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HP Photosmart C4180 All-in-One
Member Name: madgoose10
HP Photosmart C4180 All-in-One
Date: 24/09/08, updated on 05/11/08 (55 review reads)
Advantages: print quality, ease of use, all-in-one
Disadvantages: no USB cable included, replacement ink is expensive
I bought the HP Photosmart C4180 about 3 months ago and I must say it's a great product that meets all printing needs. I bought the printer from Argos for £30, which was a steal considering the amount of features this product contains.
Of course this product is an all-in-one printer so it contains a printer, scanner, and copier. The printer comes complete with a power cable, black and color ink, installation disk for PC and Mac, as well as a trial pack of 4x6 HP premium plus photo paper.
I use this printer for both the PC and the Mac and on both operating systems the installation and setup is very simple. If you use this printer with a PC you have the option of installing HP Photosmart Express. This program is fairly straightforward and easy to use. You are not able to use Photosmart Express with the Mac, however the Mac already comes with iPhoto installed on it so it's not that big of a deal.
The little picture window on this printer is quite ingenious; it allows you to view photos before printing on the actual printer itself. The printer will also store photos that have been printed previously so that in the future if you would like reprints there is no need to dig out the camera or picture CD. All saved photos will be displayed in the picture window, where you can scroll using up or down arrow buttons to find your desired picture. There is also a zoom and arrow keys used to achieve a closer view or move to inspect a particular part of the photo.
In the printer tray there is a special tray to put 4x6 sized photo paper for printing pictures, no more cutting pictures to size.
Changing and installing the print cartridges is a snap, once installed the printer will automatically align the cartridges with no fuss.
There are a couple of small disadvantages to this printer. The price of replacement ink cartridges is on the expensive side, but on the other hand you are getting a great quality of printing. I've found that you can save ink by printing in fast normal mode; the quality is still good you just use less ink.
Another downfall is that this printer does not come with a USB cable for connecting to a computer; you will have to purchase that separately. So make sure when you are purchasing this printer to pick up a USB printer cable otherwise you will only be able to use the copier mode.
I love the print quality of this printer, I have always bought HP printers and this product is a great example of why this brand is so popular.
Summary: A definite must buy all-in-one printer
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