By Andrew Liszewski
Looking for an affordable all-in-one printer? While I usually recommend people use a professional print facility for making hard copies of their digital photos, there are still times when having a printer at home can be very convenient. And you’re probably not going to find a better bargain than the $99.99 Epson Stylus NX400. Sure there are even cheaper all-in-one models on the market, but over the years I’ve come to prefer Epson when it comes to hardware reliability and print quality.
The NX400 can spit out black or color text documents at a rate of 34 pages a minute, and can produce a borderless 4×6 print in about 26 seconds. It also features a scanner bed, built-in memory card slots, PictBridge support and a 2.5 inch LCD display that allows you to do everything from make copies to touch up photos without having to boot up your PC. The NX400 also uses Epson’s instant dry DURABrite Ultra Ink which allows your prints to be handled as soon as they come off the printer and also makes them smudge, water and fade resistant.
Of course it’s no secret that printer manufacturers are happy to sell their hardware on the cheap and make their real money when it comes to replacement ink cartridges. But a high-capacity black ink cartridge for the NX400 runs $19.99, while a set of cyan, magenta and yellow DURABrite Ultra Ink cartridges runs $37.04. Definitely not dirt cheap, but not terribly expensive either.