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After visiting my local Asda supermarket I came across this HP Deskjet F2180 All-in-One Printer for only £25. Having needed a new printer due to our old one packing in, I thought this would be a great replacement since it was manufactured by the highly reputable HP, combined a printer, scanner and copier in one device and best of all it was shockingly low in price.
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* A4 Multifunction Inkjet Printer
* Scanner, Copier
* Up to 20ppm Mono Print Speed
* Up to 14ppm Colour Print Speed
* Up to 4800x1200 Optimised dpi Resolution
* 100 Sheet Input Tray
* USB connection
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The All in One printer has a black and white coloured finish and is made from hard glossy plastic. On appearance it isn't the most attractive printer I've ever seen, however I didn't purchase this with that in mind, I simply wanted a printer that could print, scan, and copy well, not something that would look great on the computer table! However this isn't ugly to look at either, it is just a very simple looking device that has a scanner screen located underneath its black fold-able cover and the obvious printing tray.
The buttons are grey coloured and are located beside the scanner cover with clear labels printed beside them such as start copy, scan, power button, paper type and cancel.
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I found that the printer was fairly easy to set up, I first connected the power cable to the mains and then connected this to my Windows operated laptop using a USB cable which surprisingly didn't come supplied with the printer! But luckily I had a spare one stored away so I was able to get it set up almost straight from the box. It is fairly cheap to buy, costing a few pounds so it's not a huge problem, but still a bit puzzling why such a vital component wouldn't be included in the box.
I installed the software using the supplied software CD which took a bit of time, I am not sure if that was due to my dated laptop or the fact that it was just the large software content. Once downloaded, I then inserted the ink cartridges by switching the printer on first and then opening the ink tray compartment, which was easy to do.
Scanning Simple as 1,2,3!
What I like about this printer is how simple it is to use, it doesn't have too many buttons and features to get me confused, instead it has simple straight to the point grey buttons with clear illustrations next to them, so you know exactly what button to press for what function. This makes scanning and copying documents very straight forward, all I do I place a piece of paper on the scanner bed and then close the scanner lid, and press the scan button. The good thing about the scanner is that the lid provides enough room for books to be placed onto the scanner bed and allow pages to be scanned or copied.
The software installed is easy to navigate through when needed, however majority of the time I don't find myself using the actual in computer software features and just to stick to simple printing out most of the time.
How Did It Print?
The printing quality is great, all documents and printouts come out clear no smudging or missed out words or mixed up colours, all how it should be. I have printed a number of documents using this printer including letters, invoices, stock lists as well as scanned diagrams etc and I have no complaints about the quality. Both black and white & coloured pictures show the extent of the quality, displaying nice vivid colours and detail in the printouts.
Speed & Noise
The speed is also impressive, it manages to print out letters and documents really fast, more detailed diagrams take slightly longer, but all in all I was very impressed with the printout speeds which took seconds. The printer unit is not that noisy either, it still makes a slight buzzing sound while scanning and printing but I wouldn't describe it as being noisy and if I was in the other room I would get disturbed by the printer noises.
Size and Weight
The paper tray holds paper print outs well, as well as makes loading paper a simple enough job. The size of the printer measures approx 47 x 30.4 x 22.4 cm which makes the printer a medium size. It is slightly bigger that its predecessor but makes up for it in weight which measures appox 6 kg and therefore makes it easy to lift up and move if needed. The size is still small enough to fit onto my computer trolley while still leaving enough room for wires etc.
Cost of Ink
The printer I purchased came with a coloured ink cartridge and a black one, the ink itself lasted me around a month as we do tend to use the printer quite a lot, therefore after every month we would find ourselves purchasing ink cartridges which cost us approx £17-20 a month just on ink cartridges! The price of ink is the only real disadvantage for me, and probably explains why the printer was so cheap in the first place as they make all their real money from the ink sales.
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This is a great printer that prints out high quality documents and does so very fast, it is easy to set up and simple and straightforward to use. The only downside would be the ink price and the missing USB cable, but for the low price of this printer I can't really complain. Overall I would therefore rate this printer 4/5 losing a mark for the missing USB and ink prices.
I always think that there is no point in having a computer or laptop if you can't print anything from it and I therefore purchased this HP Deskjet F2180 printer a few years ago. HP is a well-known computer brand and the printer cost me about £30 from Curry's which I thought was a bargain.
