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HP Officejet 4620 - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams


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Review Price £95.00

HP claims the OfficeJet 4620 can print at speeds of 8.0ppm for ISO black and 7.5ppm for ISO colour. We won't argue much with the black print spec, as we saw 6.1ppm for our 5-page black text print and 7.3ppm for the extended, 20-page test.

Colour print is a little further off the mark, with our five-page black text and colour graphics document returning 4.3ppm, but neither black nor colour speeds are particularly slow for this class of machine. It doesn't offer duplex print and the lack of the extra mechanism may be another reason for its low-profile design.

The printer produced a single colour copy from the flatbed in 28s and a five-page black text copy from the ADF in 2:02, which is really a bit sluggish. Despite not being primarily designed for printing photos, it managed a 15 x 10cm print at best quality in 30s, which is impressive, and a similar print at normal quality from a Samsung Galaxy Mini Android smart phone in 1:02, which is fair.

HP Officejet 4620 - Open

Print quality is sharp and clean, with black text close to laser quality, showing very little disruption to character formation, even at small point sizes. Draft mode print is nearly as good and offers a worthwhile speed improvement for internal documents.

Colour print is good, though we have seen brighter colour fills than from the HP Officejet 4620. Photos are also only fair, given HPs normal exemplary print, as some detail is lost in shadows and some green shades appear over accentuated.

HP Officejet 4620 - Cartridges

The ink cartridges are available in two capacities, and using the higher yield XL versions returns costs of 3.4p for an ISO black page and 8.6p for an ISO colour one. Compare these with costs from the recently tested Canon PIXMA MX515 which gave 3.7p for black (slightly higher than the HP machine) and 7.9p for colour (slightly lower). Essentially, costs are similar overall.


It’s useful to compare the HP Officejet 4620 with the Canon PIXMA 515, both SOHO machines priced within a couple of pounds of each other. Colour print from the Officejet is noticeably faster and although Canon offers duplex print, it’s so slow as to be little advantage. Control and display on the Canon machine is better, particularly its colour LCD, but HP’s separate ink cartridges should mean less waste and lower running costs.

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March 10, 2013, 9:05 pm

how can I a clear a paper jam in a 4620 office jet printer

Daniel Baard

September 30, 2013, 3:24 pm

Its the worse printer HP ever made. It uninstalls itself from the
network all the time and drops off my laptop all the time as well - even
when connected with USB cable. I have never printed 2 sets of documents
in a row - it has huge connection problems it seems. I give it 1 out of 5.

Gretchen Dayton

November 14, 2013, 8:30 pm

HP Officejet 4620 is the worst printer I have ever used. The black text will not print. HP does not offer a solution for the problem, and the customer service program will not interface with the purchaser if the product is more than one year old. My HP Officejet 4620 was 13 months old when it stopped printing black text. HP is a huge company that could easily find a fix for this common problem among HP Officejet 4620 printers, but they have not. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER HP PRINTER.


January 2, 2014, 2:45 am

Bought this a year ago and used occasionally for copies or print. Black ink cartridge has just stopped working after trying everything (clean print heads, replaced cartridge--shows 'full'). This printer is junk. No solution from HP. Had an Epson for years without issue, a solid printer w/quality printing. Today's printers are cheap plastic lightweight noisy rattling waste of money that suck up ink ($).


February 26, 2014, 11:54 am

worst printer ever. order the first one, and could even start working - kept receiving "there is a problem with the printer" message. The came to replace it and brought another one - every time I try to print there is a paper jam - night mare. The wireless connection is horrible as well...

joseph roberts

March 19, 2015, 6:05 pm

Biggest pile of crap called a printer. Used original ink and two sets of refill ink to print 40 copies.HP customer service lied to me. Still waiting for call back and replacement. I won't ever spend another dime on HP crap, and will pass word of mouth to all who will listen.

joseph roberts

March 19, 2015, 6:09 pm

I called HP, was connected to manager who made promises and did not even think enough of me as a customer to call back or replace.

joseph roberts

March 19, 2015, 6:13 pm

Buy from any other company and do not loose your money with HP products. This is why people don't buy products from american company's. My name, copier model number, serial number all info is on file with HP!!! Where's my call back??? Where's my replacement or my money back. My 4620 was new


May 26, 2015, 6:00 am

Worst printer ever. Worked when it wanted to and stopped for no reason at all. One day I got a paper jam and the feed stopped working altogether. HP has a ruined reputation for putting out such inferior products.

Jan Nielsen

October 6, 2015, 7:15 pm

Worst printer ever!
Very difficult to install.
Lost wireless connection and using the troubleshooting guide never managed to fix it.
Usability is a complete joke, both the dashboard and the software.
Start-up takes 40-50 seconds a sounds like a device from the 1980's.

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