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-410 includes four setup 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-410 printed 166 pages 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 final test print
I didn’t have any paper jams to report.
Energy Use Tests
The Expression Home XP-410 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-410 used between 13-14W. When printing in color, the energy use increased slightly to 14-16W.
When in ready mode, the XP-410 pulls about 4 W but that drops to 1-2W when the printer falls into sleep mode.
Expression Home XP-410 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
I have to say I was disappointed with the Epson Expression Home XP-410. There are zero improvements on the previous generation Epson Expression Home XP-400 we reviewed last year. The design, print speeds and features are identical and I actually had more trouble with the photo printing on the XP-410.
And don’t be surprised if you spend quadruple the initial cost ($99.99) on ink in the first year with a set of high capacity cartridges running around $80.96.
The Expression Home XP-410 isn’t a terrible printer; in fact it did a pretty good job during most of our tests but if you already own the Expression Home XP-400 (or a printer like it) it won’t be worth the upgrade.
Pricing and Availability
The Epson Expression Home XP-410 is available now through Epson for the suggested retail price of $99.99.