The printer is quite compact and fits easily on a small table in my spare bedroom/office. When I had a desktop PC the printer used to be permanently attached to it, but since I have owned laptops I just plug the USB lead from the printer into the laptop when I want to print something. I know that more modern printers can now work wirelessly but I don't really find it a problem to have to plug the lead in when I occasionally print something as I am only using the printer for home use rather that office work.
The printer has a number of features including:
Black and white printing
Double page function
On first buying this printer I was very impressed that it also had a scan and photocopy function. I do not use these functions often but they are really useful when I occasionally need to scan a document such as my passport to send as proof of identity somewhere. In the past I would have had to go to the library or my workplace to do this so it is great that I can just do this from home from my normal printer. It also means that you only need to have one appliance in your house rather than three.
The printer is very easy to install and use and has a number of different buttons down the side where you can chose which function you want to use, cancel a print job or re-set the printer. It comes with a software disc that you install into your computer to set it up. The software is regularly updated and I have been pleased to find that when I have changed computers/laptops and moved to new versions of Windows and a MAC there has always been a software update available, which has meant that I can continue to use the printer with a newer model of computer.
The printer came with two HP cartridges - a black and white and a colour cartridge. Clearly it depends how often you use the printer but I found that these lasted for several months. To replace the cartridges with HP cartridges can be expensive but retailers such as Amazon and Tesco sell their own brand cartridge's that fit the printer and are cheaper.
I have found that the quality of printing from the printer is excellent and the colours are bright and strong. You can set the printer to draft mode if you want to print more economically but with reduced quality. The speed of printing is also good and much quicker than any previous printers I have owned.
I have always found this printer to be reliable and it has never failed or jammed at all. Overall I think it does a brilliant job for a brilliant price and although there are probably more sophisticated printers out there these days with more advanced features this printer is great for my needs.
This review is also on my ciao account under the username alexcatt97. Once our old printer had finally broken we had to buy a new one, and we found his for a very cheap price of only £25 in Asda and it was very cheap because It also has photocopier and scanner installed into it.
When you but a printer, you usually expect good print quality especially from big brands like "HP" and with this printer you definitely get that and all of the detail in any picture or document that you print, photocopy or scan and the ink cartridges last a good amount of time so you do not have to put up with bad quality pictures and documents. When you photocopy or print a picture from this printer, the colour is great, bright and always the colour you want and in good quality except when the ink cartridges start to run out of ink but despite this, the picture and document quality when printing is at a good standard.
In my opinion, one of the most annoying things when having to print something out is when a printer is really slow and you have to wait too long for your picture or document as sometimes I will be in a hurry and quickly need to print something out. This printer is quicker than all off the other printers I have had in the past and only takes at max 4 or 5 seconds when printing a document and a max of about 6 or 7 seconds when printing a picture so that is quite fast and those times I have said are at the max so that is quite good and that is one of the reasons I like this printer.
It will take longer for photocopying but that would be expected with most printer's as it needs to scan the photo first to be able to print it out, and although it has to do this, the print time is the same but just with the scanning time added on to it so it is still quite fast as it has to do that.
===Ease to Use===
The printer is easy to use for many people but people that are not so good with computers; you may need to look at the instruction manual which is very helpful. Down the left hand side at the top of the printer there are selections of buttons with small and simple pictures to show what they are. There is the On button at the top, below is the cancel button , below that is the button to show if there is something wrong and to tell the printer i has a new cartridge, below that are the two buttons for photocopying which there is one for black and one for in colour. The last button is the button to scan.
To scan or to photocopy you lift up the flag at the top of the printer and you put your picture or your document in which is very easy and you just put the flap back down and press what you want to happen, photocopy in black, photocopy in colour or scan and it is very simple.
Obviously to print something you would either for a picture right click on it and select print picture or for a document go to file and print but really you don't need to be a computer wiz to work out how to work this printer and all of its features.
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Some people when they go out to get a printer, they just want a simple printer but I don't and the reason I bought this printer was because of it's extra features which are the photocopier and the scanner which I think is great as you don't have to take up loads of space if you want all three as it is all in one and most people do not have separate photocopier's because they are expensive so it is very handy to have a printer with a photocopier and scanner as I use all three all the time and there is not much extra expense because of these features as it is only £25!
