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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing value for money!, 26 Nov 2007
This review is from: HP Photosmart C4180 (Electronics)
Firstly, if you're reading this, you're probably confused as to the range of mixed reviews. But, after owning this printer for quite a while now, I've not had a single problem with it.
The first thing that's great about it is the price. Indeed, technology is moving so quick that just a couple of years ago, when I owned my original Epson 810, that was pretty good stuff, and priced at 30 more! Yet this has more than 4 times the features and twice the DPI. You could say technology is moving too quick - no doubt in a couple of years time, we'll see a 10-in-on HP printer for the same price!
But what made us (it's for our family) go ahead and buy it was the sheer amount of features it offered for the price, all clearly displayed on the box, in typical HP style. We just wanted a new printer for the family - documents for me, pictures for the essays. We actually thought we were just going to come home with a cheap Lexmark printer, and didn't realise such printers were as cheap as this, with features such as the 'stand alone' printing that was new stuff not long ago.
Apart from the printing facility, this was all new to us (sad, I know, but were a working class family who still use 15 year old wardrobes!) and as you open set it all up, taking no more than 5 minutes, it's a complete and utter doddle to use, making you're video-recorder look heard to use (though dad still won't touch the thing!). The left of the printer has buttons that take you directly to the feature you want, and the menu displayed on a compact screen that's clearer than my mobile phone, and flips up and down for ease of viewing. Whats more, the printer is compact enough to sit on a deck next to our monitor, which just makes it all the more efficient really.
So what can the printer do? Basically, everything you'd ever need to do at home, everything you thought you would never be able to do, and nothing you'd never use (like most new Nokia mobile phones, crammed with crap that no-one uses, but makes them think their flash). Aside from printing at an extremely high resolution, it can instantly at the touch of a button. You can just press Scan- Black, or Scan- Colour, and instantly it'll do it, without even needing the computer switched on. You can scan with the computer aiding it, so basically you're sending the image to the computer. Just by pressing a couple of buttons, you can choose to just send the image to the HP software program (loads up, all automatically) or to Microsoft Word (handy for work) or Powerpoint etc... most programs of the sort, all in the options menu on the printer display. Just 2 buttons and its done!
Then you have your photo options - I personally don't use these as often, but only because to save ink and photo paper, it's cheaper to pop up to Tesco's. However, for the record, you can adjust photos, resize/edit them on the printer, without the PC again, and just print them off on special paper. The photos can come from your digital camera card, via the slots at the front (about 5/6 of them).
I've been looking at the negative reviews and only have to agree with one niggle... the ink! Unfortunately, in an effort to make it compact, the cartridges are teeny, looking like some sort of futuristic wall-plug. It's all nice, but at the end of the day its not very efficient. Like most inks, it can be expensive to top up, however there are a few advantages over other printers..
>>These are still colour 'blocks' - not separate ink cartridges. Therefore, their is no hassle of buying separate colours.
>> HP is probably the biggest of all printer names, aside from Epson. You can get ink cartridges cheap if you just make an effort to look around. Don't even both going to the high-street shops...
I can't rate this device highly enough. It's compact enough to fit beside your PC, its incredibly user friendly, and upon putting the cartridges in for the first time, I made copies of the menu layout diagram for the family in just seconds. This is how modern computing should, and HP have got it off to a tee!
Faultless, aside from the ink!
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2008 16:16:48 GMT
buy row says:
good lord, is this the uk managing director of hp?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2008 19:41:39 GMT
Picard says:
Should I take that as a compliment on my salesmanship? ;)

Posted on 22 Aug 2008 19:10:33 BDT
D. Beck says:
I prefer all that hassle of only replacing the ink cartridge that is empty, not the HP policy of replacing all when a single ink runs out. HP could give this printer away and I'd avoid it given the cost of ink.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2008 17:50:35 BDT
Picard says:
I do agree with that... Actually the prices have gone up, so we're rationing the ink!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2008 09:55:15 BDT
buy row says:
go on line to and see the difference in genuine hp ink prices, you will be amazed.
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