The HP Officejet 4500 All-In-One is one of the smallest printers with an A4 sized flatbed scanner available in the market. It has a small footprint and can be easily placed in the corner of your home or office using the networking feature. The product connects via the USB or the Ethernet interface, hence making this printer a great investment for those needing an AIO at home or a small office. Considering this printer is targeted towards small offices, HP should have included an automatic duplex function, PictBridge and an MMC card reader to add greater value to the product.
The AIO features a 4800 x 1200 dpi color inkjet printer which results in crisp text and vivid photographs. A 1200 ppi, 48-bit A4-sized flatbed scanner with an automatic document feeder or ADF is available for all your imaging needs. A copier and a 33,600 bps color fax machine which can hold up to 20 pages of fax messages to save on paper and ink finalizes the multifunction needs of a small office environment. Configuring the printer is very simple using the networking option. Simply connect the printer with an Ethernet patch cable and setup the printer using the control panel. The control panel has a simple set of functions and it is very easy use and configure as the user interface is simple and easy to follow.
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1 - 3
The product is bad in almost every aspect. We strongly advise against purchasing this product.
4 - 6
An average product that isn't the best you can buy, but isn't the worst either.
7 - 8
Product with this rating is highly recommended because it's priced sensibly, has a good set of features and performs well.
9 - 10
Exceptionally excellent product with features and performance unlike any we've seen in the past. A must-have for everyone!
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