I print a lot at home. I have three children who love coloring pages, a husband that needs documents for work, family that loves shared photos and then I print lots of coupons and scrapbook stuff for myself. I don't have the time to take a trip to my local store's photo department every single time I need a photo printed. Printers have come such a long way since I was a child. I remember the old beast we had when I was younger, it was terrible and slow. Now-a-days anybody can have their own printer at home that scans, copies and prints. Like for instance the Epson XP-400 Small-in-One. This small all-in-one unit can go for around $99 but I've seen it online for less. It's a steal because it does so much but takes up so little space. It measures 15.4” x 11.8” x 5.7” (W x D x H) and weighs only 11.5 lbs.
When we first opened up the box I noticed that my printer was really well protected. Inside was Styrofoam on both sides of the unit suspending it inside of the thick cardboard box. There was Epson Brilliant DURABrite Ultra ink right inside of the box to get us printing right away. With Epson ink you can print on a variety of papers, it dries fast, resists water and fading, and it is high quality. The individual ink cartridges are simple to snap in and snap out.
I had a little struggle getting the whole shebang out of the box. Once it was wiggled free my 2 year old decided to help me pull off all the protective plastic. It was kind of fun peeling off the tape and sticky plastic because underneath was my bright and shiny new printer. It was gorgeous all gleaming in the light. I noticed the tilting screen on the front, thought that was cool. It was easy enough to manipulate up and down with the squeeze of a little lever up inside.
Right out the box I kinda fell in love with this printer. I got the feeling that I should go grab my old printed and toss that sucker right in the trash! My old printer was taking up far too much space and it wasn't pretty to look at. I plugged my new printer in right away and popped in the software cd into my disk drive.
I printed invitations, I printed photos and I printed some coloring pages for my kids. The quality of the prints was exceptional. They actually looked better than something I could get at my local photo shop. I was very surprised at how well everything looked. Right away I printed out some family portraits to frame. Nobody would be able to guess that I had printed those right at home! The photo paper I used was Epson's own. I like that it is colorfast and thick. It doesn't feel cheap in the slightest and that contributes to how amazing each and every print turned out.
The built in scanner is easy to use. I was able to clearly scan some documents that I needed to email to someone. The scanner was not too slow, it worked smoothly. I've also been enjoying the WiFi feature. Having a wireless printer is SO convenient! I can sit out on the couch while I choose my coupons to print and then pick them up at the printer in my little office.
I haven't tried it out yet but this printer has a really nice feature that will help you to restore old or dark photos. You scan your pic and the printer does all the work to correct the photo. I'm going to have to dig up some older photos of myself as a kid to try and restore. My parents have quite a lot of older photos from the 80's that could use some fixing.
After using this printer constantly for 2 months I can safely say that I absolutely recommend this Small-in-One printer! This could be the best holiday gift you ever gifted or received.
Print, copy, scan and more — get all the performance you need from the sleek, quiet, user-friendly Expression Home XP-400. With easy wireless printing, this Small-in-One can be shared with everyone in your household. EPSON Connect offers convenient mobile printing from smartphones, tablets and more. The XP-400 also supports Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. This compact performer even offers card slots for PC-free printing. Scan and archive important documents, quickly produce color copies, and use the image enhancement tools to get perfect prints, every time. Large 2.5" LCD
Easily view, crop and rotate photos, PC-free. When you’re in a rush, you can grab your prints and go, thanks to DURABrite Ultra instant-dry ink. The Expression Home XP-400 even offers individual ink cartridges so you can replace only the color that you need. (source Amazon.com)
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