3 thoughts on “HP Envy 4500 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier

  1. Midmofan
    1,148 of 1,172 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing printer for the price, October 1, 2013
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    This review is from: HP Envy 4500 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier (Office Product)
    Did not expect a lot for a printer this inexpensive, but needed on to replace an old monster for which printer cartridges have become hard to find (and expensive). Picked this one based on the promise of easy print from phone/tablet. I have tried other mobile print options and they have never worked to my liking but for this price, what the heck.

    Set up was easy – never even opened the picture book or the instruction guide. I used the USB cable option to the computer since I had one from the old printer that fit and just assumed it would be a more reliable connection but you can hook it to computer either through a wireless network or directly with the printers own wi-fi.

    On screen prompts easy to follow. the Disk that comes with the printer, after you load it, gives you the option of loading everything from the disk or from the web. I chose the web option as it promised to have the latest updates if any. Again no problem on the set up. HP does walk you through a lot of screens to get you to sign up for things and watch what boxes you are checking if you don’t want email ads or data checking. One thing you will want to do is give the printer its own email address. You do this during the set-up and have to print out a special code from the printer you will type into a field.

    After all hooked up it prompts you to print off a test page then have the printer scan the page. The initial print quality was not very good but assumed that could be from ink that has been sitting in the box for a while. Ran the clean cartridge option and tried again and the print quality was very very good for a unit this size and price. You need to do the scan so it can fine-tune the print quality.

    Printer allows you to print, copy, scan. You can scam a photo or document to file, directly to an email or in TIFF format.

    The real star of this is the mobile printing option. You have to download a free app to phone or tablet and then you can print any document or photo to the printer from your phone one of two ways. First, you can connect to the printer over its own wi-fi connection (not sure what the range on this is yet, so far been right next to the printer) or you can send the doc or photo to your printer via the printer email address you set up. That way you can have something spit out of the printer from anywhere. Works great so far.

    It has two ink cartridges that are not very big. One for Black one Tri-color. Printer will take photo paper but have not tried that yet. Photos printed on plain paper look like…..photos printed on plain paper.

    Only negative I have run across so far is that you have to adjust print options (draft/normal/best quality, paper type, etc) from your computer not from the printer itself. Would be much easier often to just be able to hit a button on the printer for that. Other than that, nothing bad to speak of.

    It is not going to be as fast or as razor sharp as a $1,000 office printer but I cant see anyone that would not be happy with this for 99% of what you would ever want to do at home except perhaps if you want to do lots of professional quality photo printing. I imagine a dedicated photo printer with separate color ink cartridges would be better for that.

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  2. Amazon Customer Since Amazon Sold Only Books ...
    690 of 711 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice footprint, nice look, but loud!, October 15, 2013
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    This review is from: HP Envy 4500 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier (Office Product)
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    This printer is super sleek, and set up was a breeze. It found my network and hooked itself up and updated itself online. It even walked me through the online set up of the HP account, so it would auto-update. It sets up a personal account on hp.com and they will send you things to your printer (at your direction) like Disney color pages for the kids, or Sudoku pages, or news…there are SO many options! It has preprogrammed pages for Sudoku, too, along with graph, music, fax cover sheets, etc. I love it.

    I went from a Canon Pixma 450 to this, and the Pixma’s footprint was much larger, and was much taller. It had fax, and this doesn’t, but aside from that, I prefer this printer’s look. The height is nice, too. I had no idea how “full” my desk looked with the Canon until I replaced it with this.

    It prints much slower than the Canon. It takes twice the time. It’s loud. MUCH louder than the Canon. If I had a lot of printing, that would be a major drawback, as the printer sits right next to me, and if I have to take a call, it would interfere.

    It’s a great price for the work done. The prints are clean and crisp, even with recycled (not the best) paper.
    HP’s ink is easy to find, too. Unlike the Canon’s.
    It holds the same amount of paper (about 1/2″ tall).

    When you go online, you can set up an account that will automatically send you refills for your ink (charged to your account, of course). I thought this was terrific, as I live far from any store that carries office supplies. I’m not sure how the pricing compares, but they do give you a “percent off” coupon when it’s time to refill…

    Oh–this is the BEST part–
    I had to ditch the Canon after just a few months because it had a paper jam, and after it was cleared, it never printed aligned again. I tried everything. This HP opens up so much that you can clear a paper jam without worry of misaligning the print heads.
    I wish it had Fax…but aside from that, it’s not a bad deal, provided you’re not printing a ton (unless you have lots of time) and don’t mind the noise.

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  3. Tad
    774 of 800 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    AWESOME printer, easy setup, print wirelessly without local wifi! Iphone/Ipad friendly!, July 20, 2013
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    Tad

    This review is from: HP Envy 4500 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier (Office Product)
    I use this as a mobile printer inside of my truck. This printer has a “wireless direct” feature where the printer creates its own wifi signal so you can print off your iphone/ipad very easily. I print directly off my iphone 4, easily, and wirelessly.

    It has clear directions, software that is simple and effective, and takes 10 minutes to set up.

    It has a very easy to read LCD screen to let you scroll through it’s menu, and to let you know what’s going on.

    Awesome! Buy this, and not a Canon. I bought a Canon MG3220, and found out it requires local Wifi, and even when I set it up, it worked intermittently.

    CHEAPEST SOLUTION FOR REPLACING YOUR BLACK INK CARTRIDGE: Buy an InkTec HPI-1061D refill kit intended for Hewlett Packard printers. I’ve used their black refill kit, which at the time of this writing is only $11.95 through Amazon Prime. I’ve easily refilled my black cartridge ten times over with this $12 kit. That’s $1.20 per cartridge vs. $30 per HP cartridge. Sure, your printer and computer might say it has low ink in the black cartridge, but it will still print fine. I am completely sold on the Do-it-yourself Ink refill kits.

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