Nice, Affordable, Compact Officejet Printing
May 21, 2011 (Updated May 21, 2011)
Review by vemartin
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Full unit functionality over the wired or wireless network environment; scanning, printing, copying, faxing.
Cons:No 2-sided printing out-of-the-box.
The Bottom Line: Great printer, scanner, and copier, but printing with Air Print needs to be rethought.
My wife has been using her trusty HP Officejet printer for the last 7 years, but it was time to swap it out. The paper rollers were starting to fail and the paper jams were becoming far too frequent for her tastes. So I started researching an alternative; this printer had to mirror the functionality of the one it was meant to replace, that is print, copy, scan and fax, and add wireless to the equation so that I could print to it from my laptop, and come in under the $100.00 price-point.
Recommend this product?
The new printer didn’t have to be a Hewlett Packard (HP), but I have come to trust the company’s offerings in this arena, so I started and ended my search with the manufactures wares, choosing the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless All-in-One (AIO) Printer.
The HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer is a small footprint multifunction inkjet-based printing device (compatible with PC as well as Macintosh) that allows you to print, scan, copy, and fax all from one matt black unit.
The HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer offers up no less than (3) connectivity points: wired networking via a 10/100 Ethernet port; USB port, and; wireless (Wi-Fi) 801.11g/b. Utilizing either Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity computers can speak directly to the printer abrogating the need for a dedicated print server, or sharing via Windows.
Like its larger cousins, the Officejet Pro series, the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) serves up a 20-page automatic document feeder, but drops the (4) inkjet cartridges, and ships with (2): one black and one multi-color. The HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) also features a flatbed scanner, copy collating, printing on up to legal size paper; and a removable 25-sheet input paper capacity paper tray. The HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) supports print and copy speeds up to 28 pages per minute (ppm) black, and up to 22 ppm color, 33.6kpbs fax speed, and up to 4,800-optimized (scan) dpi color and laser-quality text.
As I stated above, the HP Envy 100 e-AIO is a small unit, and as such it ships in many different parts and had to be put together before use. It took me a little less than 15 minutes to completely assemble the printer.
Wi-Fi Network Setup
Before connecting the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer to a computer (USB), or network (Ethernet), the decision must be made to utilize one or the other communications medium, but not both. But, of course there is one other option: Wi-Fi and the printer does support the units operation for either simultaneously, so I installed the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer utilizing wireless and USB and I can print either way. Wi-Fi set-up was effortless using DHCP; the software installation procedure will walk you through it.
To get the most of the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer you will have to install the software suite on a PC or iMac, and for this you will need to connect the AIO via a USB cable. The software will allow one to control features on the printer, as well as download software updates.
With the software is installed a connected workstation will be able to print, scan, copy, fax and e-fax from the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer.
Pretty straight forward; the software installation process installed a full set of print drivers on each workstation, in this case my wife’s Dell laptop and, well my Dell laptop, both running Windows 7. The HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer prints remarkably fast and the quality of the print is on par with any of the inkjet printers from HP I have used in the past.
The HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer offers up both a flatbed scanner and 20-page automatic document feeder (ADF) for use in scanning. Initialing the scanning process can be accomplished from the included software or the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer control panel. Once an item is placed in the ADF or on the flatbed scanner, you can push the Scan button on the front panel. Once a destination is chosen, you can then chose to scan to file, e-mail, or photo.
This process, like printing is pretty straight forward; both color and black & white copies can be made, up to 99 at a time. Because there is a duplexer installed two-sided copies can be made in a number of different configurations, including 1-side original/ 1-side copy; 1-side original. Copies can also be enlarged up to 144%, or reduced down to 25% of original.
Overall I like the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer; it is affordable, compact, easy to use, and looks cool on the printer stand. The built-in wired Ethernet capability, coupled with USB and Wi-Fi make the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer a versatile, flexible unit that is ideal for a small home office setting and well as workgroup setting. If you or your small workgroup need a scanner/ copier/ fax/ printer the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless (AIO) Printer should be given serious consideration, just be aware of the wireless constraints!
Amount Paid (US$): 89.99
Operating System: Windows and Macintosh
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