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Excellent & Easy
on December 30, 2011
I bought this as a Christmas present after doing much research. I was looking for a laserjet vs. inkjet, required wireless networking support, a decent sized paper input tray, (ideally a full ream, but negotiable), and of course, it had to be multi-function.
I purchased this one as a Christmas gift, and have had it setup & running for a few days now. Setup was very easy and took less than 15 minutes. It found my wireless network and I was able to configure it easily. I did get momentarily confused during setup as the process directed you to update the firmware to get the latest/greatest functionality and to enable ePrint. But the printer wasn't listed in the printers supporting ePrint, which led me to a brief online chat session with HP's support. Essentially they directed me to ignore that step, and I was able to confirm that ePrinting was functional, (the ePrint logo on the control panel clearly indicates the printer supports ePrint - so the website is simply behind). There was a step in the setup process where I had to connect the printer via the USB cable, but that was removed in a later step, and the printer's functioning flawlessly on my wireless network now. I've updated a couple of laptops to add the printer, (via the control panel process, and pulling the driver off the internet using the Windows Update option during printer setup).
The ePrint setup was extremely easy as well - the printer generates a unique printer code, which it prints for you. You type in the code on the ePrint website and select a unique email address for your printer and you're done. I didn't read the fine print regarding how HP deals with any sensitive documents you send through their email@example.com domain, but I don't anticipate using it for sensitive information anyway. You'll want to research that before sending anything really sensitive.
So far, I've been extremely pleased with the printer. It prints quickly, even when it's in sleep mode. I informally timed it, using the second hand of the Windows clock, and within 45 seconds of sending a 7 page newsletter-type document, (light graphics & text on every page), it was printing the first page, and the entire document was done about a minute later.
Copying is extremely easy, via the two front-panel buttons, (one for color, one for black & white). I haven't tried a multi-page job yet, but the document feeder works fine. The lid has a tendency to slam down when you're copying off-sized documents manually.
Scanning is great as well. The default install has an HP supplied product that will scan documents and import into PDF format or JPG formats. Multi-page support is included and is a breeze to operate. You can email or save as files directly from the interface. The purchase also includes a fully-functional version of Readiris Pro 12. This is a fully-functional OCR product that will save as MS Office formats as well. I've only tried Word thus far, and it was klunkier than I'd expected. The document was scanned in and saved as a Word doc, but when I attempted to open via Word I received several error messages about the file being corrupt prior to successfully opening the document. I'm not sure what happened there, as the error messages led me to believe it wouldn't work. Yet it did, so ... it bears some more watching. For my needs, the basic HP scanning product will probably be sufficient. If I use the Readiris software more, I'll update the review with any new observations.
And finally, it's nice that the printer's wireless, which means anyone can initiate scanning session without having to login to the "scanner pc" or whatever.
I would definitely recommend this printer to others, based on my usage thus far.