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I have owned this printer for many years and it has been very reliable. It's easy to use and produces good quality output, either printing or copying. I particularly like the scanning function. The software to use this is extremely simple and you can convert scans into many different output types (PDF, RTF etc).
The only downside I have found is that the printer drivers sometime mysteriously disappear, but this may well be Windows rather than a problem with the printer driver itself.
I have to say that one of the main things that i enjoy is the pop up screen where you can easily look at pictures that you wish to print from your camera or mobile phone. There is even the capability to add a screen saver which is a nice personal effect.
However, this item is very bulky and I would not advise you to purchase this product if you have limited space. I also found that it is considerably difficult initially to load the ink and that there was a very high frequency of paper jams which are very annoying.
Furthermore the inks are very expensive, particularly when compared to some that are produced by lexmark, and therefore, long term this may be very expensive to run.
The software however is quite good and they have mini video clips that show you how to do things like fix a paper jam.
I have owned the Photosmart 2575 for a good few years now and whilst I have had a few problems with it, they are nothing that another printer wouldn't also encounter.
This machine has a printer, scanner and photocopyer all in one. HP are a reliable manufacturer which is why I went for this make. You can also set this up to print wirelessly, brilliant if you are upstairs on a laptop and want to print something downstairs without plugging everything in. The wireless use does bring some problems though but only with the scanning. I use Microsoft Office Scanning on my computer and if you're scanning more than one page it sometimes freezes if you close one page after you've scanned and saved it. If you leave everything open til you've finished it seems to work fine. I don't think this printer really has mastered the wireless printing technique but as I have discovered there are ways around the problems!
The photocopying facilities work a treat. You can choose to copy in colour or black and white at the touch of just one button. It probably takes about a minute to photocopy one page (because it uses the scanner to scan it) if the whole page is full of text and/or pictures. The quality is just as aogood as if you were using a full sized photocopier. Great if you need to scan your passport for anything or need to scan a quick letter or statement.
As far as printing is concerned, it's quite a quick printer. Some reviews say it prints 30 pages per minute in black and white but I can tell you right now that is not the case! 5-10 if you're lucky! I don't know where those figures came from. It's an Inkjet printer so it's not all that speedy and it requires cartridges. If you are a home user and don't print masses this is a great printer for you. If you are a business and print a lot it could cost you a lot in ink replacements. Black ink for this machine costs about £20 a cartridge and colour costs a little bit more than that. You are best off buying ink from somewhere like Viking in multipacks of 2 or 3 cartridges as this will save you a considerable amount of money. If you are not printing a lot a cartridge will last you a good few months. If like me you print a fair bit 4-6 weeks is the average use. Once the ink is low a warning will come up on the LCD screen which means you probably have another 20 or so sheets to go before you have to change the cartridge.
The printer itself is a little noisy especially if you have it in your living room. The main noise comes from the paper feeding in when you start printing. There are also memory card slots for printing from memory cards. Without the right paper you won't get good photo quality prints but it's not bad when you use the right stuff. Although if you want a printer primarily for printing photos you're better off wuth a dedicated photo printer like the Epson Picturemate 500 which is cheap but does the job well! For a price of around £60 these days, you can't really sniff at this printer. For a 3 in 1 printer for that price it's really good value for money!
I am not a qualified technician in the world of printers, but thought that I would let you all know about the printer that I have sat on my desk at home.
I purchased the 'HP Photosmart 2575 All-in-one' printer for £65 from Currys, which was around 3-4 years ago now. At the time I purchase it, it was on sale and the price had come down from £100. I had never personally gone out and spent that much money on a printer before. Those purchases I would normally leave to my other half, but I wanted a printer for my desk at home so that me and my partner could have a printer each.
So, off to the shops we went! I went to Currys because they had a sale on! (I do like to try and grab a bargain if possible!). This printer caught my eye due to the fact that it was a little bit smaller in size than some of the others and I did like the style of it. As it was on sale I decided it was the one for me!
When we got home I decided to 'fix the printer up' straight away. (I can't wait when I have got new goodies!). When I unpacked it from the box it had all the leads included and a disc to upload the software to the computer.
