Product Type: Hewlett-Packard All in one Printer
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Basic, but good value for money
HP Deskjet 3070A e-All-in-One
Member Name: Li11ibet
HP Deskjet 3070A e-All-in-One
Advantages: Price, features, ink lasts a long time
Disadvantages: Complicated set up process might frustrate some, noisy
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.
Summary: A good all in one printer, but there are better out there.