I purchased this printer (for around £40) for my uni course, as I regularly need to print off journals and a wireless printer was a must for me. I shopped around a lot, and this model seemed to give me all the features I needed for the best price.
Having previously set up my parents wireless HP printer with no problems, I had hoped it would be the same with this one. However I did have a few difficulties, which required going into the router settings and changing IP addresses in order to get it recognised on the system. This was frustrating for me, and for someone who is less computer literate or not used to changing wireless settings and stuff this could pose a huge problem. Also as I already had the drivers on my system for a different HP printer they seemed to clash with the drivers for this one and so I needed to completely remove all trace of the other printer before this one would work.
Since it has been set up, I have not had any problems with it at all. Other wireless printers I have used have a tendency to drop off the network and go offline (which again needs more tweaking of processes on the computer) but so far (touch wood) have not had any problems with this one.
The printer takes individual colour cartridges, which although they are quite pricey is good as you are not throwing away ink when you have to change as one colour has gone. The printer comes with starter size cartridges, and I have to say these have been fab as I have not had to change them yet despite printing off many many journals for assignments. So full size cartridges must be very efficient and good value for money.
The scanning function works well on wireless and gives good results, with the ability to scan to image or pdf which is always useful- And the images are good quality too. I haven't yet used the photocopy function so can't comment on that.
The only negative to this printer is that there is no built in double side function on the software, which I can't understand why as I'm sure it would be fairly simple to include it. As a result you have to manually print all odd pages, then turn all the paper over and print all even pages. Its not too much of a hassle, but its a simple feature that many other printers have and for printing journals quickly and regularly its sort of essential.
It is also fairly noisy, but this doesn't really matter. Print quality is very good, even of draft quality, as is the speed at which it prints. I have sometimes found that it has difficulty with the paper feeder, when you need to take all the paper out and straighten the pile up and put back in. The front feeder is good, as it means it takes up less surface space.
All in all, a good budget printer perfect for students and every day printing.
After purchasing this printer around 6 months ago now both I and my girlfriend are extremely pleased with the purchase. At around £40 this is a fairly cheap printer but it does just about everything that you require a small household printer to do.
Like all HP products I have owned this printer came with some great software that is in the form of a CD. This software tells you just how to unwrap and plug in your printer and in less than half an hour it will all be up and running smoothly due to the step by step instructions that literally anyone could follow. For our use we have this printer plugged into the mains power, then connected to the wireless internet connection so that any computer in the home can use it wirelessly and so that you can also email it documents to print.
This printer is fairly cheap and due to this some of the plastic feels a little 'tacky' when you touch it but actually it has never broken down on us yet and seeing as it just sits on a shelf and prints it doesn't have to be the most rugged piece of equipment. During use the printer does make a bit of a shake to the cupboard it sits in but it does the job perfectly fine, and unlike most cheap printers it holds the paper securely - both plain paper and paper after printing.
This printer is a bit of a box, in saying that I mean it is very square and lacks style and flair that a more expensive printer has. By paying less money you get this printer that has buttons instead of a touchscreen and a basic shape but actually that doesn't mean it doesn't perform as well. Sticking to the looks the printer has a matt black finish and an easy to use front display that gives the product a simple but slightly cheap look to it.
Okay being a basic printer this product will not be printing out any prize winning photographs in its life. As the name suggests this product is a deskjet rather than a photosmart - that meaning that it is more suited to printing out text and general documents rather than photos and images of high quality. When you do want to print out photos though this product will accept many ranges of paper varying in size and thickness or finish. As for the quality of the print this printer will give you a decent image that is not distorted in colour but it will not be a clear and crisp as you may hope from a photo, beware.
One of the great features about this product is that it can connect wirelessly to your network so that lots of computers can print to it without a lead. This is particularly useful for printing from laptops and is really simple to setup with either password protection or just having registered computers allowed to print to the device. Once installed on computers this printer makes everyday printing tasks easy and I think all printers should have this wireless function.
HP E-Print is also another 'wireless' feature of this product. This is the fact that this printer can be assigned an email address so you can email it a document to print out from anywhere in the world and it will print out the email along with any attachments that it may have. Obviously it cannot print out documents in word as it cannot read them but simple images or PDF's work a treat. Personally I think this is a great feature to have and is really useful for when your out - you don't have to remember to print something when you get home anymore as you can print it from miles away from another computer or even your phone.
This is a decent printer that is cheap and cheerful. I would recommend this product to anyone who needs a versatile printer for everyday tasks as long as they don't really need to print that many photos. With ink cartridges being cheap on amazon and a three year warranty, you really can't go wrong with this for the price. Only improvements would be printing photos, double sided printing or a document feeder.
Printing mode: inkjet with separate cartridges
Printing resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
Speed: 16ppm or 20ppm draft
Compatible cartridges: HP364 cartridges or HP354 XL
Type of scanner: contact image scanner, flatbed
Scanner resolution: up to 1200 x 1200 dpi.
Copier function: yes
Memory card slot: no
Direct print: no
Supplied software: HP photo creations
Dimensions: 301 x 435 x 145mm