Yes, I really did buy two.. well my mum bought one then I bought one for me!! This is such a great printer and it scans too! It's super easy to use and it has all the features you need along the side!
The scanner is my favourite part of this machine as you can print directly from the printer in colour, or in black and white!
The software it comes with is also another great feature, and yet again is another reason why I love the scanner. Your able to increase the quality of your scans and you can create HUGE files, which is great when working with art! You can also set the format for photos only or word documents which is also great because it keeps the file size down and it's also able to pick out words super easy and it makes it really clear to read aswell! You can also put these into a pdf, jpeg or others of your choice! (i choose tiff alot of the time)
We have one set up in our study which stays there and mine stays in a cupboard and I get it out when I need to. It only takes a second to set it up and it doesn't take up too much space! A super printer and great at saving space!!
Like I said, we have 2 in the house! So it's clearly good!!
Like a few others no doubt I bought this printer because it was cheap and being a farmer I need to watch the pennies believe me! Well, initially it was fine and I thought at last I have made a GOOD CHOICE. That was until I ran out of ink. Then I bought some refill supplies from a local dealer from whom I had always bought inks and had complete satisfaction.
But not this time! The F2480 gave me all sorts of problems and just would not accept the ink refill cartridges. I took back the cartridges and complained and the supplier was most helpful and cleaned them up and told me to do the same with the printer. This I did and lo and behold the printer worked.
But not for long! Soon the same problem arose and in the end I was obliged to buy the HP genuine ink cartridges at horrific prices £17 for a black 300! Well, it works with these but I am far from happy because other printers I have had have all worked quite well with refills. So BEWARE of cheap . It could end up DEAR!
After my first year of university, it became apparent that being able to scan books was going to be of massive benefit to me, as my library operates a system where some crucial books are only allowed out on loan for a maximum of 5 hours. I didn't fancy paying university photocopying prices, and so opted to get myself an all-in-one printer.
The HP Deskjet F2480 comes with a software CD which, as far as I remember, was pretty painless in terms of installation. The most important piece of software that comes on the CD is the 'HP Solution Center', which allows for copying and scanning, as well as indicating ink levels and paper jams (they will happen) when you print. However, the CD will also install other things like 'HP Update', which is self-explanatory, and 'HP Photo Creations', which is a piece of software you are encouraged to download to create things like mousemats and photo collages, which you can then buy off the HP website.
As soon as you're finished with the CD, and have calibrated the printer (easily done via the scanner, with a step by step guide) you're ready to go. All that you have to do is ensure the USB cable is connected to your computer/laptop and off you go!
As I said, the 'HP Solution Center' is the most important bit of software downloaded onto your computer. Without this, you will not be able to scan (unless you have some other scanning software that may be compatible - I didn't, that's for sure). As soon as you launch the 'HP Solution Center' you have the option to choose scanning a document or a photo. The only difference I can see in the two options is that the photo option will save your scanned item in JPG format, while you can save your scanned item as a PDF via the document mode. The scanned items are also automatically saved to different locations: the photo option to Pictures --> My Scans, while the document option saves to Documents --> My Scans.
However, the important thing to consider here is scan quality. For those interested, the scanner has a 1200x2400 dpi scan resolution, but put simply, the scanning quality is fantastic! In my opinion, a scanned photo loses none of its colour or detail when scanned; in fact, the scanner picks up so much detail, I have often seen the specks of dust it picked up (don't judge me for not cleaning more often!) that were lying on the scanner's surface. The scanned quality of documents and books look just like the real thing - the font is crystal clear and vivid. However, I would warn that you have to really ensure that the spine of a book is pressed against the scanner's surface so not to loose the quality of words in the middle. The scanner struggles if the spine is far away from its surface, and although still somewhat readable, words do become blurry.
Essentially the fast way of printing out a scanned item, this is very easy to do on this printer thanks to the buttons on its left hand side. By the power button are three buttons that read 'Cancel', 'Black' and 'Colour'. Pressing 'Black' or 'Colour' will automatically scan and immediately print whatever is sitting in your scanner, in black & white, or colour, depending on which button you pressed. The only drawback to this is that you cannot preview the scanned image first by doing this, and so you'll have to live with the consequences of whatever your scanned document looked like. This can't even be avoided by making a copy via the 'HP Solution Center'.
As someone who prints something almost every day, this function is the most important to me. In fairness to the printer, printing speed is very good. It can get through a full document of writing in about 5 seconds, with a fast draft taking less. The printing quality is far superior to my previous printer, whose ink used to smudge on the page, and letters were sometimes unclear. No such fear with this printer. A feature I also like is that the printer prints from the last page to the first, so that when it's finished, your pages are all in order already.
