Product Type: Hewlett-Packard All in one Printer
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All-in-One is All-I-Want
HP Deskjet F2180 All-in-One
Member Name: taxing
HP Deskjet F2180 All-in-One
Advantages: Cheap ink, scanner/copier is useful
Disadvantages: Mine is slowly giving up
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.
Summary: A good, reliable printer while it lasted
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