I have to admit that the last printer I owned was second hand and if it stopped working I kicked it, joogled it around and sometimes held it at an obscure angle until it had finished doing what Id asked it to do.
When I got my shiny new laptop through a work deal over a year ago, I thought I ought to have a printer too, and went for this all-in-one affair. The price was ridiculously low, because it was a work deal, taken off my salary, so I wont tell you what I paid for it, but will give some idea of high street prices later in the review.
Having never owed such a shiny and bright printer before, I approached it with caution, not sure if it would spit ink at me, as my old printer had been known to do. If didnt take very long (about half an hour, actually), for me to fall head over hopeless heels in love with this darling piece of equipment.
It is, in point of fact, the best printer I have ever used, never mind owned. I have printed all sorts out on this over the past 15 months or so, and my original ink cartridge is still in use. Photos, maps, prints of my paintings, letters, essays, recipes, photocopies of important documents, you name it, Ive printed it over the last year.
The print quality is excellent, and the scan function works like a dream! Having got used to using scanners at Uni where I studied Art, I have re-found my enthusiasm for using prints of found objects in my work. Photocopying too is a fine feature of this multi-tasker, as well as faxing. All of which are functions that I have used with great ease and success.
I would give this printer/scanner/copier/fax a full 10/10 for user friendliness, quality, durability and cost. Youre looking at between £160 -£190 for this little beauty if you buy it on the high street and I can tell you it will probably be the best pile of pound notes youve ever spent. 15 months, no breaking, no running out of ink, no problems installing or maintaining, and it looks soooo lovely!
Perhaps the only negative if it can be called that, is the size of the printer. It is a good 20 cm high, and about 46 cm wide, with a depth of about 37 cm, so its a big piece of kit, but to be honest, for the job it does, and the quality of the print, it's not something that bothers me as I have room to spare for it. If you are wanting something functional but compact, this may not be the printer for you, but do consider your space beofre you decide, as there are many good features of this printer that far outweight it's size.
The HP Photoshop 2610 All-in-one comes highly recommended by a very non-technical person (me) who has greatly appreciated the services of a fine and steadfast printer who doesnt require the occasional thump to keep printing, but prints because it just loves to!!!
For the Technical amongst you:
This is a digital copier, weighing in at 8.5 kg, a lovely display panel which tells you what buttons to hit next (very useful when youre not quite sure), USB or Ethernet connectable, I have mine through the Ethernet port, it has a space for memory cards from mobile phones to copy photographs, or you can plug your digital camera straight in to print pictures off, as far as I know its wireless enabled, and its a colour printer too!
Thank you so much for reading! Kate x
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