This printer is like the same of all other printer scanner and copiers out there! Very basic, but easily used! I got this printer as part of a deal when I purchased a new computer system.
The printers body and frame is made from a silver material, which makes the printer look very stylish and modern in a home today, with the way technology has come along you wouldn't have thought this printer would still fit in today in a modern household after all those years!
Print Quality -
The quality of print outs that this printer gives are excellent, they are of very high quality, and are printed very fast. The scanner on this printer scanner copier is good, there is a clear image scanned onto the computer, very happy with the scanner, although I don't use it much when it comes to using it, it never lets me down. The quality of the copier is a like for like, you can't tell the difference between the original and the copied version.
This printer prints at a high speed considering its age, I would say you can easily get20 ppm on black and white, I don't print with colour on this printer, so cannot comment. The only time you notice a loud printing is when it is on draft mode and prints extremely fast, this also saves ink.
I have used this printer for many years, from recpits from online purchases, to my kids' school projects, and has been an excellent printer and has done me, well. There is the general wear and tear from it sitting on the floor, and chaning the cartridges etc.
The printer has very little connectivity, you have the USB to your computer, and you have a USB for the camera to plug into, which isn't very good, but when this printer was released digital camera etc were not as popular as they are now.
As I got this printer for free when I purchased the computer package, I am unaware of the price, I'm sure that it was around £70/£80 when I first got it. The cartridges are a reasonable price, around £17 for colour and around £13 for black and white.
Overall opinion -
Over all this is a great family printer however when you are going to buy a printer I would recommend the Kodak Easyshare printer as their ink is extremely cheap, and provide high quality print outs. The only disappointing thing about this printer is that you can only selected to copy 9 of the one thing at a time, which can be bad if you are copy a lot of sheets.
This is a great family printer which can be used by everyone, and has a place in every home, the printer is cheap enough to buy, and is of very high quality, I have no hesitation in recommending this to friends family people in the street, but I wouldn't purchase this myself, I would get one has cheaper ink!
Thanks for reading! I hope this has been of interest to you and has helped assist you in your decision.
I've used several inkjet printers at home, and all of them have been by HP, but the one I have today - the PSC1100 - is the one I have today, and this is what I think of it, after using it for over three years now.
First of all, this is a multi-function machine which includes a scanner and photocopier in addition to being a printer. While some people would call this an "all-in-one" machine (including HP), I personally think that unless it has a fax, it isn't really all-in-one. But let's talk about what it does do.
Firstly, in the years I've had this machine, I've printed thousands of pages, and I'm pleased to say that I've had very few problems with it. The only problem I've had so far is when, on occasion, I push the paper too far into the feeder. If that happens, then the printer will sometimes take more than one piece of paper at a time, and get jammed up or print on more than one page. This is so easily avoided that I can hardly fault this printer for that. I've also had very good results with printing both on regular paper and glossy photo paper, and the printed images come out very clear and sharp. Once in a while there are some streaky bits or lines that are visible, but a quick cleaning or realigning of the cartridge heads takes care of that right away. And while this isn't the fastest printer on earth with only 8 pages per minute (ppm) for black & white printing and 6ppm for colour printing, it certainly is good enough to use at home if you don't have your office there. My kids do lots of their homework on this printer and the results are fast enough and clear enough for us.
The photocopier part of this machine is one of the parts I use more than anything else. What's nice is you have the option of making either black & white copies or colour copies. This means if you just need to copy something simple and don't need it to be in colour, you won't be wasting your precious coloured ink. All you have to do is put the document under the lid and press either the button for the colour or the B&W copying and it prints out right away. Mind you, unlike a real photocopier, you can't adjust the brightness but since it uses digital scanner technology to make the photocopies, I find that this isn't missing at all, and even B&W photocopies of colour photographs come out very clear.
As for the scanner, we hardly ever use this feature, but when we have, we've found that it really it works best when used with some kind of scanning software. If you just put something on the glass and hit the scan button, the image will be of the full page, so if you want to scan something smaller, you will need to crop the image afterwards, which seems a waste of time. However, if you use the scanner software that comes with almost all HP printers, then you can adjust the scanning area before you perform the actual scan, which works just fine.
This takes me to the software of this machine, which, as I mentioned, is basically the same for almost every HP colour printer and/or scanner I've ever seen or used. Since this isn't a review of the software, I'll just say here that I've found this to be very self explanatory, easy to use and efficient. The only problem with this software is it does use up a good deal of your virtual memory, and if you have lots of things open on your computer, you might find this works slowly - especially if you want to print out a whole bunch of pictures. My favourite thing to do with this printer is print out passport photos, and I found that using the software here very helpful with this, and I've been able to print out different sized pictures easily to suit the purpose I need.
As for my complaints, the small problem I had with my previous printer grabbing too many pages at once, is almost non-existent here. I have noticed, however, that if you put in too many pieces of the photo paper, it tends not to grab even one of them until I take a few out, so do be careful with that. The only other drawback of this printer is that the output tray isn't really a tray at all, and pages that come out lay just above the input tray, being held up almost precariously by a small bit of plastic. I'm always worried that one of the pages I've printed out will slip down into the input tray and get printed on again. Mind you, this hasn't happened to me yet, but it does look likely. Of course, the biggest drawback of any HP printer is the price of the ink cartridges, which seem very expensive to me. However, I've found many places that sell remanufactured cartridges at reasonable prices, so that's not such a problem anymore (see "Technical Stuff" below).
One of the best things about this printer is that it is very compact in size, and therefore doesn't need lots of desk space. And while mine is partially hidden on a shelf above my computer, this printer is actually pretty attractive. Of course, this connects easily to your computer via USB port, and installing the software for both connecting to your computer and for special printing was totally fast and efficient.
When I bought my printer it was very inexpensive compared to most models around at the time. Unfortunately, this printer has been discontinued by HP and I can't even find it for sale on eBay, which tells me that I'm not the only one who found that this is a good, hardworking printer that lasts a long time. The new HP PSC printers sell for about £100 (the 1510 sells at Amazon for £102.23, although they recommend the Photosmart C3180 which only costs £62.47), which is still a very reasonable price, especially since it prints out much faster than my old one. So while I can't actually tell you to buy this particular printer, I can say that the PSC printers by HP are good, sturdy, inexpensive and reliable, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a printer/scanner/copier for their home. I'll give it four stars, however, due to the cartridge costs and the few other niggles mentioned above. I guess HP really stands for "happy printing" (and scanning, and copying).
Thanks for reading!
Davida Chazan © December, 2007
I found cartridges for this printer available online for as low as £10.20 for the black number 56 and £16.99 for the tri-colour number 57, but the tri-colour number 28, which only prints 190 pages instead of 400 costs £14.27 all at www.crazydaves.co.uk. However, sells all these for £10.28, which for the colour cartridges is a very good price, but you should know they are all remanufactured.