small multifunction printers on the market—such as the topic of this review, Epson’s .99-MSRP Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer.
When I reviewed the XP-420’s predecessor, the Expression Home XP-410, back in 2013, this printer’s small-for-what-it-does form factor was highly attractive, but since then several other miniature small- and home-office models, such as HP’s Envy 120 e-All-in-One Printer, have emerged, thereby diminishing the Small-in-One’s uniqueness.
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With paper trays extended, its footprint is 15.4 inches across and 20.8 inches from front to back.
Not only does it take up very little desk or table surface space, but at 11 inches high, it should also fit comfortably under most low-hanging shelves and cabinets.
One reason for the low-slung profile is that while the XP-420 has a scanner for…well, scanning and copying, it has no automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning and copying multipage documents.
What this means is that all multipage documents (two-sided or otherwise) must be fed to scanner one page (or one side of one page) at a time, which can be tedious and time-consuming.
Scanning and copying with this Small-in-One is quite limited, and you should definitely consider a higher-end AIO if you plan to use these features often.
Aside from the limiting aspect of the scanner, the XP-420 comes with strong PC-free and mobile connectivity features.
You can, for instance, print from and scan to several flavors of SD or MS Duo media cards, as well as a number of popular cloud sites, including Google Cloud Print.
You can connect to the XP-420 via Apple’s Air Print, Epson’s own Epson Connect utility for printing emails, Epson i Print Mobile App for printing directly from mobile devices, Epson Remote Print, and others.
The XP-420 also supports Wi-Fi Direct, a protocol for connecting two Wi-Fi-ready devices without either of them being connected to an intermediary router, but it does support Near-Field Communication (NFC) for simple touch-to-print capabilities.