I've been through a number of printers year in and year out since certain models are no longer sold and as a consequence cartridges sky rocket in price and the only option you're left with is to upgrade to a better printer. Out of all of the printers I've had previously from lexmark to codak to an un familiar brand name, I've finally found one that I can rely on and I have come to find that larger ink cartridges are sold as well as the standard sized cartridges which is ideal as I end up draining the standard ones almost instantly because of my college work.
I've had no problems using this printer for a number of months now and I'm pleased with how easy it is to connect it to the house's wireless network so I don't have to carry my laptop through to the living room and plug it in each time I need to print something. If you lose the installation CD for the printer you can always search on the HP website for a free driver software download for the basic or advanced/full installation for the printer and I truly appreciate this because I am hopeless with looking after CD's and being able to find things when I need them the most, so there's always a back up plan.
The scanning quality is also really impressive, there are no blotchy marks like an old photo copier would produce - the images are that crisp that you can barely tell that it is a replica of what you have scanned. The scanner also acts as a quick photo copier without the need to do it through your computer, you can press copy and the printer will then scan and instantly print your work for you and there is also colour options in which you'd like to print things out for the copying option; either black and white or colour, - another great convenience!
I haven't experienced any paper jamming or anything being chewed up or printed wobbly as of yet, providing I've got a decent amount of ink left in the cartridges my images always look brilliant and I've only needed to do an alignment test once and that's it! Standard cartridges print around 30 - 40 colour and black and white pages off which isn't too bad if you manage to acquire them for an acceptable price, however the larger ones known as "XL" print much more than that and are often better value. Though in my experience I have found it harder to get hold of the XL one's but here's hoping that someone else has better luck with that part than I have!
I have no complaints whatsoever about this printer as it even looks sleek and attractive placed next to the tv and record player and looks like part of the decoration/furniture which is great as I hate seeing something that stands out like a sore thumb to the point where you want to just hide it in a corner or a cupboard. I guess you can say it has it's pride of place on the table top with the other gadgets because of it's convenience and appearance.
The price is even great, at the time I got this printer it averaged around £50 - £60 and this was only a couple of years ago so you might even find this cheaper now, so not only is it nice to look at and a reliable printer - you might just find yourself a bargain here.
I have owned many printer made by HP, and the F4580 is one of the best one's, even now after it has been out for years. With my other printer I have had, I found it annoying when using my laptop that I had to connect it using a cable ever time I wanted to print something. However, with this model, there is a built in function, which allows wi-fi printing, so there was no need for cables, and I could press print from where ever I was in the house. I paid just over £50 for it two years ago, and still use often, normally for home use, as it doesnt keep up to the printing speed which I require for my business.
It comes in a rather large box, and isnt the smallest of printers available, but it doesnt matter, you still save space on a desk, rather than having sperate device for printing, scanning and photocopying. You simply install the software (made by HP also), and you are up and running. When you first use it, there are a couple of printing test you need to carry out, and this step must be completed every time you add a new cartridge.
Ink is cheapish, other models from different brands do offer ink for cheaper, but you dont get the same quality as you do with the F4580. I definitely do recommend this all in one printer, is great. Thanks for reading.
This is not an entirely bad product. It always prints/scans/copies quickly and produces clear copies/print-outs. It's relatively small, so it can be placed nearly anywhere, and light, so it can be moved easily. It also has a nice design. If this was all it did, I would recommend this to anyone because on these points, it is very good. However, it consumes printer ink like no printer I have ever used. I am a uni student, so I am constantly printing out essays and revision notes and copying/scanning other documents. On top of this, it is the only printer in the house and so my parents also use it a fair amount. All of this printing has led to a bit of a nasty surprise: it goes through printer ink like crazy. Ink is expensive and it's annoying to keep having to buy it more often than I used to. But I guess this is my fault for buying a relatively cheap printer. It also has a wireless function so that you can print from other computers but it never seems to work and we've not been able to print things from my dad or mum's laptops. So, they have to send things to me to print.
Overall, a good printer but uses far too much ink. It was cheap and I suppose you get what you pay for.
