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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent entry level AIO printer..., 3 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Epson Expression Home XP-412 Small-in-One Printer with Wi-Fi Direct and 6.4cm LCD Screen (Accessory)
Figured I would write a review, mainly to counter some of the negative ones given below, as this printer does not deserve it's current low rating. I have only set it up and used it for a few hours, so 4 stars is for that bit, and not the longevity/reliability of the printer. I will come back and edit after a few months to add those bits in.

The good:

Set up was straight forward, and my Macbook Air running Mavericks, found and started printer over the network just fine once the password for the WLAN (WPA2) had been entered.

The ability to scan a document and have it sent to your dropbox/gdrive, evernote or nominated email address is very handy. Although, those with privacy concerns might balk at giving Epson full read access over their cloud based accounts. As with anything, it's the price for convenience, and chances are the NSA already know what you're up to via your webcam ;o)

Once you register with Epson Connect your printer will be assigned a email address, so you can now email a document to the printer from anywhere and have it print.

Being able to set custom sleep/power down schedules via the printer is a good option for those who only print occasionally.

The bad:

The documentation that comes with the printer is pretty sparse/rubbish. If this printer had been ordered by my 60yr old Mum, then it would currently be sitting in the bin, or at the very least being used via a USB cable only as a regular printer. The 412 has some great features, but they really need to be documented better, especially registering the printer for the Epson Connect account*. Being a relatively IT literate person I managed ok, but I honestly think Joe Public might struggle getting the most from the printer.

I do wish you could set the printer to default print in B+W, as opposed to via the source device. This is not a major issue, but as I only ever use B+W, then it seems a waste to have to have to install the colour carts when I have no plan on using them.

The indifferent:

Not one to print photos, so have not tried out any of those functions.

Oh, and just in case anyone was wondering, this is a printer for the home. Not a workplace. The clue is in the title. The Epson small office range is the WF (workforce) ones. Hopefully the reviewer below has realised this by now. Although how he managed to get 10-15 minute print times is anyones guess, as I never found this to be the case.

*Find out the local IP your printer is on, either via the wireless setup on the printer or your routers attached devices page, usual IP will be 192.168.0.xxx or 192.168.1.xxx, depending on your router, and connect via your web browser. Here you have options to update firmware, set up the Epson Account and a few other bits and pieces. You do not need to install any software like the quickstart guide mentions.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2014 16:41:24 BDT
Amy Such says:
I was just wondering how you now feel about the printer, having used it for the past 9 months. Would you still rate it the same? And how quickly are you finding yourself getting through ink - has that proven overly expensive? Thanks.
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