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HP printers used to be great . . .
on 27 January 2013
One of the best printers I've ever owned was an HP. A laser jet, complete workhorse, never hogged attention, just did a dependable job for years. Since then, I've bought two more HP printers. One was an inkjet which was heavy on bloatware, but I felt maybe the laser printers, on past experience, would be better.
I've had it just over a month and it would have been better if I'd the next day. Instead, I persevered. The installation disk didn't work so I searched for and found drivers (on HP's bloated site, which took some time). Dowloaded the appropriate driver and 'firmware upgrade.' It asked for virus and firewalls to be switched off, sugested every other item in the tray was closed, went for numerous re-boots - in other words, I spent about 8hrs in total just trying to make it work at all.
I've managd to get it to perform with my backup computer but it finds excuses every time I try to load it on my main PC. All I wanted was something to print a high volume of sheets. I don't need a control panel, a fancy interface, masses of onboard software to make me a cup of tea, I just want it to sit in teh corner and print. No such luck. I've given it two stars rather than one as it seems to perform reasonably well if you can get it installed and jump through lots of hoops. If.
Build quality seems ok - not outstanding, but ok. You have to buy your own cable as not much is included (not much of any use).