Use - 4/5.
Value for money - 3/5.
Design - 5/5.
The HP Deskjet F4560 is an all-in-one printer, scanner and copier with wireless capabilities. When I purchased the printer it was the lowest priced wireless printer I could find, at less than £50. In most ways it is the same as any all-in-one that you could possibly buy. It prints quickly in colour (or black and white if you prefer), scanned images are of very high quality, and copying can be done both through a computer and using the buttons on the printer. It is not worth going into huge detail about these basic functions, as these days any printer can perform them admirally. There are a few points of note however.
As this is a low price printer there is no LCD display. This is not a huge issue for me as most of my printing is done though the computer, but if you want to print directly from a camera you may wish to look elsewhere. To add to that point - this printer is designed primarily for document printing. It will print your photos but they will merely look okay, as opposed to some of the brilliant photo-realisitic prints that some printers can produce.
While this printer is good value for money it will be very expensive to run, as are most HP printers. I purchase thirty-party ink cartridges, and buying two of these still costs more than the price of the printer. This is true of many printers though I believe that Kodak printers are better in this regard.
I mainly use this printer connected though a wire, however I have tried the wireless functionality and it works exactly as one would hope. If the printer is on and installed, Windows will see it as it would any other printer.
Overall this is a decent overall printer without any major issues, but if you are after a good photo printer, you may wish to look elsewhere.
This printer is great. It acts as a scanner and a photocopier (b&w or colour) and can photocopy several copies at a time.
The ink cartridges last a long time, especially when using draft printing. The draft setting is effective and suitable for handing is as a final copy for school, university or report work. The ink is also a reasonable price, in comparison with Epson or Canon for example.
When a better quality is required the printer is up to a good standard, for colour reports, magazine style and photos.
The printing time in draft is exceptionally fast.
The wireless on the printer is very helpful, as it work throughout the house and enables several laptops to be connected to the printer at once.
The software enables you to scan documents into jpeg or PDF and add several pages, which makes documents to look very professional.
A very good buy, very satisfactory.
I previously had an Epson all-in-one printer that cost me around £100 and lasted me about seven years. I really hated it becuase it used to jam all the time, so I was fairly relieved when it finally gave up the ghost, and I had a good excuse to replace it.
I am always keen to get value for money, so I did a lot of online research prior to purchase. I decided I did not want another Epson, but I did like the convenience of being able to photocopy and scan at home, so I did want another all-in-one. I didn't have a lot of money to spend so I decided to go for the HP F4580 which I got for around £35 from Tesco Direct in October 2010. Replacement cartridges are around £10 each. It appears that Tesco have now discontinued this particular model.
This is a wireless, all-in-one printer, which means that you can print to it from anywhere in your house (once the computer has been initally linked to it), you can scan documents and make photocopies. According to the specifications it weighs 4.5kg, and is 16cm high by 44cm wide.
As with all these things, it comes in a large box, well padded with lots of extra wires and bits inside. I collected mine from Tesco, and was shocked at the size of the box they gave me as they had put it inside another box! As is often the case with these items, there is a detailed instruction booklet as well as a quick start guide to get you going. One colour and one black ink cartridge were supplied, along with a usb wire, power cord and a set-up cd-rom.
Inital set-up was fairly easy. The guides had detailed pictures of the different elements of the printer to allow you to safely remove the packaging and tape that kept the sections safe in transit. It was easy to put in the new ink cartridges although you had to press pretty hard to get them in. The CD was easy to use and took you through set up. The USB cord had to be used alongside the CD but once it was set up on a printer, you could print wirelessly without it.
The first thing that struck me was that it was a lot lighter than my previous printer, I guess technology moves on quickly. Being black, it looks very sleek and smart. It easily fits on top of a chest of drawers, and the printout tray retracts for a tidy look when you are not using it. The controls are all placed on the top of the unit at the left hand side, and include the 'on' switch, selection of black or colour photocopying, scanning, and a stop button.
