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.
The HP Officejet 4500 looks graceful with an all-black case in a small-size package. Unfortunately, the glossy body will keep you very busy because its high-glossy surface attracts dust and fingerprints. The control panel is neatly designed with well-spaced and sized buttons along with a single line but sufficiently large and bright LCD display. The printer has a good build quality, except that we found a few flaws that can possibly damage the printer in the long run if not handled with care. The flatbed scanner’s lid is slightly heavier than usual because of the incorporated ADF unit. The lid does not have any gears for a soft landing which can tend to damage a few parts of the printer. Apart from this, the paper input tray and the cartridge access door seem too delicate. The printer also lacks a paper output tray which might create problems when printing large volumes at once—while printing multiple pages in draft mode, the papers actually shoot out of the tray. The printer employs two cartridges instead of the economical discrete C, M, Y and K ink tanks. But there is a good side to this too—as the cartridges have their own nozzle head assembly, a new cartridge unit would involve a newer nozzle head ensuring high-quality prints with every new cartridge installed.
We put the printer to test using a few documents such as regular text, combination of text and graphics and printing a photograph. Later the scanner was tested using a photo and finally the copier was tested using a regular text document and a magazine page to simulate usual stuff being printed scanned and copied in a regular office or home environment. The printer can print basic black text documents and combination documents at speeds of 17 ppm and 10 ppm using the fast draft mode. But you would have to wait for quite a long time for best printing mode as the printer struggles with a maximum of 3 pages and 1 page in text and combination prints respectively. The quality of prints in draft mode is quite readable with clear text and graphics. You can definitely opt for draft modes for your everyday printing unless presentations or brochures are needed. Photo printing resulted in excellent quality giving out a great balance of sharpness, details and contrast, with vivid and crisp colors. A regular 4x6-inch photo prints in average 70 seconds. Using the photocopy modes for copying A4 sized black/white and color documents takes just 24 seconds and 46 seconds respectively. Scanning A4 sized documents and photos can take around 28 seconds in 300 dpi resolution mode. The printer initializes in just 15 seconds at power-on and a first print can be availed in just around 22 seconds from spooling. Overall, HP Officejet 4500 AIO is not a very fast printer, but the exceptional print quality is definitely worth the additional wait time.
The product is bundled with a power adapter, a USB interface cable and an Ethernet patch cord apart from two starter ink cartridges for black and color respectively. The CD bundled with the printer contains the driver and document managing software using which you can organize all your documents. The HP Solution Center utility is a one point access to all the functions of scanning, faxing and printing needs using a single point of operation. You can configure the printer’s settings and also view the status of your cartridges ink levels and order new ones online. The black and color cartridges are available at Rs 1,512 (XL tank) and Rs 1,243 and each can yield around 700 pages and 360 pages respectively. The cost of printing would average out to approximately Rs 2.50 per black print and Rs 3.50 per color print.
Verdict: The HP Officejet 4500 AIO is a smart looking feature-rich all-in-one device with excellent print quality. The performance on the speed front is not as impressive but the crisp print quality and sharp vivid photo prints are definitely worth the investment. Features such as networking, color fax and an ADF on this multi-function printer is a good pick for any home or small office environment. But implementing an automatic duplexing function and card reader/PictBridge feature could have added more value to the product. The AIO retails at Rs 7,999 and considering the performance and print quality, this one is worth its price tag.
Specifications: Dimensions (WxHxD): 434x217x402 mm; Weight: 6 Kg, Functions: Print, Scan, Copy and Fax; Print resolution: 4800x1200 dpi; Scan resolution: 1200 ppi, 48-bit, Paper tray capacity: 100 sheets input, 20 sheets output; Scanner type: A4, ADF; No. of cartridges: 2; Duty Cycle: 3,000 pages.
Price: Rs 7,999
Contact: Naveen Kejriwal
Warranty: 1 year