The Epson Expression Home XP-430 ($99.99) is the latest base version at Epson's aptly called Small-in-One collection of inkjet multifunction printers (MFPs). In that role, it keeps the line's diminutive frame and very low price when providing a few enhancements over its predecessor, the Epson Circuit House XP-420 Small-in-One. Included in these are a slightly bigger display and a brand new ink formulation. One of the XP-430's advantages are great general output including above-average text, and a fantastic array of connectivity features, including Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, along with the capacity to edit, scan, and then share photos directly to Facebook or the cloud. It is a good choice for a budget three-function (printing, copy, and scan) MFP to get a tight space such as a dorm space.
Design and Features
The glossy-black MFP measures 5.4 by 15.4 by 11.8 inches (HWD) after closed and 11 by 15.4 by 20.4 inches (HWD) with trays extended. It weighs just 9 lbs. The XP-430 has a top-loading paper feeder that fits 100 sheets, that can be fine for home use but significantly less than what we would consider suitable for a house office.
The Epson XP-430 prints, copies, and scans, however doesn't fax. The tilt-up control panel houses a 2.7-inch non-touch colour LCD, flanked by a controller control using a central OK button, also buttons with icons on your house, begin, and backspace. The XP-430 lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning or copying multi-page files unattended. A memory-card reader accepts cards from the SD household.
It is possible to connect the XP-430 into a computer via USB, to your community through 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, or make an immediate peer-to-peer link using a compatible device with Wi-Fi Direct. It's Apple AirPrint compatible, Mopria-certified for effortless printing to Android devices, also supports Google Cloud Print. It also supports the package of Epson Link software solutions including Mail Printing, Epson iPrint, Epson Creative Print, Epson Remote Printing, and Epson Scan To Cloud.
I chased the XP-430 on the business applications suite (using QualityLogic's hardware and software for timing), in 2.6 pages per minute (ppm), a typical speed for a budget house inkjet MFP. It joins its own predecessor, the Epson XP-420, as well as the Canon MG5720. Even the Brother MFC-J470DW, our Editors' Choice budget MFP geared primarily to workplace use, turned in a much quicker speed of 4.9ppm.
The XP-430's average of 2 minutes 16 minutes to print out a 4-by-6 photograph within our testing was nearly the same as we saw with the Epson XP-420 (2:13), but considerably slower than the 54 moments turned in by the Canon MG5720.
Output Quality and Running Costs
Text caliber in our testing has been slightly above par for an inkjet, fine for many home, school, or company correspondence but brief of what we would expect for resumes or other documents where you wish to create a excellent visual impression.
Graphics caliber was par to an inkjet, good enough for company use up to and including PowerPoint handouts, even though I would hesitate to give them to important customers or clients I was wanting to impress. I discovered gentle banding, a normal pattern of faint striations, in the backgrounds of many of our evaluation illustrations.
Photo quality was typical for a inkjet. Prints tended to be on the mild side, with a lack of detail in brighter regions, and I noticed some posterization--abrupt changes in colour where they need to be gradual. It did well in maintaining the blackness of a monochrome print. Generally, printing quality was all about what we'd expect from pharmacy prints.
Epson does not estimate cost-per-page amounts for its own printers, but based on the price and yield figures of the cheapest cartridges, the running costs workout to 6.2 cents per black page and 17.5 cents per color page. That is considerably greater than the 4.7 cents per monochrome page and 13.7 cents per color page that we saw together with the Canon MG5720. It's possible to save a bit of cash by purchasing a set of Epson's abrasive cartridges in a four-pack, but doing that, the running costs for the XP-430 are still about 10 percent greater than the ones of their MG5720.
Makers must sacrifice some characteristics in order to construct a sub-$100 MFP. Absent in the Epson Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One are Ethernet, an auto-duplexer, an ADF, fax capabilities, and a USB port for thumb drives. The majority of these omissions are all office-centric, which makes the XP-430 strongly geared toward personal use. (If you need of a budget MFP mostly for home-office function, you ought to take a look at the Brother MFC-J470DW, our Editors' Choice MFP for that role). Even the XP-430's small size is 1 thing that sets it aside. It is compact and lighter than the Canon MG5720, which keeps its Editors' Choice as a budget house MFP in part on the strength of its stellar output quality. The XP-430 could nevertheless be your best choice if you want an MFP to get a tight room.
Operating System Support :
MS Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, MS Windows XP SP3, Apple Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, Windows 8, MS Windows Vista (32/64 bits), MS Windows 7 (32/64 bits), Windows 8.1 (32/64-bits), Windows 10.
Consumables Included :
1 x cartridge (black) - Epson 288
1 x cartridge (cyan) - Epson 288
1 x cartridge (magenta) - Epson 288
1 x cartridge (yellow) - Epson 288
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