===Value for Money===
The printer is excellent Value For Money at only £25 as it contains a scanner and photocopier which if you had to buy all three separately, it would probably cost at least a expensive £50 and for a printer that already has all three, £25 is a great price but you will find that with all printer's the most expensive part will be the ink you have to buy for it which as this printer is a branded printer by HP the ink is slightly more expensive than it would be if you, for example, bought a Asda own printer. Overall, I think that the value for money on this printer I great as it is very cheap.
In conclusion this is a very good quality printer which prints great quality pictures and documents and includes a photocopier and scanner for only £25 so if you need a new printer, I would definitely consider purchasing this one.
The HP Desktop F2180 all in one printer was one of the first models on the market which brought together three essential computer accessories, and put them all into one device. It was definitely the first all in one model that I personally owned, and lasted a good few years, but as technology advanced, it became outdated, and I wanted a newer model. HP are great manufacture, and have made a great product here, and still do, but at the time, the printer had run its course, and was time for a new one. In all the times I had it, there no major issues to complain about, apart from slight cosmetic damage. If you have a small budget, then this may be the printer for you, as it is still available to buy, but at cut down prices, like £30 on Amazon, and Im sure even cheaper on Ebay.
One disadvantage I should tell you is the ink cartridges. The printer may be cheap, but HP inkis a little more expensive than its competitors. This model in particular takes specific cartridges 21 and 22, and they cost about £12, but it does vary. I would recommend recycling your old ink cartridges, which I do, and it does reduce the cost.
Software provided with the F2180 is great, and takes you step by step when you want to scan a document, and explains how simple it is to copy. Printing speed, average I would say about 20 seconds per page, so not the best, but if you are using for home use, then not that bad. A definite recommendation. Thanks for reading.
I bought the HP Deskjet F2180 from Tesco's around three years ago, it was cheap compared to other all-in-one printers on the market (I think around £30) and I trusted HP as a brand. Having had a lot of problems with a Lexmark printer previously, I was concerned with reliability.
For a very long time I had no problems with my printer. While a lot of other reviewers mention that there was no USB cable in their box mine came with one, and the software worked, though it did take me a while to figure out how to stop it from constantly badgering me about updates. I eventually bought a new laptop, one which used the then-new Windows 7 rather than Windows Vista, and was pleased to find that HP had released new software for users to download.
Having a scanner and copier was a bonus for me, but I find that I use these functions a lot more than I had expected. Especially when job hunting having a scanner is invaluable, as companies often expect to see scans of certificates, passports and your dog's immunisation records. The printer does not have to be plugged in to the computer to be used as a photocopier, which I appreciate, as I don't keep them connected as a rule.
An official HP black ink cartridge costs around £10, which is very reasonable, though they don't seem to last for long. I discovered this to my cost when printing my 200 page dissertation shortly before the deadline: a normal HP 21 black ink cartridge will print around 100 pages. 21XL cartridges are also available, and supposedly allow you to print five times more than a regular 21 cartridge. Sadly, this is an overestimation by HP. Based on my experience, I would suggest that a 21XL cartridge will print up to double the amount of a 21 cartridge, but certainly not five times as much.
I find the size just right for the printer to fit on the bottom shelf of a bookcase, though as the buttons are on the top this makes it slightly awkward to turn on. I also like the appearance of the F2180, it looks sturdy and self-contained. The paper feed tray folds in, protecting it and making the printer appear neater. Unfortunately, the plastic paper feed tray is not as robust as it looks: I dropped a shoe on it and it snapped in half.
Sadly, my HP F2180 hasn't been faring well lately. During the last few months it has occasionally stopped being recognised by my laptop and I've had to uninstall and reinstall the software to solve the problem. Just last week the USB cable stopped working unless the printer was positioned very specifically, which meant balancing it precariously, then rebalancing it when it decided that it no longer liked that position.
I do appreciate having an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, and wouldn't go back to a simple printer. While my HP F2180 now seems to be dying a slow death, it lasted for two and a half years with no problems, which is a fair time for a printer. For this reason I'd be happy to consider buying another HP printer.
After replacing our home computer with a laptop at the beginning of 2007 a printer was not something I thought about until I booked a holiday and needed to print off the receipt and confirmation.
Not wanting to spend lots of money I turned to the Argos to find something and there on special offer was the HP Destjet All-in One.
It was on offer for £29.99 and not only was a printer but a scanner and copier. I think its usual price was £39.99 but I think I would have probably paid that as well for an All-in-one printer. When I saw the printer at that price in the catalogue I quickly went online to reserve it.
