Product Type: Hewlett-Packard All in one Printer
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Looks Great, works well, but the refill cartridge prices make you question every page you print
HP Deskjet F4580 All-in-One
Member Name: paulie1975
HP Deskjet F4580 All-in-One
Advantages: Looks good, compact, easy to set up and use.
Disadvantages: Printer cartridges are extortionate
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.
Summary: Looks Great, works well, but the refill cartridge prices make you question every page you print
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