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After purchasing an iPad 2 to do lots of organization and school work I then realized how much of a pain it was that my rpinter did not support air print. Therefore I was after a cheap, decent printer that I could print to directly from my iPad. This HP one did the job perfectly.
Installation is very simple, just simply turn it on and connect it to your wifi using the touch pannel controls and thats it. My iPad located it straight away and in no time I was printing off sheet after sheet of very detailed spreadsheets.
For an inkjet printer the speed of print is impressivly fast and the pages do not come out too damp. The colours from the printer are very vibrant and to date I have not expereienced any problems with the rollers or paper getting jammed, it's a very reliable printer.
To add to the plus sides there are also two buttons, an off button and a wifi button, meaning that you can have the printer turned on without having the wifi on, and for any health conciense people this is a very good feature indeed.
The printer is very compact, being no taller than 8 inches and sits nicely on a regular desk, but still looks very sleek and stylish. Furthermore the scanner lid on the top is very light and therefore easy to use and scanning is very simple, using the simple controls on the touch pannel. Finally there is an SD card slot, meaning that you can take the card directly out of say a camera and print the contents.
All in all this is a very reliable printer that, touch wood, I have not experienced a single problem with. And for around £60, bargain.
.I bought the HP photosmart CN245B wireless printer after extensive research both on review websites and in store. I came to the conclusion that compared to other models (such as Kodak - though the printer cartridges are extremely cheap and epson) this HP printer gave the consumer a lot of tech for their money, this is thanks to their new cloud thinking. This is where your printer is designated a specific e-mail account, when you e-mail a document or picture from anywhere in the world to you 'printer's e-mail' address it will print - providing your printer is turned on. Now that to me seemed astonishing because it meant whilst on holiday I could send people photos, or when I simply saw something I found interesting I would take a picture and send it to this e-mail address and it worked effortlessly and smoothly (important to no e-print, the name for the cloud technology HP use is only available on new, wireless printers in their range). The setup of the printer contrary to other reviews I have read was simple, and efficient. There was one program HP supply and it runs you through step by step and checks your wireless connection in the conclusive stages. Even down to the registering of your product unlike others I have had to put myself through was non-laborious. The product itself looked stylish and HP had obviously spent some time designing every aspect (it may sound silly but even the scanning lid closed 'nicely') and the high gloss top and screen looked the part. Only downfall it is slightly too chunky to be placed on a small home or office desk. The inks provided by HP lasted me for all of the two weeks i had the product and estimations predicted I still had over half full (and in that time i printed a 12 page document, and other shorter document and a selection of high quality photo's) which shows that you don't especially have to worry about the costs of ink straight away. Which leads me onto my next point about the cost and purchasing of inks. Recently how much ink could cost you and currently costs you is a topical issue in adverts and in the media. I for one was enticed thinking that before it was on average cheaper to buy a new printer than refill the cartridges. So i have two recommendations: firstly recycle your old ink cartridges especially if you use an older version of a HP, Lexmark or Dell printer you can earn up to £4.00 for each cartridge - they send you the prepaid envelope and the mechanics run smoothly (however if you have a epson printer or a split ink, as in four ink cartridges you will gain no financial reward just the good feeling knowing you have helped save our planet from global warming, and be aware that you have to reach a minimum pay out of £25 before they send you a cheque, which is common sense as they don't want to be sending you a 50p cheque. The website I used was cash for cartridges and here is a link to how much they pay for each cartridge: http://www.cashforcartridges.co.uk/ink-cartridge-recycling-prices) My second recommendation is buy cartridges of Amazon, in some case I saved over 50% on some ink cartridges compared to other retailers- even if they have buy one get one half price, such as staples, but beware I personally would only purchase the manufacturers cartridges as then I know the ink cartridge will perform well and last longer. Sadly my great experiences ended within the 28 days of purchasing the HP product. My printer suddenly stopped working wirelessly, the installation CD did not recognise or even identify the printer it had vanished. What had happened was whilst turning in and out of sleep mode the IP address rather inconveniently had altered itself - just brilliant. This meant that i could not use the wireless facilities as my router could not connect to the printer either. Luckily these problems usually occur within the first 28 days, and when they did for me I rang the retailer's customer support (John Lewis, who dealt with it extremely well, thanks!) and they simply told me to take it back. I did so and was given a better model, due to low stocks of my printer and so far I have been impressed with this model (The HP Photosmart Plus CN216B All-In-One Wireless Printer which though is slightly more expensive, £99.99 compared to £86.99 - both prices quoted from John Lewis - i believe it is just a more reliable printer and better spec, but the £99.99 is a sale retail price not a RRP) Overall I was hugely disappointed with my product it was working so well and efficiently then literally disappeared and was undetectable. It was a real shame - my suggestion for anyone who is wondering whether to purchase a wireless printer is to continue and do so, though they are tricky to handle when they go wrong (many people encounter small problems and know how to fix them, usually leaving help on the internet so search if you need help there is always someone to ask) the advantages of a wireless printer is just immense the fact that you could be sat in bed, watching TV and click print to as many documents as you want then collect them when you feel like it. I would highly recommend however purchasing an extended warranty or at least keeping your warranty/ receipt safe This is an adaptation of a review I also published on Ciao under the name of BazzaBoyT
I've had this printer/scanner for about a year now...and I've just about given up on it. It's a complete nightmare.