The scanner unit sits on the top and is accessed by lifting the lid. This part of the printer is well made and well padded to protect the scanner when it is not in use. When scanning, you have to use the USB cable as you need to save your scans into the computer. It scans quickly and saves automatically into a folder created on your computer called 'My scans' - scanned files are automatically saved as the date they were created. My only gripe about this element is that if you are scanning something a bit more bulky (say a book page) then the lid doesn't sit comfortably on top of it. Photocopying works the same way - except no need to attach your computer to the printer.
I no longer have a desktop pc in my home so I find it really useful that I don't have to go and hook up to the printer every time I want to print. As long as it is switched on, I am able to send documents to it. I've never had any trouble with the wireless signal in my home and it works well. You can set up as many computers as you like to the printer. Each computer then has a HP centre from which you can print test pages, check the ink levels, troubleshoot and change settings. Now and again it prompts you for an update which it does in the background.
One of the few downsides of this printer is the level of noise it makes. When you switch it on there is a lot of noise as the print cartridges make their way into place in preparation for use. When the printing starts it is quite noisy too. The paper sits in a tray at the base of the printer and comes out just above this. If you are printing more than one page it is useful to pull out the catcher otherwise it spills over onto the floor which is annoying if you are printing a longer document and need to keep your pages in order!
The printer is sold on the basis that it's good for both home and business use. I use it solely for personal use and the odd bit of uni work and it's fairly economical, but I think regular business users would be better off with something that used a bit less ink. I'm on my third black, and second colour cartridge since October so not a very high user but if I do a lot of printing at once, I notice a real dent in my ink levels.
The print quality is very good and I have had no problems with alignment or colour bleed. I have never printed photographs with it so I cannot comment on that.
Overall, I am happy with this printer. Fingers crossed, there have not yet been any 'printer jams' like I used to get every time I used my Epson. Apart from the noise, I have no complaints about this printer, and I would happily recommend it.
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What is it, what can it do?
The HP Deskjet F4560 All-In-One is a home all in one printer, it is designed to be used in business or at home (Although personally, I would disagree with that statement and say this really is probably for hobby businesses or home use). It is a wireless printer with scanning facilities.
The printer is small and does look quite professional and minimal, so doesn't take up much space, with its wireless capability it can be stored away from your computer too if storage space is an issue.
Why Did I buy it?
We didn't really choose this at all, it came with our computer as part of the in-store deal, so in many senses we weren't seduced by any promises of what it could or couldn't do, we wanted the computer and when doing the deal they threw in this all in one printer, some decent publishing software and a high quality mouse, having looked at reviews on this site and on Amazon, if we were buying simply a printer, I don't think this would have been the first one we would go for and will explain why further on.
What do you get for your money?
In the box you get the Deskjet printer plus an HP300 Black ink cartridge and tri-colour ink cartridge, also included is the USB cable to connect up to your PC, the software CD which can troubleshoot any problems and help in the set up process and the power supply leads. There is also a helpful reference guide to help with the initial set up of your printer, which also explains how to use all of the varying components of this all in one printer.
How does it look?
It is nice and compact, the dimensions are, Width 44cm, Depth 29.1cm, Height 16.2cm, it weighs around 4.5kg and is easily transportable and can sit on a fairly small desktop with your PC or further away, possibly on a shelf due to its depth. It is totally plack with a small discreet HP logo on the top of the printer, it has all of the functions and an electronic display on the top left of the printer, there are six function buttons including on, off, scan, print and cancel and displays showing which paper size is being used and how much printer cartridge remains for use. When the printer is being used the top can be lifted for scanning purposes to reveal a glass scanning section and the front panel can be pulled down to provide the feeding area for paper, it is simple and looks nice without trying to look too amazing, I like the understatement and the fact it doesn't take up half of my room like previous cheaper printers.
The Set Up:
I found setting up pretty easy, you simply fit the power lead to the machine and switch it on, at first I used the USB lead to connect to my PC and then used printer set up to set up the printer using the CD provided. Once this was done, I removed the USB lead and pressed the wireless button on my printer to connect to my PC, this was very little trouble and I've read Amazon reviews which claim this isn't possible. I'm no PC expert but found this was easy, simply by following the instructions and diagrams on the CD provided and in the booklet, we were set up within 20 minutes of receiving the PC and printing and scanning documents.
