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Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed May 20, 2020 at 07:59 am
Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 Picture
6.5
Family
5.3
Small/Home Office
5.5
Student
5.0
Black & White
7.0
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 is a disappointing inkjet printer for most uses. While its 5-cartridge system ensures you only have to replace the cartridges you use the most, they don't yield very many pages. Neither the black or the color cartridges last very long, so they need to be replaced quite frequently. This adds up over time, making this printer expensive to use in the long run. It also prints quite slowly. On the upside, it's fairly well-designed with a great, easy-to-use screen. It also has lots of scanning features as well as a ton of connectivity options.

Our Verdict

6.5 Family

The Epson XP-7100 is a passable family printer, especially if you care most about scanning. The scanner features are excellent, and you can even scan long double-sided documents automatically. The photo printing quality is also good; however, this printer likes to take its time. It's also quite expensive to print with over time since the cartridge yield is very bad.

Pros
  • Lots of connectivity options.
  • Excellent scanning features.
  • Has a few specialty printing capabilities, like CD/DVD printing.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield in both black and color.
  • High cost-per-print.
  • Slow printing speed.
5.3 Small/Home Office

The Epson XP-7100 is inadequate for use in a home or small office. Both its black and color page yields are terribly low, so you'll have to change the cartridges often. Not only does this get expensive, but it also takes time out of a busy schedule. It also prints very slowly. On the upside, it has excellent scanning features, including a duplex ADF scanner, which can help save time scanning long documents.

Pros
  • Lots of connectivity options.
  • Excellent scanning features.
  • Has a few specialty printing capabilities, like CD/DVD printing.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield in both black and color.
  • High cost-per-print.
  • Slow printing speed.
5.5 Student

The Epson XP-7100 is a poor student printer. While it has excellent connectivity and scanner features, the cartridges don't last long, so the cost of printing adds up quickly. This is especially problematic if you're studying in a field with lots of documents to print, like law or medicine. It also prints slowly, which is a pain when you have a document to hand in at the last minute.

Pros
  • Lots of connectivity options.
  • Excellent scanning features.
  • Has a few specialty printing capabilities, like CD/DVD printing.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield in both black and color.
  • High cost-per-print.
  • Slow printing speed.
5.0 Black & White

The Epson XP-7100 is a sub-par black and white printer. The black cartridges aren't too expensive, but their yield is awful. Even if you don't print very much, you'll likely have to change them quite often. Otherwise, this printer is very fully-featured, with excellent scanning and connectivity options.

Pros
  • Lots of connectivity options.
  • Excellent scanning features.
  • Has a few specialty printing capabilities, like CD/DVD printing.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield in both black and color.
  • High cost-per-print.
  • Slow printing speed.
7.0 Casual Photo

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 is decent for printing casual photos. It has decent color accuracy and the photo printing quality is good. Sadly, the color page yield is really low and the cartridges are expensive, so the cost-per-print for colored photos is high. On the upside, it can print 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photos, but not 2" x 3" photos.

Pros
  • Lots of connectivity options.
  • Excellent scanning features.
  • Has a few specialty printing capabilities, like CD/DVD printing.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield in both black and color.
  • High cost-per-print.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • 6.5 Family
  • 5.3 Small/Home Office
  • 5.5 Student
  • 5.0 Black & White
  • 7.0 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Black Expression Premium XP-7100
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Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 has a fairly decent design. The output tray slides out automatically when printing, and retracts by pressing a button on the touch screen. The input trays feel solid and make a nice clicking sound when they're fully extended and properly closed shut. The scanner lid also feels solid and can be slightly lifted to scan magazines, but not enough for thicker books. The automatic document feeder (ADF) cover feels quite flimsy, though, and the rear input extender seems especially fragile. You can also only access the ink cartridges when the printer is on.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.4" (18.9 cm)
Width 15.4" (39.0 cm)
Depth 13.8" (35.1 cm)
Weight
19.0 lbs (8.6 kg)

This Epson Expression XP-7100 is a bit heavy, but still fairly compact considering all its features.