Compared to its competitors, it's pretty expensive; but the upshot of that is that you're paying for an HP machine. I've had a few HP printer/scanners over the years and they've always lasted well and delivered good performance, so I was willing to spend a bit more on this model in the hope that I'd get the same quality of product. Big mistake.
The first thing you notice is that it's huge: a lot bigger than it looks in the pictures, and a lot bigger than similar HP devices which I've had in the past. Having said that, it's not too much of an inconvenience given that it's likely to be sitting under a desk for most of its life.
Setup was fairly straightforward: there was a bit of a hunt for the last bits of tape on the inside of the machine, but all in all it was easy to set up and install. It can be connected either by bog-standard USB, or wirelessly, which is surprisingly easy to set up.
Unlike other HP models which I've used in the past, this one feels very flimsy; in fact, I've found a couple of metal rods and washers on the inside which seem to have fallen out - doesn't seem to have caused any problems, but it really doesn't bode well.
The touch-screen control panel is a really nice touch. The resolution is really impressive considering what it is and it's very responsive even to light touch. The instructions are very straightforward and easy to follow.
Overall, the print quality is at least as good as any other printer I've had before: images are probably a bit sharper than average for inkjet printers, and none of the colours seem to be distorted - all in all, the products are decent. The problem is the time it takes to do it. For a start, when you turn it on it spends a good 2 minutes cleaning the print head; when it starts printing it takes around 1 minute to do the same; it stops every few pages to clean the head while printing. Although it spits out each page pretty quickly (nowhere near the 28-30 ppm advertised, but that's the same for all printers of all makes as far as I can tell) it spends so much time faffing about that you'll end up waiting around 5 minutes for a single page. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I noticed that the waste ink container was nearly full...after a year of pretty light use!
Printing isn't very noisy at all really: at least, no worse than average. However, the constant cleaning of the print head makes a real racket - considering that this is what it spends most of its time doing, it's extremely irritating.
One of the features which HP pushes on this printer is the fact that it uses 3 different colour ink cartridges so you won't end up wasting 2 colours just to replace one. Unfortunately, the individual cartridges are pretty pricey and don't last long at all. The smaller-capacity cartridges usually last about 4 weeks of pretty light use; the larger-capacity ones last more like 10 weeks, but you really end up paying for it. Cartridges are easy to change, though - but you'll have to give it a good few minutes to clean the print head afterwards.
Another problem is that it frequently picks up a few sheets of paper at a time, which causes real trouble if you're printing double-sided (which you have to do manually). It's also jammed a couple of times, which never happened with older HP models. It's not just paper getting jammed: over the past few months, the carriage has starting getting stuck on the track - you've got to open the whole thing up and physically force the cartridge along the track a couple of times to free it.
Printing from a memory card/stick is very easy - just put it in the slot and follow the instructions...all very intuitive. The results aren't bad, but I've noticed that the pictures often come out a bit dark; most printers I've used have had this problem, but I think it's quite a bit worse with this model. If you're planning to print lots of high-quality photos, I wouldn't recommend the HP Photosmart Wireless.
I haven't used this very much, but it seems to deliver good results: high resolution, easy to use (you can scan directly from the touch-screen panel on the machine), and surprisingly quiet. Likewise, copying is very easy: you can photocopy in colour or B&W, independent of a computer - the results usually look identical to the original.
All in all, I'm not impressed. This is an expensive bit of kit which really doesn't do the job as well as it should, which is very disappointing for HP. Very slow printing, constant wasting of ink and a generally poor build mean that I've virtually stopped using it: it's cheaper for me to go and print at the library than to keep replacing the cartridges. I just use this as an emergency backup...which isn't ideal considering the price I paid.