Before I bought this printer I had another HP product, can't remember which, but it was continually breaking down and was very frustrating as you can imagine. After a few months I decided to cut my losses and look out for another printer but this time a three in one i.e. printer, photocopier and scanner. You may wonder why I chose an HP product the second time around but price was important to me and although I cannot remember exactly how much I paid [definitely below £50 pounds] I thought it was a good price for a printer which had all three functions. Also a friend had already bought one and assured me it was perfect for my needs.
Another friend set it up for me as I thought it would be beyond my capabilities but having watched what he did I knew I could have done exactly the same and will do in the future if I ever buy another printer.
It's dimensions are 16" x 9" x 6", the base is pale grey and the top cream. I would have preferred a smaller model but you can't have everything!
It has come in very useful in an emergency when a friend's passport had to be scanned but normally it is used for photo copies and general printing.
I teach English as a second language so am always needing copies of material for my students and for the last five years or so this machine has never let me down. The printing is clear, it's easy to operate, the only downside is that I can't print from my iPad but that's not the fault of the printer! Maybe one day I will splash out on a wifi model but for the time being this printer suits me fine.
I have had this printer for a few years now and it has never failed. Having had other printers in the past and getting no end of paper jamming and faulty cartridges, the HP Deskjet has been a welcome change. It was really easy to set up, it prints quickly and neatly, and doesn't eat up ink like there is no tomorrow. I have printed photos with ease many times as well, although I have found that if you try to print too many photos in one go, the ink goes a funny orange/red colour (but that's why you can buy actual photo printers!). I use refilled cartridges as new branded ones are very expensive, and they have always worked fine.
The photocopy and scanner functions are brilliant. It is very handy to be able to photocopy at home, although it is time consuming as you have to scan each page individually. The scanner is great for saving documents without hanging on lots of papers, and I have used it to scan old photos onto my computer, which is does really well.
I may well get rid of this printer soon, but the only reason would be to go for a wireless one instead, and certainly not because it is on its way out.
Technology wise, I am not the best. I do love technology and am always looking out foe new updates etc, but in terms of managing any technological items, I am a disaster. Previously I've had three printers which were in a nutshell...useless! I have no luck with printers, computers and phones, among others. So when my last laser-jet printer broke, I was determined to find a reliable, trustworthy machine that would last me a decent period of time (5 months was my all time high!!) I bought this HP Deskjet in 2009 when I was in college and it was an essential rather than a luxury. I knew I would have tons of reports and notes to print so I needed something that would last the term at least.
I bought this printer brand new in SoundStore for Euro65.00 (£51.87 on Amazon) after good reviews from shop assistants. In comparison to other top brands such as xerox, it came at a good price and for a combined printer and scanner, I was happy to snap it up.
As printers go, I found this one fairly easy to install and begin to use! It has two connection coming from the back. One three pin plug attachment, and one standard USB attachment to link to any laptop or desktop. There is a power button located on the left of the machine, on the top of a row of 6 buttons. Once plugged it and powered on (and connected to computer of course), it automatically prints an alignment sheet. Instructions show that you must scan this sheet in order to align cartridges in the printer. The scanner is neatly stored on the printer, with a lid at the top to reveal it. The third button on the row is used for scanning. Once this sheet is scanned, your printer is ready to use!!
The printer can hold both black and colour ink cartridges. At first it is tricky to insert the ink, at least for a techno-phobe such as myself!! There is a lid situated below the scanner, which when opened reveals the ink. It doesn't open quite low so it is quite difficult to insert and remove both cartridges. However, once you get past the lack of space it gets simple enough to use. In terms of usage, the ink lasts a fairly long time. I used mine roughly three times a week at the beginning (less so now), but my ink would last up to three months. The black would go quicker of course but Euro19.50 (£14.95) a replacement, it is cost effective. As with most computers, it appears on screen when ink is running low so you won't be caught off guard!!
I bought the grey / cream combo printer. It has a dark grey base with cream top and lid for ink. The buttons are a mixture of green, black, red and white. It is a standard size, not small by any means but with it being a scanner and printer it is quite attractive in both size and appearance.
