Epson Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One Printer

The Third In a Line of Remarkably Small All-In-One Printers

Epson Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One Printer
Epson Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One Printer. Photograph courtesy of Epson

Pros:

  • Good-looking prints, scans, and copies
  • Small, light, compact
  • Relatively low purchase price
  • Support for SD memory cards

Cons:

  • Too high cost per page, or CPP
  • No USB or PictBridge support
  • No automatic document feeder (ADF)

Bottom Line:

It prints, copies, and scans well, but the CPP is too high for anything other than light use.

The Epson Expression XP-410 Small-in-One Printer I looked at back in mid-2013 was one of the first “Small-in-One” all-in-one (AIO) printers I had laid eyes on.

My first (and lasting, for a while anyway) impression was what a remarkably small and light desktop print/scan/copy device Epson had created.

My awe lingered some on to the following XP-420 a couple years later, but not only had a lot of the novelty worn off but by now other manufacturers, such as Canon and its MG5000 series AIO printers, were creating small, under-$100 all-in-ones, too. By the time this latest model (and today’s review unit), the $99.99 Epson Expression XP-430 Small-in-One Printer came along… well, let’s just say it’s going to take a lot to impress me.

Design and Features

At 15.4 inches across, by 20.8 inches from front to back, by 11 inches high, and weighing a slight 9 pounds, for all that it does, the XP-430 is remarkably light and compact. It has a scanner for making copies and for scanning documents and images to your PC or an SD card from your camera, although USB and PictBridge for printing directly from digital cameras are not available.

But you can, however, scan to or print from the cloud, a network drive, an SD card, as well as your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.

There is not, however, an automatic document feeder (ADF) for feeding multipage documents to the scanner—you’ll have to load each document or image by hand. Making copies of two-sided documents, for example, would entail placing the original on the platen, scanning it, removing the original, flipping it over, and then scanning the other side and saving the scan, only to start the process again for the next page.

In any case, if you have a lot scanning to do, don’t buy this AIO. There are some out there, including Epson’s own WorkForce WF-2660 All-in-One and several others, that come with ADFs. Making copies and other walk-up or PC-free operations are handled from a 2.7-inch color touch screen, and you can connect to the XP-430 via Wi-Fi, via Wi-Fi Direct from an Android device, or to a single PC with USB.

Keep in mind, though, that the latter connection option, connecting to a PC with a USB cable, precludes the printer from connecting to the Internet, thereby preventing it from connecting to cloud sites and other mobile options.

Performance, Print Quality, and Paper Handling

Epson rates this printer at 9 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white prints and 4.5ppm for color. However, my heavily formatted business documents printed at closer to 2.5ppm. But hey, if nothing else this is a low volume printer; speed isn’t a critical feature.

Let’s face it, Epson inkjet printers generally print well and this one is no exception. Text looks crisp and well-delineated, and graphics and photos come out accurately colored and reasonably detailed—more than adequate for an entry-level AIO like this one. It prints well.

For paper handling, it has one 100-sheet input tray and printed pages land on the desktop. It might be slow, but it’s plenty quiet and certainly a well-behaved neighbor if you choose to put it beside you on your desk.

Cost Per Page

The most disappointing aspect of this printer is its cost per page. Even when you use the highest yield tanks, your CPPs come out to about 6 cents for black-and-white pages and a whopping 17.4 cents for color, thereby relegating the XP-430 to a low-volume, occasional-use printer. If you need to print more than a few pages a month, say about 50 to 100, the XP-430 should be a good fit.

If you print more than that, you should look for something equipped to handle higher volume.

Overall Assessment

The XP-430 really is a great little printer, but it’s designed more for the person who needs to print only now and then; if that’s you, you should like this Small-in-One.

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