In the past two years since I have had the printer I have used in countless times, I wouldn't be without it. I have not had a single problem with it and it works every time, a very reliable product.
I haven't really found the need to do any scanning but the copier is something I use all the time. The quality of the printing is of a very high standard too.
When I first bought it the printer it came with two cartridges, a black one and a colour one. These lasted me ages and when I needed to replace them I paid about £10 from Amazon, they tend to retail in the shops for about £17.99. The cartridges are easy to replace and install, it is literally just a case of taking one out and putting another in.
The printer itself was very easy to install and you just put the disc you're provided with into your computer and it just does everything for you. A few minutes later and it's ready to use. Great, as I am not very good with anything technical.
The only negative thing with this printer is that it does not come with a USB cable, which is what you need to connect the printer to your computer. I think it is strange they do not provide you with one but I did purchase one from Wilkinsons and I think it only cost a couple of pound.
The size and weight of the printer is also really good because we use it with a laptop it isn't left out all the time. Its handy size and the fact it is really light to carry means we can store it in the cupboard and get out when its needed.
So after two years and lots of printing and copying my HP Destjet All-in-One is still a great, reliable product that I would definetely recommend, you don't always have to go for expensive products to get good results.
I bought this for £25, which I thought was good value for a printer and scanner.
It's not a bad size considering what it does, and if it was any smaller you'd have trouble getting a scanner on top.
In the box was the printer, a black in, a colour ink, instructions and set up CD. You will notice from that list there is no USB cable, which is a pain if you haven't got one in the house, but I did.
So I put in the set up disk, click through some screens, and waited while it went to install, and then waited and waited and waited. This must be a lot of bloated software it took about 15 minutes to install it on my pretty decent PC.
Once it finally finished installing, it wouldn't "see" the printer at this point I gave up on the install disk, and installed the driver via device manager. Once installed I run a few print offs and was impressed with the quality, even an A4 size photo (on normal paper) come out at a high standard.
The scanning was also excellent, I didn't try the text conversion software, but scans of documents and pictures picked up every detail.
The down side of this printer, once in a while it simply loses sight of the PC, it shows as installed, but nothing prints to it, I have updated drivers and this doesn't solve the issue.
Also HP ink is honestly one of the most expensive liquids in the world.
A very reliable printer that is great for home printing but the ink cartridges get used up quite quickly if you want to use the printer very often or at work.
It is very simple to install and set up. The print quality is generally good.
The real benefit of the printer is the scanning facility as well as the copier function.
For some reason, the software my sometimes become corrupt and it will need to be re-installed. I have re-installed my printer about 4 times in the 10 months that I have had it. The papar my sometimes get stuck but that is rectified by not putting too much paper in at one time. The printer works best on Fast Draft as that will help save ink usage.
The printer itself looks very neat and professional so it is not an eyesore wherever it may be in the house.
We bought the HP Deskjet F2180 All-in-One to use with my partners littles boys laptop.
The printer was easy to set up as we had internet connection but if you dont have the internet you would not be able to get the drivers as there was no disk with the printer.
Once you have downloaded the drivers and opened up the saved file the printer sets its self up in no time.
The little boy is 10yrs old and with out being show was able to scan and copy which shows how easy the HP Deskjet F2180 All-in-One is to use.
The ink cardridges were easy to install and they seem to last quite a while.
The HP Deskjet F2180 All-in-One is not too bulky and fits nicely onto the computer desk. It is also not a bad looking piece of equipment to have sitting in your office.
Another good feature is that you can use the copyier without being connected to the computer.
I was in need of a new printer for the study. I looked in Argos and other computer stores for a printer and the cheapest was about £30. Then when I was doing my weekly shop in the local Asda supermarket I stumbled across this little beauty- for under £30! Bargain! However, on reading the box further I noticed that not only was this a printer but a copier, scanner and printer in one. Now I must admit that this isn't the most sophisticated of designs. Its very 'plastic' looking and the paper feeder isn't the strongest of all the printers I have seen, however, for a home study it does the job perfectly! I wasn't looking for a hi-tech device with all the mod cons. I was looking for something I could print the odd letter and document on and the fact that I can scan and copy documents when I needed to was a bonus. This wouldn't be worthwhile for a business or an office where printers are used day in and day out however, for those who would use it like me- every so often and when needed this is a perfect.
The scanner is at the top and has a hinged lid which enables thicker and bigger documents to be scanned with ease.