Printing is fairly simple you choose the document you wish to print and print, you open the front section of the printer and load paper, ensuring the printer is on and it prints, paper feeds in and out through the front of the printer so it comes out of the front too.
There is some HP smart web printing option which allows some fancy way of reducing printing to simply the things on a page you need, but we haven't read through this properly or tried it, it seems like a gimmick more than something truly useful, so I'm not going to try and blag that I know how this works, we've only used this printer for printing and scanning, in the simplest sense and printing is quick and easy.
The paper feed can hold up to 80 pieces of paper, and the printer generally prints a piece of paper in less than 6 seconds which is pretty quick.
It can print photos to decent quality, although we didn't realise you'd need special photo paper which is quite expensive so haven't really done this too often.
We've not used it as we've had no need and didn't want to waste cartridge space (you do get paranoid about printing anything due to the cost), so I won't review this other than saying it seems an easy enough process simply feeding in paper, then copying the papers you want through the simple press of a button.
Simple and easy to use again, lift the top lid of the scanner and place a document face down on there, you can't do multiple feeds, only one document at a time, and this can be laborious if you have hundreds but it can scan to photo quality very well and the quality isn't in doubt. I have found scanning is slow and painful, but always successful, it is nice having the option and for under £50 I think it would be churlish for people to expect too much from this product. Items are scanned to PDF and this can take time to then format them, but once we worked out how to really use the thing, it has been useful, but not particularly quick to use.
How has it worked out for you?
Being honest, we might have bought this for the price as it looks nice and sounds amazing, however I don't think we'd buy it again, on the plus side, its small, compact, looks nice and is easy to use. One the other side of the coin, the scanning option is laborious and the printing whilst quick and easy is fairly expensive. We can't complain as it was a freebie with the computer, but the printer cartridges really don't last long, our first two lasted 3 months each with about 150 pages use for colour and black and white, the printer does tell you as the cartridge is getting lower, but this is depressing as cartridges cost £20 each to replace so replacing both cartridges once is akin to buying a new printer.
Apparently the Deskjet is energy star qualified and is good for the environment, but we only switch it on for short periods when using it, so are not sure quite how much store we hold in this.
One word of warning, some of the things the printer has such as the HP Photo print gadget (No idea what it is, we've never even seen it when printing), are only compatible with Windows Vista, so please discuss with a PC professional before buying this if you have a different system, to ensure it will work properly.
How Much does it cost?
This package costs £42 on Amazon, it was marked as £89.99 18 months ago when we bought it, so prices have declined steadily. I would say its nice enough and looks good, but when you take into account the cost of replacing cartridges, it isn't perhaps the best value out there. HP offer advice on their cartridges and have special ones which apparently print more pages, but we have only bought standard cartridges so far and feel that they were excessively priced and made this product seem less attractive to us. Were cartridges cheaper I'd give this a 4 out of 5, but due to the price of replacing them I'm going to give it a 3 as they are packaged together.
I would say this is a reasonable printer which looks fine and is pretty cheap, we've found it easy to set up and use, printing is easy, although cartridges are expensive, scanning is easy but time consuming and a lot of the extras aren't relevant to families who only want to print documents or scan on photos and we really haven't even used any of them. The cartridge price is the big downer about this product, everything else is fairly positive, if you can get cheaper brand compatible cartridges then definitely buy this product, otherwise, be aware everytime you need to replace them, you are paying the equivalent price of this printer again.
Having started a University degree I felt it essential to purchase a printer and working over the house it had to be a wireless one. Upon researching the reviews seem to state that the printer was of god quality long lasting etc etc. I chose one from Tesco at £44.97 (this has now been discontinued)
Upon receiving my printer I was at first rather happy with my purchase as it was easy to set up (although the CD used to set up took around an hour) However the printer began to lose my faith when it ran out of ink after around a month, although I do print regularly it seemed to run out of ink quite quickly.