8.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
4.1" (10.5 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

This printer has a great display. The screen automatically lights up when the printer is turned on, and the display console lifts upwards when printing for better visibility. You can also adjust the angle manually. The menu is easy to navigate and the screen is quite responsive.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Installation CD
  • Epson 410 starter cartridges
    • 1x 410-I Black
    • 1x 410-I Cyan
    • 1x 410-I Magenta
    • 1x 410-I Yellow
    • 1x 410-I Photo Black
  • Power cable

3.7
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
4
Black Cartridge Model
Epson 410 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
5.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
95 prints
Color Cartridge Model
Epson 410 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
3.00 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
68 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Epson XP-7100's 5-cartridge inkjet system is bad. Both the black and color page yields are terrible. You don't have to print very much before this printer needs new ink cartridges. Thankfully, if you run out of black ink during a print job, the printer will request to use the photo black or color cartridges to finish the active job. Unfortunately, you can't continue printing in black and white with the photo or color cartridges after the job has finished. On the upside, there are high-yield cartridges available.

This printer will accept third-party cartridges, but this could void its warranty. Special attention must also be paid as this printer uses a combination of dye and pigment-based inks.

9.7
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
Yes
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 has excellent scanning features. There's no fax, but it does just about everything else. Not only is there a sheetfed scanner with an automatic document feeder (ADF), but it also does duplex scanning as well. This is especially helpful come tax time when you need to quickly scan or photocopy a bunch of double-sided documents. However, the flatbed is limited to letter-sized (8.5" x 11") documents. If you need something with a larger flatbed scanner, consider the Epson WorkForce WF-7720.

Printing
2.9
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
12.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
48.29 US$
Black Only Printing
0.137 US$/print
Color Printing
0.710 US$/print
Photo Printing
1.509 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100's cost-per-print is very bad. Since its page yield is so low, the cartridges need to be changed quite often, which adds up quickly. The color cartridges are available in a bundle pack to provide better value, but it's still a bit pricey.

5.6
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
6 PPM
Color Document
6 PPM
Photo Printing Time
71.4 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
24.6 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

This printer has a disappointing printing speed. Documents in black and white take the same time to print as in color, and the first page out is quite slow. Photos also take a while, at over a minute for a single 4" x 6" photo.

6.7
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.18

The Epson XP-7100 has decent color accuracy. It shouldn't be too much of an issue if you're just printing documents for use around the house but can be problematic if you rely on accurate colors for your work.

If you want better color accuracy, check out the HP ENVY Photo 7155.

7.6
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

Photo printing quality is good. While the photo has a lot of graininess, the colors are vibrant and the yellow has a nice tonality.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

This Epson XP-7100 has a few different paper inputs. There's one in the back for plain paper, as well as two trays in the front. One front tray can support plain or larger photo paper, while the other is for smaller photo paper sizes. There's also a CD printing input so you can print directly on applicable CDs or DVDs.

Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 has excellent connectivity features. You can set it up with a wireless router either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, or connect to the printer directly over Wi-Fi Direct. It doesn't support Bluetooth printing but does work with both AirPrint and Mopria on your mobile devices. You can also print off an SD card or a USB key.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name Epson iPrint
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Epson iPrint app is excellent. You can print, scan, and copy directly from the app, perform maintenance tasks like firmware updates or printhead cleaning, and check the ink levels.

Compared to other printers

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 is a disappointing printer overall, and there are much better options available. Although it has good photo printing quality, the color page yield is too low if you often print photos, so the costs to buy new cartridges will quickly add up over time. Also see our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best home printers, and the best printers for college students.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 is much better than the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100. The HP's better built, the four-cartridge system has a much higher page yield, resulting in a much lower cost-per-print, and it has a better photo printing quality. However, the Epson iPrint app allows you to print Microsoft Office and HTML files.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is much better overall than the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100. The Brother is better built and it has a much higher page yield with both color and black pages, so the cost-per-print is much lower. It also prints photos in better quality and the input tray holds more paper. However, the Epson has more connectivity options and the sheetfed scanner allows for duplex scanning.

Brother HL-L2390DW

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 are two very different types of printers. The Brother is a black-only laser print, while the Epson is an inkjet printer with color cartridges. The Brother is a better choice for printing black and white documents since it has a low cost-per-print, but the Epson is a better choice for family use since you can print in color, although the color page yield is really low and the cartridges are expensive.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is much better overall than then Epson Expression Pro 7740. The HP is a much better-built printer, the page yield is much higher, especially with black pages, so printing is more cost-effective in the long run with this printer. On the other hand, the Epson iPrint app allows you to print more types of files, and the touchscreen display is also bigger on this printer.

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