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Advice when buying a printer

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When people ask me what printer to buy, the number one thing is always check the price of the ink before buying what seems to be a cheap printer / all-in-one. Why then why I came to buying a printer did I not follow my own advice? I Spotted the HP 4500 All-in-one in Tesco some time back (last year in fact) and a few things grabbed my attention:

  • Reduced price (was £99.99 – now £49.99)
  • Claims to have cheap inks on the box
  • Functions as 4 in 1 device 
  • Sheet feeder built in
  • Wireless

When the original inks ran out, it was time to buy some news one’s and this is were the fun began.

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HP 4500 All-In-One Update

In regards to the printer I got recently, I thought I would let you all know how it is working out. I have it connected via USB to the iMac and it is set up on Wireless. I noticed it sometimes prints just fine, other times it says printing but does nothing and other times it never even says printing. Another example is it is meant to power save but this is not always the case, so this feature is very hit and miss. My last weird thing was it printed like one line at a time and paused between each and took ages to print a simple B&W spreadsheet. I found to fix this – you power it off but this is also a problem, if you use the button on the front – as it it does nothing much but says shutting down. Unplugging the power cord soon fixes this issue and it resumes printing. The PC popped up and told me it had a paper jame – yet it was fine and was printing away. Bottom line? I may take this back and get something else.

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HP 4500 Wireless All-In-One

I have been without any sort of printer for a while when my canon printer bit the dust. I felt no real need for a printer or scanner and no matter how many so called amazing offers I have seen around the supermarkets, I never bothered to buy one. Recently I was walking around Tesco’s and spotted a few cut price printers – one that caught my eye was indeed a Canon and this was going for £59. What the Canon had going for it was slots for memory cards and a small colour screen. When I saw the HP 4500 even though I was not interested in faxing, it had a ADF and was previously £99.99.

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HP 6715B Laptop Slow Boot

I have an HP 6715B Laptop which is powered by the AMD Turion 64 X2, features the ATI’s Radeon Xpress X1250 and one of the great features of this 15.4 inch laptop is the fact the display runs at 1680 x 1050 which is equivalent to a 20″ display right. Now the Laptop is getting on a bit these days and HP laptops in my own experience tend to suffer badly with mainly the graphics failing. My Problem is that upon switching on the Laptop, the BIOS Screen with sit there for a good while, maybe 5 minutes or more? Once it got past that it booted and worked fine.

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HP Premium Digital Headset (XA490AA)

I noticed my previous Logitech Headset which I used for all voice comms (Skype and such) was still working, the foam had started to rip, this meant it was time for a new headset. I went to my local Tesco store and by chance noticed they had some HP Premium Digital headset for £25. I checked out the box and noticed it was USB, this was good as I prefer USB to jacks for headphones. I questioned myself would it be any good, will the noise stay in these one’s or escape like the last set I Bought. Would the microphone be good or some cheap low quality thing these things often have. I took a chance on the grounds if it was bad, I would take it back.

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