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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Epson Expression XP-7100 is a bit heavy, but still fairly compact considering all its features.
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.
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.
The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 has exceptional 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.
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.
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.
The Epson XP-7100 has okay 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.
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.
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.
The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 has outstanding 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.
Update 12/03/2020: We've changed our testing methodology. We now consider that the mobile app is capable of printing .txt files, it just needs to convert them into PDFs first. The score has been updated accordingly.
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.
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.
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 and has a much higher page yield and significantly better cost-per-print. It also prints black text documents and photos faster, can fax, and can print via Bluetooth and directly from SD cards. On the other hand, the Epson produces marginally more accurate colors, prints color documents more quickly, and its automatic document feeder can duplex scan.
The HP ENVY Photo 7855 and the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the HP is better for casual photos or family use. It has a better cost-per-print and page yields, faster printing speed, and significantly better color accuracy and photo quality. It also has faxing capabilities and can print via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the Epson has an ADF for processing multi-page documents quickly, and a better companion app.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 is much better than the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100. The HP feels better built, yields significantly more pages at a much lower cost-per-print, and produces better-looking photos. However, the Epson iPrint app allows you to print Microsoft Office, TXT, and HTML files.
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.
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.
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.
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, produces much more accurate colors, and it can fax. On the other hand, the Epson produces better-looking photos and can also print directly from SD cards.