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HP Photosmart F4280 All-in-One

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      30.10.2014 19:51
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      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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