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      09.10.2012 17:24

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      Good value for money.

      This printer was an unbelievable price when on offer in a a supermarket so keep an eye out for it being cheaper than some of the links on this site.

      I find it perfect for low level everyday use. I particularly find the scan and copy functions really easy to access.

      Be aware that you can buy cheaper versions of the ink than those offered by HP so shop around and also look for offers. I managed to get ink for a cheaper price in Tesco when it was on offer to buy two packs. The ink is easy to load into the machine as well.

      The printer itself is easy to use and understand and was very simple to set up at home.

      I would recommend this to someone who wants to have the three functions available and use as and when needed. Bulk printing works well too but does use a lot of ink.

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      07.08.2012 13:36
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      Good results with good reliability

      This is an all in one, it is a bit bulky but considering you wont need an extra scanner makes up for this, set up for this is easy and so is using. For the price of this machine you get good value, works well and gives great results.

      In the box theres a whole load of things, first is the deskjet printer with the power cable, also supplied is a USB cable, unlike my last printer which I needed to buy an extra cable, a setup disc which also contains user software, two inks cartriges, one black and one colour, and a nice big bag, this bag is not bad quality with a shoulder strap, this holds the printer and is good for carrying or just for storing as a dust protector, setup handbook and user guide this covers 8 languages.

      Getting started takes a while, to start all the flaps are stuck down with tape keeping them secure while in transit, once this is done plug in the power and fallow the setup handbook, there was two handbooks one in English, the other in 4 differant languages. Apart from the text there are images for all the processes, the booklet is very clean and easy to follow.

      Connecting to PC/laptop this can be done in two ways, If you have WiFi this is the best way and straight forward, this means the printer can be in another room, this is a plus for me as I can keep my living room uncluttered, the other way is to use the USB cable suplied, this is quite short so the printer will need to be right next to your computer, this is also straight forward to set up.

      On the Printer theres a control panel, this has on/off, cancel, quickforms, scan, wireless, and selection buttons, also on the control panel is a 3.8cm mono LCD screen most of the time the on and off button is all that is needed as printing and scanning is done with your computer, making photo copys can be done using this panel as no PC is required for this.

      This printer is compatable with windows vista, windows XP and windows 7, this is also compatable with a MAC OS x 10.5 and 10.6.

      The user guide is only 8 pages so not too great, also does not have a card reader but this is reflected in the price, replacement ink is about average and will give you about 190 pages using the black and 165 using the colour, this depends on what is getting printed and is just a guide figure.

      All three functions work really well producing great results, unlike my last printer there is no need to realign every time it gets used, the only time I have had to do realignment was when putting in a new ink cartrige, these are widely available as HP is a major brand.

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      09.07.2012 17:57

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      worth the money

      I bought this printer to use for my university work, I chose this one as it was cheap, done photocopying, scanning and printing and has a wireless connection!

      So far it has been great, it is very reliable and quick at printing, the ink is also not to expensive and it doesn't require changing often, I do print alot of work off aswell! They have made the power cord long enough so it doesn't need to be really close to a power socket, and they also provide a cord for if you don't want to do wireless printing. Setting up the printer is also very easy, there are also easy clear instructions to set up the wireless printing, so you can print from anywhere in your house, that part is brilliant!

      It has high quality scanning, and photocopying, the images are very clear and easy to see, there is no blurring! Also, the prinitng quality is great, no smugging or ink marks where they shouldn't be. It.s not to big and doesn't take up much room, also the printing is very quiet.

      They do need to make it so that you can print off alot of stuff and it stays in the paper holder, as mine always ends up all over the floor!

      Overall, this all in one printer is worth the money, I've had no problems with it and would suggest it to anyone.

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      11.04.2012 13:50

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      Reliable, good for basic everyday use but not photo printing

      I like this all-in-one printer for a few reasons:

      - Easy to set up. Not sure about MAC users but I use Windows 7 - shouldn't be that much of a difference.
      - Good printing quality for basic documents and colours.
      - This particular printer on its own does not cost a lot, and I have used it for almost 2 years without having any problem at all.
      - I also like the wifi connections because I can share this printer with my flatmates without any hassle.

