Compaq A1500 All-In-One Inkjet Printer

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Nov 27, 2001
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Pros:All in one for less, fast, crisp printing, easy setup

Cons:scanning is poor, poor recoverability from errors

The Bottom Line: For all-in-one functionality, spend the extra for a unit with a flatbed scanner integrated. Good as just a color printer, not great. Bad in multi-functionality.


I originally purchase the A1500 because I got a deal when I purchased my Presario (which I've very happy with).

Out of the box, I was a bit disappointed . The unit seemed a bit flimsier than other printers, although I have always been used to Laser printers rather than inks.

But it took less than 5 minutes to hook up and configure. The ink was mostly painless to install, and without any mess. Then I started printing and was even more pleased.

Printing

At draft black and white, a web-page print shot out of the bottom before I even turned around to grab it. And for draft quality, it was something I wouldn't feel bad about turning in as a final quality print.

The color prints were also very good, but only at the higher quality settings would you want to frame anything. For the kids printing color puzzles, draft quality is just fine.

The problems start, though, when you have an error while printing, such as a mis-feed (not very likely to happen, which is good) or out of paper (more likely to happen for large documents). I can never get it to resume printing when I fix the problem (such as adding more paper), and then it gets tied up and won't print anything else.

There is no power button on the printer, so you have to disconnect the USB to try and re-set it, but that deosn't always work. I basically have to shut down and restart the whole computer.

Scanning

Here's where it begins to get annoying. This is not a flatbed scanner, but a feed scanner. I noticed a 'photo' sleeve was included to 'Protect your photos'. But more than that, you can't just feed a regular picture through the feeder. It will mis-feed and jam. And then the problem with using the photo sleeve is that the photo saved, given the limited scanning software, includes the huge sleeve background, messing with resolution and size and making editing more difficult.

Also, it tends to skew while feeding, making (good) photo editing software a necessity. It's too much bother to go through for some simple picture scanning.

Faxing/Copying

Generally, these are pretty standard and easy functions. As with scanning, sometimes the feed skews a bit, but nothing major for these functions.

If you want a good quality color ink printer, great, but spend the extra money if you need more functions, especially scanning.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 299


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