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      19.02.2011 13:48
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      Can still be used, but would not be recommended

      Now the main question that should be asked about this printer is, should you buy it? Simply the answer will be no, however it does not mean that in its time it was not a classic printer, and a printer in the deskjet range that a lot of people owned. As a matter of fact, I have a confession, I still have mine and use it as a primary printer on a regular basis. Well enough about me and my love story of the printer, and more of the technical aspects itself.

      In terms of the print speed, which I guess is the most important aspect, you will never find this printing out at the speed of a laser printer. However their are different speed options. Three to be exact including Economy, Normal, and Best. The default setting is normal, however with Economy if you are printing pure black and white prints, then expect around 8 pages per minute, which is not too shabby, of course the quality of the printing is compromised. The normal quality will churn out around 6 pages per minute, while best quality is around 4 pages. In terms of colour copies half the numbers above, and you get the quantity of prints per minute. So 4 pages with economy, 3 pages with normal, and 2 pages with best.

      I still feel that the best quality does hold up to current day printers, just that it can be very time consuming. Imagine if you are printing a 50 page manual with best quality, on a current day laser printer, this could be done within minutes, however with the HP Deskhet 710c, you are looking at 25 minutes, so in that sense this is not viable.

      You need to supply it with standard printer paper, however the great aspect here is that their are many different options, it can supplement envelopes, different size papers, not A3 I must mention, and different types of quality paper, depending on exactly what you are printing.

      The cartridges are actually quite expensive, with seperate ink needed both for colour and then black. Colour cartidges will cost you above £20, with the black and white cartridges coming in at around £15-18. However what I have found in recent years is that certain shops offer refill services, and personally I use printer world, who refill both cartridges for a combined cost of around £20. However this may seem amazing, but one flaw I found is that I think they do not fill the cartridges up fully, so although it works out better value for money, they do not last as long.

      I do not recommend this printer to anyone now, simply as it is outdated, as better value for money printers are on the market, however what I will say is that if you currently already own this, then there is really no need to move on, if you are not a regular printer. It does the job, and really what more do you need.

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      16.10.2008 12:59
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      Good for home & student use, if you want utter speed & brilliance, find something else! :)

      We have had this printer for years!
      It's an okay printer, though I would assume there are better newer ones in the price-range nowadays...

      It's perfectly okay for home use & student use (if you're not an architect or designer - I'm not, & assume those might need something better), a few BAs have been printed on it too, as well as a family tree - with photos! /& yes, the photos look beautiful!/

      It is good to consider getting better quality paper for those, though... & experiment with various sorts of paper a bit... (to get best results with cheapest possible paper, it does need to be a bit thicker, but not necessarily 'photo paper' if you print on one side only!)

      Mom has printed a ton of envelopes on the printer too (though she's the only one in the family who managed to figure out, how!)

      I have considered a new printer at times, but so far this one has worked just fine!
      And frankly, I prefer it this way: a small printer that stands on the computer desk & a separate scanner that is pulled out when needed... 'All in one' machines these days seem efficient, but for me, they seem less practical as they seem to take up more space... (Or maybe I'm just not used to the concept yet?)

      The nitpicks (aside from a very occasional paper jam or two) - &
      remember, this is after years of use!

      1) On some paper, 'normal' looks quite too strong, & 'draft' actually looks like 'normal'... So if you need it for something really good (like a BA, again, it is worth experimenting with different papers & settings)
      To be fair I'm not sure if it did these things from the beginning or only after a few years.

      2) Also, when it's not plugged in & you try to print, after you plugged it in, it only prints half a page & stops.. (no idea why it does that, maybe a more techie person could fix it. We just say 'Oh', cancel the print & go print the document once again)

      Not sure if it always did this either.. We only started unplugging it regularly when not in use recently (it's more eco-friendly! even if only plugged in & not in use, techie gadgets still use some electricity.. So I hope you unplug yours too!:))

      3) Our parrot sneezes when printing... So out of protection for poor parrot we moved the PC & printer elsewhere... (Okay, not just out of these reasons, but it was a concern too..)
      After the parrot I started noticing a specific smell of the ink & some particles 'in the air' too.. (& sometimes sneezing lol)

      I also read online that some printer cartridges contained iffy chemicals, so with the parrot sneezing, it was some cause for concern. We try to minimize printing now & air the room sufficiently after printing.

