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

By Simon Williams



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HP OfficeJet J4500 Wireless - Inkjet All-in-One


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When the ISO standard for print speeds came out, we were hopeful manufacturers would take a more realistic approach to quoting speeds. Most are still quoting draft speeds, though, and HP claims 28ppm for black and 22ppm for colour from this machine.

In practice, and in normal print mode, we saw 5.0ppm for our 5-page, black text document, which took exactly one minute to run, and 6.1ppm for the 20-page one, which took 3:16. Our 5-page black text and colour graphics test took 1:54, a speed of 2.6ppm. A single page, A4, colour copy took 44 seconds and a 15 x 10cm photo print on A4 paper printed in 1:12.

These speeds are pretty good for a machine costing under £150 and, if publicised, would gives customers a much better idea of the likely day-to-day performance of this office all-in-one than silly, inflated, draft speeds which are of little value, other than putting big numbers on the box.

We've come to expect good print quality from HP inkjets and the OfficeJet J4500 doesn't disappoint. Black text is generally crisp and well-defined, though there are one or two places where characters are a little spiky, due to slight feathering.

Colour graphics on plain paper are bright and dense and there's no sign of banding or noticeable dither patterns. Our colour copy was remarkably close to the original, with much less lightening of colours than we normally see from this class of machine. The photo print was excellent, too, with plenty of image detail, good colours and smooth transitions from one state to another. For a machine where photo print is not a primary function, this is a very good result.

The Officejet J4500 is an impressively quiet machine, with little of the squeezing and maintenance noises of recent HP all-in-ones. The scanner head sounds slightly graunchy when being driven to the end of the flatbed prior to scanning, but other than that you won't find the machine intrusive.

There are just two consumables to consider, the black and tri-colour cartridges, and if you shop around you can find these for around £16 (highly-yield black) and £12 (colour), giving a cost per page of 3.5p for black and 7.2p for colour, both including 0.7p for paper. The black print cost is a bit above average but the colour cost compensates by being a bit below.


The HP OfficeJet J4500 represents a very good compromise between feature set and price. A four-function all-in-one for under £130 is a good deal, but often you sacrifice print quality, print speed or running costs. Here, though, you have very good quality print, above average speed and reasonable cost of ownership, making the machine a very good choice for a SOHO office on a budget.

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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


September 10, 2013, 5:39 pm

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


December 17, 2013, 1:11 pm

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

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