      This being said, there are a few aspects which I think it can improve on:

      - I don't usually print photos, but my friend has tried printing a picture on my printer and the quality is not great. So I think this is only good for basic usage, and not photo printing.
      - Ink is expensive and I have to change it quite frequently especially the black ink.
      - It is a bit slow at times!
      - I am not too bothered by the noise usually, but some people may find it quite noisy while printing.

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      24.02.2012 11:56

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      This product can do everything you need and so good for a family use.

      I bought this printer because of the sudden breakdown of my old one. I have never had a HP printer before but decided to go for this one because of the great price that is was going for. I decided that it was a bargain because of the capabilities that it holds of being a printer, scanner and photocopier. When first taking it out of the box i was extremely surprised to find how light it was, making it very easy to put on the desk. I also liked that it came in a bag, suggesting the portbaility of it.
      However, i did have trouble in setting it up. I found the process to take a long time from installing the software to plugging everything in and working out how to put the ink cartridges in. Because the printer has the feature of wirless printing, i put this as the setting so i could also use it for my ipad. However, when trying this out it failed to print despite having an internet connection. Ultimately i decided to just use the cable to connect it to the computer which now works fine.
      The printing quality is great and the colour looks fantasitc. I also like how when prnting numerous pages, it prints the last page first so everything is in order when you take it out of the printer instead of having the last page come out last and having to swap to order around. The scanning and photocopying options also work a treat as they are done very efficiently, despite having a few problems to start off with.
      As its main objective of being a printer i am very pleased with this aspect because, as i said, it seems to be build to remove the work we have to do.
      I would probably recommend this printer to friends but would warn them about my difficulties setting up. I did follow the instructions given but maybe it was just my fault or the internet.

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      18.02.2012 21:16

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      This is a stylish compact desk multi purpose machine that copies scans and prints and can be used wirelessly or wired.

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      22.01.2012 22:19
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      This is definitely something I would reccommend as it is both cheap, efficient and excellent quality

      The HP Deskjet 3050 All-in-One printer, scanner and copier is a life saver.

      As a student, often I find myself struggling to churn out work fast enough and need a reliable printer to quickly print great quality work time and time again. Funnily enough, I hadn't actually thought of buying a new printer. A few months ago, I already had a decent enough printer that although printing at a mediocre rate, did the job and I hadn't thought of buying a new printer. Then, the day an assignment was due, ironically enough, and I was required to print an entire booklet for myself and a friend, my old printer failed on me and I was in desperate need of a new one. I considered running down to the library, but at 20p a sheet, and it being only a temporary fix I changed my mind and quickly popped out to buy a new printer.

      Now, my budget was only very low. Tiny in fact. So I wasn't in search of quality, I was in search of value for money. So, not really knowing anything about it I purchased an Ink-jet printer, the HP Deskjet 3050, and ran home to install it. The CD installation was relatively quick and helped me with step by step instructions on how to install and set up my printer, including putting in the ink and aligning the scanner. This part of the process was really efficient and rather quick, which is one of the reasons I really love my printer.

      So, after around an hour of installation (bearing in mind I was on a pretty old home computer, so that may have hindered the time to some extent), it was time to print my first document. I clicked print and waited, assuming it'd take a while, so as I walked away to go get something to drink quickly, I was pleasantly surprised to see the first page pop out the other end of the printer, finished and off an excellent quality. The ink dried pretty fast and so there was no smudging, and the rest of the document was finished quickly and to a high level of quality. I managed to print out my two booklets and hand them in on time, and began to see my printer as a god send due to how efficient it had been. It may seem as though I am somewhat exaggerating, but other students will understand how crucial it is to have a reliable printer at a time like this.

      Having now owned the Deskjet 3050 for a few months, I've managed to test out its other features. These include an E-Print option which allows you to print from virtually anywhere supposing you have an internet connection, (even from an iphone/iPad/iPod touch and other apple brands by downloading a free app). The scanner works quickly and efficiently, automatically opening up a program that allows you to re-size, crop etc. and dictate where you save the document on your computer. As well as this it is able to scan often difficult to scan documents, such as passports or laminated cards, whilst maintaining excellent quality. The copier works with equal success and ensures the same quality.