      I must say I developed a sort of allergy (sneezing mainly) to laser cartridge printing ink too when working in one office... (even before reading about it) So this seems a problem with many inks these days...

      4) price of cartridges: especially the color inks are quite expensive, & all colors are in one cartridge, so this is sometimes not handy, if you only run out of one or two colors...
      We have mostly bought original cartridges for fear of damaging the printer & wishing to maintain highest print quality... An acquaintance suggested cheaper refills, so we're considering these now..

      So why not give it 5 stars? Well, I might have given it 4 or 5 stars a few years ago, when we bought it.. It was good price for considerable quality then.
      I'd give it at least 4 stars even now if I hadn't worked in offices with beautiful quiet efficient laser printers! :)

      It is a bit slower & louder (though still in the 'hum' region!) than some of those, & the prints are of lesser quality too.. there's occasional tiny spillage of ink into surrounding areas around letters - which some people might not even notice, the letters are not so 'crisp'.. They're good for an inkjet, but compared to lasers... Ahh!

      This printer would be okay even for an undemanding home office, if not a lot of printing is done (due to price of cartridges & speed) & the quality doesn't have to be of the utmost 'designer-quality' or such!

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        16.03.2002 17:58
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        I was brought this printer 18 months ago now and have never had any problems with it up until now. When I brought it, it cost £99.00 from Comets. I use HP premium photo paper, which produces excellent photos that look and feel like the real thing. When printing you can chose from Best, Normal or EconoFast in setup, I print in Normal but have tried Best. EconoFast is for a faster print out, you can chose paper size and paper type in setup. Toolbox, which includes ‘how do I’, ‘troubleshooting’ and ‘printer services’ these are all very helpful and useful. Printer services includes how to - align the print cartridges, clean the print cartridges and print a test page also test printer communication. How do I includes – replace print cartridges, load paper, change print settings, print on a variety of paper types sizes and envelopes, print on both sides of the page, print banners, perform printer cleaning. Troubleshooting includes – print quality is poor, placement on the page is wrong, something on the page is missing or incorrect, no page came out of the printer, a blank page came out, having problems printing a banner, printer lights are blinking. Features - two-sided printing, portrait and landscape. Colour - automatic and manual also print in grayscale and options intensity or half-toning. Pictures you can have in documents are photographs, charts, graphs, illustrations and decorative elements. What you can print – envelopes one at a time or as a stack, labels for file folders, business cards and invitations, banners, photographs make into name tags, transparencies for important presentations and iron-on transfers for sun visors printed with your company logo. System requirements Microsoft windows 3.1x, windows 95, windows 98 80486/66 MHz CPU 8MB of ram (16 recommended) or windows NT 4.0 Pentium CPU 16 MB
        of ram (32 recommended), network printing not supported. Print cartridges HP 51645 black and HP C1823 tri-colour. Specifications Black print speed - EconoFast 6.5 pages per minute, Normal mode 4.8 pages per minute, Best mode 4.7 per minute. Colour print speed (mixed text and graphics) - EconoFast 4 pages per min, Normal mode 1.5 pages per minute, Best mode 1 pages per minute. Colour print speed full (full page colour) - Econofast 1 pages per minute, Normal mode 0.3 pages per minute, Best mode 0.2 pages per minute. Black resolution - EconoFast 300x300 dpi, Normal mode 600x600dpi, Best mode 600x600 dpi. Colour resoluition - Econofast 300x300 dpi, Normal mode 600x300 dpi, Best mode 600x600 dpi. Software compatibility MS windows compatible (3.1x,95,98 and NT4.0). Duty cycle 1’000 pages per month. Buttons/lights – Resume, Power, Banner and Print cartridge light. Dimensions – 17.5 in wide x 7.3 in high x 14 in deep. Weight – 12lbs, 5.5kg. I hope you have found this information very helpful and if anyone is looking for a cheap but good quality printer I’d recommend this at a 1st option.

