Today I’m recommending a printer. Yes, you read that right… a printer. The reason for this is that I’m currently preparing to move for university. I decided that I wanted to buy myself a new printer, perfect for me and perfect for uni life, largely so that I don’t have to worry about printing off my work in time for deadlines or worry about my own personal printing (such as pictures for my scrapbook).
Additionally, I thought this post could be helpful for anyone else looking to buy a printer, as a uni student or not, since the experience of shopping for any technology can be daunting and overwhelming.
The printer I bought is a HP Envy 4507 from the HP Envy 4500 e-All-in-One Series.
I decided early on that I wanted a HP printer once I was informed about their new service, HP Instant Ink, which allows you to sign up for a subscription service that basically ensures you never run out of ink. There are three packages that you sign up for, the 50 page plan (£1.99), the 100 page plan (£3.49) and the 300 page plan (£7.99). Each you pay for monthly.
It works by telling HP when you’re running low on ink and they’ll send you your cartridges for a much cheaper price, as you can tell; many printer ink cartridges are upwards of £20 as it is. However, if you chose to buy your cartridges as and when you need them, the ones compatible for the HP Envy 4507 are approximately £16 to buy.
Leading on from being able to select a plan, to help keep printing costs low, my printer came with two cartridges (as you would expect) and 2 months free on the Instant Ink 100-page plan. After these two months are up, I can easily change the package I use, if I feel I need to, to a smaller or a larger one.
So about the printer itself? I wanted a colour all-in-one printer with only two ink cartridges. The HP Envy 4507 offers this. It can also work wirelessly. It allows you to print normal documents and photos, which for someone creative like me, with hobbies doing photography and scrapbooking, I find very useful. As well as the 2 free months on HP Instant Ink, the printer came with a pack of HP photo paper. Additionally, once I had put the first two cartridges in, I was ‘rewarded’ for using genuine HP ink by them giving me access to the HP photo creations software.
I found the HP photo creations software to be extremely good, it gives templates to create photo books for example, and I can’t wait to use it more.
To sum up, the printer is excellent, great printing quality, great colour, great deal via HP instant ink and amazing free photo software all for a great price at £49.99 from PC World.
There is little else to say, except that if you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll answer as best I can as soon as possible.