In terms of printing photos, I tend not to use my printer for this purpose, as it eats ink. However, for the purposes of this review, I have printed out a photo and it appears to be fair quality, with much of the detail retained. I would therefore say that it's okay for casual use, but I would not recommend the printer for the sole purpose of printing out photo quality prints, as I'm sure there are printers out there far more suited to the job.
There are only a few issues I've had. Firstly, was the alignment of the paper. In the tray, if paper is not pushed right up against the right side, the document's alignment is not straight, and you'll have a very odd looking document. The only other problem I've had has been the occasional paper jam. It usually happens if I'm doing a double sided fast draft (warning: the printer becomes semi-violent in fast draft mode), and maybe haven't aligned the paper quite right. However, it's easily sorted with a gentle tug of the paper, and hasn't happened often enough for me to be concerned.
Changing the inks of the printer is very easy, and again, there is a step by step guide of what to do from the 'HP Solution Center' when your inks do get low. The inks range in price and printing capabilities:
HP 300 black: £4.55 (+£4 shipping) - 200 pages
HP 300 colour: £5.30 (+£4 shipping) - 150 pages
HP 300XL black: £12.45 (+£4 shipping) - 600 pages
HP 300XL colour: at £15 (+£4 shipping) - 420 pages
(Prices from Amazon.co.uk)
Although more expensive, these days I opt for the XL inks in the hope that they last longer than the normal ones. I can't actually verify whether I can print out the amount claimed, as I haven't been counting, but I can always hope...
Measuring 48cm x 29cm x 12cm, this printer sits nicely on the shelf next to my desk, without taking up too much room. In my opinion, it's a great printer that fulfils all my university printing needs. It is extremely easy to use, and has not let me down yet (it might change its mind when it comes to printing my dissertation!).
I'm surprised that the printer seems quite difficult now to get hold of (despite the fact that I've only had mine since last year) but the cheapest I can find it sold is at £41 (heathfields.co.uk). I can only guess that it has been replaced by a newer model. However, if you can get your hands on one, I would recommend it!
I've had this printer for almost two years now, and I am fairly happy with it. It hasn't broken and for what I use it for, I've only needed to replace the ink twice in this time.
As an history of art student, I would say I use a printer more than the average student, printing out journals and copy's of pictures etc. The quality has always been decent, not brilliant though. I tend to have problems when the deskjet on the occasion runs out of a specific colour of ink, then my photos pictures and text come out streaky, and for all the software you install, you think they'd come up with some sort of warning for this, but alas no, you check you ink levels they are fine bar one colour like cyan or something ridiculous.
The Photocopier has always been decent though, I use it to photocopy sketches mainly and it has always given me a quality result, as has the scanner, even when I has used fairly heavy clunky items to scan.
The whole design of the printer is a little bulky, but it sits happily on my desk at uni in the corner and doesn't really cause much of an issue as I can sort things on top, only problematic when I decide to photocopy or scan anything.
I believe you can get this computer fairly cheap now, I'm sure I've seen it in Tesco for around £30, just be aware the ink is about half that price.
If your thinking of buying this laptop, just be aware, you get what you pay for. Its not top quality, but it isn't half bad, so don't complain if its not printing the miracle quality photos you want, its not as if you paid a fortune.
As a student, this printer appealed to me for one reason, and one reason only: it was cheap.
But, I have come to learn recently, cheap is not always good, and this is a prime example of that.
Things started well, with me being pleased to see there were ink cartridges included.
This happiness did not last, as the "half full" ink cartridges ran out after printing 3 sets of lecture notes, forcing me to buy more a new cartridge after 3 weeks.
During the 3 weeks, the printer was quite temperamental, with MANY paper jams, that stained the paper rendering it unusable again (frugal, I know, but hey, I bought a cheap printer for a reason!). Sometimes it would not take a print job at all, and you would have to turn it off and on at the wall.
Once I had used the included ink cartridges up, I scoured Amazon for some cheap, unofficial cartridges (risky I know, but cheap is the name of the game here, with official XL cartridges costing over £70rrp (sometime just over £40 on Amazon)). I found a set for £25, and they worked fine... for about a week.
Then I don't know what happened, but the cartridges just registered as empty (they were not - I could see the ink levels through the little window), and the printer would not print.
Admittedly this could have been the poor quality of the unofficial cartridges, but at this point I lost patience and so got onto Amazon and ordered myself a Lexmark wireless all in one for about £10 more than I paid for this. I got 3 sets of cartridges for £15, and it has not failed me yet.
