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Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed May 20, 2020 at 07:59 am
Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 Picture
7.7
Family
6.9
Small/Home Office
7.8
Student
7.0
Black & White
7.8
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 is an inkjet printer designed for home use. 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 color cartridges last very long, so they need to be replaced frequently if you print a lot. This adds up over time, so this printer can be expensive to use in the long run. 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

7.7 Family

The Epson XP-7100 is a good 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 to print. 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.
6.9 Small/Home Office

The Epson XP-7100 is okay for use in a home or small office. Both its black and color page yields are quite 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 slowly. On the upside, it has excellent scanning features, including a duplex ADF scanner that scans double-sided sheets in two passes, 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.
7.8 Student

The Epson XP-7100 is a good 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.
7.0 Black & White

The Epson XP-7100 is okay for occasional black and white printing, but it isn't great if you need to print in high volume. The black cartridges aren't too expensive, but their yield is bad, so 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.
7.8 Photo

The Epson 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.
  • 7.7 Family
  • 6.9 Small/Home Office
  • 7.8 Student
  • 7.0 Black & White
  • 7.8 Photo
  1. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Updated Jul 04, 2022: The Mobile App section listed Microsoft Office and TXT files as printable by both OS's, but it only works on the Android version of the app and not the iOS version. The test results for both file types were updated.
  3. Updated Jul 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  4. Updated Apr 07, 2022: The 'Duplex Scanning' test now includes a more detailed result explaining the duplex scanning process. The text also reflects the scanning process in greater detail.
  5. Updated Feb 01, 2022: Updated the page yields and cost-per-print values after getting much higher numbers during a retest.
  6. Updated Jan 28, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  7. Updated Dec 03, 2020: We now consider that the Epson mobile app is capable of printing .txt files.
  8. Updated Jun 08, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  9. Updated May 20, 2020: Review published.
  10. Updated May 13, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build 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)
Height When In Use
8.6" (21.8 cm)
Width When In Use
15.4" (39.0 cm)
Depth When In Use
20.1" (51.0 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.

6.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit
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.

6.1
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
4
Black Cartridge Model
Epson 410 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
14 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
266 prints
Color Cartridge Model
Epson 410 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
11 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
234 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Did Not Work
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

Update 02/01/2022: While retesting the printer, we were able to print out a lot more pages than we could the first time we tested it. We aren't sure why, but we suspect the initial test was done with high-quality settings, which uses more ink per page. We updated the review with the new page yields.

The Epson XP-7100's five-cartridge inkjet system is mediocre. Both the black and color page yields are very low, meaning you can't 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 suggest using the photo black or color cartridges to finish the active job. That said, you can't continue printing new black and white documents with the photo black or color cartridges. On the upside, there are high-yield cartridges available.

8.7
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
30 pages
Scan Speed
5 PPM
Duplex Scanning
Automatic (Dual-Pass)
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.20" (5 mm)
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Software

While the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 doesn't have a 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 automatic duplex scanning in two passes. It's especially helpful come tax time when you need to quickly scan or photocopy a bunch of double-sided documents, although it takes longer to do so than models with automatic single-pass duplex scanning. The flatbed is limited to letter-sized (8.5" x 11") documents, though. If you need something with a larger flatbed scanner, consider the Epson WorkForce WF-7720.

9.0
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit
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

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
7.0
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
Yes
7.5
Document
Color Documents
7.7
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
12.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
48.29 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.049 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.206 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.549 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100's cost-per-print is good. The cartridges are relatively cheap, and the color cartridges are available in a bundle pack to provide better value. The page yields aren't too low, so you can get a good number of pages before needing to buy new cartridges, but it can add up quickly if you print a lot.

6.7
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
13 PPM
Color Document
10 PPM
Photo Printing Time
55.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
30.2 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

Documents in black and white take the same time to print, but it isn't too bad. The color documents are decently fast, too. That said, printing a single page after the printer has been idle for over an hour takes a long time.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
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
Max Paper Weight
297 g/m²

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.

Photo
7.5
Photo
Color Gamut
6.5
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
7.10

The Epson XP-7100 has okay color accuracy. It's perfectly fine if you're just printing documents and photos for use around the house, but it can be problematic if you rely on accurate colors for your work.

9.0
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
5760 x 1440
9.5
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Yes
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Yes
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Yes
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Yes
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") No
Borderless Printing
Yes
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

You can set up the Epson XP-7100 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.

10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Epson iPrint
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android Only
Text Files (TXT)
Android Only
Webpages (HTML)
Android and iOS

The Epson iPrint app is superb. You can print, scan, and copy directly from the app, perform maintenance tasks like firmware updates or printhead cleaning, and check the ink levels. While you can print all file types through the Android version of the app, you can't print Microsoft Office or TXT files using the iOS version. The formatting for each doesn't get converted properly.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

Compared To Other Printers

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 is an okay printer, but 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.

Canon PIXMA TR8620a

The Canon PIXMA TR8620a and the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 are both all-in-one family printers. The Canon is a better choice if you want to print photos since details look much clearer, colors look more accurate, and you can print more photos with it, thanks to the higher color page yield. On the other hand, the Epson is a better choice for office use since it prints faster, and you can get more black ink pages out of it. Its ADF can scan double-sided sheets, which the Canon can't do.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is a much better printer overall compared to the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100. The WorkForce feels better built, can fax, has better page yields at a better cost-per-print, and it prints much faster. However, the Expression can print directly from SD cards.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 and the Canon PIXMA TR8620 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon is a better printer overall. The Canon produces photos with excellent quality, good detail, and vibrant colors. It has a slightly higher page yield and better cost-per-print. It also prints black text documents and photos faster, can fax, and can print directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the Epson prints color documents more quickly, and its automatic document feeder can duplex scan.

Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550

The Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 and the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 are very different printers designed for different uses. The ET-8550 is a premium photo printer with a refillable ink tank, while the XP-7100 is a general-purpose printer for home use. The ET-8550 is better than the XP-7100 for most uses, but it's significantly more expensive.

HP ENVY Photo 7855

The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Epson is better overall. It can print more pages before its cartridges run out, keeping its cost-per-print lower. Also, it prints long documents slightly faster, though it takes a long time to print after the printer has been idle for over an hour. On the other hand, the HP scans faster, which might matter to you if you scan more often than you print, but since it doesn't support automatic duplex scanning, it's slower to digitize double-sided sheets compared to the Epson.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is much better overall than the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100. The biggest difference is that the HP can print on large, tabloid-format sheets, and its flatbed scanner can digitize media up to 11" x 17". Additionally, the HP has much better page yields, its cost-per-print is far cheaper, and its two input trays can hold a total of 500 sheets compared to the Epson's 100. The Epson doesn't have built-in fax, while the HP does.

Canon MAXIFY GX7020

The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 are all-in-one color inkjet printers. The Canon uses a supertank system for far superior page yields and cost-per-print and is a much better printer overall. The Canon also prints much faster, it can fax if you need it, and its ADF supports automatic single-pass duplex scanning, which is faster when scanning double-sided sheets compared to the Epson's dual-pass duplex scanning. On the other hand, the Epson produces better-looking photos and can also print directly from SD cards.

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 printer, 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 low and the cartridges are expensive. Also, the Epson has an automatic document feeder, making it easy to scan or make copies of multiple sheets.

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.

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