Product Type: Hewlett-Packard All in one Printer
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HP Deskjet F2280 All-in-One
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HP Deskjet F2280 All-in-One
Date: 24/10/11, updated on 24/10/11 (60 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to install, simple and effective
Disadvantages: Tricky to change / install ink
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
Summary: Very good buy overall and would recommend it to anyone who needs a printer often