Summary

Our Score

8/10

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

Review Price £65.00

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Key Features: Direct wireless printing; Colour LCD and touch panel; Compact, small footprint design; Easy maintenance; Automatic Wi-Fi setup

Manufacturer: Epson

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.

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