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The Hewlett Packard 1050A J410G printer that I am reviewing here was actually an emergency purchase after our old Epson printer give up the ghost and I needed to print off a CV for a job application. It just so happened that I spotted this HP printer for sale in our local supermarket for just £30 on my way to trawl around the shops for a reasonably priced basic printer. Upon spotting this HP printer I decided that it fit the bill perfectly and as long as I could get a decent black and white page of print out of it I would be more than satisfied so decided to give it a try. Despite the fact I only needed a printer this product is an all-in-one printer meaning it also comes with the facilities to photocopy and scan.
Brand - Hewlett Packard
Dimensions - 41x43x25cm
Weight - 3kg
Wattage - 10 Watts
Functions - Print/Scan/Photocopy (Full Colour)
Black and White Cartridge Cost - approx. £8 for a genuine cartridge
Coloured Inks Cartridge Cost - approx. £9 for a genuine cartridge.
RRP - £76.99
This printer was supplied in a solid glossy box depicting the product inside, and despite minimal packaging inside in the way of a couple of pieces of polystyrene it was secure and made it home in one piece. Upon removal from the box it was just a case of connecting the mains cable and data cable to the printer then connecting to my laptop and plugging it in. The only issue here was the fact that it wasn't supplied with a USB data cable to connect to my laptop however I just used the one from my old printer but this is something to bear in mind if buying one. Once the initial hardwiring was complete I had to install the drivers for the printer from the CD supplied inside the box which was simply a case of inserting the CD into my laptop and following the onscreen instructions. The CD had an auto-run feature meaning user input for setup is minimal as it boots up straight away with no need to search for the disc in order to run it.
It took me no longer than 10 minutes from walking in through my front door to having the printer setup and working fully thanks to the CD supplied as I didn't need to connect to the internet to find the files required to make it work which is an issue I have previously had with making installation of PC accessories more long winded than it actually needed to be. In terms of initial setup this printer is perfect for those with little or no experience when it comes to these sorts of things as setting it up really was complete child's play, just so long as it is remembered that the USB - PC cable will need to be purchased separately.
How does it Perform:-
The paper feed for this printer is from the top which is quite standard for most deskjet printers, and will comfortably hold around 20 sheets of paper without a problem. Whilst printing the HP 1050A is pretty quiet during operation which was a real treat after my old Epson which tried to dismantle my desk every time I used it as it vibrated and clunked so much. Black and white prints are of a suitable quality even when the printer is used on a draft setting, although when set on a higher quality setting this does slow the printer down somewhat but the prints are of an excellent quality.
Colour printing is exceptionally good given the price of the printer however if lots of high quality photos or colour heavy prints are being produced I have found that it can very quickly chew through ink. I have come to expect this of cheaper inkjet printers and this is not really an issue for me as I am usually using it for black text and this doesn't seem to use the black ink up anywhere near as quickly as the coloured cartridge even when printing on a high quality setting. The colours on finished prints are crisp, do not run into each other at all, and I have never had a problem with ink still being wet when it comes out of the printer which is an issue I have had with previous inkjet printers especially when printing in colour.
The scanner/photocopying feature of this printer is something I have only used on a couple of occasions once when photocopying documentation for insurance purposes and once to scan a logbook onto my computer to e-mail to the previous owner of my vehicle for complicated reasons I won't go into. The photocopies of my paper and card parts of my driving licence were picture perfect as was the copy of my proof of no claims I took for my own records. The scanned image that I took was also a good copy I was expecting it to be grainy and pixelated but I was actually impressed. As with a standard scanner or photocopier there are paper size graduations marked to enable accurate copies to be produced but I found that due to the lid being quite light it can be difficult to get documents to stay put especially if they have previously been folded.
All of the above functions are incredibly easy to use due to the fact that there is one button for the photocopy function and an on off switch. Other than this it is simply a case of clicking on the shortcut automatically installed on the desktop for the scanner function, or selecting the printer from the list provided when selecting the print option in any given program.
The only real problem that I have come across is the fact that the colour cartridge is an all in one type meaning that if one colour runs out the printer will no longer print in colour only black and white even if there are two of the three coloured inks still remaining. This means that this is most definitely not as economical as owning a printer with separate colour cartridges and something I feel that HP could really have done with addressing, as whilst it isn't an issue for me as I rarely print in colour it may well be a source of constant irritation for some especially as the coloured inks are the most expensive to replace.