I recommend avoiding this printer: it is cheap, yes, but for good reason
Having spent a small fortune on printing in university, and developing a habit of typing out all my notes I decided it was time to buy myself a printer. Not a lot of thought went into this printer - I walked into Staples and chose one that would print and photocopy, and not break the bank. I ended up with my HP Deskjet F2480, costing me around £30 if I remember correctly. I did have to buy a cable that would connect it to my PC, which surprised me, but instead of buying it from Staples I bought it from Asda, costing me £4, a third of the price Staples was charging. It was a bit of an annoyance having to buy the cable rather than it being included, but at least I was warned. On the bright side, the starter ink that was included lasted me for a good few months even with a fair amount of printing - meaning I didn't have to buy any ink for a while, even though I'd been told there was barely any ink in the printer.
The printer itself is fairly weighty, but I can manage to carry it without too many problems. It is simple to look at, black and rectangular with curved edges. The paper tray folds away nicely, and the paper enters and exits from the bottom of the printer. There are just four buttons on the printer - power, Black, Colour and Cancel. The later three are used when photocopying (which is located in the top of the printer). It's simple to plug in - there's a purple spot for the power cable, and the only other gap is for the connection to the printer, so even someone like me couldn't muddle it up. When turning the printer off, make sure you do it by the power button and then the plug, otherwise when trying to turn it back on the power button is faint and flashing, and it all needs to be turned off and back on again to kick the printer into life again.
To use the printer, it must be loaded onto your computer using the disc provided. As I found out, it can be used without the disc to print and photocopy, as I had major issues getting the disc to install. All my housemates had no issues installing it, and since getting my new computer (incidentally a HP), I have managed to install it, so it must not have liked my Toshiba. With the disc installed, if the printer is on and plugged into the computer, a window pops up with options for the printer, such as running checks, ink levels, links to ordering ink online. I tend to ignore this, and the ink levels as it's no use to me - and my ink levels have been 'low' for several weeks, but my printing is still very good quality so it's no real use. The ink is quite expensive; all are above £20, although the colour comes all in one pot. The nice thing is is that the ink is easy to load, just push and click - no danger of spilling ink all over yourself either! I tend to buy the XL ink - it's a little more costly but has much better performance and lasts much longer, so in the long run it will work out cheaper than the usual ink (I hope!).
Working the printer is nice and simple, just plug it in and press print. Photocopying involves just pressing whether you want it in colour or black and it's done. I can't comment on the scanning as I have never done it and have absolutely no idea how to go about it - and there doesn't appear to be any hints. My friend has used the scanner, and she reports it was relatively easy, but she can't remember any details! When printing or scanning, it is done quite quickly, which I find handy as sometimes I am guilty of the last minute printing session! The only thing you do have to watch out for when printing is that if you put too much paper in the tray, or push it that little bit too far in, the printer decides to eat the paper, and mangles the tops quite severely.
Overall, I think that this printer is alright. There are some little problems with it, but once you get the hang of how to get around them, it's not too much of a problem. The ink is a bit on the expensive side, so it may be worth investigating the cost of ink of a printer before you buy the printer. However, in the long run, as long as it prints when I want it to, there won't be too many large complaints from me!
I have had this printer for a while now and it's been great. It's not just a printer but can also photocopy and be used to scan stuff into your computer. It comes in a big box with the power supply cord, setup instructions, a driver CD, one colour and one black and white cartridge as a starter. The replacements aren't cheap though and this is what I don't like about the printer. I have yet to find a cheap unofficial alternative either and due to this, would recommend Epson.
The printer is quite easy to setup, you just need to install the CD on your computer - PC or Mac. It prints pretty quickly - a standard black and white sheet will be done in about 10 seconds and a colour one in a little longer depending how much is on the page. Compared to most rival units, I think this one is pretty speedy!
The scanner is good too and it scans relatively quickly, along with the photocopying. The one problem I found with this is that no matter what, it always tends to cut off the very edge of the document (say it's A4 size). If you are trying to photocopy an A4 form or legal document for example, it may miss out the edges cutting out titles or small print and at first you may not notice. There are indications of where to place the paper but it always seems to do this!
The printer is pretty green too, optimised for efficient energy use being ENERGY STAR qualified. This also means it's very economical and will save you money to run it! Unfortunately these savings will more than be made up for with the price of a new cartridge. The quality of this printer is actually really impressive. It can print photos, and if you choose a top quality on your computer, it will come out in stunning quality.
