I didn't expect it to come with ink cartridges, so finding one tri-colour and one black cartridge as I unpacked the box was a nice surprise. The printer is lightweight and mightn't feel sturdy to some standards, plus it's rather noisy in my opinion, but for my university student needs (printing around 50 pages a week) it works fine. There's a handy function to check how much ink is left and I recommend getting the 301XL each time to make that extra little saving in the long run, especially as I feel this printer will last me a while.
The set up was easy, but finding out midway that a USB cable was not supplied (and the instructions sounded as if you would find one in the box) annoyed me very much. There was no mention of needing to buy the cable separately, so take note.