The printer cartridges are relatively cheap. However, Asda's own cartridges are even cheaper and fit this machine pefectly-about £8 in my local Asda- two cartridges are needed a tri colour and black. So in comparison to Lexmark and Epson printers I found this relatively cheap.
The only thing that I find quite annoying about this printer was that I often need to feed paper into it a sheet at a time if I am printing a longer document as the printer will jam and misfeed quite easily. So just be aware of this if you were to look into buying this machine yourself.
This is a very affordable and reliable everyday all-in-one printer/ scanner/ copier. The HP Deskjet F2180 All-in-One Printer, Scanner, Copier is designed for home users looking for a basic, easy-to-use all-in-one, one that offers great value for money plus a full set of print, scan and copy tools.
We bough this printer from Argos when it was on offer 6 months ago. It cost £39.99 which is very cheap for a printer like this. The only problem with the printer is the ongoing costs. Repacement cartridges arn't cheap - if you print a lot i wouldnt recommend this printer for that reason.
We have had no problems with the reliability of this printer. Scanner, copier, printer works first time every time.
I was a little put off with the printers' looks at first as it looks quite plastic but after a while you just get used to it. It does the job it's designed to do and i suppose thats the main thing. It was also only £39.99 aswell!
Fine for our needs but we just need it for basic tasks. If you want something all singing all dancing i wouldn't recommend this printer.
Great for basic tasks. Ideal 1st 3 in 1. Cheap and easy to use.
I'm doing a photography college course at the moment and wanted a printer that I could use to print all my college work out on, but also wanted one that would photocopy, I couldn't believe my eyes when I was walking through my local Wilkinson's store and came across this all in one printer, then I saw the price, it was £30, which was an even bigger bonus, I couldn't leave it there for that price!!
I purchased the USB cable separately as it didn't state on the box whether one was needed or not. When I got home and unpacked my printer I realised that It didn't come with the USB cable so was rather glad that I had thought to buy it.
When I was setting my printer up it did take me a while as when I did it the first time for some reason it didn't register, but after unplugging it all and resetting it, and setting it up again it worked fine.
This printer is so easy to use, all the ways of using it are straight forward, you just press the button of the task you require n the task is completed instantly! The quality of the print is also very good.
I will say though, the printer does make a bit of noise, which can be quite annoying if I'm printing off work while my little boy is sleeping!!
I would advise this printer to anyone though.
Once we found ourselves in the market for a printer, it did'nt take us long to ffind this all-in-one (printer,scanner and copier) for £30. It's very much a no-frills machine, which is exactly what we wanted, and at a price breakdown of a tenner per apllication, plus you get two cartridges supplied, i wouldnt like to make it for this price. It was and still is too good to be true!
The software is a boit of a pain to install (it took me an hour!) and the cable connector at the back was a poor fit,due to the fact that there is a plastic flange on the back of the cable which prevented it from being a nice tight fit, but a quick one-two with a sharp chisel soo corrected this and its a small niggle and no major disater.
Updates from the internet are forthcoming, and, unlike other printers i have owned, it dosent sieze up and refuse to work.
When our old Lexmark bog standard printer finally desided to bite the dust after many years of hearty service (being hammered by the children printing off their pictures from the paint tool on our printer) We looked around to see what our best option would be price wise having already chosen to look at an all in one as it would meet all our families needs, we didn't want to go for a Lexmark again as the cartridges were expensive and very few places offered an alternitive. So we had the criterias of Scanner, photocopier, printer to meet but was not overly expensive and easy to get replacement cartridges for. Looking in Staples at the options the HP F2180 stood out as meeting all our needs and was very affordable! Upon using it though we have found that we can use the printer and photocopier but the scanner wont work as our laptop uses the Vista system which was rather disappointing. Otherwise it meets all our needs.
I've been looking for a scanner to add to my rather old but no less fast Canon S630 printer and had initially stumbled across a Canon scanner product for under £40. It looked too good to be true, and it certainly turned out to be when the chosen stockist I had in mind had sold out of them (another day, another review about Argos, then) and despite being listed at Tesco for the second choice of retailer, my largest store proved to be sold out of the said scanner. So to John Lewis I strolled through, to see what they had never thinking that against another Canon product (a 3 in 1 unit which was also under £40) I was very surprised to find this HP "Desk Jet" all in one printer/scanner priced at a very reasonable £29-50
** This is a long review based on personal ownership and use **
An all in one for £30? I had to look at the price a couple of times to make sure that what I was looking at, wasn't a reduced price or seasonal price but the said retail price that John Lewis are selling this appliance was too good to be true.