Other than the issue with the coloured ink and the fact that there is no USB - PC data cable supplied I have been really impressed with this printer especially as I managed to purchase it new for less than half of the manufacturers recommended price. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product for the market of household use at which it is aimed, but would say that it is nowhere near economical or quick enough for people considering using it heavily on a daily basis or for business use. The fact that this is an inkjet model will always limit it by means of speed and economy however this generally tends to be the best option for those wanting to print occasionally at home given the cheap initial outlay to purchase one of these printers. Whilst I have highlighted a couple of issues with this printer I would have to say that it is definitely worth the price I paid for it.
I feel it would be harsh to award this printer three stars as it is definitely better than deskjets I have used in the past, however the actual RRP of this product I feel is a little high and warrants a star knocked off so would suggest shopping around to get the best deal. I also feel the fact that the issue with the coloured ink is definitely worth half a star knocked off, with the fact that the data cable not being supplied being neither here nor there as it is uncommon to get connection cables with electrical peripherals. So whilst this product comes with a 3.5/5 star rating from me I will have to round this up to 4 as deducting a further full star would be unfair. The HP Deskjet 1050A J410G does everything it should well, but with a couple of issues I would have expected a company like HP to have ironed out before they released a product for sale.
My last printer broke and I exchanged it in Argos for this HP 1050 All In one. Before I got this particular one I investigated the price of ink cartridges and being around £18 for the black and tri colour pack in Argos they seemed cheap enough, cheaper still on Amazon. The price of the printer in Argos last year was £29 a quick look on Amazon has them at a rather expensive £75 it's definitely not worth that price.
In the box you get the printer, power lead, bag to keep it in, ink cartridges and an installation cd (I have a netbook, so have to download the driver straight off the HP website), but no USB lead. The printer is sort of cheap looking, I don't think much of the power lead it feels flimsy, it hasn't broke though. The colour is black and grey, the paper hold folds down, the paper tray folds up and inside is another fold up flap which has to be up or the printer won't work- I still forget and wonder whats wrong with it. The printer isn't wireless and doesn't have blue tooth or anything fancy.
To get started I had to download the drivers which is incredibly easy, quick and free. Inserting the ink cartridges is also easy, you just pop them in. The printer tells you when you're low by putting lights up on the top. There's the on button, a paper feed/scan button and an ink change button.
The printer prints scans and copies we do all three. Scanning and copying is simple just lift the lid, place letter, for example, inside to be copied- it takes upto A4- put paper in the feeder press the button and off it goes. The printer seems to prefer thicker paper, I find it'll paper feed better if I put atleast two in it and it'll take quite a stack at once.
The printing quality is good, the writing etc is always very clear. It does seem to use a lot of ink even when on economy settings, however doesn't saturate the paper and the ink is more or less dry. Even so the cartridges seem to last quite well. I've replaced them about twice in 16 months- not including the ones that came with it. It's not a bad speed, quicker than my last one but that's not difficult. I'd say a minute or so for a detailed picture.
I've had no problem with the paper feed wheels taking the paper but some of the time it does go through on a slight angle. The printer doesn't screw paper up and rarely feeds it straight through.
Anything you need to know is on the HP website, drivers, instructions, trouble shooting etc.
I am pleased with this printer, the inks cheap, it's quick, not too loud and still works. The paper going in on an angle is a pain so 4 stars from me.
I bought this printer after my last one broke it was a Kodak and quite reliable till it finally gave out on me about nine months ago. The HP I bought from amazon for £35 which included two full ink cartridges.
Installation went without problem thanks to the CD supplied meaning I didn't really need to do anything apart from plug in the cable supplied and press next every couple minutes. Even when I changed computer this nifty little printer went online and found it's driver for me as HP knowing it's customer base well realized I would lose the disk pretty quickly.
Printing is so easy just a ctrl P and quick print works a treat every time, there is more complicated options and you can change things till even the most fussy user is happy but I will leave that for the user manual.
