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      01.09.2001 07:34
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      Connection of the printer and also installation of the software and drivers have not called any difficulties. This printer differs by impressive dimensions of the body. The solid dimensions can entail some problems with accommodation of this printer on a working table. It is rather strange, that in so volumetric body was not found places for accommodation of a rather compact power supply unit. During testing the driver of version 12.2 was used. Set-ups allow selecting a type, orientation and format of a paper, and also amount of copies. There are options of mirror printing, turn on 180 degrees, printing of pages in the return order, and also process of scaling of a printed image as on a specific format of a paper, and arbitrary. If necessary it is possible to use a mode of manual double side printing for a fastening of sheets on the long or short side. There are options of printing of two or four pages on one sheet, and also large images (posters) on 4, 9 or 16 sheets. Three gradation of printing quality (draft, normal and best) are stipulated; for want of use of some types of carriers the mode of draft-quality printing becomes inaccessible. For use of a photocartridge it is necessary to activate an appropriate option. In additional tunings there are options of forced printing in gradation gray and optimization of images for transfer by fax. Together with the driver of the printer the service program HP Toolbox v2.4 is installed, with the help of which can call a help, to initiate procedures of printing of trial page, calibration etc. Quality of prints is enough good. The draft-quality print differs by good brightness of the text, however on some lines the numerals are reproduced with declination to the left or to the right. On a print, executed on a usual paper, is appreciable pixelity. The image on a paper with the improved cover has brightness and contrast slightly. On photographic paper an image i
      s bright, saturated and with optimum contrast. The printer works with moderate noise level. The loading of the processor for printing of the text made 5-10 %, for printing the graphics - 6-12 %. HP DeskJet 640C is supplied with the convenient software and demonstrated high efficiency, greatest an exactitude of colors and quite good quality of prints. Thus, HP DeskJet 640C well will approach for operating printing of the text and mixed documents as on usual, so on special grades of a paper. Rather useful there can be a mode of preliminary survey of pages sent on printing. Besides this printer allows to receive the bright and saturated prints on a dense and invoice paper (cards, envelopes etc.).

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        24.06.2001 00:14
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        The Hewlett Packard 640C printer is HP’s most basic inkjet and costs around £65. It is a fairly bulky device with both the in and out paper trays at the front, so it takes up quite a bit of desk space. The 640c connects easily to either your parallel port or to a USB port and comes with drivers on a CD. These install smoothly and are to Hewlett Packard’s usual high standard. They include features such as mirror and rotation and have some image manipulation tools, which is as well as a separate image editor was not supplied with the unit. Cartridges clip into the print carriage with ease, a black one and a tricolour one. Both include integral print heads, which are replaced with the cartridges and are of large capacity, but are quite expensive to buy. The largest capacity ones costing around £25. In operation the printer is fairly noisy and not very speedy, especially when printing images. But it’s not the slowest in the budget end of the market either. Text quality is very good, crisp, clean and everything you would expect from a text printer, but images fail to make the grade. On plain paper they are seedy and on photo paper, even with the optional photo cartridge they are just as seedy and certainly cannot be classed as ‘photo quality’. For a basic text printer, this offers good quality for a cheap price, but it is old technology and still relies on HP’s Colorsmart, rather than the far superior PhotoRet technology as used in HP’s newer models for image reproduction. With far superior printers avaliable for not much more, there isn’t really any reason to buy this model.

