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Epson Expression Home XP-430 review: Do-it-all budget printer is a perfect fit for tight spaces

You can also take advantage of remote printing from any Chrome browser window using Google Cloud Print, or connect immediately to any iOS device using Apple AirPrint. Check out our how-to page to learn more about cloud printing. Epson also has its own Email Print and Remote Print systems as well.

Inks

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The XP-430 is powered internally by three separate color ink cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow) and an additional black ink that saves you the hassle and money of replacing a tricolor ink tank. I did the math (in US dollars) based on Epson's high-capacity XL ink cartridges, which offer more ink capacity at a discounted price, and a page of color ink works out to just over 3.8 cents per page, while a high-capacity black cartridge comes to approximately 6.2 cents per page.

Unfortunately, those prices are slightly higher than the XP-420 and also more than the competing Brother MFC-J460DW, another budget-friendly all-in-one printer with cartridges that will only set you back 3.5 cents for color and 5 cents for black pages. But the price break on the Brother's consumables cost is ameliorated by its larger overall size, small 1.8-inch (4.6 cm) LCD display -- and the fact that it costs almost twice as much as the XP-430.

Performance

The XP-430 registered similar throughput scores as the XP-420 with about 8.5 pages of black text per minute. Color text and graphics documents are a different story, though, and its speed consistently lagged behind the Brother MFC-460DW on those jobs, although you might not notice much of a difference unless you're sitting over the machine waiting for the job to come out. Either way, we've come to expect impressive throughput results from Epson and these speed tests prove that the XP-430 can handle handle medium- to high-volume jobs with minimum latency.

The XP-430 did great with our output quality tests as well. With clean lines even in tiny fonts and clear marks across the page, we'd have no problem recommending this device for printing work hand-outs and full-color graphics documents. You'll need to temper your expectations for snapshot photos if you're used to seeing large-format quality prints, but the XP-430 is well-equipped to print frame-worthy shots of you and your loved ones.

Alternatives

The XP-430 sits in the middle of the 2016 Epson Expression line.

The XP-330 is the least expensive printer in the line but drops the size of the color screen down to 1.44"

The XP-630 promises better photo printing with a 5-ink cartridge bay, adds double-sided printing and CD/DVD printing

The XP-830 adds a fax machine to print, copy, and scan functionality, an Ethernet port and a larger touchscreen display

Note that Epson also has a more office-oriented WorkForce line, which includes similar (but larger) color printers such as the WF-2750, which starts around $100.

And, of course, you can always consult CNET's current list of best printers.

A good printer at a great price

The upgrades on the Epson Expression XP-430 over the previous model are pretty insignificant (you probably won't notice the 0.2-inch display size increase), so if you can pick up the XP-420 for less, you should go for it. Either way, though, this small-in-one will be a strong partner for professionals, families, and students with light to medium color printing needs who will appreciate its ability to print from nearly any mobile device currently on the market. With remote e-mail printing and relatively inexpensive ink cartridge refills added to the list, the XP-430 is a good deal.

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