Hewlett-Packard OfficeJet 4500 wireless all-in-one printer.
This review is for the aforementioned product, the Hewlett-Packard OfficeJet 4500 wireless all-in-one printer. The all-in-one refers to all of the different functions that can be performed with just this one machine. These functions include printing, copying, scanning and faxing. And, thanks to the wireless technology, it can all be done without having to be connected to your computer. Your all-in-one printer can be in a different room with no extra cords connected to your computer; very convenient. However, in order to use the wireless feature you must already have wireless access. If not, you can still use the printer and all of its features, but it will have to be connected to your computer via cable.
Printing: the printer function works the same as any other printer, printing documents in both color and black and white. The printer can print at a rate of up to 28 pages per minute in black and white, and up to 22 pages per minute in color. It is also able to print borderless photos.
Copying: the copy function works similarly to that of a full sized copy machine. The copier surface isn't as large as that of a full-sized machine, but it's certainly large enough to handle all of your at home copying needs. The copier uses the same paper as the printer and, like the printer, can copy up to 28 copies per minute in black and white and up to 22 copies per minute in color. It can copy up to a maximum of 90 copies at one time.
Scanning: the scanner function works the same as a stand-alone scanner. It can scan a document or a photo up to 8.5 by 14 inches on to your computer. The scanner uses the same surface as the copier.
Faxing: like the other functions, the fax function here works the same as a regular fax machine. You are able to fax at speeds of up to 33.6 kbps. The fax transmission speed is approximately 3 seconds per page, and the incoming memory is up to 100 pages. There is also a speed dial function that can hold up to 90 numbers. Like the copier, the fax machine also uses \the same standard paper as the printer.
The printer comes with everything you'll need: ink cartridges, one black and white and one color, power cords, directions and a CD with easy-to-follow on-screen instructions.
The machine itself is approximately 17 inches long, 16 inches wide and nine inches tall. It weighs approximately 13 pounds and is energy Star qualified.
It supports most Windows and Mac based operating systems.
As I pulled the printer out of the box and began examining all of the accessories I was faced with the daunting task of hooking up and programming this machine. Not being particularly, or at all, computer, printer or tech savvy I suddenly began to wonder what in the world I had just gotten myself into. I inserted the CD with the easy-to-follow instructions into my computer and did my best to follow along. To my surprise, the CD worked just as it was supposed to, the instructions were clear, simple and easy to follow. The CD quickly and expertly guides you through each step of the setup for each of the functions. To my utter amazement, this whole process took only a few minutes. I don't know how many exactly, but I would guess that it was only somewhere around 10 to 15 minutes before the machine was set up and ready to go.
The next task was to try each of the functions and learn how to use them. The display on the printer is easy to read and has all of the information you need. It displays all of the functions available and which one you're currently using. And, switching between functions is as simple as pressing a button. The buttons themselves are large, clear, easy to read and easy to operate.
Following the instructions, I was able to use each function correctly the first time I attempted to.
Having never used a scanner before, and having only used a copy machine once or twice in the past, I was surprised by how easy both functions were to use.
The only part of the process that took a second or third attempt was the fact that both the scanner and copier use the same bed, but to make a copy the document must be placed toward one end of the bed and to scan a document it must be placed toward the other end of the bed. Plus, the first time I scan a photo I discovered which way the photo has to be placed, as I scanned it upside down.
But, after making those simple mistakes, I was able to use all functions of the printer correctly and easily.
I use the printer the most, the copier occasionally, the scanner from time to time and I never really use the fax, but it's convenient to have all of them when I need them, and especially all in one machine.
This machine is perfect for a home office. It has all of the functions you need for your office in one small machine that's not really any bigger than an ordinary printer. It's performance, function and convenience. Plus, it's quite stylish.
With a regular price of $129.99 American, it's kind of expensive, but when you look at it as getting four machines in one, it's actually quite reasonable. Plus, it includes free standard shipping.
I ordered mine from the manufacturer's website at the same time I ordered a computer, so I was able to get the printer for a reduced price, nearly half off, so it was quite a deal.
Overall, it's a great machine. It has all of the functions you could possibly want, it doesn't take up much space, it's convenient, it's easy to set up and it's easy to use. I really like it, and I'm sure that you would like it too. I would definitely recommend it.