Summary: If you plan on tossing this printer in the garbage after a couple years of use, don't read this review, it should work fine for you, it prints nicely, scanner was trouble free, the unit was easy to use. If you plan to keep it longer, be sure and put an ink collector underneath the poor thing. When it gets older, it may start leaking, in our case the ink leaked underneath the printer and destroyed the fine finish on our Ethan Allen desk.
Summary: The printer got an extra star just because it is the first one that has ever actually worked with my POS computer. I bought this at a garage sale for $5 - they had two of the exact same one. They warned me they could never get it to work so I thought I would give it a try. At first it would work fine then I started getting the out of paper message like everyone else seems to.
Good Enough for minimal use, Bad for Business or Home Office Quality Prints
Sean Hype, Amazon
29 March 2011
Summary: Out of the box, this is visually a good looking printer . The quality of its prints are quite a different story, mainly because the quality you see on your computer screen is not exactly what you will get from the printer especially when you have images and text on the same page. For printing text only documents, like every other printer (cheap or expensive) you won't see the inferiority in the prints.
Summary: JUST MY OPINION HI ALL, DO NOT BUY THIS PRINTER. I have own mine for about 2 1/2 years; and lately it is not stop paper jams or wrong size. Error messages.It was a once an a while deal, but now I can not count on it. Note I have changed paper stock several times and with only HP paper. I have maybe ran 1500 sheets of paper and maybe 80-100 photos. BUT and I mean BUT a good 1/3 of the paper were paper jam. WHEN this printer works, it works well; BUT TO MANY PAPER JAM.
Summary: I purchased this printer 2 years ago to replace a much simpler color printer as I planned to do more photo printing and color documents. The software installation took two tries before everything was installed...and that took a great deal of time. My husband could not install the software onto his laptop at all. He tried twice, but the installation froze and discontinued each time.
Summary: Comments about HP Photosmart 3210: This printer is better left for kids or small home printing. I don't think I'll be buying another inkjet. The calibration thing takes too long and it's just too loud, and it seems to want to do it over and over. I thought these printers had a power-save mode. Jump right back on when it needs to print, but it seems to need to calibrate again, and on top of that, if it's in powersave, then why is the scanner light always on?
Summary: When mine had an irretrievable paper jam and I took it in for repair, we found out that HP has discontinued both the printer and the pieces (gear replacement) needed for (a relatively simple) repair. Shame, shame, H.P. You just lost my business for good.
Summary: I won't go into details on my specific experiences, but I'll chime in with those that have complained about the software. It's bloated, containing about 5 different programs that all pretty much get you to the same place. It's unhealthy in that I often find myself having to kill HP processes while I'm shutting down and they take entirely too long to start up. Worst of all it's unreliable. I want to print when I want to print.
Summary: The printer is a great deal; however, my mother was never able to get her computer / software to recognize the printer. The printer requires Microsoft Vista which she doesn't have and doesn't want (have heard too many problems about that software).