress but the printer just never started printing. I cancelled the job on the printer and then tried again and it printed immediately. No need to restart this time, which was nice.

Energy Use Tests
The Expression Home XP-400 is Energy Star qualified and it boasts low energy usage as a result. The highest energy use was seen during warm up.

When printing in normal print mode, the XP-400 used between 11-15 W. When printing photos in the photo print mode, the energy use lowered to between 7-11 W. When printing in draft mode, the energy use increased to between 12-19 W.

When in ready mode, the XP-400 pulls about 5 W but that drops to 1-2 W when the printer falls into sleep mode.

Expression Home XP-400 Specifications

  • 3-in-1 inkjet: print, scan, copy
  • Print speeds: up to 8.7 ppm black, 4.5 ppm color
  • Print resolution: 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi
  • 2.5-inch LCD with touch panel
  • Built-in memory card reader
  • Mobile Print: Epson Connect, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print
  • Paper capacity: 100-sheet rear fed tray
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, USB 2.0
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year limited warranty

Conclusion

I definitely think Epson is moving in the right direction when it comes to their small-in-one lineup. The Expression Home XP-400 is an improvement over the Stylus NX430 in many ways: document print speeds, photo quality and ease of use while keeping the price at $99.99.

However, when it comes to the ink needed to run the Expression Home XP-400, I can’t make the same assertion. The standard capacity 200 cartridges performed worse during our tests and cost nearly the same as their 124 counterparts (for a set of four). But the high capacity 200XL cartridges cost (for a set of four) cost nearly $20 more than their 126 counterparts. There are no page yield numbers on the site or on the individual boxes to compare either.

Moral of the story? The Epson Expression Home XP-400 is a great little printer that does what is expected of it: print, scan and copy at a decent clip and produce quality text documents and images. It would make a fine addition to a home or dorm room looking for a decent priced, compact AIO. But don’t be surprised if you spend quadruple the initial cost ($99.99) on ink in the first year.

Pricing and Availability

The Epson Expression XP-400 Small-in-One inkjet is available now through Epson and authorized vendors for the suggested retail price of $99.99.

Supplies and accessories can be purchased directly through Epson. A set of standard capacity cartridges is $37.98 while a set of high capacity cartridges is $80.96.

The Epson Expression XP-400 Small-in-One comes with a one-year limited warranty but customers can purchase a 1-year or 2-year extended service plan for $19.95 and $29.95, respectively.


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