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When is a printer not a printer..? when it's an All-in-one
Easy to use, all in one, good quality, good finish and a good size
none to mention, except the cost fo the inks themselves maybe
Ease of use
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Range of extra features / functionsGood
Instruction manualVery useful
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Printers; Everybody must have used one at some point in their lives, probably owning at least one and using it until it has stopped printing, and , if like me, you’ve probably been through several printers over time. The printers I have used over time have come from many different companies, such as Kodak, Epsom, canon, and, my favourite of all, Hewlett Packard, or HP as it’s also known as. And it is one of those HP printers, nay, three in one, or All-in-one machines that is not just a printer but also proudly presents you with a scanner and a photo copier as well. The name of this one is the HP deskjet 3050a all in one and I was quite happy when I was using it, getting some rather nice results from the printer until it’s final days on this planet.
Firstly, I have to tell you that this 3050a is the updated version of the 3050, without the ‘a’. The main visible difference being that this one has a little screen that controls the machine, where as the one without the ‘a’ is controlled via switches along the side.
So, now we’ve got that out of the way with I can tell you a bit about this printer, (although I call it a printer as is saves me having to keep writing printer/scanner/copier).
The look of this printer… It’s not massive, compared to some all in one systems, being about 400mm high by 430mm wide and 250mm deep, weighing in at around 3 and a ½ kg, which is a bit on the heavy side considering the size, but as it should just be sat on a solid surface the weight shouldn’t really matter should it? I mean, it’s not like you’re going to carry it about on your head is it?
On the top there is the ‘control’ panel, which can be used lay flat on the unit or pulled up slightly so that it looks more like a tiny monitor with the 2 inch screen. This is pretty basic, making it simple to use. It has three icons on the left… A bent arrow, which returns you back one step A red cross, which cancels the command your using A spanner, which opens up the setting options where you can basically run the printer from. Then, along the bottom there is a power button, a wireless status light and an ‘eprint’ light. Finally, down the right, there are the selection buttons which go together with the setting buttons and menu. All this is so easy to understand and most tasks can be done with the touch of one or two buttons.
Also on the top there’s the paper in tray near the rear, which folds flat on top when you don’t need it, this tray has what is called an adjustable paper width guide to help guide the paper into the printer.
On the front there is the paper output tray which has a lovely little extendable arm to keep the paper from flopping over the edges. Behind the paper output area there is the ink cartridge housing, which is accessed by pulling the cover gently forwards, revealing the cartridge so you can change them.
How do you use it then..? Simple, but first you have to make sure that the software that comes with this is installed on a PC, or for better wireless results and ease, install the software on all computers that you want to use this printer with. The installation takes a matter of minutes and getting it connected to a router so that you can use the wireless feature takes no time at all either.
Your PC will have to have a few minimum requirements, such as running MS windows XP SP2 and above, including windows 7. And it also claims o work quite well with Mac OS X 10.5 and above. (although I can’t promise about the Mac claim as I ran mine on windows only).
Then, once you’re installed and you’re up and ready it’s then a matter of browsing through the menu on the little screen or using the software on your PC to send files that you want printed to the printer.
Some technical bits to browse upon…
It has a maximum copying resolution is up to 600dpi for standard black and 4800 x 1200 dpi for colour.
The paper tray can hold up to 50 sheets of paper without real danger of jamming up.
The printing speed is something like 20 pages per minute, depending on whether there is enough paper in the tray of course.
Then there’s the scanning, which has an Optical resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi with a colour depth of 24bit
It has a USB hi-speed port so that you can connect it directly to your computer, but it is also wireless, using a standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
The bits that the environmental people might like to know is that this one consumes about 9watts when running and about 2.5watts if left on standby.
I like HP printers, or all in one systems as this one is, with maybe only one or two of there printers being a bit of a let down. This one for me is one of the better ones in its price range, offering the basics of what an all in one should offer without over doing the complicated bits too much.
It can print many things, including standard letters, pictures, both colour and black and white. Plus it can print such things as addresses on envelopes, images and texts on cards and more, although some of these things can depend on the software on your computer of course. The little slider on the paper input tray really does help when printing different size paper, such as the envelopes, as it helps guide the paper into the machine without gripping it as all.
The menu options are great, giving you lots to choose from, such as printing certain pages instead of the entire project, or even printing just odd or even number pages if you need to. This option helps you out so that you don’t have to keep turning the paper over, you just print out the odd numbers first, then turn the entire lot of papers over, put back into the paper input tray and then select the ’print even pages only’ option. I like the function of the copier as this can be used without having to turn on any computers. You just put what ever you want to copy onto the scanner part, select the number of copies required and press the copy button. This will then print out the amount of copies you have chosen, as long as there’s enough paper in the tray. Or if you do want to scan something so that it stores onto a HDD then you will need to turn on your computer after all.
The wireless system is a bit of a god send really, allowing me, and the rest of the family, to simple send what ever we want printing to this system over the ‘airwaves’. Setting that up was not too bad either, although to be honest I did have two attempts at it before it would connect, basically ‘wiring’ the laptops together in the house, (without the wires of course) so that no one was restricted to the printer. All I will say is that you do need to install the software on every system you want to connect to this printer, but that takes no time at all and doesn’t affect your computer at all.
NOTE: It offers something called ‘eprint’, which is basically a system that allows you to print anything from anywhere using the internet… the saying goes something like “if you can email it you can print it…” but as I haven’t actually used this system on this printer as yet I can’t make any comments on it. But if and when I do I will surely update right here.
It’s a good size too, not to small as to run around the surface it’s on when it’s printing but not too big as to take up your desk, and for the size of it it offers quite a lot too. The speed of the printing varies, depending on what you’re printing of course, but it can print 15-20 pages of text in a minute without too much trouble. With maybe around 10-15 pages of coloured printing, although again, this depends on the complicity of the print itself. In other words, it’s not a slow printer so you won’t have to keep standing there for too long, waiting for that important document.
As I mentioned it runs on only two ink cartridges, which is good for some people, but may not be good for others who like to have four ink cartridges to play with. I know many people who tend to actually argue about which is better? The two cartridge systems or the four cartridge ones… (yes, they actually argue about that???… maybe I should find new friends???)
So how much does this all in one HP system cost then..? This one sells for around the £50.00 region, which is not bad at all for a HP all in one. The only downside that I can see is that the ink itself can be a bit on the pricier side, compared to other inks, but if, like me, you go for the ‘XL’ cartridges, they should last a bit longer and seem better value for money.
In all, a fine, good size all in one printer/scanner/copier that does exactly what it’s supposed to do, without taking up all the room on your desk.