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      08.01.2012 19:36
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      Works for me! And I'm not THAT easily pleased!

      I work as a Chef and so live quite a hectic lifestyle and that often means that I have to take work home with me in regards to writing menus, finding new recipes etc.... that being the case, when our old Printer finally went the way of the Dodo I decided I needed something reliable to print off the recipe and menu ideas that I found whilst browsing the net at home. And something that printed half-decent colour photographs so I could see what the dish was supposed to look like would be nice!

      After much deliberation and some examination of reviews both here and on my other favourite site, Amazon, I eventually settled on this model as it seemed the easiest to set up and install. As I was trying to surprise my other half with a shiny new Printer, I didn't want to have to ask her to help me install it; I wanted it all set up and ready to go when she got home from work!

      Even for somebody not that confident with technology, following the instructions this took me a little over 35 minutes to get it up and running which I consider fairly impressive. What's better, it came with ink so that I could test it out myself before Mrs.Sparky got home to make sure everything was up and running okay. Some people have commented that they have had problems syncing the Wi-Fi to this paticular model but I had no such problems and found this almost a doddle though there were a couple of instances when I did get a little struck. Hey, I did say I'm not brilliant with technology!

      As for the results....well they proved both pleasing and above satisfactory. Printing off documentation is a simple task and though there have been a few instances in the last month of operation where pictures have not come out quite as clear as I might like, overall I think this Printer is good value for money! It's certainly fairly quick and doesn't make too much noise other than when you switch it on or off which is fairly standard for most Printers I think. Scanning images now takes a lot less time too, in fact everything about this machine screams quick and easy!

      I especially like the fact that I no longer need to be in the same room to print things off. Now I can browse for new recipe ideas in bed then print them off to take with me to work in the morning! I also like the fact that this has an Eco Power Save mode meaning that as well as recycling my ink cartridges, I can now do even more for the enviroment. How much difference this will make in the long run, who knows? But every little helps and I do like to try and be as green as I can!

      At a decent price of around £35 at the moment from Amazon, this is not the most expensive model on the market but it is one of the most reliable and efficent. I have yet to test this Printer to all its supposed capabilities but so far, I cannot help but be just that little bit impressed!

      Once again, HP have proved they are at the top of their game. I can't speak for anyone else but in my honest opinion, all other Printers need not apply. This is reasonably priced (not cheap) and certainly very cheerful!

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        09.11.2011 14:49
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        This printer does everything that you'll need it to in the home or office environment

        Just before I left for second year of university this September, I was moaning to my parents about how terrible the quality of printing from my old Dell printer was. It printed blacks as green and reds as light orange! Not great when I'm doing a course that requires I print slides and essays out at a rate of about 6 documents every week. I was incredibly suprised when my Dad produced a box with this printer in it and told me it was an early Christmas present that they'd planned to pack away and surprise me with when we got to my new house.

        First impressions of this printer are good; I managed to set it all up myself in about 15 minutes with no help, which included unpacking it and installing the ink cartridges. Initially I had no internet in my house so I had to have it connected to my laptop by a wire, which comes included, though I am now able to use it wirelessly. The printing quality has been top notch from day one and I only noticed that my black ink cartridge was running out when I got a blank page out of my printer one morning! I quickly re-ordered some more ink cartridges and was back in business soon. Again, the new and old ink cartridges are incredibly easy to swap over so you don't need to worry about being a technical whiz. The design is sleek whilst maintaining practicality and it's not a massive printer by any stretch of the imagination. The paper tray and documents tray are both adjustable and the documents tray can be folded up when the printer is not in use to provide extra space on your work station.

