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As a student, I know the value of a good printer, and just how impossible it is to carry on with life when it breaks/ runs out of ink/ needs something replacing and this is exactly why I love this printer.
I am always worried about the installation of all the extra bits that I buy for my computer. However I was very impressed with this. The instructions are so clear as to what you have to do, and what order you have to do it in. Within about 20 minutes of beginning the installation process I was done and ready to go.
There are only a few simple buttons with very explanative symbols and so its pretty much impossible to get confused. The instructions to use it are also very short and simple. They don't go into too much complicated detail, and just tell you what you need to know.
The ink is a doddle to change, and takes two seconds, and in the year I have had this printer the paper has not jammed once.
Its also pretty quick at printing, and the ink seems to last forever, even after the "low ink" light has come on.
I also think the look of it is very practical and professional. Theres plenty of space for the paper, so you can load it up and forget about it.
It is a very simple to use printer, which I think is its best feature. You dont want all these fancy add on and features. All you want is a quality printer that works.
Another great thing about this printer is that you can buy add ons for it. My parents have exactly the same printer, and they have bought an extra piece of kit that fits onto the back and allows them to do double sided printing. This is great as it means if you do decide that you want to extra things, you don't have to go out and buy a brand new printer.
The paper is loaded horizontally at the base of the printer, which I think is great. A lot of other printers I have seen you load it at the top vertically so it ends up flopping all over the place.
I am not sure how much mine cost, as it was given to me as a birthday present, however a quick look at google shopping and I have found it for around about the £100 mark (plus postage and packaging)
Once you have bought the printer, the main expense is ink. There are so many sites to choose from, and so many different prices. Cartridges are normally about £10 - £15 each when bought of ebay. I don't deny that they are quite expensive, but they do last forever (I think each cartridge prints around 2000 pages)
All in all a very pratical, speedy printer that will serve you well for years. It is not expensive at all, it seems to use ink very efficiently and it hardly ever goes wrong.
Brought this 48 hours ago and I can do nothing but praise it.
At first I had a few problems loading the cd,it kept saying the disc couldnt be read,found out it was just a faulty disc which was promptly replaced (from the shop I brought it from)
As for the printer it does everything and more. You can get too types of cartridges for this printer,the standard ones which print about 500 pages and the XL cartridges that print about 2400 (thats a lot of printing)
My printer came complete wth 4 inks,and 2 printerheads -
(I think this is standard,across the board)
So far I have printed off holiday photos,leaflets and flyers and I can say the printer is fast and economical,it prints top quality prints in next to no time.
In addition to the cartridges and printerheads this printer also came with an add on bit at the back which can be used for double sided printing (will come in useful I think!)
Of all the printer manufacturers in the world, HP is the only, and i mean the only, manufacturer that sells inkjet printers that work when you want them to. You plug it in switch it on and your away. Just like that. And the K5400 is no exception to that rule.
I must point out, that it is quite big, simply because to the features it encases. For a start: the inks are in separate cartridges and are liquid as opposed to soaked into a sponge - this is why other printer's cartridge's don't last as long. The print heads are in two separate modules, meaning the cartridges are cheaper and the head never get clogged. This makes the K5400 one of the most advanced printers out there and one of the most reliable.
Print speeds live up to HP statements. Quality of documents printed in economy mode are still of high quality making professional results cheap to produce. Cartridges last around 500 pages and cost anywhere from £6 to £12. Print heads are about £30 each (two required) and last an incredible 41,500 pages!
Quality of prints cannot be faulted. The photos could need a tiny bit more depth to their colour, but for documents with colour and text this really is a fantastic printer. Available for around £65 you cant fault it, whether a home or business user buy one and you'll wonder why you brought anything else.