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Epson Expression Home XP-412
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  • Epson Expression Home XP-412
  • Epson Expression Home XP-412

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Pros

  • Front panel memory card slot
  • Individual inks
  • Printing via email

Cons

  • No duplex print
  • No front panel USB
  • High colour print cost

Key Features

  • Direct wireless printing
  • Colour LCD and touch panel
  • Compact, small footprint design
  • Easy maintenance
  • Automatic Wi-Fi setup
  • Manufacturer: Epson
  • Review Price: £65.00

What is the Epson Home XP-412?

There’s been a recent move among printer makers to reduce the size of their all-in-ones and make them more discreet on the desk. Epson, with its Expression Home range now refers to these as Small-in-One printers, and the XP-412 lives up to this designation.

Epson Home XP-412 - Design and Features

This is a neat, glossy black machine with a textured lid to its flatbed scanner. It reverts to Epson’s favourite paper feed design, with a near-vertical slot at the rear, which has a pull-up, telescopic support and flip-over dust cover. Paper then feeds to another telescopic tray at the front; a good, simple paper path.

At the front, a hinged control panel swings out to a convenient angle and shows a 64mm LCD screen, coupled to a touch panel on its right. While a touch panel is not quite as intuitive to use as a touchscreen, the large, dedicated orange icons on the panel are easy to see and sensitive to even a light touch.

Epson Expression Home XP-412 - Controls

At the bottom left of the front panel is a single card slot, which can take SD and MemoryStick cards, though there’s no front panel USB. The single PC data connection is a rear mounted USB socket, but the machine’s wireless facilities will make this redundant for many customers.

Epson Home XP-412 - Connections and Software

The printer is well equipped for wireless connection and supports Wi-Fi Direct and AirPrint, covering most of the mobile devices you may want to use. Additionally, Epson provides a function similar to HP’s ePrint, where you can email the printer directly.

Lift the scanner section of the Expression Home XP-412 and you have easy access to the four ink cartridges which plug directly into the machine’s piezoelectric head.

Epson Expression Home XP-412 - Cartridges

Epson’s software bundle includes Scan and Easy Photo Print, both of which are good utilities, though it’s a shame Scan doesn’t provide OCR. You can scan to a PDF, but have to rely on third-party conversion software, if you need to edit the text of a document.

My Epson Portal looked as if it might be a handy utility, too, but all text within it was in Japanese, so it was hard to tell. We also saw a Japanese alert box at the end of software installation.

MyLovelyNose

April 1, 2014, 2:46 am

The Epson XP-400 series is TOTAL CRAP. Constant paper jams, runs through ink cartridges like it owns your credit card, won't print on anything but plain white paper--anything else jams it. Extremely poor print quality.

I HATE THIS PRINTER. I'd like to take it out and take a hammer to it, that's how unsatisfactory it is.

Hallvard Johansen

July 16, 2014, 11:57 am

The printer i have works well, but i have an issue regarding scanning to computer. Operating the panel on the printer only leaves me with the choice of using cable between scanner and comp. But if i use epson scan program on computer it works well over wifi. The other way around doesnt work at all. Any thoughts about that?

Michaela Holberg

April 20, 2015, 2:25 pm

Epson xp-412 started having problems after a month. Frequent time consuming ink changes, sometimes prints text instead of a photo, (which has to be on the thinnest photo paper-it stopped taking thick gloss) often prints stripes or the wrong colours. I wouldn't recommend it, to say the least. My last printer lasted 8 years of frequent use but they don't make them now.

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