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We've had our HP PSC 750 for about 5 years now and it is still going strong which is more than can be said for some of the printers we had beforehand, or some of the other computer bits we've had since! What I really like about the product is that it is multi-functional. We used to have a printer and separate scanner and there was never enough room for everything, let alone enough plugs to have everything plugged in at once! With an all in one you have the facility to scan documents or photos to digitalise them, you can print from the computer AND you can photocopy things (and it's amazing how often you do want to take a photocopy of something!) I find the in-built HP Director software really easy to use when scanning things in and i've been able to scan in literally hundreds of old photos so that we have an electronic copy. The software automatically saves everything by date which I find quite useful, but if you don't like this you can obviously change the settings so that files are saved in a way that suits you. The print quality for documents is really good, even in draft and normal (which is what we tend to print most things in). I don't really print many photos so I can't really comment on the quality for pics, although I am sure it is fine (particularly if you use the proper photo paper). Ink cartridges tend to last fairly well (probably due to us printing what we can in draft!) but they can be quite expensive. We've found a seller on ebay that sells them cheaper than the high street though and tend to buy from him. If you're looking for a good all rounder I would really recommend the HP PSC 750. It's a product that does what it says on the tin!
Our first ever three in one multipurpose printer was the HP 750. Looking smart in silver and blue, it was quite a big machine, which slotted nicely between our old fax machine and our latest multi-printer; the reason for the new one will be explained later. The printer has the scanner/printer/photocopier/fax functions. Setting up was extremely easy and only requires you to connect up the cables, one to the AC supply (socket) and the other to the computer. You can also link it up to a wireless router to set up a wireless network that can share the printer. The quality of the printer is fairly good, although at times it is a bit streaky. One bad thing is that the colour ink is in one big cartridge, so when one colour runs out, it is annoying to have to replace the whole thing, when a certain colour is still quite full. The colours that come out when there is full ink is solid and bright, although printing on normal cartridge paper, I find that the result is rather damp and causes the paper to warp slightly, so you must let it dry before removing it from the tray. Scanning and photocopying are both extremely easy and require you to put your page onto the glass panel, and upon a push of a button will photocopy/scan. For scanning, the page will automatically load onto your computer screen once complete, although you will need to designate a save location. We had no need to use the fax function as we continued to use our old fax machine, but fax is now totally out of use (in the everyday home) so that feature has not been used. Unfortunately, the scanning feature spontaneously broke down and we don't know what is wrong. Asking friends who were more technologically advanced, they suggested getting a new printer/scanner altogether and hence our latest investment in the HP 2610. The printer still works fine, but due to its size, we packed it up and just use the new one now. We bought the printer when it was newly released and it cost around £250. Nowadays it is definitely not worth this much, and I highly doubt people will buy this due to the costly ink cartridges, the size and the fact that newer better all-in-one printers are being released so often. It was great until it slowly broke down, and when one function goes, the whole thing basically goes, so perhaps we shouldn't get integrated multipurpose printers as there's always going to be a risk!
OK, OK so I bang the drum about the crappy old X73, but where can I go from here? Well I traded in my Lexmark X-73...or more to the point decided to use it as a doorstop when it refused to work for the umpteenth time, needed reinstalled, and so on, please read my diatribe to see more. So, there I am, printerless, with essays backing up and needing printed, when I saw this wee gem for £99! Now don;t be fooled, that £99 does not include a USB cable, which I found a bit, well, crap, but still, I parted with some more pennies and took it all home. What a difference, install? Easy! Cartridge installation...EASY. THis printer has been a joy. After my unhappy, hairloss inducing experiences at LExmark, I was overjouyed. I know people whinge on about scanner quality blah blah blah, but for the priuce you won;t get uch better. It is fast enough for most home needs, the photo quality printing is pretty damn good and it doesn't even drink ink like some deranged ink drinking alcoholic. OK, so it's tall, but at least the design, front paper tray and control panel are handy. Basically if you do need a combined printer and scanner you can't go wrong with this. Good, honest value and works with XP. Joy of joys. Certainly gets my 5 stars, even though the cheapskates don;t give you a USB cable. PLease, don;t buy an X73, you will end up with less hair then Duncan Goodhew. What you really need is one of these!!
I had owned my Epson Stylus 400 for about 4 years, it's output was reasonable for my use but ultimately it was slow when you were printing out a large document. I also got annoyed with the constant head cleaning that would occur every time you turned the thing on. I had worked in computer retail for a few years and knew the reputations of the various manufacturers and decided now was the time to get a new printer. Well actually that's a bit of a lie as I probably could have got by but when the HP PSC750 was reduced in price before christmas I was sorely tempted. This is one of those models that is an all-in-one printer. It was handy as my current scanner was a bit crap and I had no room for it either. PC World were selling the printer for just under £90 which was a very good price so I went and bought one. The first thing that strikes you about the HP printer is that it's very well made and bulky. The beauty of the HP technology is that the print heads are built in as part of the cartridge, that means that your printer is likely to have a longer life and far less hiccups on the page. When you open the box you get the usual manuels and driver cd-roms. HP also include a large broadsheet with step by step instructions on how to install the printer. As the connection is USB then anyone with a modern PC and software should have no problems in installing the hardware in a matter of minutes. So now I had my printer installed, it was time to test the results. The PSC750 also acts as a stand-alone copier which will produce mono and colour copies at the touch of a button. To test this I put in a photograph and printed on the standard A4 photocopier paper. The results were very impressive, the photo reproduction even from a copy is very detailed. The printer also doesn't soak the paper in ink so you have a quick drying result that would look good in any presentation. On the text side I found that text documents were spat at at a very fast rate, 11PPM is the fastest this printer can cope with according to the manuel and I can well believe it. Don't be fooled by the 600x600 DPI as HP use a system of micro dot printing and layering to achieve fantastic results. On the scanner side you have a resolution of 600x1200DPI to play about with. The softare that come with the scanner I have to say isn't that great, it's abilities are limited but those who are serious about using this side of the printer will no doubt have better software to use. The scanning results through the USB port are very fast and the reproduction is very reasonable. With some playing about in software you'll be able to re-produce quality work that can go in desktop publishing. The only problem I have with the scanner is that the scanning surface is a bit small for heavy duty work such as books etc but for the normal photos etc it does it's job well. Of course anyone who wants to a professional level of work will probably opt for a stand alone scanner. The only frightening thing about the printer is the price of cartridges. Shopping around on the net should pick you up a black cartridge for about £21 while a colour will set you back around £24-25. However as previously mentioned the carts do have the print head built in. Not only that but there are a few online stores that will buy empty carts from you and give you around a fiver back on your new carts. There are also third party re-fills available, how good these are I don't know but perhaps it best to stay away from these if you worry about invalidating your warranty in the first year. So all in all this ia great printer currently available at a great price. Those looking for something that doesn't take up much room, does a great colour re-production and copies without turning the printer on then you could do far wrong than the HP PSC750.
Had my psc750 for a couplr of months now and have to say it was a great investment. It copies, scans and prints quickly and efficiently. Makes great pictures if you use photographic paper. Its very easy to use and can be used with or without switching on your PC. Has three quality settings and compared to other printers I've seen and used is certainly alot quieter. At around £100 you cant go wrong with this one.
Outstanding value at £99 the HP psc750 all-in-one printer, scanner, copier. We bought one of these machine eighteen months ago for £199, on special offer at Tesco, I think it was reduced from £249 and we have been delighted with it. When my daughter took it away to university I was left with my original Canon inkjet. So I was delighted to see the same machine in Tesco this month, reduced to £99. It may be heavily discounted to get rid of a job lot, or maybe the model has been superseded, but at this price I couldn’t pass it by. (As a matter of interest that is a third of the price of my old Canon!). It is also being discounted at pcWorld and probably other places. Whilst I appreciate scanning and display performance depends also on the spec of your pc I reckon hooking it up to my (now old in technological terms) Pll-450Mz pc is a fair test. It is fast on my pc so on a state of the art pc it must be instant and no one could fail to be impressed with it’s performance for the price. The machine is admittedly bulky and needs to sit beside your desk rather than on it. At 8.5Kg and measuring 27x45x35 hwd and a rather weird curvy shape it isn’t exactly compact. It comes with usb lead that is fairly generous in length and the mains power is provided through a transformer with quite long leads. Remember that turning the power off on printer still leaves the transformer live so you must remember to turn it off at the wall. It is simplicity itself to set up, as are most usb connectivity machines; incidentally this machine is usb only. In summary stick the CD in and follow the instructions through, your pc may reboot itself at some time. Connect printer to mains and pc with leads, insert couple sheets paper, turn on, and keep following instructions on pc. Insert the two ink cartridges and press enter to print test pages, the scanner display will then tell you to scan the printed test pages to run alignment test. You are n ow up and away. The paper tray is large, it says maximum 150 sheets but this is bit silly as output tray holds only 50 and isn’t that strong so I wouldn’t recommend endurance testing it. The printer will accept 60 to 90gsm weight paper, so flimsy through to fairly stout quality paper. You can also print card to 200gsm and feed through envelopes. It knows all the standard paper sizes, A4, letter, legal etc and everything between if you custom print and all the standard envelope sizes, cards etc. It will also happily accept transparency film and labels. You can reduce/enlarge/fit to page etc, lighten/darken, shift margins and other fancy bits, and can control all this on the actual printer or through your pc. Replacement print cartridges are a rip-off for all