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        25.04.2001 09:32
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        Well, my Apollo P-1200 finally gave up on me. Paper jams are very common with that little printer, and so is the breaking off of paper-feed teeth when you try and pull out the big wedge of mashed up paper. Anyway, my P-1200 now has a feed-tooth jammed in the drive mechanism, and I can't find a screwdriver anywhere that'll get me inside it! Seeing as the cost of repair was not really justified (£35 to fix a £40 printer?) I headed of in search of a new, and better, inkjet printer for all my colour printing and first draft needs. A quick glance along the shelves in my local PC World, and my eyes landed on the displayed HP DeskJet 640C - because it really did look amazingly good when perched next to all the other printers in its price range. It was the variety of different feed in trays that really fascinated me, and so I picked up the box for a better look and after reading the specs I decided to take one home with me. And I'm glad I did! This an absolutely SUPERB little printer! £69.99 gets you a big, strong box (watch the handle though, mine broke!) containing the printer, driver/software CD , colour and black cartridges, power cable and adapter, user guide (which explains all the different configurations that this printer can morph into) and large posters which explain how to install the printer on a PC or Mac. There's also a small insert concerning Windows ME - which basically just tells you to use the normal Windows '98 drivers with the printer. What you don't get is a parallel cable or a USB cable (yes people, a USB printer for under seventy smackeroonies that's actually good!) but then very, very few printers do offer a cable as part of the package now. So you need to budget for the cable too if you don't already have one. Chances are though, that if you already have a printer than you already have a parallel cable, and if you're a USB fan then y
        ou almost certainly have a spare device cable somewhere. The printer performs well using both types of connection, although it is better on parallel - as is to be expected really. The whole thing installs very easily - plug it in, wait for Windows to find it, pop in the CD, and away you go! The software once installed is very easy to configure - allowing you a choice of paper/card/envelope/transparency (is there anything this printer can't print on?) sizes, orientations, quality options etc. All the options are well laid out, straightforward, and easy to understand - as is customary with HP hardware. The printer uses two major types of cartridge (supplied). It uses the No. 20 (reference HP C6614) black cartridge, and the No. 49 (reference HP 51649) colour cartridge. There are little cards supplied for you to keep, so that you know what you need when the time comes to change the cartridges. Both cartridges can be installed to once, so there's no changeover required when you want to switch between colour and black & white printing. There is also a special photo cartridge which replaces the colour one if you ever come to do photo printing - although I've not yet made use of this capability. The printer will do .25 Pages Per Minute in full colour, and up to 6 Pages Per Minute in black & white - depending on the selected print quality. The Dots Per Inch ranges from 300*300 in draft mode to 600*600 when set to high quality. The 640C really is a whole lot of printer for not a whole lot of money. It produces high quality printouts on a variety of mediums. It's solid, well built, reliable, fast, and it NEVER jams! This really is well worth a look. At least consider this little beauty before you pick up that big, expensive Epson... or that temptingly cheap to buy but expensive to run Lexmark.

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          23.03.2001 18:40
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          Buying a printer is a task that requires a lot of time and organization. You have to be sure of what type of printer you want, the price, quality, size and overall appearance of the printer. In this opinion, I am going to select eight important categories of a printer and briefly describe each point in accordance to my new printer, the Hewlett Packard DeskJet 640C. Use: I use this printer mainly to print out information and a few pictures as research in some of my subjects (mainly science) to increase my grade (not that the grade’s bad lol). At an average, I print out about 10 pages a week. Price: This was a very big factor when I was searching for a printer, as I wanted an acceptable quality printer for an affordable price. I managed to get this one for about $150. Appearance: The appearance doesn’t make a major difference but it is good to have a nice looking printer when you have guests over. My printer is very snazzy, with an off-white color and a purplish lid. Size: It’s fairly small and can fit into a cramped spot. It’s about 17 inches long and 15 inches wide. Speed: I find the speed rather slow on normal mode. It takes about 45 seconds to print out a page with one or two pictures. Quality: The print quality is good, but if you’re looking for a totally awesome quality, I suggest buying an Epson (which is way more expensive)!! There aren’t many major defects in the quality but the printouts aren’t too great either and don’t look like what you see on the screen. Instruction Manual: This is the biggest disappointment I fount with the printer. The manual explains only the very technical and complicated problems and doesn’t cover the basics, like fitting in a new cartridge. Overall, I would say that the HP DeskJet 640C is a very good printer and is a very good value for money. The results will please you and maint
          aining it is very easy too! I would recommend any one who doesn’t print over 25 pages a week as that can cause a major waste of money where cartridges are concerned.

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          15.03.2001 01:17
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          This printer is an excellent purchase for home users who want to produce excellent quality, everyday printouts - at a value price. The supplied software is top notch and describes all the different settings in detail. It is very easy to use and produces sterling results. A good all-rounder, it even works perfectly in Linux and is fairly cheap to run, with it's cartridges weighing in at around £20 - cheaper than some competitors! Build quality hasn't been skimped on, either. It is well built, using a slightly different (and more efficient, in my opinion) paper feeding method than other printers, and it looks good too! It's not complicated, either - it has only two buttons on it, but can still operate the standard functions. And to round everything off, there is a very high standard of support on offer from Hewlett-Packard. Overall - if you're looking for a cheap yet good printer, I'd highly recommend this model.

