Reviews and Problems with HP Photosmart C4380 All-in-One
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Mr. Martin Booth, Amazon
2 September 2011
Summary: Having owned one of these PSCs for a while now, I thought I would share my experiences. Firstly, HP software is a nightmare... for goodness sake just install the bare minimum of things and don't let it have the free run of your hard drive. It's intrusive and the first time it downloaded an update, it took me three days to sort out the mess.
Summary: This was printer number 7 in my household, having trawled through the usual useless heaps of rickety plastic that had been abandoned in frustration. I had given up on a printer of my own. But a wireless printer! I had to try it. So two years ago we invested in the C4380 and haven't looked back. Set up is a bit of a faff, there's no getting away from that. In order to complete the initial set up you have to connect it via the usb cable.
Summary: I've had HP printers since before Windows 3.1 and have had good reliable performance from them with reasonable ink costs and decent backup from HP - UNTIL NOW! Th C4380 has given me nothing but trouble since the first installation to my wireless network which includes Mac (10.4), Windows desktop and Windows laptop (XP).
Summary: This budget printer did the job for a while (though I ended up connecting via USB to my PC as the wireless connection kept hanging), but frequent paper jams and misfeed problems have caused major problems now that it is over 1 year old. I think I might have been better going for a budget laser printer. Print quality is pretty good, though.
Hey Ho! Let's Go! and tell everyone how good this is...
4 October 2009
Excerpt: "This is nice. This is great. This is awesome! I got this printer with about £60 off the original price by buying it with an iMac, and have loved it since. This printer looks great anywhere in the house (and i say anywhere as this printer can be used wireless). I use this printer wired as I don't really want it far from my computer, but you could have it anywhere in your house. The Photosmart printer is very easy to use, it tells you everything ...
Pros: Easy to use, Wireless, Simple .
Cons: Price of Cartridges is a small problem but could be overlooked .
Summary: I dont know what it is with HP and their software,it is so intrusive! You have to be extremely careful when selecting installation options or you will spend the rest of your computing life being connected to HP sites to buy supplies, fill in surveys, register the product (which incidentley they seem to want you to do on a daily basis even if you have registered it already!).
Summary: Plus point to start with: its Mac software is completely compatible, integrated, and does what it should. For this reason I would buy another HP device: it is a much better experience than my last Epson. I got this from Apple as part of a promotion (sorry Amazon) which makes its inability to work with my AirPort [Apple-branded] wireless network all the stranger, and more irritating. The device would be recognised, but print jobs would simply fail.
Summary: As a HP customer (as far as printers go) for over 15 years, it was HP I turned to for a new Wi-Fi printer. Bought the HP4380 and found it easy-ish to set up wirelessly (very easy for main PC, slightly awkward for others in house). Initially worked quite well, then it stopped working giving me an error "print cartridge(s) missing or not detected". A quick Google revealed that I was not alone with this issue. I followed various suggestions, but none worked.
Summary: The C4380 printer may function effectively, but I must say I have NEVER had a printer which requires so many new cartridges - I barely change it and print 40 pages or such and it runs out of ink. I would therefore not recommend this as the purchase price may be reasonable, but it is very pricey to maintain.
Summary: I've owned this printer for about 18 months and although I found installation quite easy and the quality of the printing etc good, I have had no end of software malfuntions. At first I thought I hadn't done it properly and often kept getting printer error messages. In order to put the problem right I have had to load the software again from scratch.