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We decided to purchase a wireless printer as we thought it would be quite a useful tool. Unfortunately we don't have an office, we just use our laptops downstairs and have our printer upstairs so we thought, to be able to just send a document to print on our computer without having to be actually hooked up to the printer would be great, that way we could print and then not have to worry about being near the printer at that time, etc, etc. In theory this was going to save us time and effort and although this printer is great, it doesn't always work wirelessly the most effective way in could unfortunately.
We decided upon an HP printer because they are a good name in computers and electronics in my opinion and also because this printer looks quite sleek and stylish in my opinion. The printer is not amazingly bulky and what I really like about the output tray is that its not too big and sits nice and compact at the end of the printer. We have this printer on a shelf in our bedroom so that fact that it does look nice is quite important to us.
The printer is made of black plastic and the measurements are given as 7.6"H x 18.4"W x 11.6"D, 10.6 lbs. There is a small on/off switch not he bottom right hand side of the machine which will light up once it has been turned on. It makes a bit of noise when it first turns itself on and also a bit of noise when printing but its not a very noisy machine.
The input tray holds a lot of paper, 250 pages which is great as I tend to put a whole ream of paper in the tray and then you don't have to worry about keeping on having to fill it up all the time. My husband prints quite volumes work documents at home sometimes so to be able to send the document to print and not have to worry that the whole thing is not going to print in one go is great. I always find that if you do run out of paper half way once you fill it up again there is usually always a fault with the printer and then your whole print session is messed up so to be able to print 250 pages at any one go is great. The only downside is that there is only one paper tray. I'm sure for some people this would be a problem but I don't really find it a problem. If I want to switch paper types its really only to put in photo paper to print a photo so I have to switch that anyway and usually always remember to put normal paper back in so I don't really mind just one feed and tray. Now, according to my manual there is a monthly duty cycle of up to 12,000 pages which really only applies if you use this as an office machine but as a home machine we use this machine to nowhere near that capacity so its not an issue for us.
The downside I have with this printer then is the wireless printing. I would like to hear from others who have used this printer. Maybe its the way we have it set up, my husband did it, I blame him, but we have to make sure the printer is turned on for us to be able to send something wirelessly. Only then will the printer know something has been sent to it if we are downstairs say with the printer upstairs. I would have thought it would have worked when not switched on too and even if you do send something to print, once switched on it will then proceed to print this document. It's a bit annoying but not a deal breaker for us.
I have been really impressed with the print quality. According to the manual it prints 16 ppm black, 9 ppm colour and up to 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi resolution. The black writing is really clear and never smudgy and the photo quality is great. We got this with a view of printing out some of our thousands of photos that I take of the kids and the photos come out really clear and crisp and very colourful, much better than say if you use a photo machine at places like supermarkets or Boots.
We paid in the £100 region if I remember rightly and this is a printer I mostly recommend although I would take off a star because of our difficulties with the wireless printing.
Affordably print professional-quality color - page after page - with the Officejet 6100 e-Printer, which uses four individual inks. You can stay productive on the go with HP ePrint, plus easily share resources via wireless and wired networking, and this model helps conserve resources.
|Product Description:||HP Officejet 6100 ePrinter - printer - colour - ink-jet|
|Printer Type:||Workgroup printer - ink-jet - colour|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||46.7 cm x 29.4 cm x 19.4 cm|
|Inkjet Technology:||HP Thermal Inkjet|
|Ink Palette Supported (Colours):||4-ink|
|Max Media Size (Standard):||Letter|
|Min Media Size (Custom):||76.2 mm x 127 mm|
|Max Media Size (Custom):||215.9 mm x 355.6 mm|
|Print Speed:||Up to 16 ppm - B/W - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm)
Up to 9 ppm - colour - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm)
|Max Resolution ( B&W ):||600 dpi x 1200 dpi|
|Max Resolution ( Colour ):||4800 dpi x 1200 dpi|
|Interface:||USB, 802.11b, Ethernet, 802.11g, 802.11n|
|Processor:||ARM4 500 MHz|
|RAM Installed ( Max ):||128 MB DDR SDRAM|
|Language Simulation:||PCL 3, PCL 3E|
|Media Type:||Envelopes, labels, plain paper, photo paper, index cards|
|Total Media Capacity:||250 sheets|
|Monthly Duty Cycle:||12000 pages|
|Networking:||Print server - Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n|
|Printer Features:||Borderless printing|
|Power:||AC 120/230 V|
|System Requirements:||Linux, Apple MacOS X 10.5 or later, Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits), Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits)|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified|