Now, after a bit more experience in reviewing products, I re-read this review and could see where it was lacking. So I have now improved on the information in it.
Please re-read and perhaps re-rate, thanks.
We haven't had any problems with this All-in-One Deskjet printer, copier, and scanner, which is compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems.
Since buying it we have seen quite a number of negative reviews, saying it jams and is unreliable, yet we haven't had any of these problems.
We also saw warnings about using generic ink cartridges in it (apparently there were some which exploded inside the machine which sounded like a nice mess) so we stuck to the HP cartridges. This of course has been a bit expensive and is one of the only negative thing in our opinion about the product, the other one being that it doesn't have a fax. I
The print, scan, and copy quality is really good, and it is reasonably quick (26 prints per minute apparently). With color print resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 dpi when it is printing on HP photo papers, it does great colour printing. It also does excellent black and white prints, and it prints photos really well too.
It also has a scan resolution of up to 1200 x 2400 dpi, and its copy function is able to reduce/enlarge in the range of from 25 to 200 percent.
It has an adjustable and versatile paper tray which is able to handle a wide range of paper and other material to print on. This includes plain, inkjet, and photo paper, as well as envelopes and labels in various sizes. It can also take transparencies, cards, and even iron-on transfers.
There is also the HP Photosmart software facility for editing and playing around with images on computer.
It is pretty stylish looking and, considering it is an all singing all dancing model, also quite compact. Although, what with the lack of a fax it isn't really all singing all dancing.
I think it copes well with the casual use we give it and I think it would be a rather expensive printer for heavier use, considering the cartridges are replacement inkjet tanks and rather expensive.
Otherwise it is a good quality reliable product.
I bought this printer 3 years ago for a bargain price of £20.
Now you may be thinking £20 is relatively cheap for an all-in-one printer... so is it even any good? I bet the printers sold cheap and the inks are pricy... well let's see.
I was in the need of a new printer, and I was on the lookout for 3 things.
* I wanted it to be a HP printer
* I didn't want it to cost too much... and finally
* I wanted it to be an all-in-one
All the printers I have owned have been HP. I find it to be a brand I trust when it comes to printers. I tend to prefer HP over the others as I know their inks are better priced and generally I find them to be good quality machines... so I didn't bother looking at any others. I was dead-set on purchasing a HP printer.
As I said, I bought this for £20 which I thought was a great price and couldn't complain. I've really got my money's worth over the years. There was a phase where it was on offer in many shops from Tesco, Currys and Ryman's. You could probably find it again at that price if you have a look online and on sites such as Ebay etc.
Now that's the cost of the machine... what about the inks??
I've noticed many times people have bought a printer and later complained about how costly the inks are or they thought the printer was such a bargain that they didn't consider the added ink costs.
This machine takes the HP 300 ink cartridges. Which is a two-cartridge machine.. one cartridge for black and the other for colour. I find the cartridge system much better than printers where you have to buy 4 colours separately. Now I am pretty happy with the cost of my ink in comparison to other rivals such as Epson and Lexmark. The HP 300 black cartridge can be bought for £8-£10 and the colour can go up to £15. I have to say I hardly use the colour cartridge and will probably only buy it twice throughout the year. Also if you buy online you can get them cheaper. Amazon has currently got good prices on the ink where the colour is also £10.
The cartridges say they do 200 pages before it runs out. Now I can't say I have ever sat and counted whether this is accurate but I do feel I have got a good amount of pages printed from it. The amount of things I have printed out with this printer, I did feel the cartridges lasted an appropriate set of time. You can also buy XL cartridges that hold even more ink if you do a lot more printing.
I really wanted my printer to be an all-in-one as having a photocopier and scanner as well as printing is quite a handy feature. This printer does all that and I must say it does it all well.
The photocopier is easily used. You do not even need to plug in the usb to use it. Just place the document you wish to scan on the lifted up screen and there is a button to say whether you want it photocopied in black or colour. Press the one you want and it's done, easily and quickly!
The scanner is the same, once you have placed what you want to scan there is a button on the machine to press and the HP software will load up on the screen showing you the document as it is scanned, there is also software enabled to allow you to edit the picture/document if needed. Or if it is a basic scan it will scan straight to your scanned documents folder. The process is fairly straight forward and will not take long to get the hang of. The usb lead would need to be plugged in to be able to scan to your computer.
And finally the prints, I find documents and pictures to print out well with the machine. You can change the settings if you want it to be a fast/economical print, photo print or high quality print.