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          06.07.2001 18:44
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          I have had the Hewlett-Packard deskjet 710c for about 2 years now and certainly wouldn't change it for a different model. I get this printer as part of a package deal from Currys, but only by sheer luck, as the printer that I was supposed to get was a canon and was out of stock so I got an upgraded one (HP deskjet 710c.) After looking at the canon I'm glad it was out of stock, because although it was small my boyfriend has one and I don't think a lot to it as it doesn't print properly. The Hewlett-Packard deskjet 710c is beige in colour and although it is quite a large model compared to other printers I have found it to offer excellent value for money. As a student I have many essays to write and without a reliable PC and printer I would probably have been extremely stressed by now, because although I am studying an ICT course I still find computers can play up and must say that they can cause a lot of stress. Luckily for my printer has been extremely reliable and I haven't had to have it repaired (touch wood. In fact the only problem i've had with it was a paper jam, which was resolved quickly. The Hewlett-Packard deskjet 710c prints in 3 quality types draft, normal and best. It also prints in colour and black and white. It is easy to use and includes Kodak image enhancements. The Hewlett-Packard deskjet 710c can also print envelopes and has a neat and tidy inbuilt paper tray, with a clip to hold the paper in place. The printer is also easy to assemble and I found there were no problems when installing it to the PC. The only disadvantage is the print cartridges cost about £15 or more.

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            09.06.2001 21:48
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            Since i bought a PC i have always used HP deskjet printers. The first printer that i had was a HP deskjet 500c this was a brilliant little printer that only printed black but was still very quick and quiet. When i wanted a colour printer i went in search of the cheapest best quality printer that i could afford for the price of £100. I found that this HP printer was exactly £100 and was even photo quality. Now I have owned my 710c printer for 12 months and was still very impressed by its quality and its output. Recently i have had many problems with printer cartridges, this is an error that occurs allot at the moment with my printer which says that my cartridges are inserted incorectly, After purchasing more than 3 sets of colour and black cartridges i have e-mailed HP to see what they have to say with this problem and have now been waiting for a grand total of 4 weeks. This has turned to be a very big pain for me as my University course work has to be printed up. In acceptance of the problems i have had with this certain model of the HP series i think i would still use this company for future printers i buy. This is because of the quality and quietness of its opperations.

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              26.05.2001 23:50

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              I actually have the 712c. I have had no problems with it and would recommend it to anyone. - Advantages: Great color resolution, easy to use, takes up less space because the paper goes into the front and out of the front - don't need to have space above it to put paper in. - Disadvantages: none

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              03.05.2001 17:59
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              About 2 years my dad went out and bought me a hp 710c from our local office world for £89.99. Previously i had a lexmark 3210 and the cartridges never seemed to last for long. As i had a project to do for my graphics i had to do something, and fast! After he bought it, i loaded it up and i was amazed at the quality of printing. Especially with photos. The cartirdges last ages (depending on how much color printing you do) and they are easy to take out, clean, etc. I must admit, if you're gonna purchase this, may i suggest that you buy new cartridges instead of refilling them because they never seem to work properly after that!!! Well, actually thats not entirely true, because they do work, but the quality is totally different. It is better to just get a new cartridge. I have had the printer almost 2 years now and i must admit i have not had one problem with it. It is extremely user friendly, and can be used by any clutz - like me! I hope i have been helpful and while you're here, leave me a comment!!

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                08.03.2001 16:55
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                They're a constant source of annoyance and a constant drain on money. That's what I thought before I got the HP 710C. I've always had bad experiences with printers - be it the old Deskjet 320(?) - it's so long ago I've forgotten the number. That used up ink like a stretch limo uses petrol. It also had an annoying tendency to shake the table so much during printing, that it would always spill any drinks you had on the table. Understandably I put off spending money on another printer for as long as I could, and it only came to last year when I had to get a new one, so I got the Deskjet 710C along with my new computer. First impressions - I was very impressed. It was about half the size of my old HP, and about 1/3 the weight. I only began to appreciate the weight difference when I moved my old printer out of my room and took it to the garbage. The 710C is as stylishly designed as a printer can get, and unlike my old printer, it actually must use the ink efficiently, since I've only had to change the cartriges once. The print quality is great, and for an ink-jet it prints out fairly quickly. It has definitely changed my mind about printers in general, and leaves me optimistic as to the next time I feel the need to buy a new printer. You could do a lot worse than buying an Ink Jet if you're out for a printer. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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                  07.01.2001 00:15

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                  I bought a 710c approx 6 months ago - the print quality is OK - not the best, but certainly passable. The printer itself was relatively cheap - I picked it up for about £60 from PC World - who aren't the cheapest I wouldn't imagine. The costs soon add up when it is time to purchase a new ink cartridge - they run at about 25 each - nearly half the cost of the printer. I would only recommend this printer to a person who will only be printing out stuff seldom, due to the high ongoing running costs.

