Pros Easy to set up, fast, great quality print both BW & Color
Cons There is an address book file in the fax folder but I have not been able to find a way to import my address book file from Microsoft Outlook
Summary I purchased this item almost entirely on the CNet recommendation. I did read the good and bad reviews made by previous users, which were very helpful in guiding me through a flawless setup. This particular model comes with the wireless access which was very easy to set up on all of my machines running WinXP, unfortunately this particular machine did not come with the "Vista" setup disc but, thankfully I was able to quite easily overcome this as a result of the information provided by previous reviewers......although I must admit the HP website does not make it easy for you. I bought my printer from a wholesaler but before I purchased it I went to Office Depot to test out their floor model. They apparently are now shipping "Vista" ready printers as the stock available at Office Depot come "Vista" ready.
"Buyer's REMORSE"on by Sunshine:0)
Pros Copies & Prints Quickly
Cons Document Feeder & Photo Quality
Summary I have never written a review before, but I feel like this one is worth writing if I can save other people from making the same selection that I did. I saw the editor's choice award and let it sway me away from what other users had said.... my mistake.
My printer worked fine for 35 days and now the document feeder is broken. I was disappointed in the photo quality of this printer from the start. But now I am unable to fax multiple pages or print multiple pages without the document feeder. HP tells me that they will replace it with a "Like new" printer that has been factory tested. (No doubt one that someone else has already had to send back for one problem or another.) They will not refund the money, I am just stuck with trying to make another machine of the same low quality function. Couldn't be sorrier that I chose to purchase this printer. I would strongly recomend against it.
Pros Easy to setup with the basic driver package (67MB)
Prints with laser-like quality and speed
Wifi works perfectly
Great cost per page for an inkjet with the 4 seperate XL inks
Cons Do not install the full driver pack (300MB). It isn't needed and takes time.
A little noisy but not much.
Summary After searching the net for reviews of the L7780 I found that although the original reviews gave it great praise and scores, user reviews seemed to imply that this product was awfull. As I couldn't find another product with the same features/price I decided to take the bullet and hoped that it at least was good at printing.
I was amazed by how far from the truth were all those user reviews in sites like cnet, amazon etc. My L7780 works perfectly and that includes printing, scanning, copying, faxing and all of that with a wireless connection. Maybe I was just lucky for receiving a non-broken one, otherwise I just can't explain all those negative reviews.
If it helps, here's what I did to make it work in less than half-hour.
1. Unpack and connect it only with the power cable (NO usb, lan etc).
2. Let it do the first time initialization for about 10-15 minutes.
3. In the meantime install the BASIC driver package from the HP site dated September 2008 (67MB download).
4. When it prompts you for the type of connection you will use, select network but DON'T CLICK NEXT YET
5. When the printer finished initialization and becomes ready to use go to the printer's settings (on the printer itself) and find the network menu and set it up with a static IP belonging to your home/office network subnet. For example my router has an IP of 192.168.1.1 so I entered to the printer an IP of 192.168.1.77, a subnet of 255.255.255.0 and the gateway to 192.168.1.1
6. Connect the machine to your lan with a lan cable.
7. You can now click next on the driver setup. It will search and find the printer on your network.
8. If everything works correctly set it to use a wireless connection and remove the lan cable.
That's it! It should work, at least mine did, and the whole process takes less than half an hour.
P.S If your printer already has been setup with a DHCP IP, change it on the printer itself through it's panel as described above and then go to all the clients that use the printer and in e.g Windows in the printer properties click the Port tab, press Configure port for the printer's port and enter the new IP there (don't forget port should be 9100 - it somehow changes when you change the IP).
I'll post again if anything brokes during the first month of use!
I hope it will not!
Pros Direct Digital Filing System with ADF is ultimate tool for organized electronic document storage.
Cons Large size prohibits placement on most desktops; printer stand recommended.
Summary I originally sought out seeking a wireless printer with a legal size scanner bed and automatic document feeder. After surveying all of the competion, this is the only product I found fitting that description. Throw in the fax machine and the electronic document storage solution and this product distances itself from the rest.
I've read the review of others who claimed the wireless settings did not work. I can only recommend that those individuals read the manual and setup instructions carefully. They probably didn't turn on the wireless radio which is a required step. Something one wouldn't even stumble across if not following the directions.
The only reason I hesitate to give this product a 10 is that I have a new computer being shipped from Dell (2 months in waiting, but that's a separate post) equipped with Windows Vista. The drivers that came with the printer only support up to XP. I've read from others who were able to get the drivers from the HP website, but the scanning feature had problems. I hope this isn't the case as the scanning is my most important feature. In any case, I could always dedicate an XP machine for document storage and link the Vista machines to the folders.
Pros I said none.
Cons Drives, Wireless, Support
HP OfficeJet Pro L7780 All In One
This All In One Printer is a piece of junk! I purchased the first one on April 15th 2008. I have always used and trusted HP Printers. BUT NEVER AGAIN! The first day I tried installing this printer and making a wireless connection to my Linksys WRT54G router was a nightmare. As soon as the wireless connection was made the whole printer would just lock up. Not even the control panel would work. You couldn’t scan, you couldn’t fax, print of copy. You could not even access the setup menu, or even turn it off with the power button. The only way to turn it off was to kill the power cord. Naturally trusting HP, I thought the problem was with me or the installation. I worked on this printer until 1:00 am in the morning, and each time the result was the same.
So the next day I called HP Tech support, (outsourced to a foreign country). After working with an agent I could hardly understand for over two and a half hours, The HP agent finally admitted there is issues with this printer. The HP agent could not make the wireless connection either without it locking up the whole printer. He finally suggested I take it back to the store and exchange it for another unit
So after working on this printer for more than 12 hours, I did in-fact exchange it for another unit.
Guess what??? The new unit has the same problem. SO HP IS AWARE THAT THIS PRINTER HAS ISSUES. YET THEY HAVE NOT PULLED IT FROM RETAIL. HP Doesn’t care how much time you waste with their junky products. NEVER AGAIN will I ever buy HP products. I will try Lexmark, or Canon, or Brother. ANYBODY BUT HP.