- Review by:
- D. K. Bainbridge
- Customer rating:
- 5 stars
Bought this to replace my ageing HP all in one.
First things first - it is very, very fast. Faster than a laser printer. First page takes around 8 seconds or so, but after that the pages pop out one after another every second or two - and this is a full page of printed copy, not just a letter with a bit of black text. It really is laser speed due to the fixed full width print head. That also ensures that the printer remains still when printing, unlike some inkjet printers. It also prints two-sided if you wish, but this slows things up a little as it waits for the ink to dry before printing on the reverse.
The scanner document feeder is also stunningly faster, eating documents for fun. The scanner settings are excellent, offering a choice of output, such as pdf, jpeg, etc, at various dpi's. You can scan from your PC, or from the printer to your PC, to a network folder or straight to e-mail without using a PC - very useful. You can set up various e-mails, handy for an office. You can also scan double sided documents from the feeder.
Copying is pretty much like printing, with a fast scanner. You can copy single to single, or single to double sided, or double sided to single. You use the touch panel on the front to set the parameters, then off you go.
The computer software is good, You can set all sorts, including switch on & off times, by day of the week - handy for offices. It's internet connected, so you can print to it whilst out and about using HP's email. It also works with Google Cloud print and uses AirPrint so IPhones & Ipads can print to it.
In the office, you can print to it via the wi-fi network, to which the computer is joined at set-up, or you can print direct using the printers very own wf-fi. This just needs a code to be input to the printing device and off you go. Handy if you don't want to give access to wi-fi but want to use the printer.
There are 3 quality options for output - general office, professional & presentation from good to brilliant. The general office is good enough for most things, with professional & presentation being used for external stuff. The speed at general office is frighteningly fast.
The paper tray is huge. The other paper feed is set on the side - if you alternate between plain & letterhead, you could invest in a third paper tray, but for occasional use it's absolutely fine.
The fax just works like a fax always does!
It's fairly big, but with a smallish footprint, so does not take up much desk space - it's quite tall. It's very sturdy and built for an office environment. For instance, you can lift the whole thing up by the flatbed scanner, which on most printers is not wise. It takes memory cards to print out stuff, which is previewed on the LCD panel, as well as a USB memory stick. This is handy for quick printing without a PC.
Ink - this thing takes HUGE ink cartridges, with a lot of ink per cartridge. They may seem expensive, but when you realise that the black ink cartridge gives 10,000 pages, it will work out very cheap per page - cheaper than laser even. Very, very easy to change - just pop open the panel below the LCD screen and the cartridges click into place, a matter of seconds. So much easier and tidier than laser. It comes with set-up ink which lasts a good few months - I think a full cartridge could last years if your printing is not prolific.
I'd recommend setting it up via ethernet cable with a wi-fi router to get the best out of it.