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This review is from: HP Envy 4500 e-All-In-One Printer - Black (Accessory)
I bought this printer to supplement an aging HP Photosmart 6180 which could not communicate with a newly purchased iPad Air. Because the old printer, apart from being old, worked fine I had no intention of spending big quids on a second printer.
I came across the Envy 4500 quite late in the studies and bought it based on the Amazon reviews.
It was very easy to set up. I didn't use the installation disks at all, simply connected the power cable, entered my WiFi code and the printer did the rest. Followed the instructions to insert the cartridges and paper and it was ready to go.
I had already downloaded the HP AiO app and when I opened that the printed appeared just like it should. I have only done the printing and scanning so far and these work very well. Probably better than the old printer and a MacBook. The printing is good quality (very good, really) and very quick. The scanning works well too, but isn't so quick.
Niggles? Well, it's a pain having to swop paper to go from A4 to photos. That said, the quality of the photos is poor - really not very good at all, so if you plan to use the Envy 4500 to print a lot of photos, I'd look elsewhere (hence the 4 stars). And that's about it for the niggles. Apart from the printing there are a few things I'd like to see done better in the HP AiO app (don't like the default setting of US letter paper size when scanning, which means you have to change it to A4 every time) and the fact that it doesn't seem possible to scan multiple pages to a single document. But these are niggles aimed at the software rather than the printer.
The printer itself does a pretty good job all round, photos excepted, and if the photos aren't so important to you I'd recommend the printer without hesitation.