The machine is not too loud and will print out fairly quickly and of great quality.
The paper is held at the bottom of the machine and is fed in easily. If there are any paper jams there is a handle just above the paper that you can open to get any paper out. I have only ever had to remove a paper jam once in three years and can say the machine feeds in paper well without it getting stuck. The ink cartridges are also easy to replace as there is a side flap on the printer that opens with a stickered diagram inside showing you how to replace the cartridges, but it is easily gathered when the flap is opened.
And that is the printer!
It's a basic printer but one that is easy for users to navigate and use. It does not have a screen on the side of the machine like many newer models but the buttons on the side include all the features you would need. From scan, photocopy, cancel prints, resume and paper settings. What I like is that there is also a feature showing you how much ink is left in the black and colour cartridge. So it warns you when you are running low and you do not need to be connected to the computer for it to tell you.
The printer is easily installed and comes with a start up cd including the HP Software, though once you plug in the usb it automatically downloads. The HP Software is easy to use and good if you want to make any minor adjustments to documents and pictures.
If you are wanting to purchase the machine, keep in mind that it does not come with a usb lead and also is only provided with starter ink cartridges (but this is the same for all machines these days).
I give the printer 5 stars as it does everything I need it to and is easy to use. I can't fault it as although it may not have all the features newer and more expensive models include e.g. wi-fi - it works well and is a reliable machine.
The machine is also quite light and so can be easily lifted to move about. It can also save space by allowing the paper flap to fold away when not in need.
Overall, a great buy at a bargain price!
Thanks for reading.
(this review can also be found on ciao)
I have had this printer for a while now and it is the best printer I have ever owned. This printer wasn't particularly expensive for an all-in-one.
This printer has an inbuilt scanner which is excellent. All you have to do is press the scan button on the printer and it scans your item straight away. The printer scans very quickly and your scanned item appears on your computer within seconds. It is particularly useful for scanning your driving licence if a copy needs to be sent off.
The printer prints off your work very quickly and to a very high standard. However, you need to be sure that you have placed the paper in exactly the right position or the paper can get jammed. The only way to get out jammed paper is to open the printer up and try your best to pull it out, which can be quite difficult.
The ink is fairly cheap for this printer and it does last a while. It is very easy to change the ink. All that you need to do is open the door to the right side of the printer and pull out the ink cartridge. Then all you do is pop the cartridge in the space until it clicks.
Overall, I would recommend this printer because it prints to a high standard and it is fairly quick.
All-in-one Printers are ideal for those with limited desk space, and offer great value for money compared to buying an individual printer, copier and scanner. The HP Deskjet F4280 is an entry level unit, fitting the bill perfectly for my needs. Although I have had a few problems I think on balance such a machine is better than three seperate machines.
There are three uses for the HP F4280, a printer, a copier, and a scanner. The first feature to mention is the printer. This printer can print 26 pages per minute in black/white and 20 ppm in colour. As the whole unit is priced at around £40 I think this is a very reasonable printing rate. I have had printers in the past that take forever to print sheets, but the HP F4280 copes easily with large numbers of pages. Replacement cartridges can be bought for under £20 for the colour and slightly less for mono. Initial installation is also simple. All I had to do was install software on my Laptop in order for it to recognise the F4280, then each time I plug it in the laptop will instantly recognise the USB connection of the F4280. The pages are printed in high quality, vibrant colours and the overall finish is impressive. Although printing is fast it is also fairly quiet also. The paper tray holds up to 80 sheets of paper, but I never fill it as I don't print that many sheets at one time.
The copier of the HP F4280 also gets a fair bit of use, with the same colour and black/white copying figures as the printing ones from above. The copier is very simple to operate by placing the item you wish to be copied under the flap at the top of the unit. Then you just press the 'Copy' button on the right side of the top of the F4280 and you can print upto 10 copies at a time. The scanner is the final feature of the F4280 and again it has a simple operation to it. The scanner works the same as the copier, apart from instead of printing a copy out, it simply transfers it to your laptop or PC.
Overall the operation is very straightforward and if you get stuck on something there is a helpful and informative instruction manual included in the package. For around £40 I am struggling to find bad points. The scanner has posed a few issues, with it asking me to replace the ink cartridge before use, although this must be an error as I could still print afterwards. I would recommend the HP F4280 to anyone looking for a good all round performer for use in the home, if you have a heavy workload for such a product then I suggest you look elsewhere.