So, £30 down and I'm faced with adding my new printer to my computer, only that I'm not adding it to my PC laptop, but an Apple Mac "iBook," which this All in One system can also be used on aside from the usual requirements set by most manufacturers these days (Windows XP and later, for example.)
Design wise, it is not truly tempting to say the least and for £9 more I could have bought a Canon Pixma machine but online reviews reveal that whilst black and white printing has the same speed as the Canon, the HP 2180 has a faster print out speed for colour documents and a bigger surface area scanner. Now for the purpose of using for school documents; this was the news I needed.
Looking like a large old-fashioned 17" laptop with a large bin underneath the HP DeskJet 2180 appears to be one of the ugliest boxes I've seen around, coupled with speckled plastics and a grey finish, which wouldn't look out of place on an old 1980's typewriter. The scanner lid is unhinged (i.e. for the tech-minded, no "floating hinge") which means scanning books can be done but at the cost of the lid not actually being able to be lifted up and over on the book's cover whilst those looking for an LED display or similar will be disappointed; there is none. HP go to all the trouble of displaying an all grey/white model but I have never seen this on sale in high street shops. Although boring to look at, the HP is at best functional and at 5.5kg isn't too heavy to lift around especially for taking advantage of its space saving design or having to take it home with you when the bigger and more expensive 3 in 1 is a bit of a nightmare (hello Epson!).
Forget classy touch buttons you would find on a Canon; the HP resorts to using cheap grey push buttons, a whole row of them falling vertically with a greyish panel that reminds me so much of my "Star LC10" printer, complete with little green and red LED's which flash up under a tacky plastic filmed frosted rectangle no smaller than the kinds you get on a small radio. Those with failing eye sight would do well to stay clear of this model then because none of the symbols light up which would have been more helpful than putting the symbol down with a light next to the icon. And being located on the top means you have to either stand up to see the function lights or wipe the dust which settles. It's the little things that matter you know, especially at £30...
The paper area goes at the bottom and above this there is a feeble plastic pick out tray of which the area behind it is reserved for the ink cartridges. Now in this example when you first take the HP out of the box you will find a cardboard insert that hides the two free ink cartridges (black and "tri-colour") as well as a short adaptor plug. I didn't know about the ink tanks however and went ahead to purchase two additional tanks, both at the cost of £11 and £14 respectively. I also checked the prices of similar colour tanks for the Canon Pixma model I had my eye on and the Canon ink revealed a slightly elevated price.
Later in the box another cable comes out which reveals the main adaptor, which must then be attached to plug. Hasn't the world moved on to just including a main all in one power cord? It is after all an all in one product!
And it is here through setting up that you realise one of the reasons to why it is so cheaply priced; there are no USB cables supplied. Now that's a strange issue because for most people, you'd assume a USB cable would be supplied free of charge; my 8 year old Canon came with one and its only a standard bubble jet printer. But no, HP have a sneaky trick up their sleeve; they claim that this unit can be used WITHOUT a computer as an option. Still I'd have liked a USB cable so I could USE the printer straight away, HP!! Thank Canon the HP can use a standard USB cable because currently this is the cord which it is using!
Using the printer would appear to be like child's play according to the software although I found both user manuals (a quick set up fold out poster is included and a paged booklet of the usual normal main user manual) unclear and confusing when it came to setting up. This involved a few cold sweats when one manual warned not to install the software until the printer had been connected via its USB cable; but then for MAC owners, it appears that this ruling is reversed; you have to install the software first before the printer can be plugged in. After I did this and then connected the printer, nothing occurred expect the all-warning-8 button LED's constantly flashing to say an error had occurred or the printer had a fault. This happened constantly over a three-day period. What had happened? Had I bought a duff printer?