        Features wise, this printer does most things that anyone will ever need. It scans, prints and photocopies in black + white and colour. On the top in the left hand bottom corner is the 'toolbox' if you will, with the buttons and display to show you what you can do. From the top the buttons are: On (nice and big, which lights up green when the printer is on), cancel (with a big red cross next to it so you can't miss it!), 'quick forms' which unfortunately I have yet to use, scan, and wireless on (again, with the wireless symbol on it so you can't miss it). Underneath that is a small blue lit display which when the printer is on and not printing shows you the buttons and options for setup, black and white copying and colour copying. When the printer is in use this displays the progress of the printer and any errors. Apparently you can print double sided on this printer but again I have yet to discover this function (I think I'll have a play when I get home!). It's not a loud printer and you can connect more than one to the network to allow you, your partner and your dog to print from it if you so wish. This again I haven't played with so I am unsure of how it works, though I imagine it would be simple enough to set up.

        I've photocopied in colour craft background sheets and they printed out really well, the ink doesn't over saturate the paper and the colour remains sharp and true. One of these sheets was a gradiented polka dot green sheet which I thought would be a disaster to copy, but it looks even better than the original if I'm honest. A lot of my lecture notes are coloured and it picks up the detail on these as well, so the cartridges are definitely doing their job. Word proccessed documents print out sharp - although you may need to mess with the margins a little bit to make sure that you're getting the best value out of your paper. I tend to set mine to 'narrow' now; which it tells me is outside of the printing range but it still prints my headers, footers and full text off perfectly fine. This reminds me of another thing; when you first set up your printer you'll be prompted to download/install some HP software. This is probably the only thing that annoys me because this software seems to constantly need an update and it takes forever to get them! I'm not sure what the best way around this is; might just have to be something you live with.

        Price wise, this printer will set you back between £35 and nearly £70 - obviously you do not need to pay that much! For £35 it's a really good value printer to have in your home or office and I would be prepared to pay up to £60 for it. Anything more than that though is just extortionate in my opinion. It's currently on offer in Currys for £19.95 - definite bargain for Christmas there! The printer needs a black and a colour ink cartridge, which will set you back around £14 for the pair, however if you look on eBay and the like you can often find them cheaper. You just need to be certain that they're official (helpfully, the display tells you when you've put a new ink cartridge in that you've installed an official HP product, which is simultaneously cute and intelligent). As it can hold 60 sheets of paper in the loader, you may find like me that you burn through paper really quickly; though if it is true that it has a double sided option then I will be using this from now on to save myself some paper and the planet some trees. If not you can always do the 'turn the paper around and reload' trick. I can confirm that if you do that though, you do indeed need to put the blank side in facing outwards or it'll print on top of the already printed side.

        The one problem that I've had with this printer is that occasionally, it doesn't like me attempting to print wirelessly. Now, I have an absolutely shocking wireless provider who I will not name, so it could be this or equally it could just be the printer being temperamental. I'm inclined to say that it's the wireless itself as as soon as you plug the cord into the printer and laptop it works perfectly. I shouldn't have to but I do - and it's not a massive problem. As I've not had this printer for long I can't say whether any more problems will arise after a year or so's use, but I get the feeling that it's well built enough to last a decent amount of time.

        To conclude, this printer is more than worth it's money, even though the paper and ink can get expensive. But to be honest this is the same with pretty much any printer there is out there! I don't think you'll find another wireless all in one that performs to the same ability on todays market.

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          18.07.2011 19:54

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          Fantastic piece of kit, a great investment if you have any printing requirements

          Though the pros are numerous, university as incurred a ridiculous expense. Paper.

          Each year deems a truck load of essays and reports to be written up and handed in, of course they provide printing services but at a hefty cost that made me doubt the actual benefit of the provision. So I chalked up the £40 to buy a wireless printer/copier, knowing in the long run this should even out as ink cartridges total to around £20 and a local print shop refills them too.

          What can I say the printer is a joy and does everything it needs with supreme efficiency; the noise is minimal when printing and the photocopier addition has been a wonderful solution to the odd requirement. It really opens my eyes to the fact that no printer should be sold with a copier, why bother with the hassle of two machines when one does it all.

          The machine is so simple to use my 7 year old cousin has even started gleefully photocopying her hands, not sure who left the black and white butt crack in the tray though....

