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HP Deskjet F4580 - Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Printer review



Our Score


User Score


  • Bargain pricing
  • Decent print quality
  • Compact


  • Expensive cartridges
  • Average printing speed
  • No memory card slot

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Key Features: WiFi-enabled ; 1200dpi scanning; 4-colour ink cartridge; Direct scan printing; 4.5kg weight

Manufacturer: HP

When we reviewed the Deskjet D5560 a couple of weeks ago, we were impressed by the price of this wireless inkjet printer, but the Deskjet F4580, reviewed here, is a full wireless all-in-one available for under £45. Aimed at the home customer who is more interested in printing documents than photos, it nonetheless can still handle the occasional photograph.

HP Deskjet F4580 front angle

All cased in textured and gloss black, the scanner is well integrated into the case and the lid lies at the same level as the surrounding rim of the machine. At the front, the paper tray folds up out of the way, as with the Deskjet D5560 and as with that machine, you have to clear the desk in front of the F4580 before you start printing, and find somewhere to store the paper when you’re not using it, or risk dust and spillages on the paper.

The control panel is unusual in being recessed into the top of the device, below its surrounding rim, and uses a series of five LEDs to indicate copy settings. It has two LCD indicators, too, with the same custom ink indicator as the Deskjet D5560 and a seven-segment display for number of copies – a maximum of nine at a time.

The column of six buttons down the left-hand side of the control panel, for functions like black and colour copy and job cancel, are also unusual in all being made from one strip of flexible plastic – simple, but functional.

HP Deskjet F4580 control panel

While you probably wouldn’t expect memory card readers in an all-in-one intended primarily for document printing, it would have been useful to have a front-panel USB socket, so you could print files from a USB drive. This would be hard to use without a more costly alpha-numeric LCD, though, to show the filenames it contained.

The Deskjet F4580 runs on the same two ink cartridges as its single-function counterpart and these clip into the head carrier, once you've folded down the front cover for access. Sliding in the cartridges and pressing them up into position is fiddlier than loading cartridges on some other machines.

HP provides drivers for Windows and OS X 10.4 and above on the supplied CD, but there's no indication of support for Linux users. The HP Solution Centre and a copy of Windows Live Gallery are provided, giving basic functionality for scanning, as well as printing.

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February 1, 2010, 9:47 pm

Thansk for this review, looking to get a new printer soon and dont want to spend a huge amount on one if im honest. Are there any better options at this price point?


May 14, 2010, 1:41 pm

I am a Linux user and plugged in this device worked instantly. I am using Linux Mint 9 (Isadora) and when connected up the system identified the printer and downloaded drivers from the net automatically. Both print and scan facilities worked in the time it took the drivers to download. I have not worked out how to make this connect wireless to my netbook which is also running Mint 9. I am very pleased with this MFP as it replaced an Epson SX100 which was a nightmare to set up on Linux.

stevan stacey

October 6, 2010, 5:11 am

This all in one is just perfect, unless of course you want to print anything bigger than a single postage stamp, scan anything and then find what you scanned, or use it wirelessly without plugging in the wire and last but not least, the cartridges, my grandmother has thimbles ( remember those ) with larger capacity and buying new cartridges, well don't bother the ink will have evaporated before you get home and they are so expensive you may as well throw the machine in the dustbin where it belonged in the first place and buy a new printer, any one except this piece of junk. Apart from that it is just perfect

jo herridge

October 27, 2010, 1:47 am

setting this up was easy enough but i agree with the last comment. I am on my 2nd colour cartridge and my 3rd black one. I have only had this printer 6 weeks. I am going to buy a better printer that doesn't drink the ink as soon as a few pages have been printed


January 8, 2014, 5:03 pm

I know this review is old but I want to voice my frustration somewhere. I bought this printer still in it's box from a friend who did not need it. The printer is ok but HP insist on flooding me with pop-ups which are interfering with my computer. I plan to get rid of the printer and look for one from a compamy that does not insist on pushing themselves in my face.

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