The buttons give you the option to print in colour or black & white, scan and change print options to plain A4, photo A4 and Photo 10x15. It also gives you the option to cancel any job by clicking the red X button. The power button is highlighted yellow when it is plugged in and flashes when there is a print pending.
As printers go I am ecstatic about mine. It may be love of an inky kind. Two years down the line it is still going strong. Sometimes it takes ages to print but I put that down to my failing laptop rather than my printer. I have never had any major disasters. I don't use the scanner much but when I do it works very well and quick. It was a great buy overall and well worth the money I spent. <3
Again another purchase of mine back in January 2009 when I was turning the spare bedroom into my home office for my new job. I did not do any shopping around despite having the whole of the Christmas break to get organised (there was far too much football to watch and Stella to be drunk for that). I picked up the HP Deskjet F2280 All In One when doing the weekly grocery run at Tesco's. I can't remember exactly what I paid but I know it was on offer and think about £49.99.
This seemed good value as I needed a basic colour printer with Scanning and Photocopying functionality which the 2280 offered. The printer is certainly not the smallest and easiest on the eye but I keep it on a shelf under my desk so it was out the way. The unit is white and grey with front feed for paper and flat bed scanning and photocopier unit on top.
Set up was very simple but I did make my normal mistake and not check if it was supplied with a USB cable so needed to pop up PC World to get one. Why can't a company the size of HP supply such a cheap essential .I am sure many non printer experts would expect all the components to be supplied to start printing.
The printer prints at 20 pages per minute black and white, 14 pages a minute in colour which is quick enough for most homes and small offices. I found the print quality good and used it to send out documentation to clients. I find it is pretty good on ink consumption although I do not do a massive amount of printing.
The scanner was spot on and saved everything I scanned in the MY SCANS folder on my computer. The quality was very good and scanning was speedy. This is not a feature I use a lot, but essential I had it.
Photocopier was not really up to standards, I found it very slow to copy in just black and white. I also had a problem where I would do a copy a run of maybe 8 copies the first 2 or 3 would be fine then it would do a copy at maybe 30% the size of the original document which was unusable. No idea why this was as I am not particularly technical.
On the whole other than the photocopying issue the printer was good. I am afraid to say that it gave up the ghost in November of this after just under 2 years use, the paper kept jamming up and would stop printing. I have no idea on the life expectancy of a printer but this did not seem long to me? I guess you get what you pay for. It did not seem worth trying to get it fixed so spent a bit more on a new All In One.
I first bought this printer because I wanted something simple and practical that I could use at home for basic office needs, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money on something that I would only use now and then. With these as my needs, this has been a good buy overall, although it does sometimes feel like a slightly cheaper printer.
It has multiple functions - it can scan, and print, and it can also make photocopies using the two previous parts together. This is a useful function, and can be really helpful and although obviously it's not that quick, it's a good way to copy one or two things. However, since you need to do a sheet at a time using the scanner, I would say that if you've got a lot to copy, you're better off going to a copy shop, as this is quite slow and I suppose it would be expensive to use a lot of ink doing this. However, it's handy if you need just one thing doing.
It's not too difficult to add new ink cartridges, and generally the printer is pretty practical and easy to use - the scanning in particular is very easy, although again quite slow. This is definitely more of a home and casual printer, rather than something for a serious user or a business. It's designed in quite a simple, unfussy box shape and this makes it quite a good choice if you've got limited space - it's not that much bigger than an A4 piece of paper, and can be stored in a small space like a shelf.
The negative thing about this product is that the quality doesn't always seem that great - the print mechanisms seem quite cheap and plasticky and it's often getting stuck when you're printing, which can be really irritating if you're relying on it to do something. It's pretty easy to fix, and there have never been any serious problems, but it's very annoying when it happens.
Overall, I think this is a pretty decent printer for basic functions, and because this is what I wanted, I'm happy with the product. However, I think you should be aware that it isn't the best out there, and if you've got a bit more of a budget to spend, it would be better to go for something else.