          I whole heartedly recommend this machine! The wireless allows you to have multiple machines in your house print without moving, the design is not overbearing and the price (I have seen them listed around £80 but you can find them much cheaper) is great. Plus nothing has yet broken, fingers crossed of course...

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          06.02.2011 20:14
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          A handy printer, wont let you down. Definite good buy.

          I run a home based business so I had been looking for a printer that not only prints but does multipurpose functions. My old canon printer just wasn't doing the trick anymore so I decided to invest £34.97 and get the HP Deskjet 3050 and it was worth my money!

          The HP Deskjet 3050 is small in size, light weight, portable, contains 61 Tri color ink catridges, and comes with a variety of functions some of which are:

          Black/White & color printing - Documents come out really nice and the ink doesn't smudge on the paper like some printers do. You can actually specify what colors you want to be printed. For example if you want a red/yellow/green combination, you can specify that and it comes out exactly the way you set it. Documents come out in high resolution, 4 x 6 colour printing)

          Color photocopying - Most printers only come with the option of photocopying in black and white. With HP deskjet you can photocopy in any color so long as you put the settings correctly. You can copy up to 30 copies per round.

          Built in Wireless Printing - yes gone are the days when you needed a USB cable to print! With HP Deskjet its all done wirelessly and you can connect with up to 12 computers using only one printer!

          Performance

          The HP Deskjet 3050 is really fast when it prints. You can print up to 20 ppm black, and up to 16 ppm in color. The input tray can take 60 sheets at a time which quiet a large number unlike the Canon DX 456 which can only take 35 sheets. The output tray can take a maximum of 25 sheets which is also reasonable. Another plus is also that you don't get paper jams which is a relief!

          The quality of the printout is excellent. You can make a professional photo album with it, you can print top class flyers, brouchers, newsletters, business cards, envelops, greeting cards (they look a whole lot better than hallmarks!) and pretty much anything that can print. The scan/copy come out exactly as originals. You can also copy directly from webpages and they appear exactly as on the webpage. The good news is it's compatible with ANY computer so you can connect it with any device that has a USB cable. I connected it also to my Sony Ericsson mobile phone and I'm able to send documents to print even if I'm not anywhere near the printer.

          The only problem I found was that it does consume a lot of ink! Maybe it's because I do a lot of printing and I have to replace the cartridges once every 6 weeks. I also wish it came with Faxing and LCD screen so I can have a preview instead of relying on my PC.

          All in all I would recommend this printer if you have a small business as its very ideal and convenient. Also ideal for students for printing essays or other projects. It's reasonably cheap and it does last a long time. I've owned mine since 2007 and it has never given me any problem.

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          31.01.2011 11:08
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          A great all-in-one printer

          I got the HP Deskjet 3050 from my parents at Christmas. At the start of this term we installed it in my university room. I installed the printer with no problems and since I have started using it there have been no problems. This all-in-one printer really does seem to me to have no faults. The printer itself came in a lovely box which was easy to carry from the car to my university room and even better than that 99% of the packaging can be recycled or reused. Additionally, according to HP the printer itself is created from 35% recycled plastic. Do not worry though it doesn't look cheap or tacky.

          The all-in-one printer can copy, print and scan. It can connect wirelessly to your computer or laptop or alternatively it can be connected with the provided USB cable. The Setup Guide is very clear and easy to follow. I had never set up a printer before and yet found it easy to do and it took less than five minutes in total to setup.

          I find that this printer offers very good print quality and speed especially when its relatively cheap price is considered. I didn't buy this printer myself but from looking online I think the cheapest it can be bought for is around the £34.97 mark and it is usually delivered free as well. For me this is definitely a great value printer that would suit the vast majority of people's needs. It also is atheistically pleasing to look at which is nice and it doesn't take up to much room which is especially useful for me as space is limited in my room.

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          Dimensions - Tray Closed

          16.81 x 12.05 x 6.14 inches (WxDxH)
          It is not much bigger when the tray is open and obviously the printer can be stored with the tray closed, so it need only be open when you are actually printing something.

          Weight = 7.94 lbs.

