The HP Photosmart C4480 has been in my collection of university belongings for the past 2 years.
The scanning option is fantastic, allowing you to scan straight to print or to a computer folder (very useful option for uploading photos).
The copier is also very efficient and quick, and the results are always clear and to quite a high standard.
However, I have encountered some problems over the past few months.
Firstly, the printer gets through an alarming amount of ink. My initial savings (the printer cost me around £30) seemed to have been for nothing. I recently bought an hp ink cartridge (the real thing, not a re-manufactured one) and it lasted all of 26 pages worth of printing - and I usually opt for the fast draft option to try and make sure my cartridges last as long as possible.
On top of this, the printer rarely gets through a job without a paper jam, either by chewing up paper or taking in too much at one time (it usually takes 5 pages to very 1.
It is a shame that this printer has such a bad time trying to do what its main function is - printing. The scanning and photocopying are, as I said, very good, but the printing side of this Photosmart really brings its reputation down.
In the world of printing, standalone printers are becoming less common and wanted. Why would you want to pay £20 for a standalone when you could pay £25 for a printer faxer photocopier and scanner with a built in display and memory card reader for printing your photos without a PC? That is the first thing that attracted me to the Photosmart C4480 - not just its price which was very good but also its wide variety of features.
I'm going to start with ink costs because that is what most people want to hear about. Well unlike the Lexmark series the ink is cheap (around £35 for a whole set) lasts long (about 6 months of weekly use or 2 months of hard use) and the quality is great on photopaper (which this printer was made for). This links in with the price of the printer. I picked this up in my local Tesco store for £25 and that came with a full set of ink, so if you think about it every time you need a new set of ink you buy a new printer. And that is what I did for a while until they stopped selling them making me a nice profit on eBay. That shows how cheap these printers are unlike my Lexmark that was cheap to buy but ink for it cost in the region of £40.
Installing it on to your computer is easy - it is plug and play windows installs all drivers you need - it works within about 15 seconds of being plugged in. It has a wide variety of setting both on and off the computer, i recommend the software inksaver which saves you up to 70% of ink per print (user defined) and paint.net for scanning photos as windows doesn't do the best job, but that isn't the printer's fault. Photocopying can be done without a PC and the menu is easy to navigate meaning high quality colour coping is just a press away.
Printing speeds are average but can be sped up through settings. The paper is loaded in the normal HP way, different than everyone else, under the tray, which then gets sucked in and flipped over, which can be confusing at the start but it comes with a handy sticker telling you how to load the paper which helps, but came too late for a fatal accident with my best photo paper (the picture was printed on the wrong side, my fault :) ). But this way of loading paper makes printing on both sides a breeze - just put the paper back in the way it came out.
The printer is very durable as I have had it for close to 2 years now and it hasn't broke down - unlike my £150 Epson which lasted 8 months. Although it lacks features such as wifi printing - my epson could even print lined and graph paper standalone. But i'm not going to worry about that as my epson didn't have a memory card reader,which by the way works great on this printer. Overall It is a fantastic printer for home and office use and has the best of both worlds- price and quality.
When I was shopping around for my printer, I wanted to source one that wasn't going to be too expensive, and there are plenty of those on the market, and also one that wouldn't cost too much to run, in turns of purchasing ink cartridges.
My daughter uses an HP printer in her with for her computer and she has never had any problems with it, so I thought that I would decided to go with the same brand. While shopping around I found the HP Photosmart C4480, which has everything I needed. This printer is what they call an all-in-one printer, which basically means that it serves as a printer, scanner and a photocopier, so in the long run, you may have to pay more than you had originally planned, but you get so much more, plus you will save money, not having to buy a photocopier or scanner. For someone like me who runs a business, a photocopier is an essiential, but most people don't use one, so just think of it as an added bonus.
The software that you get with it is brilliant quality, not only getting the printing software, but also software to enable excellent scanning and software to enable you to edit photo's. That is another advantage to this product, being able to print photo's, but you will need to buy special photo printing card.
I would say that the only disadvantage to this printer is its printing speed, about 3 pages per minute, which is ok if you are only going to be using for casual use, for I would recommend using a different printer if you are going to be using it on a more regular basis. One think that I would suggest would be only to be put a small amount of blank paper in the tray, and when you print, if you have say more than 50 sheets, the printer tends to jam. Overall, a good quality printer, and for around £50, isn't all that bad.
I purchased this printer a few months back as my old CANON one had broken and I must say I am very pleased at what I have purchasd. It was a bargain for only £50!
In the box you get the printer, a USB lead, instructions a HP booklet, the two ink cartridges, a power chord and installation CD.
Installation was fairly easy but a bit slow as my laptop is a bit outdated. Putting the machine together wasn't that hard and the installation process was fairly simple to follow. I was up and running in about an hour
I would say the printing quaility is very good. You get 34% extra pages by using the ink saving cartridges. These can be pretty pricey though. The printer prints very fast too
30ppm for black
25ppm for colour
Photos in a very speedy 25 seconds!
