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I am actually astonished! I bought myself a printer last week, fully expecting it to still be in its box and me in tears three weeks later, BUT I DID IT! Get me! Firstly I had to avoid the evil men in the shop trying to baffle me with the rubbish they were spouting (all men do it lets be honest!) Then once home I managed to plug it in and install it within the hour! I was totally amazed and now deserve a big sticker for achievement! No more going down the library to print off my skating forms! No men involved at any point. Up for the girlies!!
This printer came from Toys 'r' us. It was £29.99 which was about the same as they were on the internet so a good price. I also saw this in Currys for the same price that day. The USB cable is not included so this would bump up the price a bit if you didn't have one at home. Also included are two 3ml cartridges one colour and the other black, these hold less than the normal cartridges which are 5ml but contain enough to get you going. Replacement cartridges are around £11.99 each so I'm hoping they last a while.
+ Print Quality +
All I really need the printer to do is black and white and the odd colour picture the kids create on paint so I went for the cheapest printer I could find whilst being a decent brand. This is an inkjet printer, which means very little to me actually but it sounds good! I already have a photo printer so I won't be making much use of the photo printing capacity although it does do borderless photos. So for me the most important thing was that it could print in black, clearly and quite fast. This printer is ideal for me, the print is clear, fast and easy to use. It can print 16 pages a minute in black and 12 a minute in colour.
+ Ease of Use +
The paper goes in fine, no twisting. The paper guide is easy to use and doesn't get caught unlike in my last printer. It really is as simple as pushing print on the screen and out it comes. There is only the one button on the printer, which turns it on and that really is all I ever need so that's fab. The cartridges need a good push to get them in and they needed aligning but that was easy and all the instructions came up on screen to tell you how to do it all. The results after that were great, clear, dark print.
+ Installation +
Again this was so easy, a disc was included in the box and it took you through the installation process. You did need to restart once, which was a nuisance but you can't really avoid that. The whole installation took about an hour, the bar on screen showed the progress but it was annoyingly slow, you had to stay by the PC while it did this as it prompted you to do or agree to things along the way. It was however easy enough and got the job done.
+ Looks +
I was first attracted to this printer by its sleek look, it is quite narrow and round. It fits nicely on my desk unlike the last great lump that was there (no I don't mean the ex-boyfriend!) The paper tray is nice and sturdy and holds 80 sheets which is plenty for me. The maximum paper size is A4.
This printer is cheap, and it works. The kids are happy colouring in their cbeebies pages I have printed off and I'm happy that I can print out my simple documents at home. What more could I want?