A while back my printer at work had to be replaced so my boss decided to get me a HP Deskjet F2280 Printer which also has scanner and photo-copier capability.
When I first saw the printer I was quite shocked at how big and bulky it was which I suppose it has to be quite big to have all those functions. I had never used a scanner before and thought it would be really difficult but once I had a go I found it really simple to do.
The printer connects to your computer using a USB cable and also a mains cable, when you buy the printer it comes with a disk that needs downloading onto your computer and then you're away.
The front of the printer has a paper feeder for putting the paper to print and on top of the printer is where you put your documents to scan and photo copy. Also on top it has a panel with all the buttons you need for scanning and photo-copying which I think are pretty self explanatory.
The printer takes two cartridges a black and a colour the black cartridge is a HP21 which comes in two different sizes a 5ml or a HP21xl is 12ml the 5ml is around £13.99 from Staples and the 12ml is around £21.99 again from staples, the colour cartridge is a HP22 which again comes in two different sizes a 5ml or 11ml which ranges from £16.49 and £24.99 again from Staples. As I use this where I work I tend to go for the XL sizes as they last longer.
To change the cartridges I find its a little drawn out and time consuming but simple to do, you just open the front panel click out the cartridge, click in the new one and close the panel, the printer will then print out an alignment sheet which you then need to scan to align the cartridges which when your in the middle of printing something could get quite annoying. Another downside I find with this printer is when the cartridge is low in ink it tends to jam when printing which can also get really annoying especially when you know there is still some ink left, but other than that I find the printer quick and easy to use and easy to understand.
Im sorry I cannot give you a price on the printer as like I say it was my boss that bought it.
I purchased this printer in late 2008, to use for my Uni work. It has several features which really benefitted me in both my work and when searching for a job.
I paid around £40 for this printer from Wilkos, it was on offer at the time but I'm not sure how much normal RRP is. I have read that this RRPs around £40 now.
The HP Deskjet F2280 is an all-in-one printer. It has a basic printer function, which hooks up to your computer and prints when plugged in through a USB cable.
Also, the printer can be used as a scanner. This function allows you to, again, hook the printer up to your computer and scan pictures or documents. Once they have scanned, they can be saved onto your computer. This is perfect if you need a copy of your passport for an application form or need to share a document with someone.
As well as this, the printer can be used as a photocopier. This allows you to scan and print a document straight out, rather than link it to the computer and print it out from there.
*What comes in the box*
When I purchased my printer, I received the actual printer itself, obviously. Also, there was a HP printer disk in the box, which must be installed in order to use the printer. As you would expect, the power cable is also included.
I was quite disappointed that the cable which is needed to use the printer did not come with it. You have to go out and purchase one. You need a double ended USB cable to link the printer to your computer, apparently you can purchase these in most computer stores quite cheap.
The printer comes with a black and colour, half filled cartridge. These lasted me around 6 months, which was pretty good considering I used the printer a lot. When they ran out, I researched buying a new cartridge and found I would have to pay around £15 for one! I then looked into having them refilled and found a company that would refill both, fully, for £15. I will review this company later if you want there details.
Overall, I think this is a great printer for any student, someone who works from home or even someone looking for a job. It comes in very handy with all different aspects of life and the all-in-one feature is great!The printer is quite bulky, but since it has all three features I don't mind this. Just make sure you have enough room to store it.
This the current printer that we have in our office. I use it primarily for printing off documents and CD covers, while the other household members use it for printing pictures and the occasional scan.
I did not buy this printer but a current fair retail price seems to be around the thirty pound mark. It measures about half a metre in length and perhaps the length of a standard sized large ruler in width. It is also a stocky fellow at around nine inches in depth, so you will need a fair bit of room to store the printer. We have it on a desk and it a bit of an eyesore! The paper tray represents about a half of the size of the entire front panel.
HP is a reliable make though and to date there have been few problems with this printer. It was very easy to install and you just connect it via the USB port on the back of the computer. The cable is long enough and there are no tangling problems.
