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This HP envy 120e is a printer, copier and scanner. I bought this printer 2 weeks ago as my previous printer was 10 years old and the print quality was not great. It was also a pain always having to connect the usb to my laptop. when you unpack the box the printer is well packaged with foam and blue tape. It was very easy to set the printer up with my HP laptop. You have the option to use the CD or download the latest software from the HP website. It took me about 10 minutes to set the printer up.
When you plug the printer into the mains nothing happens on the printer, no lights no sounds nothing, you need to press the on button which is actually quite hard to see looking from above. You need to flip the front panel up to see it as the front panel is a touch screen display, there are no physical buttons to press.
When you switch the printer on the front panel displays various icons which open up various apps, much like your smartphone. Below these apps there are 3 options: photo, copy and print. You can scroll through the various apps left to right but most of them look fairly useless to me, for example tin tin, angry birds and Crayola. When you tap these icons the printer attempts to connect to the internet which can take a few minutes.
The scanner has a see through top which looks really sexy. It scans documents face up which I thought was a bit weird but its ok. There is a white panel underneath the scanning head and underneath the white panel you will find the printer cartridges and all the other inner workings. The scanner is really quick compared to my old printer, I could not believe how quick it took. You can actually see the scan head moving but there is no bright white light like you would expect.
In order to print stuff I just switch the printer on and within 30 seconds my laptop sees the printer and then I am able to print. I mostly use my printer for letters so I would not call myself a heavy user. The print quality is a great improvement on my old printer. The text is a lot bolder and sharper. For me the quality is ok but if you were to look at it with a magnifying glass I am sure the purist would find faults but to the naked eye it is fine. Loading paper is really cool, the tray slides out automatically and when a print takes place the front panel display flips up to the full horizontal position and a extender pops out to hold the paper.
We bought this printer last week, having finally got fed up of having to go to my parents to print photos of the kids and such like, so after reading up on the best printers available, plumped for this Hewlett Packard offering.
What a brilliant buy it's proved to be!!! I paid £180 for it, and I have to say it's already proving to be worth every penny. We wanted a printer that not only did it's job, but looked good as well. The sleek, modern design certainly does that, it's a work of art in its own right!!!
The printer weighs just 8kg, so if you want to keep it out of the way when not in use, that can be done effortlessly. Having said that, with a thing of such beauty, I have no idea why anybody would want to keep it hidden away!! I guess if space is at a premium, but even then, the sleek and practical design keeps space usage to a minimum anyway.
So what about the printing? Well for a start it is ear splittingly quiet, I actually thought there was something wrong to begin with as it is essentially silent!! The quality is second to none as well, with crystal clear images as good as you could wish for, perfect for action shots of the kids playing football!!!
The wireless connection is, like the whole thing, very simple and straight forward to set up. I did read a couple of reviews suggesting there were some issues with set up of the software for macs, but I am sure this would be resolved by a reputable company such as Hewlett Packard, and as I don't own a mac I wasn't put off by this at all.
Other clever features include the paper trays. They appear and disappear as required, so saving valuable desk space when not in use, and the USB port at the front can be used to charge your I-phone, or in my case my girlfriends I-phone, very handy considering her amazing ability to misplace her charger on an almost daily basis!! You can also do wireless and remote printing, though I haven't as yet as most pics are on the I-phone anyway. Scanning to email is another option, which is pretty useful for older images or documents which you only have hard copies of.
The one issue I have is the cost of replacing ink, though I don't think I'll be using it enough for it to be a huge issue to me, it maybe a consideration for some. A black and white and colour 'longlife' ink pack on amazon costs £42.70 at present, though the printer seems to use rather a lot so I wouldn't expect 'longlife' to actually be all that long at all.
I really can't speak highly enough of this printer, and I don't believe there is a better value for money option on the market at present. It does everything, and looks the absolute business.