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HP Deskjet 1050 review



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HP Deskjet 1050


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Review Price £29.90

We saw a really inexpensive printer when we looked at the HP Deskjet 1000, an inkjet for £30. And here's another, the Deskjet 1050 all-in-one for £29.99. Can you really get a workable printer/scanner combo for this kind of money?

As you might expect, this printer has a very conventional design, with nothing unusual apart from an overhang at the front and a thin cosmetic inset around the join between the scanner cover and the body of the machine.

The support for the stand-up paper feed tray at the back lays flat on the printer's top when not in use. The output tray folds down from the front and an unusually chunky page support extends forwards. It's a simple design, but works very effectively.

A device with stand-alone functions, like the photocopying an all-in-one can do, needs controls, but HP has limited these two just three buttons for black and colour copies and to cancel a print job. A fourth button turns the printer on and off. There are three orange indicators, one for paper out and the other two for low ink.

At the back is a low voltage socket to connect to the small, black block power supply and a USB socket, the only data connection.

Installing the two ink and head cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour, is a little awkward, as they’re set quite a way inside the machine and are accessed through a fold down cover, which sits behind the output paper tray. The cartridges slide in and click upwards into position and closing the cover sets the machine going.

You need to print an alignment page, which you then scan on the machine's flatbed to complete the alignment. The scanner is a simple Contact Image Sensor (CIS) device but, like the rest the machine, is more than adequate for basic functions.

The supplied CD includes drivers for Windows and OS X and a copy of HP Scan, which can handle scanning to JPG, PDF or TIF, though there's no Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software – it would be unreasonable to expect it, at the price. The device can scan at up to 1,200ppi, more than enough if you want to use third-party OCR software with the DeskJet 1050.

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January 24, 2011, 4:59 am

May have to get one of these for my dad. Over the last year I have replaced his PC setup part by part...

Stewart Clark

January 24, 2011, 12:43 pm

I need a scanner but not a printer; can this scan without cartridges?


August 2, 2011, 6:17 pm

29.97 at whsmiths great value for a brilliant printer


August 16, 2011, 2:09 pm

HP 1050 is absolutely rubbish printing photos. Had one where is put black on my hands many days after it printed! Pictures look all smeary. Not at all good.


August 24, 2012, 3:53 pm

I'm not sure I can trust Trusted Reviews, a Stewart Clark, above, asked you a question in January last year and you haven't answered him.
I would also like the answer as well as, does the printer stop working when one cartridge becomes empty?


August 27, 2012, 12:02 am

Er, buy a scanner then. It can scan without cartridges, yes.


August 27, 2012, 12:06 am

That's a different question but nevermind...

It would stop printing but you can still scan.

Unfortunately our comments system doesn't allow for easy tracking of questions - it's a comments system not a forum. We try and keep an eye out for questions but when publishing dozens of articles a day and moderating hundreds of comments a day, spanning our thousands of articles, it's difficult to catch them all.


May 9, 2015, 1:42 am


I've used this for a year and I HATE IT. Maybe it's because all the computers I've used it with run Windows 8 and on the HP website it says it's only compatible with Windows 7 and lower. But still, I would not recommend it to anyone. I've spent thousands of hours fixing this printer's problems and it still refuses to work. The cartridges are extremely expensive, too. It is an all-in-one printer, but the quality seems to be just as cheap as the price. So much frustration -- I don't know why I haven't thrown it into the trash yet!

HP makes great machines, but this isn't one of them. Save your money and buy a costlier printer, one that has cheaper cartridges and better quality maybe? It'll seem great at first, but you'll be crying in a few months. What else do you expect from an all-in-one printer so cheap -- you expect it to be as good as a $100-$400 printer?

My Printer Ink

June 11, 2015, 10:04 am

It is more cost effective than using five individual ink cartridges. Aslo available to repalce with remanufactured 301 301XL ink which save up to 30-70% of the printing cost.

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