The Hewlett- Packard Deskjet F4280 All-in-one printer, is a scanner and a photocopier as well as a printer. I got mine before Christmas from Curry's for £69.99. It is white and nice and compact. The dimensions are 17'' in length, 11'' depth and 6 1/2 '' high. The size of it is smaller than some printers and considering all that this printer does, it is a very 'space saving' piece of equipment. The style of it is modern and sleek but still simple, with a lay out that is easy to use.
The printer comes complete with installation disk and easy to use instruction book. For some one who is not so technicologically minded (like me !) this simple step by step sequence is a must have. All thats needed is to choose the port that the printer will run through and follow the on screen instructions.
Once set up the printer is very straight forward, it has a push button on/off button and documents are sent very quickly. The printing speed is also very quick, and was very impressed by how efficient it was. The printing quality is high, even with photo paper, and has a very professional finish. The paper tray is easy to load and holds a decent amount of paper for it's size. It can be pulled out quite a way and pushed in and flipped up for storage when not in use. I have as yet never had any paper jams or chewed up documents. The printer has an ink guage on the top and displays just how much black and colour ink still available, so you always know when your going to be running on empty. Having said this, the ink seems to last an awful long time, well after the warning 'empty cartridge' light comes on. The cartridges are between £14 - £16 for black and £16 - £18 for colour at Wilkinsons and Tesco. They are easy and quick to change.
The photocopier is also very quick and simple. It works by lifting up the hinged top of the printer to place the originals and then it's just a case of choosing how many copies and it what format. There are two buttons to choose from, one for colour copies, one black and white. After pressing them the digital display shows '1' and the copier starts immediately. If 2 copies are needed it is pressed twice and so on. This is okay for daily home use but would be no good for someone who needed to copy in bulk. For a hundred prints you'd be stood there pressing the button all day!! This could be seen as a disadvantage for some, but personally for the amount of copies i need, the simplicity is a bonus.
The scanner works on pretty much the same principle. It is again very simple to use and have not yet had any problems with scanning items onto my computer. I have been surprised by how useful i have found this feature as when i bought this i couldn't see myself finding a use for a scanner but it is a handy way of forwarding paper documents and photos to others via email. There is also a resize option (again just a simple clearly labelled button) on the printer which can be handy for larger pictures.
Now on to my grumbles and there aren't that many. The first thing is that its not wi-fi, there for it has to be placed next to the computer it is set up for. This is not too much of a problem if you own a PC as it is small enough to fit snuggley in a computer desk without taking up too much space. However this is a bit more of a pain with a lap top and dictates which room you have to do your printing in. A real nuisance if, like me, your used to the laziness of not having to move rooms with wi-fi. My other grumble is that although the cartridges last ages, when they need changing only official HP ink seems to work. With many printers, a cheaper Wilko's or Tesco version is available for half the price but i've yet to find one for the F4280. Perhaps this is just me being miserly!
Overall, i would recommend this printer for high quality household use, particurlarly for those who prefer more simplistic technology. Due to the nature of the photocopier, i would not recommend it for a larger office or business but for general day to day this would be hard to beat.
Also on Ciao under the user name of Supersweep.
I have always been fond of HP having owned both laptops and printer previously of their brand. I have never had problems with this printer which is still going after three years. It was purchased for 150 euro at the time.
It is an all in one printer so it can print, scan and photocopy. The quality of the scan can be a bit fuzzy at times but the photocopying is perfect every time I have used it. It scans fast too and I only replace the ink every three months. The cartridges can be expensive in shops for about 40 euro in some places but I have found online they are only 25 and you can usually find good deals on this like three for the price of two so well worth stocking up!
The printer itself is grey and white and after a while can get dusty and mine is slightly yellow but still looks good. It has a small LCD screen of about 2inches where you can view the progress of printing, scanning, photocopying or go through the settings. There are multiple card reader to read every card from any camera and the pictures also show on the small screen so you do not necessarily need a computer if your just looking to print precious pictures.
What I like about this is that there is a separate piece that you can insert glossy photo paper in and then fit it into the printer and when you print your pictures they come out as if they had been processed into a photographers! The quality of pictures printed were excellent. There is glossy photo paper included in the box but it will only print a few pictures. You would need to buy extra. There are a lot of settings on this such as copy in black and white, cancel printing, scan etc which is a really quick way of using the features instead of using the computer to navigate what you want.
It prints very fast and is not as noisy as other printers I have used. If the door was closed you wouldn't notice. There are installation CDs for both Mac and PC in the box which you will need to run in your computer to use. I lost my cd and after buying a new laptop I could not get it to print. It wouldn't even recognise it when I plugged it in which really annoyed me as I still cannot print with that laptop. However I have gotten a desktop with windows 7 since (laptop had vista) and it was able to install the printer without the cd.
