Product Type: Hewlett-Packard All in one Printer
Newest Review: ... 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 installati... more
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HP Deskjet F4580 All-in-One
Member Name: stuff10
HP Deskjet F4580 All-in-One
Advantages: Cheap, easy to set-up, good quality
Disadvantages: Sometimes need re-boot the router
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.
Summary: A great cheap wireless printer
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