The standard HP black cartridge for this printer (CC640EE) will do about 200 pages before dying and the colour one (CC643EE) will do about 140 colour pages before running out. I have read there are actually extra large cartridges too, which pretty much triple these values but I have yet to find some to buy offline. I use this with a Mac, but with a Microsoft computer, you can use HP Smart Web Printing, which seems really great as you can take stuff from web pages such as text or images and drag it to the printer to be printed immediately.
The unit is really easy to use. There is a nice big power button that lights up green as well as cancel, black and colour buttons for cancelling a job and photocopying. There is also a warning to tell you that there is low ink quantity. The unit is really small overall being 43.8cm long and 29.1cm deep. It's small size means it can fit really well on a desk or even a shelf depending on what your study is like. You load the paper into the tray at the front and it is taken up and curves round to be placed on a slightly higher level above the unused paper! I found this quite confusing at first but it just adds to the compact design.
Overall, I would say this is a good printer but not the best. It has advantages of being small and compact, looking good, printing quickly and printing quality stuff, but it also bad in the way the photocopy or scanner cuts out edges of documents, and the cartridges are rip off to replace. You can get one for about £40 online such as from Amazon.co.uk, which isn't too bad so perhaps it's worth considering!
Thanks for reading!
I found this printer looking for something simple to print off documents, so I wasn't expecting much from the cheapest printer in the shop. However the deskjet F2480 was pleasantly surprising. I felt that the quick start set up was explained simply and intuitively just using a page of diagrams, and the alignment and installing the ink cartridge was shown quite well. However, diagrams might not be to everyone's taste, and if something goes wrong you might be pouring through a large instruction manual.
I was also pleased to find out that it uses one of the cheaper kinds of ink cartridge, as you will find this is the main expense in getting your own printer. and a little card is included with the kind of ink it takes, which you can bring to the shop to remind you (dot300, whatever that means). You can also use the copier without the need of a computer. Although most printer/copiers can now do this, it's still an excellent feature.
The only thing that I have found slightly annoying is the software it installs on your computer, which seems to be overly excessive, and the troubleshooting program always seems to require the latest version of flash before it will tell you what the problem is, which can be very frustrating with an essay deadline looming! But overall I have found it to be very efficient, and I have found that the copier and scanner work well.
The HP Deskjet F2480 All-in-one printer is a colour printer, scanner and copier. A pretty low to mid range desktop printer, it's current RRP (Summer 2010) is £40 - one of the cheapest all-in-one printers.
We were in the market for a new printer but weren't looking seriously for anything. But when I saw that this HP deskjet was on offer at Comet I got down there to see if it was worth it. Discontinued at only £25 we snapped it up. Since we were so gobsmacked by the seemingly great price, we didn't even think about the length and width of the printer relative to our quite complicated computer table. So when put on the desk, it was to big to fit where the old printer sloted in quite neatly. Luckily the innovative idea on this printer is that unlike most printers where you slot paper at the top, the F2480 has the paper feed just under where the pages come out. Very handy.
This is more handy than you may initially think. The printer is quite large and blocky - not the most beautiful thing ever made and if you're looking for something you can continually move, steer clear of this. If you can't stand anything that looks overly-plastic and a tad cheap, than you probably won't want this either. So whose left? People who just want to print, scan and copy. This machine does it very well, with fast and reliable printing speeds, average scanning and copying speed. Prints come out rather well too, with the ink (HP 300) being reasonably priced. Simple to use with only a few buttons, you get used to it quite fast.
When my good old HP printer died a few months ago, I needed a new one quickly so I bought this not too expensive HP Deskjet F2480 Printer through an online webshop. I have been using it quite a lot since I bought it so I hope you enjoy my review!
Brand: HP (Hewlett-Packard)
Connection: USB (no USB cable is included!)
All in one: Printer, Scanner, copier
Retail Price: 34 Pounds
Guarantees: 90 days guarantee on the software and standard one year guarantee on hardware
**How does this printer work?**
This printer works really simple. Once connected you can install all the software that comes with the printer on your computer (a installation cd is added), just follow the steps on the cdroms' manual and within 10 minutes your printer software is installed.
**Making copies/scan documents**
You can make black/white or colored copies with this printer. Lift the black lid and place the document you want to copy under the lid, then close the lid. Press the green button on the left of the printer and the printer starts to "read"the document and makes a copy which will appear on your computer screen first. If you think the copy is good enough, you can press print and the printer will start doing what it should do, which is making a quick copy.