          Package includes: 1 USB cable, one colour ink cartridge, one black ink cartridge, software CD, setup guide and a power cord.

          Technical

          Print Speed Black (Draft, Letter) 20 pages per minute (ppm).

          Print Speed Colour (Draft, Letter) 16 ppm.

          Print Speed for normal quality mode is 5.5ppm for black and 4ppm for colour.

          Monthly duty cycle = 1000 pages.

          Printer technology = HP Thermal Inkjet

          Print Resolution = up to 600 dpi

          60 sheet input tray and 25 sheet output tray.

          Scanner Type = Flatbed

          Scan Resolution = up to 1200 dpi

          Scan Size Max = 8.5 x 11.7 inches

          Copier Resolution = up to 600 optimised dpi.

          Maximum number of copies = 50

          The computer operating system requires is:
          Windows 7, XP or Vista
          Mac OS v 10.5 or v10.6

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          19.01.2011 12:24
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          Very pleased with this sleek glossy black printer.

          I haven't owned a printer in years, but recently we decided to purchase one. After having a look at all the different types of printers, we thought an all in one would probably be the best option.
          We originally purchased a different model to this one that I returned to Argos as it didn't come with the leads needed to set it up.

          I popped into Tesco and whilst having a quick look in the electrical department I came across this HP 3050 all in one printer. The selling point for me was the cheap price if I'm honest. I made a saving of over £30 and paid around £34 for this sleek, shiny superb printer.

          I was surprised at how light this compact all in one printer was, and very compact and easy to store away. It has a nice sleek glossy black colour and a little screen on the top makes using it very simple.

          The initial installation of this printer was so very easy. It was done and up and running within 10 minutes! I shocked myself..... I usually end up getting really frustrated as nothing ever just works for me lol!! But this did!

          I like the fact that everything is there in one place with this printer... the scanner, copier, and printer are all in this one little machine! It can also be used wireless so that is another added bonus.

          I have been quite pleased with the speed of the printer too, okay it doesn't exactly chuck the paper out but it is no way slow.
          I think approx 15-20 seconds a page!

          This printer unlike the one I returned did come with all the correct cables, I don't understand why companies would choose to not include the usb cable!

          Upon opening the box I was surprised to find that the printer came inside it's only cute bag. I thought that was a nice little feature and the bag is fairly strong and can be reused obviously for shopping etc.

          Everything works as it should and I am very pleased with the purchase.
          It's a great, simple and easy machine to use.

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            Ideal for university work but on the occasion you want a photo or two, not the best buy.

            Me and my girlfriend share our printer and use it on a weekly basis for our university work. After comparing many of the cheapest printers online, we went to PC world and looked first hand for the cheapest printer/ink ratio. The printer cost £39.99 with the inks totalling £30. Our aim to buy the cheapest printer hasn't worked out in the long run as 10 weeks later we have replaced the colour twice. The colour is built into one cartridge but allows the printer to resume printing even if one of them is empty. However the black is still going on its first cartridge.

            Within the first week of using it we did print A LOT of photos, which wasn't what we bought it for, and would constitute to the amount of ink we have gone through. The printer fits well on a desktop as it is only a small thing, but makes an unprecedented amount of noise, so it can't be used late at night. The quality of print is average, on plain or photo paper. For a size A4 sheet of text it takes 5-8 seconds, and for a photo print, well I lost count after 30 seconds.

            The provided USB lead is too short to reach around to the side of my laptop, but it has a wireless feature that allows you to connect to simply that computer, or a local network for more than 1 computer to use. This feature has so far only allowed my laptop (main installer) to print wirelessly without trouble, whilst my girlfriend's laptop has only managed to connect and print once. After a short period of time without use it goes into idle mode, if you send something to print it will often take a while to connect (wake up), or not wake up at all. On a rare occasion, it will send two copies to print once you do 'wake it up'.

            Buy a Kodak.

