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HP Color LaserJet 2840 All-in-One - Multifunction ( fax / copier / printer / scanner ) - colour - laser - copying (up to): 20 ppm (mono) / 4 ppm (colour) - printing (up to): 20 ppm (mono) / 4 ppm (colour) - 375 sheets - 33.6 Kbps - Hi-Speed USB, 10/100 Base-TX
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- Built-in Ethernet and USB interfaces- PC and Mac compatible
- 125-sheet multipurpose tray, 250-sheet paper tray, and 50-sheet ADF
- Up to 20 ppm print speed; first page out in 18 seconds
- Color prints, copies, scans, and faxes
- 600 dpi print resolution, 1,200 x 1,200 dpi scan resolution, 24-bit color
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I have worked in IT for 20 years and have come to love the quality and durability of HP printers, but when they try to make software for a more complex product such as this multifunction printer they miserably fail, as they have many times before with software and to a lesser extent drivers.
I have had the printer for nearly a year and had to try and set it up several times, it still don't work fully despite various driver and software upgrades and patches.
My impressions listed:
Quality of printing and copying once you get the unit to go is good, but you can't get the scanner to go and software installation is a nightmare:
1. It takes about an hour to install the software off the CD;
2. The full set of software is a close to 500 meg download (if you want to download an update), it is bloated but I don't know with what (it certainly does not function like a 500 meg piece of software);
3. Various items are installed including a so-called HP Toolbox which is designed in a strange way and which pops up at various times triggered by unknown events;
4. The scanner cannot be setup (I've never succeeded, despite downloading the "scanner fix" patch off the website and trying a number of times), so the printer functions as printer, copier, fax and data card reader but not as a scanner;
5. The software installation requires one or two reboots depending on choices; under Windows XP, this should not be required and is a nuisance after all the time taken to setup;
6. An "HP Update" tool installs as part of the setup that is supposed to download updates automatically at regular intervals. This typically starts to download updates, succeeds to get a few, then hangs midway and never gets anywhere. I have had this on several machines. This despite the fact that the tool successfully downloads an updated version of itself first;
7. The printer calibrates frequently and noisily even if it has been idle and not used. There is a setting in HP Toolbox to manage the calibration, however it cannot be switched off or made to be triggered by events.
The bottom line: HP should buy a software development company, or outsource its software design and development, partner with a company that understands software and the way people interact with software, or if design and development is presently outsourced, insource it.
But until they publicly announce a major change in the way they deal with their software, I won't buy this type of product from HP anymore.
But the software, it's just awful. There's no excuse for it. I have 35 computers hooked up to this computer, and there are about a half dozen on which the printer is completely unusable because one of the monitoring packages decides to randomly gobble up 100% of the CPU (why do all 35 computers run monitoring software for a networked printer, no idea).
And the installer, what the heck are they thinking? This is a networked printer, I have 35 installations... some went smooth, those only took 15 minutes with 1 restart. Some took over an hour because the installer would hang in the middle of the process (and there's no good way to kill it) and had to be restarted... the record was 7 installs before it actually installed the printer. There's no reason I shouldn't be able to just click "add printer" and add the printing components of this printer, they went overboard on the installer and failed miserably.
Addressing negatives mentioned in other reviews:
Noise. Yes, it is noisier than a standard single-toner laser printer, but it is only as noisy as a bad ink-jet. I sit next to it and have no problems when my wife prints to it.
Network Driver Installation. This was just horrific. I am an IT Professional of 15-years and this is the worst HP driver setup I have ever come across. It took me multiple attempts to install the drivers on each machine because the software installer failed multiple times. It picked-up where it left off, but come on! Configuring the IP address was NON-intuitive. You think you can change the IP during the install, but you can't. You must use the random, auto-assigned IP during the installation and then use the web UI to change it (be sure to write it down during the install, because you can't find the web-based configuration screen without it!).
There was a wonderful video of how to physically set up the device, but the user was left entirely alone on the driver installation. The software is complete crud and HP should be ashamed.
Total installation time (box opening to printing test page): 2 hours
Now that the device is set up, I love it and would buy it again. You can't beat the quality and performance for the price.
As the president of an IT firm, I've worked with most every brand of printer, but still cannot find any reason to recommend anything but HP printers. This Color LaserJet 2840 that I bought for my own personal use just continues that trend.
Firstly, ALL the features are usable over the network connection. This was important to me since I want everyone in my home to have access to all the features, and it's connected to my network. Scanning, faxing, printing, etc, all work great. (I knew printing would work, but was skeptical about the rest, especially the scanning).
The automatic document feeder works like a dream - I'll put 40+ pages in it and have scan them all into a PDF right from Adobe Acrobat 7. The scans come out crisp enough that Adobe's OCR gets most all the text on the page. Pictures scan nicely too.
The color output is fairly fast for an all-in-one, and warmup times are basically none. I use it for printing family photos, as the cost-per-page is a tiny fraction of an inkjet. If you want to use it for photos, I recommend using a good coated stock. It doesn't necessarily have to be HP brand. Color accuracy is good - much improved over the Color LaserJet 8550. I believe this is the same color engine as used in the Color LaserJet 9500. Even skin tones look good - especially after a bit of color correction in Photoshop.
I do have one minor complaint - it's a bit noiser than printing that you'd expect. Nothing that will stop a phone converstation or anything, but the four-toner-catridges-in-a-carousel mechanism is a little rattly when it's turning. I suppose nothing's perfect. :)