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HP Officejet 4500 Wireless Printer Review
HP Officejet 4500 Printer Review

The HP Officejet 4500 Wireless printer with fax is now on special offer at many retail outlets, less than half the price at launch in March 2010.

The printer offers 802.11g WiFi connectivity or via a conventional USB cable. The wireless connection is easy to set up, but you do need to use a USB cable in the beginning to do this. No Ethernet connection or memory card slots. The front facia contains a keypad, basic operational buttons, and a mono single line 16 character screen. A larger full colour LCD screen would have improved usability considerably.

The paper tray is located at the bottom of the machine and holds 100 pages. Printed pages come out of the front and rest on the expandable tray. There is also a sheet feeder for the scanner on top of the lid. Scan quality is good but slow in operation when using in stand alone mode.

Print quality is perfectly acceptable for business use but photographs will struggle to compete with dedicated photo inkjet printers.

Print speeds of around 5ppm for black text documents, and text with graphics only half of that at 2.5ppm. A full colour A4 copy can take almost a minute.

The HP Officejet 4500 uses the HP901 Pigment Black and HP 901 Dye Colour Ink cartridges which have a built on print head and do not contain very much Ink. We would never recommend a printer with this type of ink delivery system for business use; however XL versions are available at a premium. Refilling these cartridges is possible; particularly the XL versions which hold more ink.

The HP Officejet 4500 is an OK sort of printer, but is overshadowed by many other feature rich, attractive and cheaper to run printers available today from the likes of Brother and Canon. The printer can be noisy and some owners have noted compatibility issues with Windows 7.

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