The Good Supports a full range of connectivity options including Wi-Fi and cloud printing from Apple and Google, high print speeds and excellent output quality.
The Bad Pictbridge compatible USB ports are missing.
The Bottom Line Don’t be fooled by its growth: the Epson Expression Home XP-420 inkjet is ahead of the competition with its compact footprint, cloud connection options and the ability to print high-quality images directly from your Android phone or iPhone.
The Epson Expression Home XP-420 is worth your while buying a fast, reliable, $ 100 printer that fits in tight places. This compact “small in one” (as Epson calls it) inkjet printer can print, copy and scan along with a range of features including a 2.5-inch color LCD, memory card slot reader and cloud access through Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint and Epson Connect.
Coupled with three separate ink tanks, average ink refill costs and a generous range of desktop and mobile software to guide you on the road, priced at $ 99 (£ 89.99 in the UK, $ 120 in Australia) The Epson Expression Home XP-420 should be at the top of the list, buying all-in-one affordable.
Design and features
Epson Expression Home XP-420
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|Price||$280 Walmart||$120 Walmart||$298 Amazon||$410 Walmart||$100 Amazon|
Space-saving design for the XP-420 is the main focus of the printer, which is just over 15 inches wide, 20 inches deep, and 11 inches high. Its small form factor is almost the same size as its predecessor for 2011 photos Epson NX-430 . As with this model, the XP-420 comes with sophisticated paper blade guides that help reduce overall size when not in use.
The printer has a sensor inside that can measure the size and type of media you load in the back tray, but you still need to press the sliding workpiece tab to press it against your paper, or you get a paper jam trying to rotate the sheet into the feeder. This happened to me only once during testing before I was convinced to be accurate with tab adjustments.
Sliding trays give preference to size XP-420 over size Canon Pixma MG5620 , another inkjet printer that falls into the same category of $ 100 inkjet ink, but will cost you more on the cartridge in the future. For other printers, however, the Xp-420 falls somewhere between a single-function inkjet printer and a monochrome laser printer, but at 9 pounds is only half the weight of a mid-range laser and is perfect for offices (at home or at home) that may require you to move your device.
|Price as reviewed||$99.99, £89.99, AU$120|
|Dimensions in Inches (Width x Depth x Height)||15.4 x 20.8 x 11 inches (39.1 x 52.8 x 28 cm)|
|Inks||4-ink tank (black, cyan, magenta, yellow)|
|Automatic 2-sided printing (duplexer)||No|
|Automatic Document Feeder||No|
|Memory Card Reader||Yes|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Airprint, Google Cloud Print|
|Paper Input Tray Capacity||100 Sheets|
|Display||2.5-inch color LCD|
The center control panel is within the console, which rotates upwards to view the 2.5-inch color LCD at the appropriate viewing angle. Although I usually prefer printers that use mechanical buttons, I like that the XP-420 directional buttons let you go to the OSD. (You will need to pay more for the touch screen.)
Epson is improving the design of its previous jet devices, complete with a new display that doesn’t require a lot of pressure to turn on some buttons. In addition, the display itself feels more solidly embedded at a time when the company has dealt with the soft plastic coating of the display, which previously disturbed the user.
I can’t blame the $ 99 machine for not having an automatic document feeder or multiple paper input trays, so all the paper processing goes through one tray per 100 sheets on the back and goes out through the mouth under the elements management. Workhorse offices with high printing needs should consider the WorkForce Epson line, such as WF-2630 which adds business-oriented features such as the Duplex Document Feeder and the Epson Fax PC Utility.
This is not to say that the XP-420 lacks additional applications for the home user – there is a memory card reader on the front that lets you walk and print from an SD card without touching your computer. Unlike the previous models, you do not have an open USB port to connect the USB stick; if you want to upload your photos you will need to do so by pulling the SD card out of the camera and sliding it into the camera.
This is no big deal, especially now that Epson now offers one-touch photo uploads to Facebook and cloud services. You can preview your photos on the LCD screen and even make simple cropping, resizing, or one-button connections.
Like many printer manufacturers, Epson offers several models in the line that add or subtract features to your needs. For example, if you are not a fan of photos, you can save $ 10 and choose Epson Expression XP-320 , another versatile ink jet that has the exact same features as the XP-420 but reduces the size on a 1.4-inch color LCD.
Epson lets you connect the printer to your computer via USB direct or Wi-Fi via the installation disc or Wi-Fi Direct if your router supports it. If you do not want to connect wirelessly, you will need to supply your own USB cable as usual.
Touch panel intelligent setup is a two-part process: turn on the unit and click Network Settings, then mark your wireless network and enter its password and all. The whole setup from start to finish, the connection established in our laboratory network (which uses the Verizon Fios home router) took us less than 5 minutes.
The installation process also includes a step that asks if you want the system to automatically search for and install firmware updates, and we recommend that you click “yes” when prompted; accessing web-connected printers, such as the XP-420, means that you don’t have to wait for Epson to provide you with a software update, so take advantage of this.
Wi-Fi connectivity also means you can take advantage of the many free Epson mobile print applications that allow you to print directly from mobile devices. First, the Epson iPrint app for iOS and Android devices lets you print web pages, photos, documents, and more on your smartphone right from the printer.
You can also use remote printing in any Chrome browser window using Google Cloud Print, or connect immediately to any iOS device using Apple AirPrint. Check out our information page learn more about cloud printing .
The XP-420 is powered by three separate color cartridges (blue, magenta, yellow) and optional black ink, which saves you the hassle and money of replacing a three-color ink tank. I did the math based on the high capacity XL cartridges that offer more ink capacity at a discounted price, and the color ink page runs just over 3.5 cents per page, while the high capacity black cartridge comes to about 5 cents per page.
Both costs are average for an inkjet printer at a cost – the cost of the supplies is the same as the Canon Pixma MG5620, but Epson gives you a head start by lowering the hardware price by $ 10 when you buy from Amazon. Of course, keep in mind that your mileage may vary depending on what you are printing and the frequency of high volume tasks.
In our speed tests, the XP-420 printed medium-speed photos, but it outpaced the presentation speed, color graphics, and especially text speeds at an impressive average of 8.3 plain black pages per minute. We were expecting impressive results from Epson, and these speed tests prove that the XP-420 can handle medium to high volume tasks with minimal delay.
The XP-420 also produced remarkable output quality results, producing black text of such quality that easily competes with the clarity of expensive laser printers, even at smaller sizes. The full-color graphics and presentations went equally well, and the quiet offices certainly benefit from the quiet whisper of the printer’s fast-paced sounds, easily muffled by keyboard clicks and soft conversation.
Compared to annoying voice devices that make scanning, deployment, and printing processes well-known, XP-420 stable operation is a viable alternative.
The Epson Expression XP-420 is a printer, scanner, and copier that features a compact chassis with folding paper trays designed to minimize occupational space hazards. In addition to the small-in-one design attributes, mobile professionals will appreciate cloud-based updates that may await print tasks from your phone or mobile browser. Whether you’re buying a multitasking machine for a small office or looking for a personal printer that doesn’t waste your ink cartridge savings, the XP-420 is well worth your investment.