Why Epson Expression Home XP-430 worth its money

Printers

The Good Along with remote printing, the low-cost Epson XP-430 “Small-in-One” can also print from a variety of mobile devices, including iOS, Android and Amazon Fire tablets. It has robust output quality and a large color screen for editing simple photos before submitting a task.

The Bad It offers no two-sided printing, and the cost per page for ink cartridges is slightly above average.

The Bottom Line The Epson Expression Home XP-430 combines reliable multifunction printing with cost-effective design at an extremely affordable price.

Every inch of space is important for modern desks, packed with gadgets, charges and accessories. And if you’re not running energy-saving or running your business out of your home, there’s no reason why you need a giant printer that takes up half of your work space.

Epson XP-430 (pictures)

That’s why the Epson Expression Home XP-430 All-In-One is great for families and students alike: with its compact form factor and trays that fold into the device when it’s not in use, it really gets its “Small-in-One” nickname. The fact that it can print from almost any device – PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Android devices and Chromebooks – enhances the convenience factor. And the low price – it costs $ 100, £ 90 and $ 129, but available online for less – requires a deal.

Design

XP-430 replaces 2015’s XP-420 – which we liked for the price – and has a very similar list of features, but it enlarges the color display and refreshes the ink cartridges on the new 288 Epson. DuraBrite Ultra Inks ink works to reduce blemishes immediately after printing a document or photo and actually add a bit of water resistance to both plain and glossy photo paper.

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Epson Expression Home XP-430

Brother HL-L2395DW

Epson EcoTank ET-2550

Brother HL-3170CDW

HP Envy 4520

Value 8 9 8 9 8
Features 8 8 7 7 8
Performance 8 8 8 8 8
Design 8 7 7 7 8
Overall 8.0 8.2 7.6 7.9 8.0
Price $150 Amazon $120 Walmart $298 Amazon $410 Walmart $100 Amazon

Epson’s XP-430 is a combination ink-jet printer and scanner with a small form factor.

Sarah Tew

Like the previous model, the main focus of the car is the design of the XP-430, which measures just 15.4 inches wide, 20.8 inches deep and 11 inches tall (39.1 x 52.8 x 28) cm) when the printer is ready for operation: this is with both paper trays fully extended; when closed, you can place the printer in a space that is only 15.4 inches deep, 11.8 inches deep, and 5.7 inches high (39.1 x 30 x 14.5 cm).

Epson XP-430

Price as reviewed (US) $99.99 MSRP, $70 online
Price as reviewed (UK: XP-432) £90 MSRP, £50 online
Price as reviewed (Australia) AU$129 MSRP
Dimensions in Inches (Width x Depth x Height) 15.4″ x 20.8″ x 11.0″ (39.1 x 52.8 x 28 cm)
Functions Print/Copy/Scan
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, Epson Remote Print, Epson E-mail Print
Paper Input Tray Capacity 100 Sheets
Display 2.7″ (6.9 cm) Color LCD

The paper input tray can hold 100 sheets of plain paper, but it can accept all kinds of paper, including Epson’s own cool Epson iron transfer paper, Ultra Premium Presentation paper, and more. There is no automatic document feeder for batch copying and scanning, but I wouldn’t expect the $ 99 device to turn it on.

Sarah Tew

Despite this, 100 sheets is definitely the right capacity for the average student or office worker, but a small business looking for a large volume printer will probably want to use a larger device, such as ET-2550 EcoTank which also happens with the use of ink refills.

The center control panel is located within the console, which rotates upwards to view the 2.7-inch (6.9 cm) single-crystal display at an appropriate viewing angle. Although I usually prefer printers that use mechanical buttons, I like the XP-430’s directional buttons have a tactile click to let you know when the press is registered.

Sarah Tew

The front panel has a memory card reader that lets you walk and print from an SD card without touching your own 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 either, especially now that Epson is now offering 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.

Features and settings

Epson lets you connect your printer to your computer using USB direct (you need to provide a cable), Wi-Fi, or – if your router supports it – Wi-Fi Direct.

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, and the connection established in our lab network (which uses a Verizon Fios home router) took less than 5 minutes.

Sarah Tew

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 allow you to print web pages, photos, documents, and more on your smartphone directly to your 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 . Epson also has its own email and remote printing systems.

Inks

Sarah Tew

The XP-430 comes with three separate color cartridges (blue, magenta, yellow) and optional black ink, which will save you the hassle and money of replacing a three-color ink tank. I did the math (in US dollars) based on XL Epson ink cartridges that offer more ink capacity at a discounted price, and a color ink page runs just over 3.8 cents per page, while a large capacity black cartridge costs about 6.2 cents per page.

Unfortunately, these prices are slightly higher than those of the XP-420, and higher than their competitors Brother MFC-J460DW , another budget printer with a multifunction cartridge printer that will return only 3.5 cents for color and 5 cents for black pages. But the price reduction for Brother supplies is enhanced by its larger overall size, small 1.8-inch (4.6cm) LCD – and the fact that it costs almost twice as much as the XP-430.

Performance

The XP-430 registered similar bandwidths as the XP-420, with approximately 8.5 pages of black text per minute. Color text and graphics are a different story, and its speed has been constantly lagging behind the Brother MFC-460DW on these robots, though you may not have noticed much difference unless you were sitting on the machine waiting for the job to arrive. with. One way or another, we expect impressive results from Epson, and these speed tests prove that the XP-430 can handle medium to high volume tasks with minimal delay.

The XP-430 also handled our output quality tests well. With clear lines, even in tiny fonts and clear markings all over the page, we would have no problem recommending this device for printing work materials and full color graphics documents. You will need to temper your expectations for pictures if you are used to seeing large-format prints, but the XP-430 is well-equipped to print decent frames of you and your loved ones.

Alternatives

The XP-430 is in the middle of the 2016 Epson Expression line.

The XP-330 – the least expensive printer in the line, but reduces the color screen size to 1.44 “

The XP-630 promises better photo printing with 5-ink cartridge, double-sided printing and CD / DVD printing

The XP-830 adds fax machine for printing, copying and scanning functions, Ethernet port and larger touch screen display

Note that Epson also has a more office-grade WorkForce line, which includes similar (but larger) color printers such as WF-2750 , which starts at around $ 100.

And of course you can always read the current CNET list best printers .

A good printer at a great price

Upgrading the Epson Expression XP-430 from the previous model is quite minor (you probably won’t notice a 0.2 inch increase in display size), so if you can pick up the XP-420 for a smaller one, you should go for it. One way or another, this little one will be a strong partner for professionals, families, and students with the needs of light and medium color printing, who will appreciate its ability to print from almost any mobile device currently on the market. Remote e-mail printing and relatively inexpensive ink cartridge refills added to the XP-430’s list.

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