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HP is doing the same thing with its Deskjet range as Kodak and Lexmark have with their entry-level inkjet ranges. By using the same print engine, it makes considerable manufacturing savings and it distinguishes the models through other features. The Deskjet 3000 has the same engine as the Deskjet 1000, but significant differences in other areas.
Designed to be wide but not deep, the printer has a gloss black top, which includes the back of the paper feed tray. This tray folds up and takes up to 60 sheets of plain paper, or a smaller number of photo blanks. This is a low capacity, even for a home printer, when some of its rivals take over a hundred sheets. The front panel folds down and an extra support rotates out from its front lip. When everything's open the printer's footprint is surprisingly large.
The control panel, set to the left of the paper tray, includes six buttons as well as a 38mm, bitmapped, purple-on-white LCD display. HP has combined this with three soft function buttons, which line up with menu options on the display. Behind it are buttons for wireless, job cancel, power and Quick Forms.
This last option offers standard office forms, like check lists, graph paper and music manuscript. It’ll also print game sheets for sudoku, mazes and tic-tac-toe. It's unusual to find these convenient forms available on such an inexpensive printer, though all the sudoku we printed were marked 'Difficult'.
At the back is a single USB socket, though wireless networking is also supported. If you have a WPS button on your wireless router, set-up could hardly be easier. Press buttons on printer and router and a secure connection is made automatically.
The two ink cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour, slide in and click up into the head carrier, once you've folded down a flap just inside the printer. Software installation is straightforward and includes HP's Photo Creations software for the PC, as well as drivers for Windows and OS X.
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