"High speed deskjet with cool metallic styling and wireless. But non-admin users cannot print!"on by Napsacker
Pros Wireless hook-up, good speed and easy to set up wireless.
Cons Major flaw in print software design allows only admin users to print.
Summary I like the printer in all areas except the above mentioned print driver issue. If you are a non-admin user, the printer will not print. A printer error appears 30 seconds after sending a print job. As soon as you give the user admin rights to the computer, print jobs come out fine.
I have checked HP's web site for updated drivers, and have used HP's on-line web support. HP's on-line Web support personnel say you HAVE to give admin rights for printing to work.
This is a major security flaw, and I'm supprised the Cnet review did not discover this.
I still own the printer because I like it's print quality and features, but I'm hoping HP will come out with a fix for this very soon.
Pros wireless, design
Cons constant paper jams
Summary I like to have as many wireless electronics as possible, simply because i dont like wires. I have a notebook so a wireless printer is really convenient.
BUT the paper contstantly jams! And since the printer is in another room, I wont notice it. Which has led to the cartridges leaking all over the printer and ending up being empty!
Again, these paper jams happen frequently!
Pros Inexpensive, easy set-up, nice quality
Cons Paper constantly jams!
Summary This printer was easy to setup and connect to my wireless network. Very good quality printing for the price. However, had to return the first unit because paper jammed everytime. The 2nd unit works better but paper still jams sometimes. Always jams when trying to print to envelope.
Pros Very well built and looks good. Great Coler. Fast. has Ethernet and WiFi connections
Cons Ink cartridges are a bit pricey.(but what else is new?)
Summary I spent quite a bit of time researching printers. I chose this one because it has the best overall bang-for-the-buck for everyday use. I considered "photo printers". but then I realized I'd rarely print photos and I don't need the media card reader. The one in my PC does just fine. This printer does have a PictBridge USB connection, if you desire. I doubt I'd ever use it. Besides, it's just so much cheaper to order photos online or to take your memory card to a local drugstore and print them there.
But on occasion when "instant gratification" is required, this printer produces very good quality color photos.
Mostly though I use it for everyday color printing (I don't use it for much monochrome as I have a separate all-in-one (non-HP) monochrome laser printer which I use for that).
The 6840 DeskJet color quality is superb for everyday document printing. Documents with lots of images in them look great with the standard color and black cartridges (I used some excellent test images I found online).
In fact, I've not seen a significant difference between photo printing with the standard cartridges vs. swapping the black for the color photo cartridge. It's just that good.
But again, most of that was just testing. Most of the printing done with this is for your standard color business-type documents.
This baby really cranks paper out quickly too (regardless of what you're printing). It's very fast.
It's extremely well built. It was almost heavy to lift and yet it's got a small form factor compared to all that weight. I was impressed by that.
It's also pretty nice looking. It has a different, but cool looking glossy blue plastic case with black plastic sides (the online pictures don't do the case justice). But it's very sturdy plastic (unlike what I've seen on other printers). The insides must be made of lead (OK not quite, but it's quite hefty in the weight department) and that's good. It's not cheaply made by any means.
This thing should last for years.
Oh and being that I'm a Linux geek, it's nice that HP writes Open Source drivers for most all of their printers (including this one) which are easily downloadable from their Open Source Driver Web Site. That's often needed though. Many Linux distributions include the HP drivers already.
And last but not least, the icing on the cake! This printer has the built-in ability to connect to your network (either WiFi or wired Ethernet). I've got an Ethernet cable hooked up to it, connected to my home network router. IT works like a charm.
If you don't need networking, it does have a USB port also.
It's a great printer!
Kudos to HP.
Pros Fast, good print quality, network capable, easy setup
Cons none so far
Summary I'm really pleased with this printer. I recently replaced my very old workhorse laserjet with the 6840. I had it out of the box, plugged into my ethernet and printing from both a Mac and a PC within 15 minutes. Its fast, fairly quiet and the print quality is quite good.