"High quality photos, but not without flaws."3.5 starson by Figby1
Pros: Easy, fast set-up,
Excellent photo quality (when not streaking or low on ink),
Cons: Photos streak occasionally, no known cause.
Low ink warning but does not stop printing when ink is drained.
High ink usage.
Previous C6180 printer still the best.
Summary: Got this HP Photosmart 7515 e-All-in-One printer from Costco for $109 which was a fabulous price plus a 2-yr (Costco) warranty. After reading the reviews on it, they were not all favorable. I currently own a very old HP LaserJet 4L and an HP Photosmart C6180. These are best printers I've owned and they're still running great. I decided to replace my C6180 since the rollers would no longer pick up photo paper and cleaning them no longer worked. But I decided to use a fine emery board and roughed up the rollers just a little. That seem to do the trick and it works again. However, in the interim I purchased the 7515.
I was skeptical after reading the reviews --- a lot of folks love this printer and some did not like it at all, especially after owning the C6180, but I gave the 7515 a try anyway. I love HP Products and Costco is the best when it comes to backing up the products they sell.
I've used this printer for a month now and while the 7515 does not come up to the C6180, however, it does exceed in areas of photo quality and speed! It was amazingly easy to set up too. My first project was to print my vacation photo scrap book. My 'foggy day' photos came out much better than they looked on camera - colors were vivid and pics looked like postcards. I was also using HP Creations software - great program too. I get a lot of great compliments on my photo-book.
I had (and still have) a few frustrating printer issues along the way. Some photos started streaking near the beginning of my project. This was sporadic and I still haven't figured out why. So I cleaned the print heads which uses a lot of ink. Also, when I got low on ink, the color intensity would change before I received my LOW INK warning. And when out of ink, the printer just keeps going with no warning (except for poor print-outs). I had to reprint a a few photos to get my quality back up there again. My C6180 would stop and tell you when you were out of a certain color, then ask if you would like to proceed.
I did use a lot of ink on this project but I was also printing colored backgrounds behind my photos. It stands to reason that excellent photo quality requires a little more ink usage. I'm very disappointed that I had to do reprints due to streaks (of unknown causes) and color changes due to lack of warning signal.
I had to clean my rollers a few times during my project. However, I was printing on special '2-sided photo paper' so I'm assuming the rollers picked up some of the ink from the first side of printed photos.
I've had a couple of jams and an error codes already. Something I never had on the C6180 until it was a couple of years old. Still don't know why but cleared them quickly.
Sometimes it takes forever for the printer to print. Never had that issue with my 6180 but I'm now printing wireless. This is another issue I need to research.
I would give this printer a 5 star rating on color quality, speed and ease of use/set-up. However, after comparing it to my old C6180, I would downgrade it to a 3-star for ink usage and stability/reliability. The 7515 has a permanent home with me but I've decided to keep my C6180 and LaserJet 4L for backups and I still use them on occasion.....have found this to be a wise decision on my part.