printers as we all know, but look out for special offers and they will work out at nearer £20 rather than the standard £25 plus. For the next set I shall try internet shopping for them. Personally I wouldn’t recommend re-filling the cartridges until your machine is well out of guarantee and this procedure will probably invalidate it if any problem is related to ink or print heads. The colour cartridges come in two sizes; the larger is better value for your money. Speed is good for the average home user. Manufacturers quote prints per minute but these tend to be pretty meaningless as speed obviously depends on both quality and density of what you are printing. When you look at a letter you want to print out, the print coverage, as in actual printed to the unprinted white space area, may be anything from 10% to 70%. My letters may not be life stories, and I am not writing any tomes, but an average letter on “normal” quality, rattles out as fast as I can press ok to print, glance at the clock, save the file and turn round. Straight copying is just as fast, like any photocopier, stick the paper on the glass and press go. One joy of this mac hine is when you turn it on it is ready to print in about ten seconds, if that, none of the chunterring around like my old Canon that takes five minutes to sort itself out before saying “ready”. It isn’t that quiet, few clunks and clicks, but does that really matter? I haven’t experimented that much with different quality papers, but standard cheap 80gsm has suited all my black and white and colour printing needs so far. I have also scanned numerous very old sepia photographs and printed them out on bog standard paper and the results are startlingly good, better than on coated paper. Colour photos I have scanned in and printed for sending to friends are, again, quite acceptable on this same paper. Incidentally I have laminated those old sepia photos and they are as good as any professional glossy reprint. Scanners and printers get slagged off for their poor quality of processing images especially colour photographs. I would dare to suggest people fail to realise the original needs to be bright, contrasty and pin sharp, only then will you get the superb results you are expecting. You cannot expect the average snap to be magically transformed through your printer into a professional calendar quality image, they aren’t THAT clever; same old adage: rubbish in, rubbish out. Experiment with one of your snaps and a photo from a calendar, you will be amazed at the variation in quality. I have not found much difference in quality between scanning a picture into my pc and then printing it back out to the printer as against just doing a colour copy, on the technical side I don’t know if there should be any difference, someone can tell me. Another good test is to print out digital photos that you have taken or an image you have picked from a website. These, if they are of even mediocre quality, print out superbly. The published speed for colour printing is a measly 4 pages per minute but any prin ting I have done, they roll out at twice this speed on ordinary paper, again it is all about density. Remember 8 ppm is only 7.5 seconds of your life, are we that impatient! Your psc750 might struggle for more than a minute to get make a reproduction of that snap of you cavorting in your little black dress in some dive last night in the disco lights, you can’t blame it! Straight black & white copying of papers is almost instant: on the glass, press go and out it rolls by the time you pick the original off the glass, who can complain at that for a home photocopier. A much cleaner copy than our thousand pound traditional copier at work. Another thing worth pointing out is how people moan at the resolution, dots per inch, of their scanners and printers. This machine is the standard 600x600, which is adequate for all but the professional. Scanning at silly resolutions like 9600 dpi will create image files of megabyte proportions which you cannot handle. Unless you have an ultra fast pc with gigabytes of RAM and disk space, a professional editing package and access to colour laser printers this is all a bit pointless. The files are too big to email to anyone and at the end of the day the quality of your image is determined either by the printer or your monitor. Most scanned images will look brilliant on any half decent monitor. I think we need to wait a few more years before traditional celluloid negative to positive photography will be replaced by printing to home printers at realistic prices, and people shouldn’t expect too much yet. The “Director” is the screen displayed when you double click your printer icon on your desktop, and allows you to perform, on screen, what you can do by pressing the buttons on the printer itself, and more. It is rather grandiose for what it is but is but it is handy. You can just Copy; Scan to E-Mail which just scans and opens your email package with the scanned im age already attached to a blank email, or Scan which asks you where to stick the scanned image. Depending on the software on your pc it will open and put the image directly into your chosen program in, eg Word, E-Mail again, Kodak Imaging or wherever, in one move, quite useful. The basic imaging software doesn’t allow you to do much with your scan, just rotate, reverse etc. You need to save it or copy it into Paintbrush or any other imaging software to play with it. On the installation CD you also get ReadIris, the ocr package, but personally I find this program hard work, and as I have little use for it at the moment, won’t go into it here. Definitely the psc750 is my bargain of the year, highly recommended.
I recieved my PSC 750 for Christmas last year, and it's been great. It has a printer, scanner and copier, all of which are great quality. The printer is great for printing anything, from drafts of 50 page documents, to final copies of photos... and anything in between! The quality is remarkable, and looks good with photo paper. It's fast for printing large documents (takes around 2 mins to do 20 pages). The scanner is good quality, and easy to use, as well as being compatible with all software that supports TWAIN importing. It is a little larger than A4, and fast! The copier is perhaps the most useful feature of the whole device though, because it allows photocopying of documents without having to go through the computer. It offers colour and black copying in three different quality modes - Draft, Normal and Fine. There is a small LCD display to show it's status. Changing the cartridges is simple enough - just lift the scanner part up, and it reveals the printer gubbins. There are prompts on both the computer and the LCD display reminding you to change the print cartridge. All in all, i'd recommend one of these if you plan to do a lot of different jobs - it is ideal for a family, or people with limited space.