What I Use: Epson Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One Printer

Generally when I purchase a printer, it last for years. We use it until it either dies or it becomes a task finding ink or toner for it. Our current home printers are a Dell 1720dn Laser Printer and a HP OfficeJet 7000 Wide Format Printer. Both printers are still working fine. However, with the introduction of tablet devices, neither printer really supported the ability to print from my iPad. The initial solution I discovered was a product called Printopia, which is a great solution. I highly recommend it if you are heavy in the Apple ecosystem. The downside to Printopia is that it is a Mac/iPad-only solution that requires you to have the Mac computer it is installed on powered up 24/7.  Additionally, since I’ve started using a Chromebook and Nexus 7 more frequently these days as my go-to devices, I needed a printing solution that would work across multiple platforms. Enter the Epson Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One Printer.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Epson printers, but the XP-400 caught my eye. What made it more appealing was that Best Buy had it on sale $30 off from it’s normal $100 price tag plus I had a bunch of Reward Zone coupons so I bought it cheap right before the holidays. The XP-400 is a 3-in-1 (print, scan and copy) multifunction inkjet printer. It has a flip-up control panel with 2.5-inch LCD screen. The menus are easy to navigate. It is also capable of wireless printing AND scanning. More importantly, it prints surprisingly fast for an inkjet. The output quality is not the best but it is acceptable for most people. It really depends on what you are trying to print.

While most inkjet printers are relatively cheap, the inks can be a bit on the expensive side. The XP-400 is no exception. It requires four individual ink cartridges (Black, Cyan, Yellow and Magenta) that are sold as either standard or high-capacity. While the standard cartridges could be easily found at retail stores such as Walmart, Best Buy and Target (but not Costco or Sam’s Club), I had to search for the high-capacity cartridges and eventually found them at Office Depot.

The XP-400, like many other Epson printers, comes with Epson Connect. This allows you to print wirelessly from your iOS or Android device by supporting Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. There is even an Epson iPrint Mobile App available free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play store. This allows me to print directly to the XP-400 from my iPad Mini, Nexus 7 and Chromebook. You can also email your files to the XP-400 printer’s unique email address for automatic printing. The Scan to Cloud option even allows you to save your files directly to your Evernote account or other online Cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Box and Google Drive (bummer that SkyDrive is not included).
I will say that while the Epson Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One Printer is not the best inkjet printer on the market but you do get a lot of bang for your buck. It’s a complimentary printer for your complimentary devices. This is definitely not a printer for someone who does a lot of printing, but it’s worth considering if you need to occasionally print from a mobile device or just need a simple print, scan or copy solution to go along side an existing home printer.

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