Scanning quality is not the best but does do what I need so there are no complaints for me, just something to keep in mind if you are thinking of buying this for non digital photos. It seems as though it should be much better with a 24bit colour depth and 1200 dpi optical resolution so maybe I am doing something wrong here just my experience.
I get a lot of prints from each cartridge as the HP is very economical with ink while still giving me quality copies. ( Ink is about £20 a cartridge so it really needs too.) I would prefer to have 3 separate colour cartridges as I do seem to print much more blue than red and seem to be throwing half the red away.
I bought this printer/scanner and photocopier when my old Epson all in one stopped working. I was told by my son that Tesco Direct had a sale on and this would be a good printer to go for. It was reasonably priced at a mere £25 or so. It also had ink cartridges with it. Great I thought as it did everything the old printer did and cost about as much as refill ink cartridges would cost me for the whole package.
It was easy to install with the usual disc and onscreen instructions, you just followed the small manual and on screen instructions and away it went. Scanning and photocopying is a doddle to do as it is so easy to follow the relevant instructions a child could do it. Once loaded you get Icons on your desktop which makes for easy access when scanning. To photocopy anything all you have to do is make sure paper is in the slot at the back and lift lid place in document to copy or scan and press the button on the left hand side.
Printing is so easy to do too, just push print when you have finished with your document and away she goes all providing you have enough paper in the slot at the back of course.
It tells you well in advance as well when your ink is getting low so you can reorder before it runs out. Which is really handy as not only does the little light board on the left of the printer flash but an icon on screen of your computer will pop up warning you too.
You can either do this online or go to Tesco and buy more ink there. Most black cartridges are around £15 and colour cartridges are around £18 - 20 depending but you can buy a combination cartridge for around £23 - 25 which is very good value. I have also found a cartridge shop online that does multi packs at very reasonable rates too, called the cartridge shop. www.cartridgeshop.co.uk/
This printer comes in grey which is slightly two tone, it is compact and light and easy to operate even my grand kids can operate it so how hard can it get. I find it quite quiet compared to the Epson one we had to replace and works relatively quickly. there are others out there that would probably be a lot faster but I am not in that much of a hurry.
It sits well on top of my bookcase in the Study and the leads are just long enough to plug everything in so I did not have a problem with that end of things. Some might find they would need longer cables but that is down to where you would place your printer, as mine is right next to my computer module I have no issue with it.
Very cheap reliable so far and prints cleanly and properly without smudges. All I ever needed.
Having just seen someone else review a printer which I believe we both brought using a very good deal back last year I thought I'd review mine.
I paid just £17 for mine direct from the Hewlett Packard website, considering the ink alone is worth that I didn't hesitate as I had no printer at the time and my Dad's had just broken, nothing to do with me mind lol. I'm sure other people will find that there are just some things in life they don't get on well with and mine are hoovers, mowers and printers we seem to get through lots no matter whether they are used or new.
This printer was easy to set up with just two cables to plug in, one to the electric supply and the other to the computer. The inks are also easy to put in, the ink are hidden at the bottom where the paper out tray is you need to pull down a flap and you will see the inks there, if they aren't directly inline for you to pull them out you can just slide them along a bit.
the paper goes in the top and comes out the bottom, on the picture you can see a black rectangle part, well this lifts up so it will hold the paper in place. The tray at the bottom is out in the picture but can be pushed back in then up when not in use.
There are just four buttons to use on this printer, on/ off, cancel button, black photo copy or colour photo copy. Yes this is a basic printer but also does photocopying which can come in handy as if you need to email someone a copy of something it also scans whatever is needed and comes up on the pc rather then print onto paper. The lid lifts up to reveal the glass screen panel to place anything for photo copying.
Well I said we don't have much luck with printers and this has been perfect until last week. I changed the inks for the second times since having it and have been printing out quite a bit of stuff and when I had changed the ink the paper wouldn't feed into it right, having had a fiddle about and finding a secret panel underneath it was all clear. Where the rollers are at the paper intake bit we found one of my daughter hair toggles lodged in it, Don't even ask as I have no idea how lol. Well the problem is now it doesn't want to take the paper it when trying to print. I have to hand feed it in until it catches it and then carries on and prints it out. I think maybe when we were fiddling we nudged something but this isn't a major issue and can still use it for now. Someone give me a nudge next year to see how the printer is doing as this could be our best printer yet.
