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The HP 2000C was once (and still is) a very good printer. If you already own one you will know this - it has excellent print quality, it is fast and it looks great. The driver is also very useful and it has few problems day-to-day. However, this printer was never really a winner - because of it's price. It is beaten by epson models costing well under £200.
The printer uses 4 cartridges - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK). This is a feature of more expensive colour printers, as a CMYK arrangement often produces more vivid colours than a red, green and blue arrangement. The cartridges are the new HP number 10 cartridges, which are super inteligent due to the microchip within, and can provide detailed ink level information, as well as expiry dates etc. The one problem with this is a price. Each cartridge costs £25 - meaning that refilling the printer costs £100! Cartridges come with the printer, although when you buy a new black one you'll find it's twice the size of the one that comes in the printer. Although cartriges do last fairly long, they are way too expensive and cause the printer to be quite uneconomical.
In terms of quality the printer can manage 1200 x 600 dpi at best and produces amazing results on HP Inkjet paper. Photo printing is not as impressive on photo paper, but it still deserves merit.
Speed wise the HP2000C is a winner. It can print a blakc and white page in 5 - 10 seconds easily and a full colour block in about 40 seconds - which is amazing even by todays standards.
One thing I should mention is that my HP2000C did recently fail beyond repair. I don't know what caused the problem but technicians at work said that it was beyond repair - so now I have to get a new printer. This has taken my reliability rating down - but it might just be a one off.
Overall the HP2000C is stylish, quick and produces great results. It is let down however by it's price tag and running cost, as well as the fact that HP no longer support it. At the end of the day it's just beaten by it's uglier competitors.