The instructions were really clear and the set up of the printer was really easy to do. All in all it took about 20 minutes for everything to be set up. The printer came with two ink cartridges (one black and one colour). As soon as the printer was set up I printed out a tester sheet and it worked!
You are able to scan, print and copy with this printer and I have done all these functions. It is easy to do any of these tasks and as you have a pop up screen on the printer, you don't have to have the computer switched on, as all the instructions are on the screen of the printer.
Since first setting the printer up I have not had a problem with the printer. The inks can last over 6 months, dependant on what you are printing. I have printed normal documents including letters and essays, but I also print photographs and they look great when printed, but this can also depend on the quality of the photographic paper you use.
You can buy smaller sized printers now, so this might seem a bit big than those on sale now, but I will keep using it until it no longer wants to go on!
This printer is like a little war horse that sits at the side of my computer and goes into battle with me. A great companion!!!!!
I have had this printer several years and have been fairly pleased with it. As a general printer for the PC it gives good results with a quick print speed. I purchased it as I like to print out some of my own photographs at varying sizes. I would say it used to do a very good job of this although I would say the quality does seem to be deteriorating now.
The copier gives good results and if you put it up to the best quality (using the easily navigated menu on the printer) it even copies photographs well. Sometimes it seems to take a long time before it starts to copy and makes quite a bit of noise whilst it "thinks" about it. I have never quite got to grips with the scanner, I used it a few times but struggled with it and have not really had need for it since.
The ability to load in a camera chip is one of its most useful functions, you can even print single photos direct from the memory card without bothering to load them on the computer so can be very quick if you only want a couple of prints. It is also useful for getting photos off the microsd card in my phone/ For the price this is avaiable now I would say it is a good buy for its versatility.
The Photosmart 2575 has printer, scanner and photocopying capabilities. I have been using it for almost 3 years now and in my opinion it is a jack of all trades and a master of none. Its quite large and takes up a lot of space on the desk. Its priced quite low considering all of the features that you get for your money.
The printing capabilities are quite good with a good print quality and a relatively fast print speed. Using the scanning capability can take a long time and has a relatively steep learning curve. I found using the scanner quite confusing and I found that I regularly needed assistance from the help program. I didn't use the photocopying capability very often, but found that it was quite quick and gave a decent quality photocopy.
The ink cartridges from HP are very expensive, but they do last for a long time.
I terms of ease of use, I found that it was very easy to use (with the exception of the scanner) and overall I am very happy with it.
I would recommend this product as you get a lot for your money.
Although I wouldn't say Im an expert in the field of printers, I do feel that I have had this particular printer long enough to have gained a decent experience and write a review on it.
The Photosmart 2575 is called an 'All-in-one' printer for obvious reasons, and so it has many functions and tasks that it can perform. It is a printer, scanner and photocopier all in one. This would probably explain its mdeium price range, but for the money I think you can get alont out of it.
As well as doing all three of those functions mentioned, the printer has a few slots for different memory cards, so you can print direct from the digital camera memory card. It also has bluetooth capability, so you can send a picture from your phone or other bluetooth devce directly to the printer and have it printed in seconds.
The printer is quite a large size, but because it is doing so many functions, this can be excused. The printer has its own menu and interface, and this is excellent as you don't always have to interact with the pc its connected to, in order for it to do things. For example the copier part of the printer can be used even when the computer is switched off, the printer can function on its own, something I thought was excellent.
There is a nice pop up screen on the printer which makes seeing its screen and what it is doing alot easier. Particularly for me, as I have this printer at about head level on a shelf, and the screen pops up so I can still see what is going on - fantastic. The buttons on the printer are a good size, and it just feels very easy to navigate around the printer.
As for the quality of printing, well this is where Im not expert and wouldn't know what the benchmarks are. All I can say is that I think it does a fine job, and doesn't consume ink at ridiculous rates either.
I recently tried to print out a photo onto photo card (which incidentally was supplied with the printer) and the quality was excellent, just like a photo you would print from the kiosk!
The printing speed, again no expert, is good and the tray mechanism taking in the paper and printing on it, all works fine.
I would say the printer is relatively noisy, but not anything that stands out, just average for a printer really.