Product Type: Hewlett-Packard All in one Printer
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HP Deskjet F2480 All-in-One
Member Name: BitterFusion
HP Deskjet F2480 All-in-One
Advantages: Easy to use, great quality
Disadvantages: Inks can be expensive
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!
Summary: Great printer