This is a review for the Epson Expression Home XP-440 Small-in-One Printer that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.
Overall I would say this printer in my opinion is for beginners, but it can be for those looking to save a buck or two as well. Depending on what we all need a printer for, this small in one will allow you to print, copy and scan documents / files and photos. There is a feature that allows you to scan and share to facebook and the cloud. So sharing to facebook would not really be for me, but for that person who wants an easier way to share photos, I would say this feature would be for you, and with the cloud, I find it useful as I am always sending files / data to the cloud, so that was another feature available along side that. Also you are able to do a creative print, so you can for example print facebook photos and creative custom cards, stationeries, and more with the creative print app on your phone, whether it be Android or iOS.
when opening the box, the printer is securely packages, nothing is moving around loosely at all, everything was intact 100%, safety tape is on all parts of the printer. You get a Power Cable, software / driver software, setup guide, and printer. It is an easy setup, whether using a Windows based PC or a Mac. I based this from a beginner to tech savvy person as myself, it is easy to go about setting up a printer whether it was wireless or being connected via a PC of Mac with usb, just make sure for those who are not as tach savvy and may be new, that you follow the instructions step by step. Everyone will have a different experience, I will say if you happen to have an issue, depending on the store you purchased from, if you paid for a service, just remember you can contact them for help or Epson support as well. I am basing that statement off of my past experiences as a consumer and I have provided tech support for past 3rd parties both side business and as an employee, so I have been on both sides of the shoe.
I will say only drawback is I wish printer companies would still send a usb cable with their printers, but they do not do this anymore, so make sure to when purchasing your printer whether it be online or in store that you purchase a
Type A Male to Type B Male usb cable, I would say 6ft should be enough as that is what I am currently using for mine in the office, but each person will have a different preference. Also to mention if you do not want to use a usb, you can go fully wireless and print from anywhere in your house hold, whether close or far away.
The printer happens to have a 2.8" screen, you can literally load 100 pages in the paper tray, as that is stated the max capacity, one may get away with one or two extra pages if lucky, but it will depends on the type of paper being used as well. As you can use standard paper, or the following: Premium Glossy Photo Paper, Borderless Glossy Photo Paper, Matte Paper (heavyweight), premium semigloss photo paper, and many more selection out there today, just make sure to watch for the thickness of the paper and if the printer can handle the print you are looking to do.
The best part that I like about this printer is the cost of each ink cartridges compared to my experience with past printers from Epson, and competitors is the how high the cost of ink was, now the standard ink cartridges which would be about $9.99 which may differentiate on your location where you live. Epson has the XL ink cartridges as well, which are bit more, but they hold more ink in the cartridge itself, so you are able to do more printing. The types of cartridges this printer uses are cyan, yellow, blue, and black, just know if one goes out you are not constraint to replace all cartridges as some other brands make you do, you can just replace the cartridge that is out.
Now I will point out if you are like me and like to print document as well and have many you need to print you can set the quality of the ink, in other words you can adjust how light or dark you print, which would determine how much ink is used from the printer, so you may use less or more. You can do another same when printer photos as well, just depends what setting you choose either if manual or using Epson’s software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iOS, and etc.
Over all I am impressed with the quality of the prints, I like how when I scanned copies they scan pretty fast, I do not have to wait for the printer to run a few minutes before printer, it prints as soon as I select what I want and press print. I was able to do this with ease from both my wireless devices and my computer that is connected via usb. The photo prints will take a few minutes or longer depending on what you are printing and your print settings for photos, as I like high quality photos with the style of shooting I will do from DSL, Point and shoot, to GoPro photos. The quality was great as well, was able to print some memories from the past.
This is a really good printer for the size, you can put it almost anywhere in your house of your choosing, depending if connect USB or wireless. So you can set this printer up in any room you choose, and on a desk, shelf, etc.
Note: make sure that whichever room you hook your printer that the Wi-Fi signal is there when connecting) As past experience different rooms different materials of the house affect the signal of your Wi-Fi which affect connection, is one reason I personally go wired if I can. Right now just to throw it in, my printer is it set up as a print share on my network. So anyone and everyone I allow to can print from this printer on my network.