Like I previously said ink cartridges that are genuine HP cost £17 thereabouts but I tend to get cheaper ones on Ebay for £7-8 and they work fine. I will just point out that I have replaced just the black ink twice and the separate colour ink is still the original one.
These are currently on offer in Argos at £29.99.
Further info if required-
A4 print speed - black text: 5.5ppm (pages per minute).
A4 print speed - colour text: 4ppm (pages per minute).
Prints a 10 x 15cm (6 x 4in) photo in 60 seconds.
Up to 4800 x 1200dpi print resolution.
60 sheet paper capacity.
We needed a new printer and because of my partners work it had to have a scanner and copier on it as well. We wanted something basic and simple to use and that also didn't cost a lot of money. It also needed to be fairly small as we don't have a lot of space to keep it in. I looked through the Argos catalogue and the HP 1050 was the cheapest one they had at £34.99 so we got it.
We got it home and the next day I opened it up and installed it. It was one of the easiest things I have ever done. The instructions were very clear and simple. All I had to do was plug it in, wait 2minutes for the disk to download and it was done. All in all it took roughly five minutes from start to finish and it was ready to use. The printer came with ink, which was also simple to install. The only thing that was wrong with it was that it did not come with a USB lead but we had one from the old printer so it wasn't an issue for us.
When printing, copying or scanning it is very quick and easy to use. It is also fairly compact so is easy to store. For the price it was and the fact it came with ink, I think it is great value and would recommend it to anyone looking for something simple and easy to use that is also cheap.
The printing and copier functions work well and the scanner is quick and efficient. It's quite a large machine and takes up a reasonable amount of space but the paper can be removed when not in use and the tray can be flipped up, out of the way. I think it was the cheapest printer /scanner / copier that I came across on the day I bought it so I was happy with the price.
If you turn on the printer and your computer without first plugging in the usb cable connecting the two together, it doesn't like it and will print out rubbish instead of your actual document. But as long as the cable is plugged in before firing everything up there is no problem. I only unplug it as I have a laptop which I move around the place.
It's also very annoying that all printers sold in the UK seem not to include the necessary cable you need to actually use the printer! You have to buy this for an additional £15 or so which is ridiculous. I have bought a printer in Australia before and all the cables came with it which makes perfect sense. This seems to be an issue with all brands here and not just this model that I purchased. It did, at least, come with some ink.
All in all, it's good value for money and I'm happy with it.
I noticed while in Tesco one day that the HP Deskjet 1050 was for sale at only £26.97. At the time the printer I had needed two new ink cartridges for the same price of a new printer with the extra features of both a scanner and a copier. As I wanted to scan some documents at the time it was an easy decision to decide to purchase it a new printer rather than two new cartridges of ink for my presently owned one.
When I plugged the Deskjet 1050 into my computer I had to use the USB cable of my old printer as it does not come with a USB cable. I followed the rest of the installation instructions all of which took about half an hour or so and was ready to go. In the months since then I had never had to reinstall the copier. A constant problem with all my previous printers. The cartridges were longer lasting the colour one lasts as long as three black ones. I print for my business mostly a long with the odd web page, receipt and essay. I only used the scanner/copier once.
One cartridge every three months is good going for me especially as they only cost £10 each at Tesco for the branded HP one. On my previous printers I had bought recycled cartridges for the same money and that was always a risky business as to how long they would last.
My printer problems were not over as I have found a place where for 3p a page they will print out all my needs. The Hp Deskjet 1050 would never be able to compete with that price as it works out at nearly 10 times cheaper. So when the cartridges ran out it was relegated to the cupboard and eventually the bin.
My home printer after three years decided that it no longer wanted to print. I then had to weight up the cost of getting the old printer repaired or going out and purchasing a new printer. I looked around and realised that printers were very cheap and that there was no contest, I opted to buy a new one.
I search around online for reviews to help me make a decision, but with so many mixed reviews I went for a cheap version so if it wasn't that good I could purchase a new one.
