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Expression Home XP-405 Printer Review
The small-in-one range gets even smaller with the introduction of the Epson Expression Home XP-405 multi-function printer. Looking very similar to the slightly older Stylus SX438W, it offers identical features but uses different cartridge numbers.
The XP-405 makes up for what is missing from the XP-102 model, adding a colour LCD screen, Wi-Fi Wireless communication, memory card ports, higher quality scanning, and the ability to print from a mobile device such as a smart phone.
With so many people using mobile communication tools it is becoming essential that a printer can receive and act on instructions from them. The Expression Home XP-405 comes pre-installed with Epson Connect and is compatible with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print in conjunction with its wireless print server. A nice feature is the ability to email documents to the machine so that you can print them later.
Unlike the XP-102, you can print photographs from a variety of sources, loading them from the memory card slots or as we have already mentioned above from an Apple of Android device. The images can then be viewed on the 2.5 inch colour LCD screen, selected and printed using the printer menu structure. All of this meaning that you do not need a PC or Mac to operate the XP405.
Epson have recently swapped newer models to the Daisy Series 18 range of inks. The Epson Expression Home XP405 comes with a set of standard capacity Pigment Durabrite Ultra Ink which is quick drying and fade resistant which can produce laboratory quality photographs. The replacement costs for these lower capacity versions come in at around £7 each. Compatible and refillable replacements are not available yet.
In summary overall a decent offering from Epson, however we would recommend you look at the slightly older models still available such as the Stylus SX445.
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