It is ready to print straight away with literally three to five seconds of warming up. You simply click the print button and it bursts into action. The paper tray is easy enough to restock and there are no fiddly drawers to slide things into. The only thing I have noticed here is that it grabs paper quite quick sometimes and every now and then it will chew the end of a sheet, so you need to ensure that your paper is stacked flushly.
The ink cartridge is easy to replace and replacements are relatively inexpensive, usually lasting us several months before the printer warns you that you need to replace. It performs well on delivering a good depth of colour and a good tone of black too on standard letters. There have never been any smudging problems with printing and it dries very quickly too.
In terms of noise it does clunk a lot, so be prepared for a whirring sound as it prints. A standard sheet of black and white prints within seconds though, so speed here is good.
Onto the scanner, I have not used this, but other household members have. You lift up the flip-top tray and insert the document and scan by pressing the button on the printer's surface. I have seen the copies though and they come out crisp and with strong definition of colour.
This is a pretty good cheaper printer and is fine for home office use. A tad noisy and big and could be streamlined more, but overall a solid buy.
HP Deskjet F2280 - Value for money
I have recently purchased the HP F2280 and so far i have been very pleased. The setup is very simple, installing the ink and testing takes less than five minutes. Simply insert the Startup CD and follow a few quick instructions and you're on your way. The print speed for Word documents is very fast and the ink comes out dry with no blotches on the page. The printer also comes with flatbed scanner, a very useful tool for scanning important or very detailed documents. Don't expect your HP to print photos though as it will get through an ink cartridge quite quickly. This is to be expected however in the £50 price range and you should expect to pay over £100 for decent photo pro printer. I would highly recommend this product over others such as the Epson Styus TXseries which costs about £20 more than the HP and uses 4 cartridges instead of two. I have used HP products in the past and have always been pleased.
I bought this printer only recently and I was lucky enough to get this on sale in clas ohlson for just £18 but you have to buy the USB cable separately and I bought mine for £6. Ever since I bought this great HP DeskJet all in one printer about 2 weeks ago I have not stopped using it.
It has and does everything you could possibly ask for in a printer. When I first purchased this printer it came with both black and colour ink so I was well chuffed especially as I know that the colour inks can be a bit dear. I like the fact that the printer can multitask, print, scan and do photocopy.
The installation process took only about 15 minutes to install and the process was really quite straight forward along with the help of the easy to follow instructions that is provided. Absolutely love the look of this printer as it look very stylish and modern and the buttons are easy to use with no complicated functions to have to get used to.
The printer is of a fairly good size which is not to big considering it is an all in one printer and carries out so many tasks. I was certainly expecting a bigger printer when I first decided to buy it but I am very happy with the size as it does not take up too much space on my pc desktop.
The printer prints out pages very quickly and the same can be said about scanning and copying. Which is done within seconds and all the images comes out very nice, clear and sharp. The colour ink is great as it shows up beautifully with printing, scanning or copying anything. The inks are quite easy to install as all it takes is placing the inks in the space provided in the printer and one hard click down and you're ready to go.
The only disadvantage to this printer is that the colour ink can go quite quick as my ink has almost finished compared to the black ink. So my advice would be is to make sure you buy 2 colour inks and use the other ink as a back up when the other one finishes as the printer tends to get a bit greedy when it comes to the colour ink.
On this final note I would most defiantly recommend buying this all in one printer as it looks very nice, gets the job done in to time, great value for money, easy to install and set up, and prints lovely.
I purchased this Printer for my studies at university and have had it a year now, and it is perfect. The Price was amazing for a colour printer, scanner and photocopier. The quality of print is of a good quality, it also prints reasonably quickly.
I have found that the ink that comes with the printer lasts for a long time, and is easily installed into the printer just by a simple one click system. When it comes to replacing the ink, buying ink form HP can be quite expensive; however ink can be purchased through other website very cheaply.
The printer was simple to install using the HP software provided. The Installation took about 10 minutes. The Support received from HP is excellent and there are regular product updates for this product. The printer software also includes features such as ink levels and photo editing and scanning. This software makes it simple to use the print, scan and photocopy functions.
Overall this Product is a good buy as it is cheaply priced and provides and good overall quality print. A good Buy!