When it comes to printers I have always had Hewlett Packard and I decided to keep to a brand that I know as they have always worked well for me in the past. The HP Deskjet 1050 is an all in one printer that prints, copies and scans. This means as it a printer that takes on a number of jobs it takes up a lot less space.
This printer is easy to set up so you do not have to be a computer expert to be able to set this up, what's more it will be ready for you to use in a matter of minutes. It is compact and affordable at the same time.
The HP Deskjet 1050 takes two print cartridges, a black and a tri-colour, if you are printing in black you can print up to 5.5 pages per minute, in colour you can print up to 4 pages per minute. The copy speed in black is up to 4.5 pages per minute and in colour is up to 2.5 pages per minute.
When the printer arrived the box comes with the printer, a HP 301 black ink cartridge and HP 301 tri-colour ink cartridge. It also comes with a software CD, a setup guide, the power supply, cord and a reusable bag.
This printer is great and is well worth the £30 that I paid for it. It prints pictures well, but if you want to print large quantities of photographs there are probably better printers available, but for a larger price. When I want to print a large quantity of photos I upload them online and allow the expert to print them.
When you use the copier on this printer you do not have to turn the computer on to be able to use the copier, which is great especially if you are in a rush.
The only disadvantage that I can find with this printer is that it is a little loud when printing, but as I am not using it constantly I do not find this a major problem.
Overall a great all in one printer that is well worth it for the price tag, I appreciate there are better printer on the market, but these would cost you over £100. I recommend that when you need to purchase more ink for the printer search around online as there are many offers available online.
Why I bought it:
I bought the HP Deskjet 1050 about 6 months ago when it was on offer in Tesco. I was attracted by the good price and reasonable cost of replacement inks (compared to many of the other printers). I was only looking for a printer, but the extra features of scanning and photocopying persuaded me to purchase this product.
The printer comes with a storage / carry bag which is good, so you can move it around the house and you don't have to keep it out all the time.
The print quality is good, although on normal mode printing is very slow. I tend to use draft mode, which looks almost the same but uses less ink and prints in a fraction of the time. The printer is quite noisy, but I guess most printers are.
The printer feels quite cheap, and within hours of buying it I had snapped the copier lid off one of its hinges.
I must admit that some of the problems I have had with this printer are my own fault! My Mac OS is 10.4 - which is too early to be supported by the printer. Luckily there are nerdy Mac-bods out there who have written drivers for my OS, so that I can use the printer. Although I have yet to find scanner drivers so haven't been able to use the scanner.
I would recommend this printer for Windows users. It is good value for a printer/scanner/copier.
First and foremost the HP Deskjet 1050 does not come with a USB cable. I already knew this but so many people are annoyed to find there isn't one included so I thought I'd better mention it.
This all in one printer does exactly what it says on the box and is compatible with windows XP, Vista, windows 7 and mac.
--What you get in the box--
One HP Deskjet 1050 Printer.
One Power Cable.
One copy of Printer instructions and installation Software.
One reuseable eco friendly bag for transportation purposes.
One Black 301 Cartridge.
One Tri-colour 301 cartridge.
Very easy to set up and install, with step by step instructions and printer software included.
--Printer size and weight--
H15.6, W42.7, D30.6cm.
* A4 print speed - black text: 16ppm.
* A4 print speed - colour text: 12ppm.
* Up to 1200 x 1200dpi print resolution.
* 85 sheet paper capacity.
* Uses 2 ink cartridges.
1200 x 1200dpi optical resolution.
Reduce and enlarge function.
Power adapter: 0957-2286 Input voltage: 100-240Vac (+/- 10%) Input frequency: 50/60Hz (+/-3Hz)
Power adapter: 0957-2290 Input voltage: 200-240Vac (+/-10%) Input frequency: 50/60Hz (+/-3Hz)
HP advice you use only HP power cable.
I purchased this all in one as my previous all in one (also HP) lost the will to live, but it had had a long life and so I was after another HP all in one to replace the one I'd lost.
I can highly recommend HP products as I own several and trust HP totally, they always gaurantee excellent quality and so far have not failed to deliver.
This particular model is energy Star qualified for energy saving efficiency.
Overall this is an attractive looking compact little printer, at a budget price of £29.99 from Tesco I would definitley recommend, hence the five star rating.