My scanner and a printer were so outdated; I had to download drivers for them to work with Windows XP. They were truly dinosaurs! To top things off, the scanner was getting ‘wiggy', and the printer would cut documents off before they finished printing. It was my "Aha!" moment! I needed to upgrade!
Of the two devices, I needed a scanner the most. A printer would be an added bonus if I bought an all-in-one bundle. I checked the Internet for printer/scanner/copier prices. I didn't need anything too fancy, because it was only for home use. Then luckily, I picked up the Sunday paper and noticed Office Depot had a sale flier for Father's Day. Right there on the front page of the ad, was a HP Deskjet F4180 for 39.98!! I made a call to be sure they still had them in stock, and jumped in my car to pick one up.
When I got to Office Depot, I was told I needed to purchase a USB type cable to connect the printer/scanner/copier to the computer. WHAT? How come it doesn't come with a connection cable? I told the salesman to get me the cheapest one and I'd be good.
The instructions for setup were easy to follow. It came with software, ink cartridges, and a power cord. At the end of the setup, the instructions said to calibrate the printer cartridges, and do a test scan on the scanner. No problems.
There are some extra little goodies that are included in the software. It has something called "Smart Web Printing", which I'm still learning to use. It lets me print sections of web pages without the unwanted garbage. Then after I choose the sections I want to print, I ‘clip' them (like cutting them out of a newspaper), and they appear in another pane. From there I can resize, or rearrange the sections for printing. I also have buttons on the control panel to switch between plain paper, and photo printing. HP Photosmart Essential is also included to help manage your digital photos.
The downside to this all-in-one is it's noisy! When scanning a document, it sounds like a train just pulled in! You'd never be able to use it if someone is sleeping! It's a bit loud while printing too. And then there's that issue of it not coming with the USB cable! (that still bugs me!) One the plus side, it gets the job done, and I bought it at a good price!
Quick Specs: 20 ppm black/40 ppm color; scan at up to 1200 X 2400 dpi; 100 sheet paper tray; one touch print/cancel button; copy without a PC.