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I use one of this printers in my job. My office has one of this and one laser printer we use to print documents (such as contracts and payment notes). This printer I use to print forms, make copies of personal documents, scan things to my computer (usually pages with texts), print images, and all that office stuff. It's a really good printer. Using the economical mode you can print around 200 pages with one cartridge, and using the normal mode you'll get a high quality print and be able to print around 120 pages. The problem is, if you need to use it just for personal use the cartridges and specially the technical assistancy can be quite expensive. To make copies it has the same quality than the print and you can make coloured or black&white copies, you can keep document original size or adjust it to fit the entire page, and you can select this options using a touch screen small panel on printers right side. Also to scan you will get a high quality image on your computer. It's also very easy to operate and HP has a very easy to use help center. The problem is when you put so much pages to be printed at the same time, sometimes it'll pull more than one paper and prejudice your print. But all you have to do is to select separate intervals, with about 30 pages, and send it to be printed. At all it's a very good device, high quality, not very expensive, and really easy to operate.
->-> INTRODUCTION <-<-
I have only had a couple of printers in my time and none of them have been all-in-one yet, so this HP was a fairly new thing. I paid £60 at Tesco about 2 months ago.
->-> TECHNICAL BIT <-<-
> Printer / Copier / Scanner
> Colour InkJet
> 1.5" Touch screen
> Print from memory card (Memory Stick, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick Duo, SDHC Memory Card)
> MS Windows XP, Apple Mac OS X 10.4, Apple Mac OS X 10.5, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows Vista (64-bit versions)
> Up to A4
> Up to 9 ppm (mono) / up to 6.5 ppm (colour)
->-> FUNCTIONALITY <-<-
The touch screen control is great, it is very simple and gives you the options for printing, copying and scanning. You can select anything from colour options, page options and deleting of documents in the print cue. It also has an on/off button on the front.
As a scanner it works great and is again very simple, you just put in your document (up to a4) and hit the scan button, this then brings up a menu to decide if you want to scan to PC or your memory card, if its PC then whatever program you have set to deal with the scans comes up on the computer screen. It is hidden under the liftable flap on the top of the device.
This machine works okay as a copier as well but there is no designated tray for the printed documents to come out in so they often end up on the floor, I don't often use this function however so it isn't too much of a downside for me, but if you did want a copier, I would consider something else.
I find that the print quality and speed is ample for a home printer, it does eat up ink on the better quality settings but most do.
Extra features that i liked are that you can print to the edge of the page, you can load standard photo size paper and you can print on envelopes.
->-> RELIABILITY & BUILD <-<-
It is a large machine, but it is very well built and sturdy. It is also not overly heavy like some machines so movability isn't too much of a problem. It is made of shiny black plastic so I imagine it would fit in most homes. I have had no trouble with the reliability, print quality is constant as in the scanner. As with most printers in is expensive at £14 per cartridge, that is quite a downside for me. They are however very very easy to change with the opening section being on the front, the screen then direct you what to do.
->-> RECOMMENDED? <-<-
I would recommend this for the average user, that being a user that will only occasionally use the machine due to the ink diminishing speed and then the cost of the cartridges. I think that the quality is great for general usage. The scanning and copier are good extras to have but I barely use them.
Over the years I have bought and used many printers, but this is my first "all-in-one" printer, it can print, scan and copy. I bought mine from Tesco Direct and I paid £39.99, but the price is variable from shop to shop and online.
It has a power button on the front of the machine, and a small (1.5") LCD display. The display gives you a choice of options; Scan / Print / Copy. Actually, the printer is called "Touch Smart" so that gives a clue as how to use it. It is very easy to use, the Touch Smart menu will guide you through the options, press OK and it does whatever you have asked of it. All of the working parts are at the front and top of the machine, so you would not have to pull it out to change cartridges if you have this on a shelf.
It's quite a bulky machine (18.8" x 8" x 4") and is in shiny black plastic, it looks quite sturdy when on a surface but is light enough (12lb) to carry from room to room, which is just as well as the printer is in my bedroom and my computer in the room downstairs (due to lack of space), so when I want to print I have to bring it downstairs and attach it to my pc.This is actually really easy, with just one lead from the printer to the pc, and the printer plug/adaptor to the plug in the wall.
The scanner is on the top of the machine, it is A4 size, but you can use it for smaller prints as well, and because it is so compact there is not much chance of putting in the paper in the scanner the wrong way round. You just lift the lid of the scanner, making sure there is paper loaded in the in-tray (which can take up to 80 sheets) and press the scan button, it then displays the Scan Menu (Scan to PC or Scan to Memory Card). Put your item to be scanned in the Scanner tray, and then scan your document to your pc or memory card.
It is also possible to use your memory card and print documents and photos directly, without having to turn on your pc.
Using the Photosmart as a printer is also very simple; press your button (which is not really a button, its a touch sensitive light built into the front of the machine) making sure you have paper in the intray and decide whether you want black copies or colour, how many copies you would like and what size, press the menu button, select what you want to do and your copies will be printed out. The strange thing about this scanner/copier/printer is that there is no out-tray, so your copies will cascade onto the floor willy-nilly, and if your copies don't have page numbers on them it can be really annoying to try and put the papers in order! I tend to stay by the photocopier and catch the papers as they are printed out, but have been know to go and make a cup of tea, when I get back the floor is covered with paper, so annoying, in fact it's one of the biggest minuses for this machine.
