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Expression Home XP-102 Printer Review
In a minor departure from the old style printer titles such as Stylus DX and SX, the new Epson Expression Home XP 102 sounds different; even if the case and styling look very similar to recent models.
On first inspection we seem to be getting much of the same, and being part of the Epson Small in One range, printing, scanning and copying in a compact case are on the menu again. It is not until you get under the bonnet and look at the technical specifications that you notice any real differences.
The new Expression Home XP 102 is aimed at the student and home user market. The compact design occupies a small desk footprint. With a resolution of 5760 x 1440 dots per inch, the print head is capable of producing fine quality, if not slowly and with a little noise. Unfortunately the flatbed scanner has a rather disappointing resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi, and the paper feed can only handle 50 sheets at most.
Users on a budget should be made aware that the Expression Home XP 102 uses a new range of printer cartridges; Daisy Inks Series 18, and the higher capacity 18XL set. Priced at around £7 each, the black, cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges, being for home use, contain a small capacity of ink (page yields 180 pages and 450 pages respectfully). OK for occasional use, but if your intention is to use this machine for small business purposes, then regular ink replacements will eat into your operating costs. Sadly, being a new model, compatible cartridges are not yet available, so new owners will be forced to buy genuine Epson cartridges in the beginning. To be fair to Epson they now include detailed information on their website of page yields under standard conditions using ISO/IEC 24711 and 24712 standards of testing. They also specify that prospective purchasers should buy the model best suited to their needs.
This model offers nothing new, except for the smaller rear paper tray capacity and different range of ink cartridges. If you are determined to buy a cheap Epson then we would recommend you purchase a Stylus SX435W, SX438W or SX445W, available for a similar purchase price while stocks last. Those models are cheaper to run and have a better features and benefits.
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