Pros Works great with the Mac.
Cons Colors could be richer
Summary I was initially discouraged to purchase this printer based on some of the user reviews I had read on this forum. With very few other true native postscript networked all-in-one color laser options on the market, I bit the bullet and aqcuired locally with the intent to return the device if I did not like it. Yes, I still have the printer and I love it.
I found the included software to work just fine with my Mac OSX (Tiger) machine. As I use Adobe products for my graphics work, the lack of included Mac based photo editing software was no big deal for me.
I have my 2840 networked and do not use the USB cable. Everything works great as far as scanning to the Mac over the network, color printing, and faxing. Color fax support is not included with this device as it is with many cheaper HP OfficeJet products.
Device management is easily achieved by establishing an HTTP browser connection to the printer's IP address. Power save and color calibration timing interverals (the process others on here say is noisy) can all be tweaked here.
My marketing slicks look great when printed with this printer. However, I am looking to improve the color quality for printing photos. I highly recommend HP Color Laser Photo Paper (Q6608A) for this application.
Pros Easy network setup, scan/fax/print/copy all work great!
Cons Fairly loud and a little slow printing color
Summary After reading some of the more negative reviews I was a little worried about this printer, but I'm happy to say that I've had no trouble at all. It connected to my network with no problems, and I've had no trouble printing, faxing, copying or scanning over the network. As other folks have mentioned, it is pretty loud when you're printing, and it noisily primes the toners every few hours.. but it's livable. I usually just turn the thing off when I'm not using it, the warmup time when you turn it on is about 30 seconds. Setup was a snap.
Pros Network was easy to set up, The print quality is very good. The top paper tray is easy to load for specialty paper
Cons Noisy, The first unit we received the bottom paper tray would not load paper.
Summary We have used the 2840 for about a month now and so far it has been fantastic. It is very easy to use and the network set up is a breeze takes me about 8 minutes to set a computer up on the network 5 of those minutes are software coping to the computer. We purchase this unit to replace an OfficeJet G85 and with our OfficeJet we were going through an Ink cartrige about every 40 days. So far in the first 30 days of use we have not even used 10% of our resources. It should save us quite a bit of money in cartriges. The only 2 down sides we have had with this unit is 1. The first unit was defective, thankfully we purchased it a officemax and they took it back and gave us a new one right away. If not for Officemax I would of had to send the printer back to HP for warranty. I did call the HP tech support and they were very helpful in determining that the first unit I received was defective. 2. The unit is noisy it makes quite a bite of noise when it warms up. The funny thing is it takes longer to warm up then it does to print.
All in All I am extremly please with this product and would purchase it again if I had it to do all over again.
"Don't buy it!"on by tblaw
Pros Print Quality
Cons Everything else
Summary Here it is, no fluff:
-Scanner works intermittently
-Printer works intermittently
-In order to address the above you have to uninstall and reinstall the software, which is very time consuming.
I thought the only downside was the quantity of paper it held. I was wrong.
If you plan on using it for home use, it might be better suited to your needs. We have it in an office enviorment printing 200 - 300 pages per day, scanning fewer than 50, and it could not handle it.
Pros Does a little bit of everything easonably well, at a reasonable price
Cons The scanner software is some of the worst I've ever seen. Completely closes down between every scan job, and you must re-open it (which takes probably 40+- seconds) every time to scan your next job
Summary I'm probably going to return the machine. Although it gives you a littel bit of everything and the configuration utilites are nice, I can get a color copier/printer for a lot less money. The scanner software is the worst, you might be able to take a samll business or even your home paperless in about a year, if your lucky. I can't believe a company like HP would provide such terrible scanning software. Too bad!