Product Type: Hewlett-Packard All in one Printer
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A decent all-in-one for the home user
HP Deskjet F4580 All-in-One
Member Name: CR1980
HP Deskjet F4580 All-in-One
Date: 13/08/11, updated on 13/08/11 (46 review reads)
Advantages: Fast printing, looks nice
Disadvantages: Noisy, cartridges don't last as long as I'd like
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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Summary: A decent all-in-one printer for home use
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