A few weeks ago I got involved in an HP campaign, to create a real-life pinboard (ie not an online one) made up of any images printed with the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 4546 printer.
What I know about printers couldn’t fill a Post-It note – all I “knew” was that I was going to be able to print a backlog of 10 months worth of family, life and travel pics to put in my albums (I’m still a bit retro this way – I keep albums, and love flipping through them with my son).
The reason I had put off printing my pics for so long was a) the expense (around R2.20 is not cheap) and b) the “mission” of standing in a photo shop selecting pics of a machine with everyone looking and breathing down my neck.And this is what else I’ve learnt about the HP4645:
– It’s easy to set up. I’ve never set up my own printer before, and within 10 minutes the machine was in place, the cartridges were in, the paper was set up, and I was printing colour pics wirelessly from my phone.
– It can fax (apparently people still do this), scan and copy, and has a 35-sheet automatic document feeder.
– You don’t need to wire or connect anything to the printer if you don’t want to – you can print from laptops, tablets and phones wirelessly. This meant that I could sit on my couch, go through my phone, hit “print”, and then collect from the printer later.
– It prints really good quality pics and documents (though the quality of pics is more of a priority for me than black and white docs).
– HP has an online “print centre“, with free templates of greeting cards, calendars, family activities and documents that you can personalise and print.
– The printer costs from R1 599, and comes with two cartridges (black and white, and colour). Each costs around R106 to replace. – You can buy cartridge (and the printer) online – this means you don’t have to spend time sourcing the right cartridge. How will you know when you’re low on ink, and then need to replace the cartridge? The printer will tell you! No guesswork.
– I found 10x15cm glossy photo paper at Incredible Connection, for around R150 for 60 sheets. You can also buy paper on the HP online store.