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I have had this inkjet printer for probably around 2 years now, and it's still going strong, and I so I would recommend it as a reliable printer.
I used to use the printer only occasionally and mainly for printing out Word documents. However, I now use the printer for my business, making cards and invitations on a regular basis. I use very good quality card for my invitations, which means that the card is very heavy (approx. 230 gsm). I have tried other inkjet and laser printers to print onto the card, and they have been unable to cope with the thickness, which I have found surprising considering they were expensive printers. However, I have found that this much cheaper printer has had no problems in printing onto this very heavy card! I have been advised by a member of staff at PC World that this printer is more suited to printing onto good quality card because it feeds paper/card through the top of the printer. I have found that the quality of printing onto the card is also very good quality, although it is not so good if you print onto pearlised card, as the ink smudges slightly and has to be left for a day at least in order for the ink to dry, and even then it still smudges if you're not careful.
Unfortunately, the printer doesn't do double-sided printing, although I wouldn't expect it to be capable of this, as I think I only paid around £30 or £40 for it. Also, the paper does have a tendency to move around slightly when going through the printer, and so things can come out slightly wonky, but only slightly, and I think this is only an issue if you are trying to print items that need to look very professional.
The quality of the printing when printing using the 'best quality' option is very good quality, and I have used the printer to print photographs which have always been of a very satisfactory quality.
The ink cartridges for this printer are a fairly decent price, as a pack of 2 can currently be bought from Argos for £16.
I would therefore advise that this printer is good for printing onto paper and good quality card, and it is a reliable printer for a very good price.
not a bad product, though after six months it has decided to quit printing. Its broke.
My last printer was an HP. And to be honest we haven't used it greatly. The occasional sheet here, the odd colour picture there. So when it decided to stop working for no obvious reason and we finally decided that we couldn't survive without, I promised myself that I would not buy another HP. So off we travelled to PC World, another place I'd promised myself never to go to again as I'd referred them to Trading Standards only 2 years ago.
But it is the nearest place and leaves us few options when we are not prepared to take the risk ordering online.
The problem with printers of course is the baffling array of models and the complexity of the ink situation; if the printer is more but the ink is cheaper is that good or bad? But also my innate Scottish miserliness comes out when it costs as much to replace the ink as the printer itself cost.
PC World is also one of these places which seems to suck the very life from my body the longer I stay there. And so with two small children deciding now was a good to time to run around and bump into expensive gadgets, I felt that I was under pressure to choose and to choose fast.
So when HP were advertising at the store front an all in one printer and scanner with an extra free black cartridge for only £35 that really swung it for me. So we picked one up and queued behind all the people returning their unsatisfactory items.
On First Opening
The first thing I noticed was how much bigger this HP is than my last one (427 x 306 x 156 mm). That is due to the scanner on the top which cannot reasonably be smaller than an A4 sheet of paper. It is quite bulky and high, though, but in black with its curves can look more sophisticated than it actually is. The number of buttons on the top adds to this. There are 4: an on/off button, a colour copy, a black and white copy and a cancel button.
Also in the box is a 'manual', a CD ROM and the mains cable. In other words, there is no USB cable to attach it. This seemed a little odd to me. Fortunately I had one salvaged from the empty skeleton of my previous dying HP printer.
On Further Inspection
The set up is relatively straightforward which is just as well given that the chunky 'manual' gives you two sides in English, which is pretty hopeless, and the same in just about every other language that exists!
So once the ink cartridges are installed (fairly familiar process and claim to do 190 black and 165 colour pages each), and the cables are plugged in (both supplied and non-supplied) and the driver is installed from the CD ROM (provided) then the printer prints a test page. This page then needs to be scanned in to improve alignment. It is at this point that I realised just how flimsy the printer is. The scanner lid breaks off in a matter of moments and really struggles to copy anything more than one single A4 sheet. It still works without a lid but it did not fill me with confidence that it was carefully made with love and care!
Sure enough when I further investigated the scanner I discovered that it always produced a continuous line down the scanned image. I was immediately pretty certain that this was caused by a loose connection and/or because it had been carelessly built. However, before I took it back, I felt that I should go through the processes on the HP Support site, to at least say I had done them. They had a picture online which depicted exactly what was happening with my machine. They suggested turning it off and turning it on again (yes, really!) followed by cleaning the screen. It goes without saying that neither of these worked.
So I returned the following Saturday and the girl on PC World was happy enough, but would have been happier not to be there, and with no questions gave me a replacement.
Second Time Around
The second machine worked fine. The problem being that, as I had already installed an HP 2050 on my computer it would not go through the test page/scan for alignment procedure so it still prints squint.
