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HP Photosmart F4280 All-in-One

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  • great prints
  • Quick to set up
  • Slow scanner
  • Unreliable
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      19.03.2015 15:52
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      Not fantastic, not terrible

      I bought the HP Photosmart F4280 All In One because while I already had a very cheap printer, I was tired of having to trek back and forth campus several times a day to copy documents. So I decided to invest in an all in one printer.

      The HP Photo smart advertises itself very well. It prints, scans and copies all from one device. It says that it provides a very fast printing speed and high quality colour prints.
      There are good qualities about this printer. It is easy to set up and to use, you can alter the size of copied documents which comes in very handy for me, and I can’t deny that having a multi functional device like this is very useful and saves a lot of time.

      However. I don’t think it prints as fast as it says it does, and it is slow to react, and although it claims to be durable, the power button has already collapsed so it is really difficult to switch the printer on or off. The warranty is only one year which is shorter than a lot of electrical devices, so I can’t get a replacement.

      I also don’t think it looks that appealing. And even though I don’t do a lot of printing, I find that the cartridges don’t tend to last very long. And of course, as with all printer cartridges, they are expensive to replace! I don’t think I would buy this printer again, or if I did I would only purchase it at a much lower price.

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      07.03.2015 13:38
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      Advantages

      • "great prints"
      • "A good size"
      • "Quick to set up"
      • "Easy to use"
      • "Prints/copies and scans"

      Disadvantages

      • "two cartridge system instead of four"
      • "not wireless"

      It may not be modern but it still keeps on going... A bit like Madonna

      The control panel is on the top and runs along the entire width of the left sixth of the top.
      These controls are simple to understand, it even has a rather fine set of lights that tell you how much ink you have left in the two cartridges, black and coloured. The green lights go up in fours, with four lights showing full and each light dropping means less ink left.
      Below the ink levels there are the main buttons, starting with the 'scan' button, which, when pressed automatically scans what ever you've put on the scanning tray.
      Below this there are the copying settings, choosing from the paper size you want to use, the choice of whether you want a back and white print of a coloured print. Then how many copies you want. Below this there's the resume printing and the cancel button. Finally, right at the bottom of the controls, there is the power button itself, which turns the the unit on or off.
      And that's the controls for you, with each button directing you to where you need to go.
      Next to the control panel there's the scanning tray, which is underneath the lid. Lift the lid and you'll see the glass panel with the copying arm underneath the glass. Simply place what you want copying onto the glass and copy away. You can copy straight into print or copy to a PC for later use.

      On the front there is the paper tray/catcher, which folds down and extends to no only hold the paper you are about to print on but also holds the paper that you've printed on.
      At the side of the paper tray there is the ink cartridge housing that hides behind the panel,
      remove this covering and you can replace the cartridges when the green lights tell you they need changing.


      This is not a wireless printer, which is a bit old fashioned these days, so you do have to have this connected to a PC using the printer cable.
      The finished prints are great, although this can depend on the paper, the initial image and the settings you chosen, but i've not had a bad print from this at all.

      The cost of this printer is about £40 which is not bad really for an all in one. The only downside is that the coloured ink is in the same cartridge so if one colour runs out you have to replace the entire cartridge.
      If you're after a nice little wired all in one then this is well worth looking at. But if you're after a wireless unit then this is not going to please you at all.

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        02.03.2015 22:28
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        Advantages

        • "Attractive design"
        • "Very cheap"
        • "Good quality of print"

        Disadvantages

        • "Slow scanner"

        Great for printing photos

        I bought this printer about a year ago, when my printer at home stopped suddenly working. In meantime when my standard printer was in shop for repair I decided to purchase this cheap HP Photosmart F4280 All-in-One and give it a go. The reason why I decided for this printer as well was, that I wanted to print out my photos from holidays in a good quality.

        The printer itself is quite light - weight just over 10 pounds - so it is a nice change from all the heavy machines and is very to easy carry it around at home from one room to another. Its design is very modern and white color gives it a very nice look.

        The input holds up to 80 sheets of paper. HP claims it prints 26 pages per minute but after my test I stopped at 18 with casual black and white documents. The print quality was surprisingly very good, especially when I consider the very cheap price of this printer. Then it came to printing of my holidays pictures. I was surprised that even all images came out very clear. This printer definitely does its job more than good when it comes to printing pictures.

        The weakness of this HP Photosmart F4280 is its scanner. Scanning of the documents is way too slow and the images didn't came out in the best quality either. But lets be honest - this is not a professional office printer, so I did not expect too much of it anyway.

        In the end this printer was a good choice, especially for printing out photos.

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        30.10.2014 19:51
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        • "Good Value"

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        • Unreliable

        Good value but a little unreliable

        I bought this printer a couple of weeks ago and was initially I was really happy with it. It has a nice sleek design, and fits easily on my desk. The installation and set-up was a breeze - you just pop the CD in and register online.

        It is quite a noisy printer, but no one I live with has complained so that's not really an issue for me! The only issue I am having with it is that it keeps randomly going 'offline'. The joy of a wireless printer is that you can print things from almost anywhere - I have actually been at University and emailed a document home for printing. This is amazing, when it works.

        Recently, it goes offline in the middle of printing a page. It just stops printing and an error message comes up. Helpfully, the advice from HP is "Check the printer is turned on" - thanks for that! Occasionally it goes back online by itself and resumes printing, usually though I have to cancel all of the documents and start again. This is time consuming and frustrating to say the least, and sadly means I can't rely on it when I have deadlines to meet.

        It is very good value, easy to use and economic with the ink cartridges. However, what I would love right now is a printer that prints!

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        18.06.2011 13:59

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        Avoid, it's not worth the trouble.

        I've had many printers over the years, many wired and many wireless. I had come to the conclusion that wireless printers were the worst invention ever, plagued by problems such as not working, not scanning the list goes on. I had heard good things about this one and decided to take the plunge. Firstly, the build quality isn't great and it feel plasticy and is rather large and will take up a lot of space. Next is getting the thing to print, you have the option to use it wired, but it was wireless so I felt that I had to take advantage of this. I wish I didn't. The Windows Printer adder didn't have this exact model, even after a Windows Update of the printer list, so I scoured the list looking for the printer with the most similar name. After finding one that loosely resembled the F4280 I installed it, hit print and the test page printed out, nice colour depth and printed fast enough. Great, all set I thought. When it came to printing something out other than the test page it just refused. After hours of installing drivers and troubleshooting I came across the HP Photosmart Centre. Once installed this did the job, but it did install all manner of other programs at the same time which I had to uninstall one at a time. Next onto the scanning, it is hard to work, and requires a bit of practice and even then it isn't great. I can't fault the photocopying but that's to be expected. My one big concern for this is that it goes through ink likes there's no tomorrow so you will have to be replacing far too often for my liking. In conclusion, if you want the hours of trouble shooting, buying new and expensive ink then go ahead and buy this printer, otherwise steer well clear.

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