TL;DR: Overall this is a solid printer. It''s easy to set up, the print quality is good (nothing special, though), and the features it has available are plentiful and fairly user friendly. My only gripes are the photo paper tray gliding too freely, no rear paper guide, slow...
TL;DR: Overall this is a solid printer. It''s easy to set up, the print quality is good (nothing special, though), and the features it has available are plentiful and fairly user friendly. My only gripes are the photo paper tray gliding too freely, no rear paper guide, slow print speed and the low page prints yield of the tri-color cartridge.
I''ve been using HP Photosmart printers at home for a fairly long time. So, when my C6280 gave out after 10 years I didn''t really have any issues going with another HP. The big things that I needed was a printer that was connected to the home network so I could print from all the family devices since the C6280 was a shared printer, an auto document feeder for large scans/copies and had a dedicated photo paper tray to support small scale photo printing without having to reconfigure the main try. This printer does all of this and way more.
This printer gets a big thumbs up for connectivity.
My experience setting it up was really easy. Plugged it into the wall, went to the website from my phone and it was up and running in about 10-15 minutes. Connected all my other devices just as easily in about 3-5 minutes each. The only device I had an issue with was an older Lumia 2520 on Windows RT. This device could not run the installer from the website, which was no surprise to me, due to the ARM based OS. However, I got the printer to talk to the Lumia by installing a generic HP Photosmart PCL3 Class driver which was found on the device already. There are some really neat connected and cloud features that his printer has that I''m pretty excited to try out in the coming weeks.
Print quality is pretty good for an at home printer. Some of the photos I''ve printed left a little to be desired in quality. Some of the darker photos looked a little magenta saturated, and some of the lighter ones looked a little washed out. But, I work in a print shop with equipment magnitudes more expensive, so I figure I''m probably being a little picky.
The scans/copies I''ve made so far look pretty good, and getting them from what ever device you want is really easy using the HP app. I really like being able to plop a stack of papers into the ADF (like I can at work) and letting them go. Haven''t had a jam yet.
Input trays are located just under the output tray. There''s a tray dedicated for photo paper (4x5, 4x6, and 5x7) just above the main tray for paper and envelopes up to legal size (8.5"x14"). Easy to get to and load. Loading papers larger than A4 requires you to drop down the front of the paper tray, which is done by releasing a lever. The first of two complaints here is that there is no rear guide for either tray. Paper just sits loosely in the tray. I''ve had the printer tell my a few times that paper wasn''t loaded because the paper had shifted when I reset the tray. Especially in the photo paper tray. Which leads me to complaint number two, I sometimes have to go fishing for the photo paper tray. It glides easily, but so freely that it sometimes doesn''t come out with the main tray. It''s a minor annoyance.
Print speed was about the same as the C6280 that I am replacing. To be honest, that''s a little disappointing considering the difference in age of the two printers. It''s by no means "too slow", but not really fast either. The big difference here for me was that the cure time of the ink on this machine was much better. Glossy photos are dry when they come off the machine. The C6280 had a tendency to leave some wet ink on glossy photos with heavy coverage.
This printer even has fax capability. A bonus for sure, but one I probably will never use.
Finally, I''m not sure I''m a huge fan of the tri-color cartridge since you have to replace it once you run out of one of the three colors HP managed to magically cram in that tiny cartridge since the yield seems fairly small (~165 sheets color for the regular, and ~415 for the XL). I''m finding that dedicated CMYK cartridges in smaller printers with the features this one has is becoming harder to find out side of more expensive printers like the Epson Ecotanks. HP, I''d love to see an ENVY Photo/Photosmart printer with separate color cartridges if it meant getting more prints per cartridge and good quality. But, considering how much we actually print in our house, it shouldn''t be a huge deal for us. Time will tell.