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Epson Expression Home XP-405
  • Epson Expression Home XP-405
  • Epson Expression Home XP-405 - Controls
  • Epson Expression Home XP-405 - Open
  • Epson Expression Home XP-405 - Cartridges
  • Epson Expression Home XP-405 - Feature Table
  • Epson Expression Home XP-405 - Speeds and Costs


Our Score:



  • Direct mobile/tablet print
  • Memory card slots
  • Respectable plain paper print speed


  • No duplex print
  • Slow photo print for Epson
  • High colour print cost

Key Features

  • Wireless connection
  • Small desktop footprint
  • Touch panel controls
  • 63mm LCD display
  • Separate ink cartridges
  • Manufacturer: Epson
  • Review Price: £70.00


Epson likes to call its latest range of Expression multifunction ‘Small-in-One’ to indicate their small size, and the Epson Expression XP-405 is certainly a compact device. It’s a budget printer, aimed at the home market, but still offers print, copy and scan functions and includes support for photo uploading and printing, something Epson has traditionally been good at.

Epson Expression Home XP-405 Design

In a good old shiny black case, the Epson Expression XP-405 has a nicely textured lid to its scanner, which also has a convenient lip at the front to open it with. Paper loads into a near vertical tray at the rear, in traditional Epson style, and feeds to a slide-out output tray with a flip-over paper stop at the front. There’s no separate photo tray, but you can feed photo paper via the main tray.

Epson Expression Home XP-405 Features

The control panel folds up to around 45 degrees and contains a 63mm LCD screen, coupled to a touch panel with 11 buttons for menu navigation and to start and stop scan, copy and photo print tasks. To the left of the control panel is a single slot for SD and MemoryStick cards, but there’s no front panel USB or PictBridge socket.

Epson Expression Home XP-405 - Controls

At the back is a single USB port, but the majority of purchasers will use wireless connection, because of the greater versatility this offers. The wireless link enables direct print from mobile devices, including AirPrint support for iOS phones and tablets, such as the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, several Android utilities and remote Internet print via Epson Connect.

Epson Expression Home XP-405

Hinge the scanner section of the Epson Expression Home XP-405 up and you can get at the four, separate ink cartridges, available in two capacities, which clip simply into the permanent printhead.

Software includes ABBYY FineReader Sprint 9 OCR and Epson’s own Easy Photo Print, as well as drivers and downloadable apps. Unlike so many new printers we test, the setup utility doesn’t download completely new ‘updates’ as soon as it’s run, which is a plus.


November 14, 2013, 11:54 am

Do not buy this printer. it's waste of money and definately not good value. require very often maintenance, cant print more than 1 page straight, setting up takes far too long and has too many drivers. Cannon pixima is much better choice for basic home admin as well as foto print.

Paul C

January 18, 2014, 5:11 pm

Do not buy this printer if you mostly just want black (greyscale) printing as you will be shocked to find that for every black cartridge you replace you will also have to replace one or other of the colour cartridges even, if like me, you never print in colour. Unbelievable but true. Epson confirm that it is not possible to print in black/greyscale if one of the colour cartridges is flagged as needing replacement and boy do they need replacement on a frequent basis even though never used for printing. Strangely it is possible to take black and white photocopies. Now throwing away my new Epson - luckily I kept my trusty cheap to run, easily managed Cannon Pixima in the attic.


August 22, 2014, 7:54 pm

Why does my printer prints only the red and ashen.

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