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Great value, speedy printing, easy-peasy set-up!,
This review is from: HP Deskjet 3050A e-All-in-One Printer (Print, Scan, Copy, AirPrint, Wireless, e-Print) (Accessory)I received my printer in 2 working days (despite only using the free Super Saver delivery) and it was packaged brilliantly as expected. Unpacking the printer was easy with everything easily accessible and sadly I got excited as the printer came inside a nice handy bag(!) within the box which will come in handy for shopping! Also, amazingly it comes with FREE INK to get you started which is such a bonus. It also comes with lots of manuals, CD ROM and a USB cable (I think - well I'm sure mine did) but I haven't used that as it was so easy to set up the wireless connectivity.
The set-up couldn't have been easier and even though I am 21, I do sometimes have difficulty with electrical items if the instructions are naff. However, there was a fold out instruction page with clear diagrams and step by step instructions which meant my printer was ready to use after about 15 minutes. I've read people had difficult setting up the wireless so I was expecting difficulties but it really was super easy, you just follow the on-screen instructions and it does it all for you!
The printer itself is a good size, I hate clumpy ones that take up all your space but this sits neatly and is rather compact on my desk. I've printed off lots of essays and a few pictures and the print quality is actually very good for the price and also surprisingly speedy. The printer is also relatively quiet which is obviously handy.
For £39 (which is what I paid), I think it is absolutely excellent value and a really great, speedy and compact printer with good print quality. I will update the review in a few weeks on how long the ink lasts. Ink I understand is of average price and you can buy the 'XL' versions of the ink which are HP's extra value (more expensive - but last much longer) so I am likely to invest in those.
********UPDATE ON INK!!!!! - The ink that comes free ran out pretty quickly (as expected). After reading around a bit, I found that generally the standard 301 HP ink cartridges are a bit naff and do run out quickly. BUT! I have just bought the 301XL ink which has much more ink and already I am noticing a huge difference - it is SO much better value for money so I would recommend buying the 301XL black and colour ink cartridges (from Amazon.co.uk or an Amazon merchant as it's miles cheaper than in the shops) with the printer if you can afford it. ***********
Overall, a great product for me (a university student) with average printing needs - essays, Powerpoint documents and some photos. Very chuffed with this! **UPDATE - still using it all the time, and still absolutely thrilled**
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Initial post: 8 Feb 2012 16:02:20 GMT
Comprehensive. Told me all I needed to know.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 15:37:51 GMT
Thank you for letting me know it comes with a usb cable. I ordered this printer for my daughter as a gift and didn't know whether to order a cable as well, until I read your review.
Hope she likes it.
Posted on 13 Mar 2012 14:40:25 GMT
can it print on envelops, cardboard paper and cd`s?
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2012 10:14:04 GMT
You're welcome, glad to be of help! Hoping yours came with a cable too?
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2012 10:15:17 GMT
I'm sorry I'm not sure about that, I don't have any of the things you asked about to test it. You could try one of the other reviewers. I will get some envelopes at the weekend and give it a go.
Posted on 5 Jun 2012 13:35:02 BDT
Does this print directly from a laptop? It sounds a good product but I am not that used to technology! Thanks R
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2012 18:53:19 BDT
Yes it does, you just have to follow the instructions on the booklet that comes with it. I think when you put the disc in your laptop (that comes with the printer) it also guides you through the process to set up 'wireless' printing which basically means you press print from your laptop and it prints without leads! In my opinion it is a really easy printer to set up and use but I might have just had good luck! Hope this helps! :)
Posted on 16 Jun 2012 11:36:52 BDT
'er indoors says:
Good helpful info re ink for HP deskjet 3050A, thankyou!
Posted on 27 Jun 2012 08:10:12 BDT
Maggie Taylor says:
Is it just one colour cartridge (like Kodak) or separate colour cartridges?