The cartridges for this are £14.00 approximately, thats £28.00 for two cartridges, and this machine is heavy on the ink, it shows you each time how much ink you have left, which can be disheartening when you can see the levels going down quickly. I buy my cartridges from Tesco, but they are sold everywhere and easy to find, and can be bought online. I use Tesco out of convenience really, if I've got printing to do I want to do it NOW, so no parking fees/ postage/waiting! There is a colour cartridge and a black cartridge, they are very easy to change, you just pull down the cartridge panel at the front, it will show you what to do, click them out and click your new ones right in, and start printing.
I consider that the Photosmart is a reasonably quick printer, but I don't do a huge amount of printing with this machine as the ink goes too fast for my liking. The print speeds are 29ppm (page per minute) for black printing and 23ppm for colour prints. There is also an option to copy photographs at 4"x6" inches, which is postcard size, and borderless printing which is up to 8.5"x11". You can also load envelopes (or postcards) in the in tray and get these printed off with names and addresses etc.
I have been very satisfied with Photosmart, it's cheap and cheerful. If you are looking for a scanner/printer/copier for your home office then this is a very good buy, but probably not a printer to buy if you want top class photos printed out, this is where the machine falls down badly, nobody wants a fuzzy photo of their loved ones or whatever. The cartridges need changing much faster than I like, but I would recommend this to a friend if they did not want to do much printing. It is compatible to Windows and Mac:-
Mac OS X v.10.4 or later
256 MB RAM
Mac PowerPC G3 or faster
500 MB free hard drive space
Windows XP (SP2)/Vista
128 MB RAM
Intel Pentium II or faster
800 MB free hard drive space
I payed £40 for my HP Photosmart Printer which comes with a touch screen display, small screen, SD card reader and scanner. It is a small printer that fits nicely on a desk without causing too much problem in terms of space.
Setting it up was very easy, just one cable to the computer and one cable to the plug socket. There is an install however that is really easy to install and doesn't impose too much on the memory or performance of the computer.
When using photographic paper the quality of the photographs are very good (not as exceptional as professional printers but good enough to use in a photo album or frame) and there is also the option to print photographs straight from the SD card reader as the display shows the photographs from the card. This is also really useful if you have lost the cable from your camera to the computer. It allows you to copy photographs from the SD card onto your computer really easily.
It goes through ink quite quickly, however I am a University student who spends a lot of time printing assignments etc... and the ink is relatively cheap to buy also. I buy black and tri colour cartridges for around £23 for both.
I find with Printers in my house they have a limited life span partially because of my pets and also due to little relatives so seem to be able to find them and they use them as toys.
I was given a discounted printer recently which was a HP Photosmart C4680 all in one printer and yet again I have found a great printer for a super price.
The printer itself has a great design the front of the printer has got the pop up 1.5inch screen which enables you to look at photos you are printing and this is where the huge power button is located.
You press the power button it lights up green to let you know it is on and above that is where you place the many types of memory cards this printer lets you use to print items from.
On the back of the printer is where the mains are connected and this is where you have two options to print from. You can plug a printer USB cable into the back to send a direct link to the printer or you could use a wired method which is done directly from a camera.
On top of the printer is the lovely and shiny HP logo and lid which hides away the scanner very nicely and makes everything look sophisticated and smart.
When it comes to printing I love this printer because it does suggest it can print 29 pages per minute in mono and I managed to get 31 recently so it can definitely print quick amounts if it wants to so that accurate sum is totally correct.
The colour printing is quick but offers around 20 sheets per minute so it is not to bad and obviously better printers out there which offer a much better all round speed.
What I do like with this printer is the amount of technology it has such as the red eye reduction which is great for the photos of pets I have when they always seem to be demon pets with problems and yet this printer has the capability to remove that problem.
You also have many other types of software which help you print selected items on webpages and much more.
The printing is quick and very good and the end results are quite good. The ink dries quickly and if you do a big image on paper sadly that can sometimes come out soaking wet but after five minutes this then dries and the image is not fantastic but it will pass.
The photo quality on photo paper is fantastic and faultless. You have images coming out to a crisp print finish and they look amazing and the ink is always dry when the image comes out and you get every detail you want.
The scanner is pretty good and that is one of the areas I was actually most impressed with. The scanner has a dpi resolution of 1200 x 2400 and it offers quality results when I view the scanned items on my pc. All items have got all the right colours and right amount of depth in terms of sharpness and shadowing.
The scanner does take a small while to get started but once it is in a rhythm the speed is good and the results superb.
The tray can hold 80 sheets going in but only 15 coming out the actual tray you have at the end is pretty small and doesn't rise like some printers do so that is something people should be aware off otherwise there paperwork will go on the floor.
The size of the printer might also put people off because I have struggled to find a location to store this printer due to the fact the amount of features it has.
The size is 15.5 inches in height, 17.5 inches in width and 24 inches in depth which shows how big it is when you think about it. The good part is that although it is big it does a lot of things well.
The other problem is the fact the ink is expensive for this printer. I found I had to pay out nearly £35 for a black ink cartridge recently because the printer tends to not like the replica ones so you have to use the HP official inks which costs a lot more money.
This printer I am certain does not run on Windows 7 but people might need to test this out first because I have this running on a Vista machine and it works perfectly.
In my overall assessment the printing quality is excellent when it comes to photos being printed on the correct surface and never misses out any details. The size for me is a bit too big but I can understand why it is so big for.
The ink prices are insane in terms of price which is the biggest drawback from this printer but overall it offers everything you need from a printer and the price I got this for was £25 so it shows if you look around bargains are there.