Upon replacing genuine HP ink cartridges within the printer I was told to re-align the cartridge by plugging the USB cable and placing the sheet that printed out (using yet more ink) if you turn the printer off before re-aligning the cartridge when switching on the sheet will print again.
Apart from the quick usage of ink and the annoying re-alignment of cartridges the printer is a fairly useful and good looking one with a small buttons. Offering a printer, scanner and photocopying facilities it is useful for those who have a family or students. I would not recommend this for small businesses due to the high replacement of ink.
This printer was the one I chose after the old one I had from Dell decided not to work anymore. The HP Deskjet F4580 All-in-One Printer is a good value printer and is available for around £50. It is actually listed for a bit lower than this currently on Amazon. I got this from PC World a few months ago and it was around the £50 mark which I thought was a good price for a HP all in one printer which also had wireless capability.
The printer itself
This is a 3 in 1 Printer so it is a Copier and Scanner as well. It is great for the home as well as low level office type use. In the box with the printer you also get a HP 300 Black Ink Cartridge, HP 300 Tri-colour Ink Cartridge, USB cable, HP software CD, setup and reference guide, power supply and cord. The ink cartridges I found were half filled ones so it is probably required to also buy at least another black cartridge which I also did buy when getting the printer. This printer is pretty easy to set up. There are quite clear instructions once you insert the CD. The instruction manual is quite hard to navigate through as it is in a number of different languages and it is difficult to find what you need in there quickly so it was better to just use the CD. If you want to set it up wirelessly you do this by linking it to your router and this is relatively straightforward. There is also the option of connecting by USB cable as well. It is capable of printing and copying at up to 28ppm in black or 22ppm in colour in draft but would be slower at higher quality levels obviously. It can also be used as a photo printer but I am yet to use it for any real photo printing as of yet. The design is not spectacular but is good for the price with the black colour which may be plain but it is certainly very functional. Ink cartridges are easy to slot in and printing is efficient also. The printer is also energy star qualified and is described as being made from 20% recycled plastic.
This is a very good printer for the price. There are sometimes some issues with wireless connectivity but it is generally very efficient. It is easy to setup and use. The printer is made by a reputable and well known company in HP. Overall a good cheap, wireless printer and recommended.
I first bought the HP Deskjet F4580 All-in-One about a year ago for a very reasonable price of £37.99 from Tesco. I am not a very technically minded person, but even I found the installation process very easy, it came with a sheet of paper with step by step instructions and when I inserted the disk it again was very simple and took around 25-30 minutes to complete the process.
This is a wireless printer, which I find always works well and whilst setting it up it found my wireless router easily. The print outs are of good quality and the replacement ink cartages' are also of very good value.
This being an all in one printer it also scans and photo copies as well, the photo copier works exactly the same as a normal, standard photocopier you simply place the paper writing side down underneath the lift up lid and press the print button on the side, it couldn't be easier. Now as for scanning you place your paper in the machine in the same way, but there is no scan button you need to use the soft ware which was installed when installing the printer. It is easy to use and not a problem even for some one as cluless on computers as myself.
The quality of the photocopier and the scanner are both very good. I have never had a problem with this very simple and easy to use all in one printer.
This review is also on ciao under applechuff
Its a great printer when it works. We use both USB and wireless connectivity but we are forever having to turn it off and turn it back on agan to wake it up.
This printer was a real godsend for me as I am currently studying to be a teacher. This means lots of printing, copying and scanning of lesson plans and classroom materials. I had previously been beavering away at lunchtimes, using the school printer which was slow and rather poor quality. With the HP Deskjet F4580 All-in-One I can now perform all these tasks at home, and save my lunchtimes for some last minute marking!
The printer is really easy to set up and install with a straight forward installation CD that guides you through the process. The good thing about this printer is that you can print wirelessly from your laptop, so gone are the days of having to get up and connect your laptop to the printer.
The printer is also relatively fast, and can cope with about 30 pages per minute, really handy if you are printing multiple copies of the same document.
The image quality of the printer and the scanner / copier is great. It delivers clear and crisp images with no smudging - what more could you ask for.
