HP Officejet 4500 Review
Have you got a relatively small office and don't require huge volumes of daily printing. Would you like an All-in-One printer that will provide print, copy, scan and fax capabilities and yet not cost you more than around £120? HP has recently released the Officejet 4500 Wireless which will meet all of these requirements, but is it still right for you?
To begin with, the printer will not occupy much space on your work surface, as its compact frame measures just 43cm x 40cm x 23cm and, because it only weighs 5.9kg, you can almost move it into position with one hand.
This is about as no-frills as an All-in-One can go though, so you miss out on memory card reader, USB port for PictBridge or flash drives, a colour display, or any sort of duplexing. What you do have, on the other hand, is a 20-sheet automatic document feeder on the top, a 100-sheet input tray and the option to have a wired (via USB) or wireless connection to your PC.
The Officejet 4500 Wireless makes use of only two ink cartridges - one black and one combining cyan, magenta and yellow - but they're low cost when you get them from Internet-ink. Plus you can choose XL versions of the ink cartridges to increase your economy further.
Overall colour is good but with lack of clarity round the edges in prints, while the scanned reproductions at up to 1200dpi is superior in contrast and clarity. Black text is extremely good, although it does not have many modes to choose from. If your bias is more towards documents than pictures, this multifunction printer is definitely worth your consideration.