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If you want the story so far, here's a short summary:
I purchased a Kodak ESP7, it broke and I exchanged it for a HP Photosmart Plus (approximately the same price).
After getting this printer home from the store where I exchanged my Kodak, I began setting this printer up. And my irritated mood quickly disappeared. This one was much easier to set up, instructions were simple, just a case of plugging it in, installing inks and following instructions on a disc.
So after a really easy set up, I got back to work printed all my documents that were now overdue thanks to my disappointing experience with Kodak. After these documents had been printer, to a pleasing quality I might add! I continued trying to print photos. And to my glee I found that it did this very well to.
Additionally, which I hadn't realised when I purchased the printer, it has e-Print. Which means I am now able to print photos and documents from my iPhone or my partners iPad. This wasn't a great selling feature I found when looking for a new printer, but it was a nice surprise when I figured out how to do it.
To conclude, a good product from HP, really something to be proud of. decent print quality, mid-range ink costs. Generally exactly what I need.
I have been a student for two years now and until now have managed to get away without buying a printer by using on-site facilities. Due to a change in circumstances I have now enrolled at the Open University, hence the need for a decent printer. As I will be using it a lot, I decided that I would go for a more expensive and (hopefully!) more reliable machine.
I don't really like printers, and really begrudged buying one as every one that I have owned has been so unpredictable and temperamental that I end up throwing it away! Usually due to constant 'please load the paper into the tray' messages... when there is plenty of paper already in the bloomin' tray!!! Either that or there is a 'paper jam', when there is no paper in the machine! I just can't win.
I think those days are over...
The HP Photosmart Plus All in One printer is the most reliable printer that I have ever come across. It is so simple and easy to use, yet has so many amazing features.
My favourite features...
Touch screen - Yes, my printer has a touch screen, how fancy! It has a large display which makes choosing functions simple, it also displays computer generated videos that show you exactly how to set up and use the printer. This is a great feature and is really handy for people like me who sometimes struggle to follow manuals.
Email access - Yes, my printer also has its own email address. As long as the printer is turned on, you can email any attachments (documents, or photos) and it will print it out for you within a few seconds. It will also recognise what you are sending it - i.e. it will print photos out on photo paper, and documents on standard A4 paper.
Wireless - Self explanatory, but is a really nice feature for those with laptops such as myself who may not have a set 'computer area'. I have mine in a corner in my bedroom and can order a print out from anywhere in the house.
Internet access - My printer can access the internet on its own! It has a few apps stored and you can go online and print out games, calendars, children's activities, graph paper, etc. There is also a Snapfish App so you can upload, share and print your photos.
As mentioned, it is really easy to set up the printer as the screen shows you step by step videos, the whole process takes around 15 minutes and is not complicated at all. If you are unsure of anything, you can always view the video again before moving on to the next step. Connecting to the computer is just as easy, as it is wireless there is no actual 'connecting' involved, you can connect if you like but the wire isn't included, so I haven't done this and can't comment on it. All you have to do is insert the CD into your PC and follow the steps on screen, this takes 2-3 minutes and then you are ready to print!
Of course, being an all in one printer it is also a copier and scanner. You can also print photos; I have used all of the printer's features and am happy with almost every aspect. My only issue is with the scanner/copier; I've found that the lid is not tight fitting, this means that there are sometimes shadows on the print outs. This is not a huge issue and I find that if I hold the top lightly while scanning it will come out OK.
As for photos; I am amazed by the quality of the prints, I have used this feature a lot and have printed perfect, glossy pictures every time. The photos are printed right up to the edges as well so they are exactly like the photos that you would order form a shop.
Every day use is great; I've printed many things on this printer, and each time the paper has loaded perfectly, printed quickly, and the quality has always been perfect. The ink also dries very fast, even on the photos. I have picked photos up straight after printing and they have been completely dry with no transfer to my fingers.
The printer takes five ink cartridges; black, plus four colours. This means that you can replace only the colour that you need, and not the whole thing. This is great if you tend to print a lot of things in the same colour. I find that my blue ink runs out quicker than other colours, for example. I do believe that this saves money in the long run. Black cartridges can be bought for around £10 and coloured ones cost around £6, although they can be found cheaper online. The printer itself costs around £99, and is widely available, do shop around though as it may be available cheaper than this.
I am very happy with my printer; it is smart yet simple and works perfectly every time. I couldn't ask for more, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.