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              21.11.2010 19:45
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              A decent all-in-one printer by HP

              Ok, so i was looking to buy a new all-in-one printer for my Macbook, which was a task in itself! There aren't that many decent printers out there that are compatible with the Apple laptops. You need to look at the detailed specifications on various websites such as PC World and Curry's. I wanted to stick to a maximum price of £100... i'm a student so i wasn't looking for something particularly amazing... just something that would print out word documents and small images.

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              Printer, printer bag, one black ink cartridge, one colour ink cartridge, set-up disk, USB cable, printer cable (x2), setup guide booklet (x2), full instruction manual, wireless help booklet, European Union Regulatory Notice.

              -PACKAGING-
              The box itself is far less bulky than I imagined, which is good for storage and transportation. The printer itself is turned on its side to accommodate this feature. There are two hand grooves on top of the box to make it easier to carry... although I found it quite difficult to hold because the grooves are quite far apart. The box is strong to prevent damage to the printer inside, and the surface is glossy to prevent water damage.
              Inside, the printer is held in position by two egg-box style ends, to prevent movement. Furthermore, the printer comes with a handy carrying bag. It is made of a fabric material (similar to the bag-for-life carriers they sell in supermarkets) and has a thick, durable strap. This was a really impressive feature, because it made it so easier to carry without the box. If you do not have your printer out all the time, it will also prevent dust settling on it. A great storage feature!
              The printer is covered in thin acetate to prevent scratches to its surface, and a stronger cardboard to prevent further damage. The inside also has cardboard protection to keep the inside in good condition. There is a sticker covering the USB port at the back of the printer, which can be removed if and when you need to use it.
              The box design is similar to other HP Printers... a black exterior with white writing. The contrast makes it really easy to read. The HP logo and name of the printer is clearly visible on the front. There is a large image of the printer in motion just below and reference to the types of ink cartridges which are compatible in the corner. The box highlights the fact the printer is for printing/scanning/copying in a variety of languages and the wireless logo is clearly visible opposite. On the top strip of the box there is a lot of information concerning the system and ink requirements and the contents of the box.

              -THE PRINTER-
              I bought this printer because of its ability to print, scan and copy information. The printer is very compact considering its many functions, which is really good. I really liked the wireless abilities too, it's so much better not having to fight with wires, especially if you have a laptop!
              The only problem I can see is the side buttons move around very easily, it is almost as if they do not fit. The tray at the bottom could be made stronger because I have this printer on the floor, and if you trip over it, it would easily break.
              There is a good section that i located by chance, where you can print out games to entertain the children... tic-tac-toe and mazes can be printed out at the touch of a button.

              -HOW EASY IS IT TO SET UP?-
              The printer comes with two set-up guide booklets - one in English and one multinational. It is really easy to follow because of the diagrams and short instructions. The set-up also comes on the mini-screen on the actual laptop itself.
              I had a problem putting the ink cartridges in... it is not simply a case of 'snap them into place' as the booklet tells you, but push them in with more force. Furthermore, the installation software disk is confusing if you do not know the various details about your internet connection.
              NOTE: Even if you want a wireless printer connection for your mac, you need to use the USB cable provided first.

              -INK CARTRIDGES-
              The printer comes with 2 of the cheaper ink cartridges, but when you need to top up... The printer is compatible with:

              - HP BLACK 301 (which claims to print up to 190 pages) £8.98
              - HP COLOUR 301 (which claims to print up to 165 pages) £11.21
              - HP BLACK 301 XL (which claims to print up to 480 pages) £18.11
              - HP COLOUR 301 XL (which claims to print up to 330 pages) £17.99

              I have always bought my inks from www.inkraider.co.uk. They are relatively cheap compared to other ink cartridges on the market.

              -PRINT QUALITY-
              Obviously it is not the best quality available out there... but at the price of the printer and ink cartridges combined, you get what you pay for. It's perfect for student printing (i.e. word documents) mind you. I wouldn't recommend high quality photo printing... this is not the printer for the job!

              -PRICE & WHERE TO BUY-
              I bought my printer from Tesco Direct at the end of October 2010. I paid £39 for it, but fortunately for potential buyers out there it is now £33 with 500 free clubcard points (worth £5 in clubcard vouchers). Go to direct.tesco.com for more information.

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