Product Type: Hewlett-Packard All in one Printer
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Useful and Reliable
HP Photosmart C3180 All-in-One
Member Name: Latruska
HP Photosmart C3180 All-in-One
Advantages: Good quality photo's, very little problems enouctered
Disadvantages: Sometimes clumps together pages when rolling them in
We've never had the best of luck with printers in our household. I personally put this down to the simple fact that we always end up buying the cheapest option, and hence the quality of the product that we end up using is often well below par. So when my paps brought this one home because it was going cheap at Argos, I feared that once again the next few months of printing pages would become quite a chore. However compared to the epson printers we have had before this one seemed to work ok, the majority of the time it pulled the paper through one at a time, and not in clumps, and the writing was usually pretty centered and straight on the page. However note how I said the 'majority of the time' with it not being a lower to middle range printer rather than a high range one, you have to expect some hiccups from it now and again.
So what does this Photsmart all in one printer copier scanner do? Well I've pretty much just said it there, as the old adage goes, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Sure there are little editions, like being able to slot your camera's memory stick directly into the printer and print the images off in photgraph form, and it has very good photo quality I might add, however it does use alot of ink when printing a photo off, and i'm not completly sure if it's any cheaper than going to the local kodak shop and getting them to print them off for you.
So how about the scanning and the copying? well no complaints from my corner, in my limited use of these feature I've never once found fault with the scanner or copier, however as I have mentioned, I have not used these features extensively, and am not sure how it would cope if constantly being used to scan images onto the computer.
Apart from the odd clumping together of pages, and the page not always going in straight, there isn't a great deal I can complain about in this product. For the price it seems to have been a bargain, however I think printers have been around long enough now for the companies making them to have finally found a way of producing them in good quality at an affordable price, and I can definatly say that HP have managed that, however I wouldn't that HP have managed to find a way of producing ther in cartridges cheaply, well atleast if they are, then they're not passing this onto the customer by lowering the cost of said ink. True to form, in our family however, we went for the cheaper 3rd party option, and havn't used a single HP cartridge other than the one that came with the printer, against the advice that many seem to give. And it doesn't seem to have caused any notable damage to the printer, granted, the printer isn't in use as much as many household printers are, but it's still get's it's usage, and whether using these cheaper, non-HP cartridges does damage the printer or not, the money we have saved thus far is more than equal to the amount it would cost to replace the printer, so to me it seems like we made the right choice going for the cheap option... atleast this time.
Summary: Good reliable printer, that I would recommend to someone needing a multi-purpose printer.
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