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            17.02.2001 18:37
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            This my friends is a great printer, which for some reason or another has been omitted from the printers reviews, but this will put that right! Right then, on with my opinion….. The Hewlett Packard 640C DeskJet is a colour inkjet printer, which, in my humble opinion & experience produces good results & is not expensive to buy or run. When you buy your 640C, you get a fair sized, strong box, which protects the contents very nicely indeed. Inside the package is the printer (well packaged & protected), the driver disk, colour & black cartridges, power cable, user manual (very helpful & easy to read) & a large poster which explains in very detailed graphics how to install your printer. The working/moving parts of the printer are well secured with sticky tape which will protect them whilst in transit. The printer carriage is protected also & will not move about or get damaged, even if you drop the box! The box itself is a good thick strong one with good handles…that will not break easily! Connecting the printer to your PC is done in either of two ways, USB or parallel port. You do not get any of these cables so decide which is the best way to connect the printer & buy the required cable if you haven’t already got one. There are very few printers now that come with the connecting cables so for the 640C this is not a mark against it. Most of us already have a printer cable so you should be okay there. Installation is quick, easy & painless. Once you’ve connected the printer to the PC via your chosen method, it’s just a case of booting up your PC & then when the New Hardware Wizard finds the printer, & clicking no when the Wizard wants to find the drivers. This is the time to put your driver disk into your CD drive & it will autoplay & install the printer for you. It is as simple as that! In all it takes about 5 minutes to connect & install your new printer. What cartridges do you
            get & how much are the replacements? You get a colour cartridge (lite user) & a black cartridge (lite user). Both cartridges fir into the printer at the same time which saves you having to change between colour & black depending on what you8 are printing. The lite user colour cartridge cost around £20, the black lite user costs about £18, colour heavy use costs about £26 & black heavy use costs about £24. A good point in favour of the 640C is the price of the Photo quality cartridge. It costs only £15 for the photo cartridge, which in my humble opinion is a total bargain! Compare these prices to the likes of cartridges for Lexmark printers & you will find a big difference. You can save a good bit of money over a short space of time if you use your printer a lot. Even if you do not go through many cartridges, you will still save a few quid. Print quality is very good compared to printers of the same price & some dearer ones. The 640C is good and knocks spots off the likes of the Lexmark Z11, Z22 & some others. I have had about seven printers over the years & so far, the 640c is the best of the bunch. It beats all the rest that I have had on price, speed, quality & cartridge replacement prices. I do not know how many pages the 640C is supposed to spit out per minute but I do know that it is a nippy printer, in both colour & black & white! It is not a question of how many dots per inch in quality terms either as the printer control program has a rather nice slider bar instead. This is handy for those who do not really understand DPI & quality. When it comes to photo printing, you just remove your normal colour cartridge & replace it with your photo cartridge. Then tick the ‘photo cartridge installed’ box in the printer control program & hey presto you are sorted for printing out photo quality pictures. The printer control program is very easy to use & there is a great 'Help' system if you are stuck with any
            of the settings that you can adjust. In all, for £70 you get a great printer that’s well made, well packaged, has all you need to get you up & running (minus the connection cable, but you already have one if you have a printer) & is very good value for your hard earned cash, which you probably got from Ciao! The 640C is quite fast & gives good quality prints time & time again & not badly priced either. That’s it for another opinion. Thanks for taking the time to read my rantings & ravings & take care! Regards….Paddy (Tom)

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            22.01.2001 20:45
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            I have to admit I don't know a lot about computers so when I decided to buy a printer I didn't really know where to start. I read all the Dooyoo reviews and marched off to Dixons having checked all the stuff available online. I'm not convinced about buying online, I like to hold the thing in my hands and look at it! I soon realised that I couln't afford most of the recommended printers that were actually available and decided to be brave. I settled on the deskjet 640c mainly because it was reduced to £70 and HP is a well known make. As it turns out I think it was a good choice, it has parallel and usb connections and the print quality is good for home use. The instructions were really simple and even a technophobe like myself had no problems setting it up. Even installing the printer software was a doddle! There was no way I could have got it wrong! So far I have had no problems with it but if I do I'll update! Oh, and it looks good, for a piece of machinery!

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