HP Deskjet F4580 Multifunction Printer Review
by Geraldine Albrecht
HP Deskjet F4580
We are from Lewisville, Texas and both my husband and I are self-employed, he as an IT systems administrating consultant for several small businesses in the Dallas area and I as a data management and accounting specialist. Our printer at home is a HP Deskjet F4580 multifunction printer.
Our printer was very intuitive to set up and install with the software with which it was packaged or the latest software which could be easily downloaded over HP.com. The package we bought included two ink cartridges, one black and one color, as well as all the necessary cables for a wired installation, but the printer also functions wirelessly.
It states that it requires a USB connection for scanning, but this is only if you wish to be able to use the "scan" button to scan directly to a single computer. You can actually work around this with a webscan utility which allows us to request a scan through any computer on our home wireless network.
It is very easy to use nearly any type of paper from copy paper to cardstock to labels to iron-on transfers in this printer. The ink cartridges are easy to install, and the brand-name HP cartridges are moderately priced and last a reasonable amount of time considering the level of use this HP Deskjet F4580 experiences.
This printer prints wirelessly from any computer on our home WiFi network
and also scans wirelessly in color and black-and-white at various resolutions including PDF format for text through the webscan utility which can be easily obtained through HP.com and installed on almost any computer.
The HP Deskjet F4580 also makes excellent copies in both color and black-and-white. The print quality of this printer is top-notch and documents as well as pictures come out looking great even when printed on the fast draft setting. The speed for both color and black-and-white is more than acceptable for home use at 8-12 ppm.
The printer does not go through ink cartridges too quickly, and the ink cartridges are within a very affordable price range: not more than $15 for black ink and not more than $30 for color.
We do much of our printing in black-and-white to account for this price difference, so we go through a black-and-white cartridge in 2-3 months as opposed to 4-6 months for color cartridges. We bought this printer in July 2010 and have used it ever since.
The HP Deskjet F4580 has been a great machine for our home so far and has given us no maintenance problems or any reason to consider purchasing a new printer yet. We purchased our HP Deskjet F4580 at Wal-Mart for around $80, and whenever we need to replace it, I expect that our first choice will be another multifunction inkjet printer from Hewlett Packard.