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We've had this printer in our house for quite a few years now, it's been very useful.
Because it isn't only a printer, but a copier and scanner too, it has been helpful in day to day life, cutting out the needless trips to the corner shop to photocopy documents. The photocopying function is easy enough, merely lifting the lid, and pressing the buttons to adjust the number of copies you want, before it proceeds. The other bonus with having the photocopying function is that you can photocopy on both sides of the page, if you simply reinsert the paper when one side has copied, with the blank side face down (it only takes a moment to observe and figure out how to get it the right way round).
I haven't used the scanning function as much, but it was useful when I wanted to scan in revision notes to send via email to friends, and this function was also quick and easy to set up.
The buttons are easy to use, with one telling you when ink is running low. Although this is a colour printer, we haven't replaced the colour cartridge as it isn't often used in the household, and seems an unnecessary expense.
The printer was easy to set up, simply using the disc to make your laptop and desktop compatible. However, with my new HP laptop, I have found I simply need to connect the printer USB, so there was no need to hunt down the disc to install software, it was done for me.
The printer was a fairly fast speed when we first purchased it, though since technology has improved, it does make this printer seem slightly on the slow side, but if you've got a bit of patience, then it's fine.
I am not sure how much this printer retails for now, or even if it's still available, but at the time it was a great purchase.
We have a HP PSC 1350 for use with our home computer. We have had this for a good few years now and, with the price we paid being under £100 at the time, it has served us really well. It is used by all the family for various different purposes, even my children can use it unassisted.
We bought it as a replacement for the cheap basic printer that came with the PC package we had bought, and it has been an excellent choice.
The photocopier can be used alone, which is most convenient for the rare times that the computer is not on, and I also use it to import photos from my digital camera, which is in addition to the port that can be used on the pc hard drive of course.
The photocopier can print in colour or black and white according to your needs, and can also cope with multiple copies, just choose the options from the simple buttons on the top.
Scanning quality is excellent too, I have used this to upload all my old photographs, exam certificates and the like, and it has captured them all perfectly, with the required amount of clear detail.
This model needs two cartridges, the black and white and the colour, however I have found that it must be quite economical, as I am using it most days and rarely need to change the cartridges, especially when choosing 'FastDraft' printing option to economise.
As you would expect from a good all rounder like this, it's user-friendly and so far has been reliable (touch wood!) . An excellent choice for domestic and/or small business users like myself, I would recommend it. I would buy the same model again next time.
After purchasing a new computer recently as my old one was too broken, I decided to get a new printer with it. I found this as the price tag was pretty low for the features it has - a good quality printer, scanner and photocopying device, all for the price of most normal printers!
The printer also has the great feature of having digital camera memory card slots in the side, so you can transfer the pictures directly to the printer/computer without any further photo software if you wanted to. This is a great feature, as you can print your photos without even having your computer on; just put your memory card into the slots (all of the following are compatable - CompactFlash®, SmartMedia, Memory Stick®, Secure Digital/Multi Media, or xD-Picture Card), select the photos, and print them out, saving a lot of messing about.
The printer also has modes of setting to print in better photograph quality, which can be accessed on the print options menu when printing a document on Microsoft Word etc., and this also came with a few free sheets of photo-quality paper so you could test it out, as well as the option of buying optional six-ink colour/4800 optimized dpi1, getting gorgeous colour photos. Another feature with the printer that I have not yet used is the HP Photo and Imaging software, which allows you to print T-Shirt decals and stickers.
Though not as fast as some machines, the HP prints at a satisfactory speed for home use, and at a good quality if set correctly. Photocopying is useful, as you don't even need to have the computer switched on - just lift the lid of the printer, but the page in in the bottom right, then press the copy button.
Another marvelous feature of this printer is the Hp Memories Disk software that comes with it, so you can make slide shows of all your photos and put them on a CD/DVD, and later watch or show to family/friends etc., or use HP Instant Share to share your images via email.
The scanner, very useful for getting images required for work or for editting in programmes like Photoshop if they aren't of a high quality or you want to add effect, is capable of scans of 600 x 2400 dpi optical resolution, up to 19200 dpi2 enhanced and 36-bit color.
The only real problem I've had with it in the time I've owned it is that I accidentally told the Norton Anti-Virus Software to block the printing software when it attempted to connect the internet, which I later discovered would become quite a problem because it could not obtain the updates from the website. The result of this is that every time I switch the PC on, the printer has to re-install, which, though irritating at times, doesn't actually make the printer work any less effectively.
Also, to solve this I have tried installing the 'Critical Update' disk that came with the printer which seems to cure the problem sometimes but not for long.
I think you can buy cheaper versions of this printer with fewer features, i.e. no scanner/copier, but unless you really have no need for these or already have these kinds of hardware, I would recommend the extra £30 be well spent.
I would reccomend this printer to families for home use, or a small office for work as it is good quality, quite fast and does a whole range of tasks and extras, also not costing too much.
Thanks for reading my review.
The hp psc 1350 all-in-one printer, scanner, copier prints true-to-life photos with up to 4800-optimized dpi or optional 6-ink color. And it is so easy-to-use - you can print, scan and copy in color all from one compact product. Printing photos without a PC is simple - just insert your memory card, then select photos with hp's photo proof sheet and then print! Scan books, documents and traditional photos at 600 x 2400-dpi optical resolution and 36-bit color with flatbed versatility. And make color copies without a PC, plus fit-to-page button for easy photo enlargements.