**Printing from your computer**
If you want to print documents from your computer, just press "print" in your for example Word Office browser and you can select whether you want you print to be in color or in black/white and if you want it to be printed low/medium/high quality. It only takes the printer about a minute (or maximum of two minutes when you print color and highest quality) to give you a nice looking print. The printer does make some noise while it prints, but not that much.
This printer can print your photos in color and on photopaper. The quality of your pictures once printed, is really high. Unfortunately I noticed that one of the printed photos of my daughter, became vague after a week! The inkt could easily be whiped from the photo paper and I was a bit dissapointed when I noticed this. Overall, normal colored prints on normal paper are of a good quality, so that's fine.
A nice and not too expensive printer which has enough functions for me. It copies documents quickly, does the same with scanning and printing regular documents works fine as well. My paper never gets stuck and the printer buttons are located on top of the printer, next to the lid, and easy to use. Overall, een nice printer, but a bit of a let down when it comes to printing photos on photopaper.
The cartridges used are about 10 Pounds each (I bought original HP ones) and when you print color, the printer isn't that economical and your inktlevel will get low pretty Quick.
I was in need of a new printer. My old one was no longer working and the ink for it was becoming harder and harder to find. So we opted to get a new printer. There were some great sales the day after thanksgiving so my husband braved the masses of shoppers to try and get a few things that I would want.
When we got the printer home and opened the box the printer did not want to come out of the box. I turned it upside down on my bed and let it plop out that way. It was in the box so tight I could not get my fingers in the box to grab a hold of it.
Once it was out and I went to assemble it and connect it to my laptop is when I came across the first problem. There was no usb cord. Now what kind of printer comes with out the cord to connect it to the computer. So I looked and thank goodness I had a cord like that from some other device I was not using. So I hooked it up and got it ready to print my first picture.
Well before printing for me for the first time I had to do the print test and really I was kind of put off by this. I mean dang they do that at the factory why should I have to do it at home to. Just a waste of paper and ink but what ever I did the test. Then I was ready to print.
The install was pretty easy once I found the cord there was a disk that came with the printer giving all drivers and what ever may be needed. I simply put it in my cd drive and viola it was doing it all by its self. Before I knew it I was ready to print and see if this printer lived up to what it says on the box.
I wanted to copy a picture that we had taken while in Vegas as its going to be a Christmas present for several family members. So I got the pic ready and put in my first piece of photo paper and started to make a copy.
The printer was very fast and before I knew the picture had been printed. I was pleased with the speed of the print. The picture quality was something else however.
After it was done printing and drying as I didnt want to smudge the picture I realized that the color was kind of off. Our faces are slightly red and have a sunburned quality about them. My husbands shirt in the picture is gray however in the copy I printed its a rather nice gray, green and light purple swirls. The picture is a nice copy but not nearly as good as the original.
The printer does work great for black or text printing and for black and white. I would not recommend this printer if you only plan to print pictures with it. My husband got it mainly because he prints coupons from online and I wanted one that I could print pictures on. Guess he will be happy and I will keep looking.
I bought this printer as a replacement fro my Epson and all I really wanted was a cheap inkjet printer to get me through a week of reports. I only intended on using it until the ink ran out as it was so cheap I did not intend to use it as a full time printer.
That was 6 months ago and I am still using the printer having printed thousands andf thousands of pages.
The printer is a nice size, and sits comfortably on the deck. The trays fold away neatly when not in use and the paper slots in without bother.
The paper feed is smooth and fast and generally all pages come out straight with no wonky prints.
The print quality is very good, even when printing photos there is a vast array of colour on the page and not too much fuzzing of the lines. For a text printer is is very good as the black is a deep tone and the ink prints and dries quickly.
The ink usage is good too, and using the solution centre software that comes with the printer, I am able to optimize the settings to get the best ink performance. The on screen display shows me how much of each type of ink that i have left so running out mide print has never been an issue.
The software is also handy when it comes to using the printers other features as it has en editing tool and a quick start display.
The scanner is quick and quiet, and the lid is cushioned and heavy enough to copy documents without letting much light in, creating dark patches on the scan. The scans come out quite crisp and sharp and the colours are reproduced very well.
The photocopier also gives you the option to copy in black and white or colour, and this too is very quick, giving good quality copies when they ar needed.
In cartridges are not overly expensive and I have managed to find an online supplier who sells them for under £10. The ink lasts a good few hundred black text pages, and if you economise, you can get good value out of your ink.
This is not the greatest ptinter out there, but for £35, you really can't go wrong. Easy to install and setup, good user interface and good print quality.
I would recommend it to anyone looking for an inexpensive printer scanner.