Cartidges don't leak and the colours they produce are really nice so thats good.
This was very easy and the buttons on the machine are very easy to navigate through. All you have to do is align your page and press scan to computer and comfirn. The first time you do it it will take a bit longer though. However it doesn't take too long. Sometimes the page scans the wrong way but that can easily be put right by rotating.
This is a breeze and takes under a minute. However if your page is creased. The creases will show up quite predominetly on the page. I don't mind it as much but I know some people might.
A very good bargain and I recommend it to anyone who wants a sleek and stylish printer for everyday use!
When we were looking for a new printer at home, all we wanted was a printer, scanner & copier all in one. We didn't want it to do anything fancy, as we both have our printers at work for that.
We saw this for sale on amazon.co.uk for £55, seemed like a bargain, it had everything we needed, with the added bonus of a SD card slot on the front, and a small screen to display images on. This is very good if you are looking to print out pictures directly from your memory card, you can use the screen to view and select the pictures.
The print speed for a budget printer is good, up to 30 ppm black and 23 ppm colour. it also has the facility to print onto photo paper, these take around 30seconds and the print quality isn't too bad, although you wouldn't want them in your favourite photo album.
The scanner/copier part is good, even full colour copying only takes around one minute, scanning is very clear and gives good results on screen after scanning photos.
The paper tray holds 100 sheets, which is more than enough, the output tray holds 50 sheets.
If you are looking for a budget all in one, this is worth looking at, i believe they are now available for around £35, for this money they are definitely worth it.
5 star from me, faultless
This HP printer is one of the best things I have bought in a long time. The white box is quite large, but comes securely packages within the box it is supplied. However, there did seem to be an awful lot of packaging which seemed a bit un-needy.
Installation was very, very easy on my macbook. I plugged in the usb cable (which I had to purchase separately!) into the back of the printer and into the USB port on my notebook. I didn't have to install any drivers and my mac did it all itself very quickly. Installing the ink cartridges was quite confusing how to do this, but it requires powering the unit up first to do so. Simply remove the plastic packaging from the ink cartridges and click them into place. Don't force them or you'll end up with ink everywhere!
The C4480 is a multifunction printer that incorporates a scanner, copier and printer into the one unit. The unit has the scanner/copier on top of the unit, which is a glass sheet which is protected by the white lid which is hinged to fold backwards to allow easy access to the device. Around the frame of the glass sheet, there is a guide as to where to place the A4 sized paper if copying to get best results on the new copy.
Paper is inserted at the front of the unit. There is another hinged 'shelf' which opens towards you. Paper is placed on the open shelf and will hold about 50 sheets of A4 paper. To make sure that the paper is inserted correctly, a plastic slider can be adjusted to house the paper and prevent it from moving. All print outs also come out at the front of the device. Built into the front shelf, is another clear plastic contraption that swings out. The purpose of this is to stop paper falling of the end onto the floor once the print out is complete.
Print outs are of very good quality and the ink is very clear and not blotchy. All ink comes out dry when printed, however photos and pictures may remain a but damp, so is best to leave to stand a couple of minutes. If you are printing out a document with quite a few pages to it, the printer actually prints the sheets backwards, so starting with the last page of the document and printing the first page last. This is fantastically innovative as when you pick the pages up, they document is in order and requires no messing about. I also have a MX310 which is a better printer and that doesn't even do that!
The printer also has the option to print directly from sd memory card. You place the card into the unit on the left hand side just under the lcd screen. On the screen you can scroll through the photos and choose which to print. I have however never used this so can't comment on its quality.
I needed a mid range priced new printer and opted for this because it copies, scans and prints.
I think the quality of the printing is great and the colour comes out consistently. I bought the large colour ink cartridges to put in this and they last well and are not forever running out when printing photos nor do i get lines across the photos when i have printed several. Ink cartridges are expensive for this though.
The copying is top quality - no problems at all, no lines, no shadowing.
Scanning works well although took me a while to set up with my computer.
The printing is great, definetly high speed as it states and no smudging of ink. The colour is consistent and i get high quality printing even when im using normal plain paper to print photos (not photo paper).
Sometimes i do find if i use card it gets jammed if i have more than one piece in the tray for it to feed from.
The machine is really compact and looks nice. it fits easily next to my computer and length and width wise is not much larger than A4.
Managed to get this printer for a tenner with a MacBook from Apple's online store.
Firstly I was impressed that ink for this printer is not as expensive as previous HP printers I've owned, I was expecting ink to be expensive as Apple were virtually giving it away... there had to be a catch.
Several months into using the printer and it still hasn't show what the afore mentioned catch is. The printer hasn't jammed once, it's print quality is as good as it gets for under a hundred quid. The scanner function produces good quality images, and the copier is of suffecient standard for our needs.