The print quality is actually quite good. I was surprised. It is slow, it only does 5.5ppm for a decent quality black document. In fairness it is in the occasional use category where speed is less of a selling point. The colour is bright, sharp and vibrant.
(20ppm for draft black, 16ppm for draft colour, 4ppm for good colour according to the HP website. I'm not going to sit and time them to see if their right!)
The scanner is less good quality, although 1200dpi it gives fairly fuzzy documents. It does the job but I would want to go somewhere else for an important document scan. The scanner does give the advantage of being able to copy without plugging into a laptop or computer which is quite handy. Most other scanners/printers also give this so it is not too much of a selling point.
Cartridges are not terribly priced: £8.50 for black and £10 for colour.
My suspicion is that this machine will last about the same amount of time as my previous HP before it is thrown out in anger. I don't feel as if this was a great buy, I am not going to take it back as that is more trouble than it is worth but nor do I think it was £35 well spent. Yet given the little we print I am still not willing to part with more hard earned cash than that. I would not recommend that you buy one of these. It is okay but not great.
When will this stingy man learn his lesson!
For many years now I've been using an Epson Multifunctional device for all my home office needs. It's not perfect - being large, heavy, ugly, slow, and expensive (sounds like one of my ex-girlfriends), but otherwise it gets the job done - that was until it (like one of my ex-girlfriends) decided to leave me (only this was in a bang and a puff of smoke.) Therefore I was in the market for a replacement and being so soon after Christmas money was tight. I was ready to settle for second best, to compromise on quality and functionality just to get me back on my feet. I was on the rebound and decided to buy on a whim this "HP DeskJet 2050 All-in-One" device that blew away my expectations and proved that there can be one multi-functional device to rule them all.
With this all in one wonder you can print, scan and copy documents all with a very low energy consumption of nine watts. The controls on top of the printer are useful allowing you to carry out tasks such as copying without switching on your computer. The design itself is rather simple, box like and bland offering little excitement and minimal when compared to the features and capabilities under the lid. Saying that build quality hasn't been overly compromised - it's a bit heavy at just over five kilograms but it comes across as robust and is unlikely to fail anytime soon.
Printing is great and is the devices best area of use as it allows you to product some amazing images that are almost photo lab like and it also offers borderless printing. Colours are what they should be and black for text documents is crisp and clean. It's pretty slow in printing both mono and colour and the actual speeds are nowhere near the quoted speeds, but it's a small price to pay for the quality. I found printing envelopes difficult as it's hard to get them straight and requires a bit of practice to get right, Photo paper both HP and Epson brands work excellently in all sizes. In operation when printing it's quiet and doesn't rock back and forward on your desk, scanning is a bit noisy especially when you first start to scan, but otherwise the scanning capabilities can't be faulted as it will quickly and faithfully reproduce documents.
Unpacking the device was easy and the minimum amount of packaging seems to have been used, while still offering protection for its contents. Within minutes it was possible to have it sitting on my desk set up and ready to install. As usual these days no USB cable was included however most people I imagine have an existing one spare, if not they cost very little to buy. Installing the device on my computer (running Windows Vista) and my laptop (running Windows XP) was simple and problem free, taking only several minutes. Well nearly ten minutes on my computer but that was because I had (somehow) forgot to plug in one end of the USB cable and naturally the install engine couldn't find the printer. A bit of a disappointment was finding out that there is no manual included, only a quick start guide which can also be found on the disc. However the device is so easy to set-up, learn and use that I personally don't feel that a paper manual is actually warranted.
Value for money is excellent as (while price varies from retailer to retailer) the HP costs just over the thirty pound mark. Considering all I really can't believe it costs so little, for a budget device it really offers it all with little expense spared. It uses the HP 301 Black and Tri-Colour cartridges and is also compatible with HP's own Value XL cartridges as well as third party inks (while cheaper they don't always offer the same print quality and consistency of colour.) The originals come in at £8.97 and £10.66 respectively (prices taken from Amazon.co.uk) which is lower than many other rival models and still offer high print volumes. The icing on the cake however is the second free black ink cartridge included in the box (meaning there are three included in total.)
Also worth mentioning is that it is possible to print without a colour cartridge installed (mono), meaning you don't have to rush out and buy a colour if all you want to print is a letter.
There is nothing major to fault with the HP DeskJet 2050, and it offers the average home user a solution to so much for so little. This device is seriously worth considering should you need a printer and scanner that won't let you down and unlike so many other things on the market today offers fantastic value for money.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)