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

By Simon Williams



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The device is rated at 9.5ppm printing black and 6.5ppm printing colour, both in normal print modes. These ideal speeds weren’t realised in our tests, largely because of processing time before starting to print, but also because of hesitations during print. The machine would be smoothly printing a page of text or text and graphics and would then stop for half a second or so, before continuing as before.

We were running the machine through its wireless connection during tests, which we do for all wireless-capable printers, but the signal strength was in the top, ‘Excellent’ band. We didn't see these kind of pauses when testing the wireless D5560, which uses the same print engine.

HP Deskjet F4580 front

The five-page black text print took 54 seconds to complete, which is equivalent to a speed of 5.56ppm. When we increased the run to 20 pages, the speed actually dropped to 5.31ppm, because of these pauses. This speed is an average of the three runs we measured. The five-page black text and colour graphics test took 2 minutes 23 seconds, a speed of just 2.10ppm. A 15 x 10cm photo print on A4 paper took a reasonable 1 minute 29 seconds.

The quality of the print reproduced, as you might expect, was similar to what we saw from the DeskJet printer. Black text is dark and dense, but there is some fuzziness around characters, particularly emboldened ones, indicating feathering into the paper fibres. This is only slight, though.

HP Deskjet F4580 paper tray

Colour graphics are bright and attention-grabbing, with no obvious signs of dither patterns though a colour photocopy did show some lightening of colours, but is still very usable. A photo, on HP's Advanced Photo Paper, was well reproduced, with natural colours, smooth gradations and good levels of detail, even in darker, shadowed areas.

The running costs of this machine are identical to those from the Deskjet D5560, coming out with a page cost of 3.96p for an ISO black page and 8.97p for ISO colour. These costs are both high in comparison to the machine’s direct competitors, one penny per page or a little more, depending on the page content.


If the single-function Deskjet D5560 looked like good value, the Deskjet F4580 all-in-one looks like excellent value, but you have to take into account running costs and this is where HP makes its money back. Even so, in all other respects, this device punches well above its weight and has to be a contender for anybody after an all-in-one at under £50.


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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