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HP PhotoSmart C4280 multifunction photo printer

£99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The HP PhotoSmart C4280 lives up to its moniker being both a smartly designed model in its clean-looking grey and white casing, as well as an adept photo printer.

The HP PhotoSmart C4280 lives up to its moniker being both a smartly designed model in its clean-looking grey and white casing, as well as an adept photo printer.

It was also the most compact and easy-to-carry multifunction photo printer we've tested. The PhotoSmart C4280's paper tray caused us a few problems, however. Paper often became jammed and creased as it was fed through. It was also tricky to load and the PhotoSmart C4280 often sucked in several sheets at once.

Printing was itself a noisy process, but the PhotoSmart C4280's prints were of a high quality and produced faster than any other model we've tested recently. However, the bundled software could have been easier to use and we found it difficult to select the format in which each scan was to be saved.

Replacing inks was a simple task and we liked the PhotoSmart C4280's dedicated buttons for resizing, rotating and altering the quality, as well as to print multiple copies and resize to fit the page. The labels for each are far from clear, however, and you must consult the Photosmart's 3.8cm LCD after each press to discover a button's function. We also appreciated the memory card slots included at the front of the unit.

The PhotoSmart C4280 produced a colour copy in 1 minute 20 seconds and, most importantly, produced the closest copy to the original documents out of all the MFDs here. Its mono-copying performance couldn't live up to this performance, but the results were still pretty faithful.

Quicker than any other model here at printing text at low-quality settings, we were amazed at the excellent quality of the PhotoSmart C4280's draft prints. There was little distinction between Normal and Fine quality settings: text appeared crisp and clear in both cases.

Buying advice - August 2007

HP PhotoSmart C4280 Expert Verdict »
HP Photosmart C4280 Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 114 reviews
Max printer resolution: 4,800x1,200dpi
optical scanner resolution: 1,200x4,800dpi
print speed (quoted/actual): 30/15.4 (mono), 23/8.1 (colour)
photo print time: 109 secs
copy time (mono/colour): 49 secs/53 secs
scan speeds (300dpi/1,200dpi): 44 secs/7 mins, 48 secs
USB 2.0, Wi-Fi
ink cost B=£11 C=£13
cost per page (mono/colour) 5.5p/7.9p
memory card support: CF, MS, MS Duo, SD, MMC, xD
434x394x162mm, 5.1kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The PhotoSmart C4280 is slow to scan at 300dpi and 1,200dpi, but the quality of colour is most impressive. Only the lack of a PictBridge port made it just miss out on the Best Buy award.

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