The HP Deskjet F4280 is an all in one Printer, Scanner and Copier combined. Heres what I think of this wonderful product
The printer on the F4280 is of good quality, when you buy the product you get an install disc in with the packaging which you must put on to your PC before use so the system can recognise the product when you want to use it. There is a quantity management catagory in the F4280 so you can choose how many items you want printing and if you wish to print them in black and white or in colour. The printer has the option HP smart web printing which means you can print straight from the web using no wires.
The photocopier on the F4280 is also of good quality. Heres how it works: you place your item which needs to be copied on the openable flap on the top of the printer and press the button COPY on the far right then wait for your copy to be printed and you can send it to your PC or just transfer it through the wire. I have used the copier on the F4280 before and it worked wonders, it can make up to 10 copies at a time, in colour or in black and white.
The Scanner on the F4280 is also of excellent quality, it scans the picture which you place in the scan department of the F4280 and puts it on your computer the same as the copier. Although with the scanner of my printer some reason the scanner won't work and keeps flahsing saying I need ink when I have just bought a new ink carteridge. If it's a desing fault which the HP people have told me is the case I feel it is a bit of a letdown although the rest of the printer is ok. The scanner wokred when I forst purchased it and now it does not.
**Price and Recommendation**
The price of the F4280 is a reasonable price for something of this quality, despite the desing fault in the scanner. Amazon sell this one for £49.90 which I feel is a good price and Amazon is where I bought my one and the delivery was fast and accurate and I will definitley recommend this to anyone looking for any of these three things as they all come in one small yet effective package from HP who have yet not failed to impress me on one of their smart effieient idea.
Overall I feel this is a good thing to have when you are in need of cheering up as it always makes me smile at the speed of printing ans the connection speed it has with my computer. I feel that HP have really started something new with this product and hopefully one day will prgress onto making successful scanners which will make this all in one printer an overall success. I will award this product 4 dooyoo stars on account of me having it and loving it dearoly and to clearly pass on my message to the world about this wonderful little ICT beauty.
Thanks for reading and rating me, I really appreciate it.
xx Pinky xx
So the Hewlett Packard F4280 is first and foremost an entry level all-in-one printer and scanner. What it does, it does well but is primarily for a home with not much demand from their peripherals.
Cost wise it's relatively cheap. You can pick one up for around £65 although the ink cartridges can set you back about £20 for the colour ones. The printer only requires two ink tanks though, black and colour. With regard to the printing though, I can have no complaints with the images always being delivered in crisp, sharpe edged colours. Priniting is relatively quick and quiet too.
The paper tray holds a maximum of 80 sheets of paper and an on screen graphic will keep you informed of ink levels. It does lack the LCD display of most of the current models, although that is more for convenience than necessity.
The scanner can be a little slow and in the past I have experienced problems with the software when trying to save images that I have scanned in black and white. The problem is infrequent with no seeming solution.
I've had this piece of equipment for around 18 months now and it performs admirably in the role of home printer. If you are looking for something which will support an intensive printing regime, I suggest looking for an alternative as the savings you make on the cost of the printer will be outweighed by the cost of replacement ink.
I got this printer really cheaply in the sales and it is great for university. It does seem to use ink quite quickly compared to other printers I have had which is a major disadvantage, however the printing it is capable of is quick and high quality which makes up for it somewhat.
The printer looks nice being white, and doesn't get that dirty. It is not too bulky considering that it is a printer scanner and copier all in one, and can easily be placed underneath desks to keep it out of the way.
The printer is capable of scanning and copying which is very useful and easy to do. To copy you just place a sheet under the copier and press either black or colour and then the piece starts to copy, it is so simple and quick to do which is great if you're in a hurry. Scanning is again easy, as is altering photos, such as cropping and resizing etc.
As the name says, this printer really has it all in one. I'm currently studying a degree at uni and a printer is essentially a must! I needed a printer that not only printed, but was able to scan and make copies of information i collected etc.
The first thing to point out is it's simple panel layout. Many printers often have way too many and overly complicated functions and the top can often look more like the dash board of a cockpit rather than a home printer. By this I mean this printer is extremely user friendly, there are not too many buttons on the top and each one is clearly labelled. I took 5 minutes to scan through the instructions and more or less was able to use it and all its functions no problem.
