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HP DeskJet 1280 Colour A3+ Inkjet Printer

by HP
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Choice of media from standard company stationery to thick card stock, photo media, and more
  • Heavy media up to 280 g/m2 prints smoothly and reliably
  • Flexible media handling with an extendable high-capacity input tray of up to 150 sheets
  • Achieve sharp black text at up to 14 ppm and professional-quality colour documents at up to 11 ppm
  • Robust printing with a duty cycle of up to 5,000 pages per month
  • Effortlessly reduce or enlarge documents from A6 to A3+ with HP's sophisticated Smart Software
  • The media width sensor prevents misprinted pages by alerting when the paper loaded does not match the size selected
  • Print Cancel button halts unwanted print jobs immediately, saving time and money.
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Technical Details
Item Weight10 Kg
Product Dimensions67.2 x 49 x 32.6 cm
Item model numberC8173A#ABU
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 109,617 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12 Kg
Date First Available3 Mar 2003

Product Description

A3+ inkjet with print speed of up to 14 ppm black/11 ppm colour in draft mode, Photoret III or 4800 x 1200-optimised dpi colour, 5,000 pages per month duty cycle, standard input capacity of 150 sheets, 3 paper paths.

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Customer Reviews

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What was wrong with the old one? 7 Dec 2006
Having used 2 Deskjet 1220c printers before purchasing this one, I was expecting to have hassle-free printing. Both 1220c printers were run into the ground and worked wonderfully to the end.

What's wrong with the 1280? It is so inconsistent in being able to print without jamming onto anything but standard stock. Assume you're going to go through 4 sheets of photo paper before one print can be made.

I for one don't expect to nursemaid a printer through every job I require of it, and sadly the 1280 demands it. HP, having had my loyalty for many years (and I have bought a considerable number of HP printers for a variety of businesses), has now had it completely undermined by the 1280. Trust me when I say check out other A3 printers before you even consider this one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Linux Perspective 20 May 2006
This printer works happily with Fedora Core 5, especially as the HPLIP tools and driver are now part of the distribution.

However, there are limitations:
o You cannot print the bottom half and inch or so of an A3 page (this may not be a Linux driver problem.)

o 1200dpi colour printing comes out all smudgy. However 600dpi works ok with the HPIJS driver. This is claimed to have been fixed in Fedora Core 6/7, but I haven't verified it personally yet.

Colours are bright and text is clear at all resolutions.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars RE: HP DeskJet 1280 Colour A3+ 6 April 2006
By Steve
I bought one of these from Amazon with a view to printing reproductions of my artwork. I must admit I am a little disappointed with this printer as it takes a lot of tweeking to get the paper settings right for best quality.
This printer is best for home users who want to print out large documents at average quality.
Beware!!! This printer is also prone to the odd paper jam when using standard plain paper.
The manual feed through is good if you need it, but I found that after a few full scale prints it started to crease the paper slightly underneath. This shouldn't matter for standard prints, but makes all the difference when re-producing artwork.
I'm going to use this as a standard printer and invest in a more expensive model for my quality work. It will be worth the extra money in the end. Also the cost of HP replacement cartridges is way too much. It is worth considering these costs before investing in a new printer.
Altogether this printer is fine if you want average results, but I'd advise you to purchase someting more mid to top range if you want better quality prints. You get what you pay for I guess.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stuart 22 May 2007
[...] I have no complaints with the printer or seting it up - everything was what I would expect of an HP machine. I only use it for A3 prints of work drawings and although it is rather steady, it does save me a trip to the local print shop.

If all you want is a printer that produces reasonable quality A3 prints at a good price then look no further.
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A printer for one and all 30 Aug 2005
The HP deskJet 1280 A3+ is not just a printer for A3 but can take paper down to postcard size. The speed comes in just about right unless you want colour photo prints within seconds. It has a nice tray to hold the paper but sadly the paper does not lay flat, so don't leave it there for too many days. The ink is very easy to get hold of BUT be warned, do some research work first as to how you can get hold of the A3 paper - most places only sell it at 50 sheets a time. I had to buy 5 reams at one go from a wholesaler. But don't let that put you off, this printer is first class and for all those people that are in to 'The FAMILY Tree' this printer has been sent from about. The price is fair, the ink is available and if you have to room (check the size) then this is worth buying.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars chews up paper 10 April 2006
I think it would be only fair to warn people that this printer tends to chew up A3 paper, almost everytime it is used. This feature tends to get annoying after the 50th time.
I use it to print presentation sheets for foamboards to show clients and when time is of the essence this printer will let you down.
I am just about to return it to the shop and buy something different. I would advise everyone to stear clear.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Shame about HP support
I have had had this printer for a long time now and it is brilliant. But I have just replaced my PC and HP in their wisdom have decided not to support this printer on Windows 7. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2010 by A C
1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
Printing quality is not too bad, but it is difficult to find paper that doesnot jam, even with standard size paper. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2010 by J. V. Wandelen
3.0 out of 5 stars 1280 Line thickness
Not a bad printer but I am unable to print different line thicknesses when printing drawings from TurboCAD, my wifes HP 1460 A4 printer will print various line thicknesses with no... Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by W. M. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars problems when printing A3+ PRINTS
I bought this printer a few months ago mainly for A3+ autocad printouts and image printing. It has no issues printing A3 AND A4 prints but when it comes to A3+ thats where the... Read more
Published on 30 April 2008 by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars whats everyone problem
i really don't get other peoples problem with this printer i've had it for 3 months now and had no problems at all its reasonably fast and is good quality for what you pay, and i... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2008 by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliable but not record breaking
As a bog standard, A3 printer this unit has been fine, the quality is great for what I use it for, simple posters and signage, I would not recommend it for someone looking for a... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2007 by Colin Ellis
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