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                  22.11.2000 16:27
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                  I have owned a HP710c printer for just over a year, and i cannot fault one single thing about it. Number one, it looks good, which is always a bonus though never essential. Most importantly though is its performance. Most of the time, I print using the 'Econofast' setting. While this saves a lot of ink, the quality is almost as high, and the speed at which it prints in black and white is amazing, about as quick as any home inkjet printer i've seen, and generally quicker than most. Even on the the 'Normal' setting, speed is still very good, and quality is excellent, with virtually no errors or blemishes in the print out. Colour reproduction is also top quality. Thanks to built in Kodak photo quality, all pictures in both colour and greyscale are top quality. Again, I haven't seen a printer in this sector of the market than can produce any better ouput. A final plus point is that it is very quiet. Obviously there is some noise, but it is certainely acceptable, especially when you consider the speed at which it prints. One downside to it is that I have found that it tends to shake a bit while printing. While this isn't a problem, and certanly doesn't cause any problems with respect to the quality of print-outs, it can be alittle annoying when it shakes your table enough that the monitor wobbles about, making it slighly annoying to continue working while it is printing. I solved this though, by putting it on a shelf by the side of the table! Finally, the software is easy to use, and very simple to set up. All in all, you won't go far wrong with the HP710c, especially at the price.

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                  03.11.2000 03:05
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                  This is another great home printer. It was quite cheap to buy (at about £100) and it was provided with 2 cartridges (saving me £50 in the process). The cartridges are again quite expensive, at about £30 each, unless you buy a do it yourself kit which is about £15. The quality is of a very high standard, and it prints at quite a good rate of about 6-7 pages per minute in black and white. It has the best colour printing that I have ever seen, and the images look entirely lifelike. I would recommend this printer as a home printer, because it is very portable, and is a bargain at only £100.

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                  10.09.2000 23:31
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                  We bought a Hewlett Packard deskjet 710c, when they were new out. For a quite expensive price of £220. It looked good, and it had a good name. So, why not? But, now I feel quite ripped of. I, saw the same printer in the catalogue for £60, which was quite furstrating. Not, only that I am quite disappointed with it's performance. It's not that fast, and takes a minute or so, to print a document, even on economy fast. The other furstrating this is that it hasn't got a cartridge separater, whereby you can print both colour and black and white prints. But, It hasn't gone wrong so I should be happy, and the manual book is quite easy to follow, when I have had to change a cartridge. The cartridges are quite expensive about £28, but they last a fair bit, and print about 100 or so sheets, which is good going.

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                    04.09.2000 05:15
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                    My Desktop 710C has served me well.It has always been consistent and clear , if a little slow.The only gripe which I have to raise is that in order to operate it you have to shell out £10 for a printer cable.This is a nasty , concealed hidden cost and one which lowers my opinion of Hewlett Packard.Upon purchase I was not informed I would need a printer cable in order to operate it.If it were not for my uncle having a spare one and generously giving it to me , I would have had to have gone £10 over budget , which as a young student is something I can afford.

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                    08.07.2000 06:05
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                    Have HP gone mad with their numbering? I bought an HP815 from QXL for £41 (plus delivery) and the only thing to distinguish it from the HP710 is the number on the front! This is an excellent machine for the light user, printing is dreadfully slow on high quality colour (make yourself a cup of tea, and a sandwich) but it rips through my draft black text stuff. I have always bought HP brand replacement cartridges, and the HP710, 815 and 850 (my first printer!), all take the same black refill. I would never buy any other brand of printer, the customer service is excellent, and for light users these printers go on and on. However, don't get me started on HP computers, load of junk in an overdesigned tower IMHO.

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                    28.06.2000 14:12
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                    We have had our 710C for about a year. We use it as a family machine and for that it serves us well. However, it is too slow for heavy usage -- printing out long reports, lengthy papers etc. For that I have a laser printer which I have never regretted. Colour is pretty good -- we use it for photos (on standard inkjet paper not fancy paper) and on acetates for us on OHPS. It does the latter well.

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