I sniped this printer for £45.00 which I thought was a real bargain. It is functional, economic and pretty sleek looking too. I would wholeheartedly recommend this printer, it's been a real life saver for me!
I love this printer! Just purcahsed it for the bargain price of £49.97 from my local tesco, used a £10 off voucher I had so got it for £39.97, even more of a bargain! The quality of the print on these printers is fabulous, and so easy to set up. Took about 15 minutes per laptop to install the cd and then make the printer wireless was so easy! Found our wireless router no problem. The best part about this printer which I love is, on my mobile phone, you can download an app called HP Iprint Photo, this allows me to connect my phone wirelessly to the printer, and print images from my mobile! Works on iphone, ipod touch, and android based phones. Fantastic feature, so easy to use, and Looks lovely. It is now tucked away upstairs and we can print from our laptops downstairs with ease. The inks are cheap too compared to some that you see, all in all, a definate must buy for anyone wanting a wireless printer, this is one of the cheapest on the market anywhere and definately one of the best for frequent home use!
The wife and I both have laptops that connect wirelessly to the internet but it has always annoyed us that we had to get up, take the laptop upstairs and plug it in to our old USB printer to print things off. Lazy, I know but we'd both said how much better it'd be if we could just press and our document magically print out on the printer upstairs.
However, I'd always seen wireless printers as being expensive (£100+) and couldn't really justify the expense to save a few steps upstairs. That was until we used the last of our current printer's ink cartridges and before ordering some more, I decided to have a quick look online at how much wireless all-in-one printers were.
What I found was incredibly pleasing and surprising - all-in-one printers had become very affordable with the price dropping to around £50. A quick surf later and I came across this beauty, the HP Deskjet F4580 on HotUKDeals for less than £40! I immediately took out my credit card and (after going through Quidco) ordered my new printer from the Dixons website.
A couple of days later the printer arrived and I eagerly opened the box and began the install. The printer comes with a nice easy-to-understand set-up sheet that gives you a step-by-step guide on how to install the printer on your computer - it's a pretty easy tasks that involves you plugging the printer into your computer (via the supplied USB lead) and installing some software. The printer then copies your wireless network settings from your computer and the installation is complete! Easy-peasy lemon-squeezy! :)
After installing, it's a simple case of clicking the print button and then fetching your document from the printer tray.
The print quality is fairly impressive and it is pretty quick and responsive to button presses - it's only a few seconds after you press print that you'll hear the F4580 power-up and your document begin to print.
This printer has the added advantage that it can also scan and photocopy your documents - all to a fairly good quality level. Photocopies are handled by placing your desired document face down under the flap and pressing the copy button on the printer's beautifully-finished sleek black plastic shell.
Scans are a little different with you having to initiate the scan from the HP software that was installed when you first installed the printer. The software will give you a quick pre-scan of your document, with a fuller scan taken when you press the scan button.
All-in-all, we're very impressed with our HP wireless printer and think it was an absolute steel for less than £40! The only downside so far is that it sometimes doesn't respond when you click print - although a quick re-boot of the wireless router usually fixes this with little fuss.
I got this printer for a bargain price of £45 and it is worth every penny. This is the first wireless printer i've had and its makes things so much easier. The setup was very straight forward, just a case of inputting the cd and following through each screen, it did however take some time as i have 1 pc and 2 laptops and you have to install it individually on every device and it takes about 20 minutes for each one. Since purchasing i have had no problems or issues with it and its very simple and straight foward to use. You can use it to scan, print, and copy and most of these functions can be done wirelessly. For the price i paid the printer looks very smart and its quite a nice size for an all-in-one, as its roughly the same size as a normal printer. The ink also isnt that expensive compared to other printers on the market, black ink is approx £16 and that prints around 420 sheets which i think is quite good value for money. It also has an energy star rating so its supposed to be cheaper to run. With the printer you also get some printing software, specifically for if you want to print photos, your able to install a drag and drop option on your desktop, so you just drag the photo there and it prints automatically, which can be a handy feature. I dont have any complaints or anything negative to say about this printer, i would suggest it is a definate buy for anyone looking for a cheap, reliable wireless printer.