Epson Expression Home XP-420 Printer Review

Epson EX-420 review
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The Bottom Line

If you're looking for a top-notch dedicated photo printer, my Epson Expression Home XP-420 printer review shows that this isn't going to meet your needs. The XP-420 simply isn't going to produce the type of high print quality that a photographer will want to see from his or her unit.

But if you want a means of making some quick prints of your photos at home, and you don't need large-sized photo prints, the Epson XP-420 is worth considering, primarily because of its extremely low starting price.

This can be a decent starter photo printer, as long as you use decent paper quality and make small prints.

Keep in mind that my star rating for this printer is based entirely on its photo print capabilities, so the rating doesn't really include this model's scan and copy functions, which give it some nice versatility. Ultimately, the XP-420 is just not a photo printer that can meet the needs of an intermediate or advanced photographer.

Specifications

  • Print Resolution: Color 5760x1440 dpi
  • Ink System: 4-color
  • Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 3 picoliters
  • Print Speed: 9 pages per minute (black), 4.5 pages per minute (color)
  • Paper Sizes: 4x6 inches, 5x7, 8x10, letter, legal, A4
  • LCD: 2.5-inch 
  • Dimensions: 15.4 x 20.8 x 11.0 inches
  • Weight: 9.0 pounds
  • Paper Tray Capacity: 100 sheets plain paper
  • Interfaces: USB, Wi-Fi, Memory Card Slots
  • Memory Card Slots: SD
  • Other Functions: Copy and scan

Pros

  • Extremely low price for an all-in-one printer
  • Easy to set up and use, including setting up Wi-Fi connection
  • Individual ink cartridges
  • Includes an SD memory card slot
  • Versus similarly priced models, print quality is above average

Cons

  • Photo print quality doesn't stack up to most dedicated photo printers
  • Draft and standard quality print settings are not acceptable for photos
  • XP-420 works very slowly in best quality mode
  • Paper jams are common with low quality paper
  • No touchscreen option with small LCD

Print Quality

The Epson Expression XP-420's photo print quality isn't really usable unless you're using the best quality setting. Draft or standard quality just won't yield an image that's worth using, even if you're just looking for a quick print. In fact, draft or standard quality prints were poor with text documents too.

You'll need to make sure you're using a good quality of paper too, as the XP-420 will cause paper jams if you're using a poor quality of paper. And if you want any kind of usability from your photo prints, you're going to want to use dedicated photo paper.

Performance

Because the Epson XP-420's print quality is so poor in anything but the best quality setting, you'll have to use it the majority of the time. And this means that this model will work very slowly, at least compared to dedicated photo printers.

One nice aspect of this Epson unit is the fact that it's an easy printer to set up and start using. And setting up the Wi-Fi connectivity is easy to use as well. 

Design

There's plenty of nice add-on features with the XP-420. There's a 2.5-inch LCD screen, which is great for reviewing photos before printing them, even if it's a bit small.

You will be able to insert an SD-sized memory card to print photos directly, so the LCD screen is handy. Unfortunately, it's not a touchscreen LCD.

Epson gave the XP-420 a series of control buttons on the front of the unit, which helps make it easy to use. And there's a flat glass surface to simplify the process of creating scans or copies.

This unit is pretty small, which makes it a potential candidate for a college student looking to keep a printer in a dorm room.

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