Product Type: Hewlett-Packard All in one Printer
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Cheap Printer - Expensive to maintain!
HP Photosmart Wireless e-All-in-One
Member Name: MsTricia
HP Photosmart Wireless e-All-in-One
Advantages: good, reliable easy and straightforward to use printer
Disadvantages: expensive ink, jams a bit
Whats good about it you ask??
it is a neat and nifty all in one black printer from the brand Hewlett-Packard (aka HP!). It is multi-functional as it can scan, copy, and print and most importantly of all it's wireless! Meaning I can print from it without being in the same room (my printer lives under table in front room and 9 times out of 10 I am in bed with my Macbook!) and also is great as simply using the wi-fi network I can also print off my mobile phone.
Setting up the printer was easy, and given I am not so clued up with technology I managed to set this up on my own! It already came in a box so no assembly was required the only manual part was inserting the ink cartridges, of which it came free with black, magenta, cyan and yellow. There were instructions which were clear (and ENGLISH!) most importantly and so I now know how to put them in easily and efficiently.
On the left hand side is a touch screen on the printer which is straightforward. Setting up the wireless was also easily, as I simply touch the appropriate arrow for "settings" and go to wireless networks and key in the password to the wi-fi and voila! It's all set and raring to go! By simply clicking print on my macbook or phone it instantly connects with the printer and prints easily.
Photocopying is also a doddle, just insert the paper to be copied under the lid, close and press photocopy and the job is done within seconds. Similarly with scanning, it is the same process, only press scan and the image instantly pops up on my computer screen, and I am able to save the document and forward it via email or whatever is necessary.
The clarity of the printing is excellent and when all ink levels are at a maximum, it prints professionally and doesn't smudge or blur which is exactly what I need it to do!
Well of course, number one being the ink is so expensive. I don't find I print tremendously often, more little things like voucher tickets if we go out to eat, occasionally things like zoo tickets, or flight confirmation emails and the like and when I go to gigs it is easier to print off an email rather than pay postage. I find that the ink doesn't last particularly long and needs replacing every 3 months or so. For example, buying the black ink alone that is required for this printer is £12.59 (cheapest I could find on Amazon) and going to places like Currys is in excess of this! Considering I need 3 other colours, this is about £50+ a pop on ink which is why I exercise printing at home with caution! If I printed half as much as I'd normally like to, I'd have no money left lol!
Occasionally the printer has started to jam as of late. This is not tremendously awful, seeing as I have had it 18months + it's getting some age, but I find it annoying when I have to open it up completely and be battling to get paper out of the crevices and re-start my printing process all over again = more wastage of ink! In fairness this has only happened about 3 times, but it doesn't give me the greatest of joy.
In addition I find the wireless connection can be dodgy. I used to have wi-fi provided by BT and I used to always leave the printer on and so when I needed to print it does the job straightaway. Since changing to 02 as our wi-fi provider I have found that if I haven't printed off it for a while, I need to reconnect it to the wi-fi as my macbook keeps telling me the printer cannot be found. I don't know if this is due to the change in internet service or the printer getting old and tired and can't stay connected! Needless to say this annoys me as it means I have to get out of my bed lol.
One of the selling points of this printer was that it being wi-fi meant I could actually email work to print when not at home. For example, if I was at work/uni and wanted to print something, I could email it to the printer email address and when I get home it would have already been printed. To me this sounded totally amazing, but in reality I have no idea how this works and have never been able to do it! Perhaps I am blind and can't read instructions properly but I don't know how to operate this part of the printer and as a result can't really comment on how good/efficient it is. In fairness, I don't have much need for this now, as I am no longer at uni, and most of the time if I can I'll just print stuff at work, (although I don't print private things at work!) and most stuff can just wait until I get home and remember to print it!
Considering I basically paid about 30 quid for this printer it has done more than I could possibly ask for and has served me well. It prints, photocopies and scans to a high quality and with ease and is great for my basic printing needs. I don't print things like family photo's etc as I prefer doing those the old traditional way and go off to snappy snaps lol but for simple paper documents it gets the job done. My only thing is the ink is so overpriced and so I am sure this is where HP make all their money seeing as they can shift these printers for a mere £30! I'd definitely recommend it to any other student (if apple still do this deal!) or someone who needs a printer on a tight budget as I have seen it can still be picked up on places like amazon for the region of £50.
Summary: good printer at affordable price that gets the job done