Short of taking the printer back to John Lewis (guess who lives near them?) and having to go through all the palaver of patching everything up in the acrylic plastic bags, polystyrene inserts and folded up a million times in its sturdy colourful box, I tried once again to install the ink cartridges; the user manual stating that the heads move automatically into the centre to allow owners to install the ink tanks. Did my printer do this? Of course not. So in the end, I uninstalled the software again, took out the USB cable, switched off the printer and manually put my hand into the printer to pull the tank holders into the centre. At least this was easy but I'd have preferred if the HP had actually done what it had suggested. And it did move the tank holders eventually after the printer software had been installed (takes only a matter of minutes) only for the printer USB cable to be put in so that the software could connect to the printer. The tank holders will move to the centre when the printer is switched on (not off as the manual wrongly states) and when the top tray flap is opened down. Coloured diagrams also show you how to load the ink tank in, but against my older Canon ink cartridges the HP tanks have microchips and a long thin metallic strip on the bottom; keep your finger out of the way on the metallic strip otherwise you'll get covered in ink! (151 Elbow Grease Degreaser to the rescue there!)
So when it comes to printing how has it faired? Well the HP 2180 does have a fast print out schedule; able to do either colour or black and white at the touch of a button and it is here that I love its simplicity of the buttons. Simply select what you want, load the papers or scanning material and then just push a button. A few motors whirr here and there and the HP bursts into life printing out ferociously working over time long before it can justify the meaning. It is also markedly quieter than my old Canon even if it has a higher motor and a lot more features.
Assuming the rollers at the back are open I originally thought the paper I fed in the front was going to emerge out the back. But no! Watching the paper being fed in I suddenly witness the paper being rolled upwards and turned back. Was I being sad? As the buyer of a more expensive and older Epson unit which is a total bu*ger to use, the HP supplies just-printed material quickly and efficiently - and without taking up any more room than its total dimensions suggest: height of 17cm, diameter of 35cm and a width of 42.5cm; or half the height of an average microwave oven. A front flap allows paper to be added and when not in use the door can close over with the A4 paper still inserted, bending the paper upwards but not folding it - a neat and excess paper storage saving design here.
Colour and black & white printing is very impressive. Over the bigger Epson unit I bought for my parents, the colour contrasts can be infinitely controlled through the software applications and I've been very impressed with the quality of what the HP has achieved in a short time (a month and a week) and during this short time I've already printed off presentations including colour printing, photo film pictures, scanned old history scores and past exam papers for my students with an often surprised result that the scanned, photocopied and printed copies which emerge from the HP look better than the original documents which were put into it to scan! I've gone through three reams of A4 paper, A5 paper for small poster presentations and class certificates whilst the photo shop searches for videos and can process and condense moving videos into photo stills instantly for printing release and still from the original free tanks which came with this printer.
And reverting to HP's facility of not using a computer, the F2180 works very well simply with use of the grey buttons, but you should look at the user manual as it gives a long list to what these actual buttons do. HP would do well to offer a more elaborate design here which doesn't call on the user manual to work out what all those icons mean!
The downsides to the HP however are revealed in the software. Short of cancelling options, you need to be quick because the HP will scan your entire computer, hooking itself into your documents or hard drive which then automatically collects all printed matter and displays it in the main menu of the HP add on Photoshop application. Now this is something I just don't like. Why should I have to have this when all I want to do is print photos out? The software is easy to use but it comes with two main window applications (and icons) other than the Photoshop.
The HP Device Manger for example lists four options of either Scanning pictures, Scanning to OCR, Make Copies or See Messages which then takes you to the next window application, the HP Message Centre, a handy application that tells you exactly what your printer is doing at the time of being activated. Frankly I think that this is a waste of time, but then again for someone who has been breaking out in cold sweats over this printer, I guess it's of good advantage.
Another problem it has is with continual software problems. If the software doesn't properly install the printer will only print out one sheet at a time when the paper holder is supposed to be able to hold up to 10 sheets and auto locks the moment the paper is pushed in. Now this is all very well if you have a large job to print out, but the HP clogs very quickly and half the time this printer has now revealed more weaknesses through use because of the clogging nature and the fact that the printer seems to be very slow taking its time with jobs even when they have been purged and deleted through the settings of the SOFTWARE!
So is the HP Deskjet F2180 worth its weight in gold? It is hard to say with it just being bought over a month ago, but at its initial cost and simple buttons I reckon the HP is quite a bargain although I would never had bought this brand over Canon if they had been priced with the same cost; online reviews have also played their part in my decision to buy HP.
Perfect for students and people who aren't too impatient the HP DeskJet F2180 is impressive enough and without having to pay anymore than its features and scanning quality specifications suggest. SO ITS pity that the software faff's everything up. Otherwise this would easily have got 4 stars. Ty for reading. ©Nar2 2008
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Dooyoo have inserted this printer in their Fax section but it is not a fax machine.