The printer itself doesn't have the snazziest design. However for me, it's more on the performance than it looking nice on my desk, and for the price (about £30) online, I really can't criticise it on not looking too elegant.
My printer came with the usual, installation CDs, instructions and a black and colour ink cartridge. It does not come with a usb cable to connect to your pc so that would need to be an additional purchase.
The printer itself is very fast at printing colour and especially black documents. With 26 ppm for black and 20ppm for colour, its a beast. The print quality I can't fault, however I do use the genuine HP ink refills.
If I were to fault it, it would be on more on the aspect of running it. The ink cartridges are quite expensive, (about £15) for a small black or colour ranging up to £25 for a large black and £28 for large colour. The ink usage it quite efficient but as I do tend to print alot, I find myself constantly paying quite a lot for the ink.
I got this printer just before going to university, although it was an all in one, it was cheaper than many normal printers. It cost about £36 from PC world, but this was a special offer. Its RRP is about £75, but you can find it much cheaper than this, online and in some stores. HP have released a newer model, the F4580, but this costs about £20 more. It's an all in one printer, meaning it scans, copies and prints.
The printer is quite bulky but not heavy. This makes it a little awkward to carry, and it's certainly not designed to be portable, but most all in one printers are this big, so this isn't a major issue. It's also not the most attractive printer to look at, all plastic and white. There are buttons down the side for printing scanning and copying which are all very clear and easy to use. The display also shows you how much ink you have left, which is a useful feature, as this warns you to buy some more, so you don't run out halfway through printing a vital document.
Setting up the printer took a while, but this may have been because I am not the best at this kind of thing. The instructions were moderately clear, and fairly helpful, although I still struggled to put the ink cartridges in at first. It also took a little while to set it up to work with my computer, but I finally managed it, and this was definitely a one off issue. Since setting it up, it has been very easy to use, however, when it gets low on paper, it can be a bit temperamental. If the display comes up as "empty" then this is solved by propping the paper tray up on a thick book.
There are two cartridges, one for black ink and one for colour, and these can be changed separately, which with a bit of practise is easy to do. The ink is the hp 300 or 300xl. The xl is pricier, but lasts longer and is better quality, but in my opinion not worth it if you aren't using the printer for photos on a regular basis.
The quality of the print outs (even A4 photos) is very good, and it prints very fast. If the paper isn't put in the tray properly, it can end up looking a bit dodgy though. The scanning and photocopying are also very good, there's almost no difference in quality with the original. Printing can be quite noisy though maybe a little above average.
The HP is a fairly entry level all in one printer, ideal for personal use. I don't think it could stand up to heavy office use though. It is so easy to use, it would be ideal for a family or private individual, even if they aren't very familiar with the technology.
This Hewlett Packard 4280 all in one printer, scanner and copier is easy to use and comes with the software to get you started quickly. Simply connect up the USB printer cable to your PC or laptop, load on the software and you're ready to go. The scanner function allows you to scan and save documents into you computer and add them to other documents or upload onto the internet. The copy function is like an office copier meaning that you can copy documents or photographs straight onto paper. The printing quality is pretty good and it is a very reasonably priced piece of computer equipment. It is however difficult to get hold of the ink that this printer requires. It is not available in th supermarkets unlike some other printers, so you may well have to pay a little extra from specialised shops or electrical stores. Copies and printing can be done in black and white or colour at the touch of a buttom. Its compact size makes it ideal for a home office space, saving you having more than one piece of equipment.
We've only had this printer a few days but my first impressions are good. When you get the box the first thing you notice is the size- its huge but no bigger than other all-in-ones I have seen. Just be prepared to clear a bit of space for it. Setting it up was fairly easy although my boyfriend forgot to take the tape off one of the ink cartridges so he thought it wasn't working.
I was left to deal with it and assumed he would have checked for so obvious a problem. Therefore I spent a while on the online help pages trying to figure out what was wrong. I found these really helpful with actual photos of the printer labelled and instructions on how to fix a variety of problems. As it turned out I realised what was wrong and now the tape has been removed it is working fine. The print quality is good and it is reasonably fast. I would say the downside is that it is quite noisy. I have also tried scanning with it and this was also easy to do and pretty fast, the software that works the scanner is very straightforward.
I do have a few reservations about it:
1. It doesn't come with it's own USB cable (well my one didn't anyway)
2. The ink cartridges look quite small and I think they will run out quickly.
So overall it does the job as a printer and scanner but I have a few niggles with it such as the cartridges which may cause problems in the future.