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Olivetti ANY_WAY Photo Wireless - Photo Printer review

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Olivetti ANY_WAY Photo Wireless - Photo Printer
  • Olivetti ANY_WAY Photo Wireless - Photo Printer
  • Olivetti ANY_WAY Photo Wireless - Photo Printer
  • Olivetti ANY_WAY Photo Wireless - Photo Printer
  • Olivetti ANY_WAY Photo Wireless - Photo Printer

Summary

Our Score:

6

It has been a while since Olivetti marketed an ink-jet printer, but with the ANY_WAY it has launched into the home multi-function market with a range of smart-looking devices. The ANY_WAY photo wireless is at the top of the range and, as its name suggests, it’s designed to print photos and to work with a wireless connection.

First impressions are all good. The angular, all-black design is broken by a strip of indicators and buttons along the front edge of the scanner section and by an LCD display set into the machine’s foot. Buttons arrayed around this display only light up when you insert a memory card into one of the slots, again in the scanner edge. The machine provides for all the common card types, including xD and MicroDrive.

The base of the device is an odd place to put an LCD display and it’s easy to see why all other manufacturers choose to set them higher up on their all-in-ones; you can view them close up. On the ANY_WAY, you have to be at a pretty low angle for the top of the screen not to be obscured by the scanner housing, positioned above it. You also have to be quite a way away, which makes the screen awkward to use for viewing photos.

A pair of supports rise like little antennae from the rear of the machine to support around 75 sheets of paper at a time in the input tray. Prints feed through to a telescopic output tray at the front and the machine can handle paper from A4 down to 15 x 10 photo blanks and beyond.

There are three ways to connect the ANY_WAY photo wireless to other devices, apart from memory cards and a PictBridge camera link. The most conventional is a USB 2.0 link at the back, but the device also offers Bluetooth and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. In each case, you install the software and then connect the ANY_WAY.

The Wi-Fi setup is a bit fiddly, as you have to get the correct wireless settings to the printer before disconnecting the USB cable, to force it to communicate through the ether. Bluetooth works in a similar way, but you can’t have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth activated at the same time, which is a shame. With Bluetooth selected, you can print from a Bluetooth-equipped camera-phone or camera.

husamzaki

November 17, 2008, 3:33 am

i just connected my any_way phto printer and after two printed pages the colour ink led turned on and error message "COLOUR INK CARTRIGE NOT DETECTED" I TRIED TO TAKE IT OUT AND PUT IT IN THE PLACE AGAIN ,i turned on and off the printer many time but noway.


the cartriges are still new and i didnot touch its contacts, i feel very very bad about this problem as i have work to print and i was happy by the good looking multifunction photo printer how i can resolve this problem


please, please HELP


husamzaki@hotmail.com

husamzaki

November 17, 2008, 3:40 am

please help me to turn the ink colour LED off I got tired

lisa 2

July 13, 2009, 8:09 pm

We have the same problem when trying to print we get this message error message "COLOUR INK CARTRIGE NOT DETECTED". I have recently spent £90.00 on new cartridges and the thing still doesn't work. I wouldn't recommend this printer!!!

abdul

December 15, 2009, 10:37 pm

What a load of Trash, Colour ink Not Detected, Even though i spent a Fortune on ink, I Wouldn't Recommend this to anyone either, I think this ones going in the Skip & ill go back to HP printer.

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