Summary: Printer set up is easy enough IF you follow directions. And the quality (at least of 4 x 6 photos on HP everyday photo paper) is very good, even B&W is good. However, it does something for about 10-15 seconds between prints that sounds like it is recalibrating it isn't a real quiet printer, but not the noisiest either. I haven't done enough prints to judge ink usage, but will update this review when I have.
Summary: This is a great printer when it comes to hard copy printing only. The problem is the software, it stinks. You have very little leeway with creating you own projects and it doesn't interface with third party software at all. You must jump through hoops in order to use the CD/DVD printing. This was my primary reason for purchasing it. I already owned a very good printer, however it did not print directly to CD/DVD and this printer offer that ability.
Summary: The best thing about this printer is defintely the price. Pro's: separate trays for 8x11 and 4x6 CD tray Cons: Std inks dont last long at all Display screeen too small for real picture evaluation. We use ours weeky for the last 2 yrs and have been satisfied. That being said, I'll be looking for a higher capacity ink cartridge based injet for the next purchase.
Summary: I have no actual complaints about the printer, or the quality of the photos. Given the price, how can you complain?? BUT I bought this for it's "Print-on-CD" feature. And the software is terrible. It only allows you to add one background photo, and some simple text. My old Epson "Print-on-CD" software was a whole suite of printing options, photos, backgrounds, text, fonts, colors. . .
Nice output, albeit not water resistant, and it's an ink hog
30 January 2009
Summary: I purchased the Photosmart D5460 as a replacement for my five year-old DeskJet 5650, mainly for CD/DVD printing capability. Here are my notes: Setup/Installation: - Large footprint at 18" wide x 15" deep, plus 6" more required in the rear when using the CD/DVD tray. - Basic driver from HP's web site has all necessary functionality, just without pop-up ink level displays.
Summary: I just purchased the D5460 last night. I was able to get the drivers installed easily enough and can use the printer. However, the software will not install. Keep getting messages about disabling my firewall and anti-virus software, which I did. Still won't install. Sends me to HP for solution and HP site said there is no solution! I bought this printer specifically because I wanted to have the CD/DVD writer, but can't use it.
Summary: As a rather fast ink jet utility printer, this is a good machine. The direct inkjet printing of CD/DVD inkjet printable disks is a nice feature but is very compromised by unbelievably bad software. The printer must use HP's proprietary software for designing disk labels and this software is very limited. On system start up HP puts an error message on the Windows system log. The message is apparently harmless but its presents is a sign of carelessly implemented software.
Excerpt: "The HP Photosmart D5460 is an OK printer. The print quality is very good when printing photos and ducuments but the amount of cartridges you have to buy is scary. Beacause of the fact that you keep having to replace the cartridges it is very unreliable. If you want to use it as a show of printer then it is brilliant but if you actually want to get some work done then get a normal printer. Although HP normaly make good printers this means I won't buy ...