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.
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.
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.
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.
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.