Product Type: Hewlett-Packard All in one Printer
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HP Deskjet 3050A e-All-in-One
Member Name: anwar7
HP Deskjet 3050A e-All-in-One
Advantages: Does all it says!
Disadvantages: Problems setting up
I had a fairly limited budget and so set about doing a bit of online research to find the best model for my budget of under £50. I rejected some models as they were labelled as ink guzzlers and others due the high cost of ink cartridges. I finally decided to buy the HP DeskJet 3050A. Having chosen the model I wanted, I price checked and found it was available in Argos for just £19.99! A saving of over £15. However it was sold out in nearly every store! I eventually bought it from Tesco for £36. If only I had bought it a few weeks earlier!
What's in the box
Inside the box is a sleek grey printer enclosed in its own black shopping bag. It is much lighter than my old model weighing 3.6 KG. It is also quite compact measuring 42.7 cm wide x 30.6 deep and 15.6 in height. It looks quite stylish and has an orange band underneath the lid. There is a USB cable plus all the leads you need to connect to the power supply. Also included is a CD with driver software and instruction poster. There is also a booklet with more comprehensive instruction plus some troubleshooting tips. The printer comes with 2 full ink cartridges - 1 black and 1 tricolour. The printer comes with a 1 year warranty.
Setting up the printer.
I am not very techie and so chose this model partly because most reviewers promised the set up process would be simple. I had been led to believe setting things up would take around 5 minutes. However my experience was a different one!
Getting the printer out of its little cloth bag and connecting it to the power supply was simple enough. I found fitting the ink cartridges into their slots a bit tricky as the opening is a bit small. However once clicked into place a message appears in the LCD telling you they are correctly positioned. The printer will next print a test sheet for you to scan to enable the printer heads to align. The drivers are installed via the supplied CD; so far all was going well! The problem came when I selected to connect wirelessly. For some reason the code I needed didn't appear on the LCD screen as the instructions claimed it would. I struggled for over an hour before deciding to connect using the supplied USB cable. In the end a friend managed to get the WI-FI working but it still took him about 30 minutes! I really don't know what he did, but suffice it to say I had problems and so can't say this model is * easy* to set up!
The printer., scanning and copying
The printer has a small 38 mm LCD black and white display window that folds flat when not in use. You can select print, scan or copy using buttons at the side of the screen to navigate through the menu options. To the left of the display are icons for set up- allowing you to check ink levels, change the auto power on/off setting, perform maintenance tasks and set language. I only use this feature to check the ink levels. There is a cancel button and a back button to allow you to return to the pervious screen.
At the base of the LCD screen is the on button, wireless status light and e print light and button. The wireless light glows blue when you are connected and flashes when it is not connected to a network. The print function allows you to end documents and pictures through an email address to the printer. The printer supports Google cloud so you can connect to the printer from other devices such as mobile phones and laptops.
The flip up paper tray is at the back of the printer and will take 50 sheets of A4 paper. The paper is fed into the printer vertically. You will need to open the front pull down flap to receive your documents.
When the paper tray back rest is open, it would probably make this model unsuitable for positioning underneath a desk. I have mine to the side of my computer so this is not an issue.
Scanning and copying are really simple to do and both produce excellent results. All you need to do is lift the plastic lid and place the document or photo to be scanned or copied on the glass tray. Select the operations you require using the LCD menu, press the button and wait!
I have been using this printer for several months and so feel able to give a balanced opinion. My oldest son has used the printer extensively for homework and has also scanned pictures and files. I am a keen photography and have scanned old photos to email to friends. I also use the printer regularly to copy letters before posting for example. I recently copied a letter sent to the council appealing a parking ticket!
Firstly let me say the print quality is really excellent for both colour and black and white. Documents are printed quickly and without the level of noise produced by my old model! The colours are bright and true and text sharp. Photocopied documents are also excellent and as good as the ones I received using my library copier. It is possible to enlarge and reduce documents for photocopying. However you can't enlarge photos with this model.
Photos are satisfactory with good colour. However they can appear a little grainy and sometimes black areas have a reddish tint. I really wouldn't recommend this model for serious photo printing!
The manufactures claim that it costs around 4p to print a black and white sheet and 5p for a colour copy. The printer uses HP 301 ink cartridges and these are available in XL size that will save you money. Tesco are selling black and white XL cartridges for £17.70 and tri colour for £22. We are still using the original cartridges are they are about half full after several months medium usage.
I would really struggle to find anything negative to say about this printer! It was a pain to set up and I am not sure what the problem was! However once it was functioning I have had no further problems. I was grateful that a USB cable is included as you can set the printer up using this method and then set it up wirelessly at a later date.
The printer looks stylish and isn't too bulky. It is fairly quiet and is very easy to operate. The results produced for printed documents are excellent with bright colours and sharp text in black and white. The quality is also excellent for scanned and copied documents. However it struggles with photos.
When not in use the power switches off and the plastic paper tray back can be folded down as can the stand up LCD panel. If you like to have your printer under a desk then remember the paper tray sticks up so it may not fit when opened.
I think this is an excellent printer, scanner and copier for light to medium use. It would be perfect for a student too!
Summary: printer,scanner and copier from HP.
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