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HP OfficeJet J4500 Wireless - Inkjet All-in-One review

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HP OfficeJet J4500 Wireless - Inkjet All-in-One
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  • HP OfficeJet J4500 Wireless - Inkjet All-in-One
  • HP OfficeJet J4500 Wireless - Inkjet All-in-One
  • HP OfficeJet J4500 Wireless - Inkjet All-in-One

Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Very good print quality
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No memory card sockets
  • Fiddly cartridge installation
  • No paper tray cover

Key Features

  • Colour inkjet
  • 5.9kg
  • Prints up to A4
  • USB 2.0
  • 489 x 402 x 217 mm
  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Review Price: free/subscription

You would probably expect a SOHO all-in-one printer with Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and fax facilities to cost quite a bit over £150, but the HP OfficeJet J4500 (a brand new model that's not currently on sale) will be available at around £130. On paper it's a stunning deal, but can it deliver quality as well as value?

This is a good-looking device, as long as you’re very fond of high-gloss, black plastic. The top of the heavily curved case and the input tray for the ADF are shiny, though the front of the case is ribbed, which gives it a bit of character.

Projecting from the front of the machine, at the left-hand end, is a small, well-designed control panel, centred on a single-line, 16-character LCD. This display also shows a number of symbols to indicate the mode the device is switched to and status conditions, like 'low ink' or 'cover open'. Controls include simple menu navigation and a number pad for fax dialling.

There are no memory card sockets, which is fair enough on a machine designed for home office duties, but it would have been good to see a compromise, with a front-panel USB/Pictbridge socket, so you could print from USB drives and cameras.

The paper feed tray clips on the front of the machine and a further paper support has to be pulled out from its front lip to catch printed pages. Pages feed from the front, are rolled over and end up on top of the input stack. As with other inexpensive HP inkjets, this gives the machine a comparatively large footprint when in use. There's also no cover to the paper tray, so you may need to store the paper away when you're not printing.

At the back are a USB socket and others for phone line and a third-party handset. Most people will choose the wireless connection, though, which comes as standard and is easy to set up, as long as you can position the OfficeJet J4500 close enough to your PC to temporarily connect the supplied USB cable.

The setup is automatic and includes HP applets for scanning and a version of I.R.I.S. OCR. Cartridge installation is a little bit fiddly, as the two cartridges (one black and the other tri-colour) slide in horizontally and then click up into position in the head carrier. The whole of the front cover folds down to give access to the print mechanism.

Alex 5

February 21, 2010, 8:57 am

But how far can you be from, lets say a Airport Extreme to get a very good signal?

grahamt

February 21, 2010, 3:01 pm

I'm sure that superficially this looks a good printer but with the reliability problems that HP inkjet printers appear to suffer (HP Forum: http://tinyurl.com/yabuy5g) I personally wouldn't touch them with a bargepole.

Peter

February 22, 2010, 4:04 am

Hi I looked at the feature table and could not tell whether it can do duplex printing or scanning.

jake120

February 22, 2010, 4:41 am

I must disagree when it comes to the color cost per page. Because of the tri-color cartridge when one color runs out the whole cartridge has to be replaced even if there is more of the other colors left. Your cost per page is no more then an educated guess based on the cost of the cartridges not the real out put of the cartridges. These tri-color cartridge are one of the biggest rip-offs in the printer industry today and the manufactures know it. You continue to perpetrate the manufactures faults cost values for these types of products Due to the tri-color cartridge how can you give this product a value of 9 when it should be 7 or less?


When ever some one ask me which inkjet printer or all in one to buy I always suggest they get the one with at least 4 separate color cartridge when one runs out you replace that individual cartridge.

MarioM

February 22, 2010, 8:37 pm

Got to agree with Jake on the tri-color cartridges. I have a HP7410 AIO which has run steadily for 3 years or so, and to be fair to HP the new Windows 7 drivers have improved life with it an awful lot - it now just works and scans really well. I would consider one of these as a replacement if it died though, the ADF scanner is a godsend.

TheOpsMgr

March 3, 2010, 10:29 pm

@Jake - so who would you recommend then? I think from an earlier review Epson are making a big point of separate cartridges but I think they were quite noisy???

Dwane Hinson

March 17, 2010, 5:51 pm

HP has a systemic software problem with Windows 7 and Norton and other firewalls. Be careful before buying high dollar printers.

shj

April 21, 2010, 12:59 am

@Peter: I don't think this printer has dublex capability. I'm sure it would be much more expensive otherwise.

MoragSorcha

June 13, 2010, 4:35 pm

I'm considering buying this printer for my home office, but in my network I have one laptop running on Linux, does anyone know if this printer is compatible with Linux OS?

Bwired9

September 10, 2013, 5:39 pm

This printer uses the 901 cartridge and is "NOT REFILLable"".
I not buy buy another HP anything!!

E.D

December 17, 2013, 1:11 pm

I have refilled mine at Costco multiple times (901XL)

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