Epson Stylus DX9400F review

£107
Price when reviewed

This Epson may seem far more expensive than its incredibly cheap brother, the DX7400, but the price of £93 brings the DX9400F into line with the majority of all-in-ones on test this month.

Epson Stylus DX9400F review

The increased price does allow for several features that the cheaper Epson just doesn’t have: there’s an ADF that can handle 30 sheets, for instance, and full fax capabilities as well as an easy-to-use 2.4in LCD.

Print quality is good, too, with documents, colour graphics and photos all handled with aplomb thanks to the print resolution of 5,760 x 1,440dpi – the highest on test aside from the MP610.

Scanning and copying quality is good, too, with 150ppi documents providing the best result on test – along with the cheaper Epson above. Photographs at higher detail levels were handled well, with only the Canon Pixma machines, which produce superb photos, managing to beat the Epson for quality.

But where the quality is excellent, the speed is more variable. While draft documents were handled reasonably quickly, when we tested the DX9400F with normal-quality mono documents it limped to a mere 3.9ppm, compared with the 9.1ppm of the Dell V305w and 8.8ppm of the Pixma MP610.

Scanning speed isn’t much better, either, with the Epson taking just over three minutes to scan a 1,200ppi 6 x 4in photo: it’s only better than the cheaper Epson, which took a single second longer, and pales in comparison to the swift 35-second scan from the Pixma MP610.

The DX9400F offers excellent value. A low cost-per-page figure of 4.3p is identical to that of the DX7400 – both machines have individual colour ink cartridges. They last a relatively long time, too, with the cyan and magenta inks running out after 88 pages, far better than the poor 30-page life of the HP Photosmart’s cyan.

Quality is good across all of the Epson’s functions, there are plenty of features and the running costs are low. If you can put up with the variable speed, this is a viable small office alternative to the Canon machines this month.

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 5760 x 1440dpi
Ink-drop size 4.0pl
Integrated TFT screen? yes
Rated/quoted print speed 25PPM
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function no

Running costs

Cost per A4 colour page 4.3p
Inkjet technology Piezo-electric
Ink type Pigment-based

Power and noise

Peak noise level 45.0dB(A)
Dimensions 435 x 219 x 165mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption 10W
Idle power consumption 2W

Copier Specification

Fax? yes

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time 3min 33s
Mono print speed (measured) 4ppm
Colour print speed 4ppm

Media Handling

Borderless printing? yes
CD/DVD printing? no
Input tray capacity 80 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? no
Bluetooth connection? no
WiFi connection? no
PictBridge port? yes

Flash media

SD card reader yes
Compact Flash reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
xD-card reader yes
Other memory media support MMC

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? no
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? yes
Operating system Windows 98SE supported? yes
Software supplied Epson Creativity Suite, Epson Easy Photo Print

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