The printer function itself is used daily. The eldest is constantly printing pictures from her Windows based machine, and the MacBook throws lots of text at it as it's used for university assignments (and several drafts and re-writes.) We're very impressed with how long a colour cartridge lasts, a vast improvement on our last printer.
I was looking for a printer which was fairly cheap and that had the ability to print, copy and scan. The HP C4480 was the one i chose in the end, and i have been relatively happy with it.
The printer was really easy to set up and comes with Hp software which is good for doing basic photo editing, such as brightening up images and making them better, especially useful if you want to print photos which aren't taken in brilliant light.
The copy function is simple, literally just put the paper in the glass window, and press copy, it always comes out stright away, and is of a good quality, even photocopying very small print and detailed images.
The print speed of the C4480 is fairly good. I have printed some long documents and they have finished quickly with no problems.
Finally, the printer comes with starter print cartridges which is standard and they have lasted me quite a while - so that is quite good. However, it does not come with a cable to connect it to a computer for printing, which is an added cost, but I expect that there are few printers which do come with them.
In short, the printer is good if you are looking fr something that will do everything to a relatively high standard and for a good price.
I have owned this printer for around 6 months and overall I am very happy with it. I got it as a budget, all-in one printer at around £50, although as with all printers the genuine ink can be pretty expensive.
So far I have only used genuine ink as I am very wary of compatible cartridges, and I would advise consumers to buy the XL versions of both the colour and black inks. They are somewhere around double the price of the standard cartridges, but they will do between 3 to 5 times more pages so they really are worth it.
The print speed is very good at between 20-30 pages per minute, and the quality is also excellent.
The scanner is great and the software that comes with it is very easy to use. You can save your scans ina number of different formats, including saving documents as PDFs.
One major issue I have had with this printer has came through trying to print photos. I purchased some 6x4 photo paper to try and print some photos, but the printer has real difficulty with this paper. Maybe its because the paper is stiffer, but almost everytime I try to print there is a paper jam. Considering this product is meant to be a photoprinter, I find this to be a major design flaw and its completely inexcusable.
This is a basic review of this printer and my personal experience of using it, rather than a highly technical review.
My last printer was a HP printer/scanner/copier, but I'd had it six years and it was definitely past its best. It's been a decent printer though, so I decided to stick with Hewlett Packard. One thing I like about their printers is they don't tend to splatter ink about so I'm not having to always clean them out with surgical spirit.
It comes with an installation disc and a quick set up guide which is simple and effective to follow. It also comes with standard sized black and colour ink cartridges. There's no USB cable included, but that didn't bother me, as I already had one. It was easy to install and works fine with Vista. When I was reading up about printers on Amazon, some people were complaining about problems installing various printers and found they had to uninstall their last one. This wasn't a problem and I didn't have to uninstall my last printer.
The printer has a glossy white casing, which is functional and businesslike rather than stylish. It has a 3cm by 3cm viewscreen and six function buttons that are simple to use by following the instructions on the screen. It also has slots for SD-XC-MMC cards along with MS/DUO, so I can view and print pictures without having to use my computer. There's a drop down paper guide at the front, with an extension for A4.
I can use the psc to scan just by using it's own control panel, and choose whether to scan to print, or scan to computer. It takes about a minute to scan to computer, and then I can edit the image using the printer's own photosmart program. Alternatively I can open the photosmart program, edit my existing photos, and then print them out.
Because I registered it online with HP, it downloads all the latest updates, which is useful. I can also get free downloads such as Arc Soft Thumbnail Viewer, Arc Soft Print Creations Cards, Calender and Scrapbook. There's also a Photo Movie Maker but that requires a paid upgrade.
When it comes to printing, I've got a choice of General Everyday Printing, Photo Printing with or without white border, Fast Print, Two Sided Printing, and Postcard Printing. I'm no expert but I'm very satisfied with the quality of photo printing, which is visibly brighter and sharper than my old printer. HP Vivera inks are also available for this printer, which turn out lab quality photos. I haven't tried Vivera inks yet, but I intend to.
I use General Everyday Printing for letters etc, but I'm also very happy with the Fast Print as it turns out good precise quality print amazingly fast, especially compared to my old printer. Print speeds are up to 30ppm black, or 23ppm colour.
Up to now I'm delighted with this printer, which is fine for home office use, or just messing around with photos. I haven't had any paper jams. It's quite user friendly for someone like me who can't be bothered with getting my head around something too complicated. I get very impatient with learning new technology and basically just want to plug it in and use it without having to keep referring to instructions.
Another factor I like is that it's nice and compact at only 43.4 cm wide, 29cm deep and 16.2 cm high, which fits nicely on my desk. (I very nearly bought the HP C5280, until I realized it was just too bulky). Overall, it's a great gadget that's given me no problems as yet, and is good value for money.
This is getting five stars on Amazon and I'm not surprised. It's currently selling at £54.31, which has gone up a bit since I bought it a month ago. It's still a fantastic price though, compared to the Argos price of £97.89.