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    Experience w HP printers

    Hi Loungers,

    I need to get a replacement for a couple of pieces of hardware (printer, fax w/ copy feature). I'm considering an All-in-one device (printer, fax, copy, scan) and am pretty much set on an HP device. My really nice to-haves (just about must-haves) are duplex printing, wireless, and all 4 functions mentioned above.

    From there, I'm pretty open. Don't really care about digital camera slots on the printer but most seem to come with them. Likewise a USB port for a thumb drive (this is not universally available). Scanner bed size could be legal size but that's a nice to-have. Footprint is not a big deal for an all-in-one. Extra software (photo retouch, OCR) is a nice to-have, not a must-have. PictBridge is a don't care.

    Obviously price of printing and ready availability of reliable 3rd party ink cartridges would be important considerations.

    I'm focusing on an HP 6480 (which looks like Costco's private label 6450), HP 7280 (Costco's 7250), or HP 7780. Prices I've seen are about $170 US, $255, and $350 respectively - maybe a little less on some web sites.

    I've read reviews of all 3 printers and they all seem mixed. Setting up the wireless seems to be a mixed bag - some could do it, some could not (problems arose especially if they followed the instructions!). Also, some printers started to jam after a while like 3 months, but those that only owned the device for a month or so had not noticed this (yet).

    It seems that almost all printers have automatic duplex printing. My existing printer has manual duplex (print dialog allows one "to print on both sides" and you have to re-feed the paper when the first side is done). But for any new printer that does NOT have automatic duplex, it is unclear if it at least has manual duplex (I've gotten spoiled by that so that is a minimum must-have but auto duplex would be so much better). Any feedback?

    Does anyone have any experience with these devices? Or their equivalents?

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    Fred

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    Re: Experience w HP printers

    A couple of thoughts to share.

    In my experience manual duplex is faster than automatic duplex. The automatic one allows a few seconds drying time between doing the two sides, the manual one pushes the pages out at full speed, and you then feed them all back through again at full speed. If you ever need to print hundreds of two sided copies this makes a huge difference. I'm pretty sure all the HP printers do manual duplexing in the device driver.

    I have been using a 4-in-1 device for some years now, and I wouldn't go back to separate devices. Most scanning that I do is really for simple photocopying and that is very fast on these devices, it starts to print when it has scanned about 25% of the document, but if you need to scan something in to a file that works pretty well too.

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    Re: Experience w HP printers

    Hi Stuart,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I had never thought of the advantage of manual duplex. So I can still do that thru the device driver - great!

    What model HP all-in-one do you have? If you have wireless, how was the setup? Do you have any paper jams or a significant number of them? Any other printing problems (I read of one where the feeder took several sheets at once and printed part of the page on each sheet)?

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    Fred

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    Re: Experience w HP printers

    Fred,

    I have an HP Photosmart 2610, which is a few years old now. It doesn't have Wireles, just an Ethernet connection.

    I have few paper jams, but I have had the printer pick up more than one sheet very occasionally. Not often enough that it bothers me, and I suspect that all printers do this sometimes. The biggest issue I have is that when my kids fill up the paper they often forget to slide the paper guides across, leaving the paper to go through the printer at an angle and producing wonky printouts - they never seem to notice so my next printout is useless! Also you have to be very careful when using non-standard paper with a networked printer. If I put in an envelope to print I need to make sure no one else is about to send something to the printer. It would be great to have separate paper trays for this but this model only has one.

    StuartR

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    Re: Experience w HP printers

    Fred

    In my experience, office FAXing is now virtually obsolete, being replaced by emailed PDFs. Not many All-in-One printers now include a FAX option, because of the greatly reduced demand. Do you still need to use this venerable information transfer mechanism? Omitting this option will increase the range of models you can consider!
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    Re: Experience w HP printers

    Whilst the majority of people may have email, many large companies do not have departmental email addresses. We fax out 40 to 50 remittance advice notes each month as a cheaper alternative to posting them

    We also fax around 200 purchase orders each month. Even if it was 10% of that, we would still need a fax machine as 90% of our orders are placed on a next-day delivery basis.

    And without a fax machine, can you explain how one can receive incoming faxes?

    (I include faxing software - which we use - in the term 'fax machine', but scribbling on a drawing and using a mechanical fax can be a lot quicker than scanning in a document, annotating it in other software, and sending it back out, believe me!)

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    Re: Experience w HP printers

    > And without a fax machine, can you explain how one can receive incoming faxes?

    At work we use a fax-to-email / email to fax service provided by an external company. Incoming faxes are converted to PDF files on the company's server and e-mailed to us (with a digital signature).

    But your argument about writing on a drawing and sending it using a mechanical fax is very valid!

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    Re: Experience w HP printers

    All our incoming faxes are received at our (internal mail) server and emailed as a pdf to various bods here, and 95% of all outgoing is done electronically too. (I can even send a personal fax from home by emailing it in <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>)
    My point was that you do still need a fax of some sort in this day and age - and so if it can be included in an all-in-one, why not?

    Incidentally Fred, we recently had to trash our trusty but aging optical photo-copier. I looked at various high-end machines, then opted for the HP M1522nf at a small fraction of the cost. Our colour needs either require laser speed/quality or A3 size, so monochrome was good enough. I am very impressed with the speed of copying, and its ease of use as a manual fax on the odd occasion we need one.

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    Re: Experience w HP printers

    Agreed. In fact, we do have a printer/scanner/copier/fax machine for such purposes, but it doesn't get much use lately.

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    Re: Experience w HP printers

    Hi Stuart,

    Thanks for the update.

    I was considering getting the HP 7780 bcs it has 2 papers trays but I do very little envelope or label printing; also the printer does not switch to the 2nd tray if you run out of paper on the 1st. It also costs $350 and a legal-size flatbed, reduce/enlarge on copies but only comes with 4 ink cartridges.

    I'm leaning towards the 7280, which has 6 ink cartridges so better color. But only 1 paper tray, 8.5x11 flatbed and no reduce/enlarge on copy. It costs about $80 less. I think the 7780 is more for an office.

    Either way, my printer will not be networked except with me.

    Fred

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    Re: Experience w HP printers

    Hi Leif

    Thanks for the input. I've heard that copying is pretty quick. One of the printers I was looking at - the HP6480 - does not have a reduce/enlarge for copying, which I'd like (don't need); but it does have a copy quality setting.

    Fred

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