This is one of the few AirPrint printers which HP have created which I won’t destroy with my cutting but accurate words. The Photosmart Premium C410a is still not on par with many other printers, but it is a step up from HP’s other fiascoes.
To start with let’s take quick look at the specifications. It’s printing resolution is 600 dpi for black which is reasonable, not amazing but it’s okay. It prints color to 9600 x 2400 dpi which is incredibly high and one of the best I’ve seen which makes it perfect for printing super high quality glossy photographs. It prints of a variety of different paper sizes – letter, legal, executive, 3 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 8 x 10 in, No. 10 envelopes – and the photo tray can print glossy photos in these sizes – 3.5 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7. It has an automatic document feeding as well as automated duplex printing (double sided without you having to turn it manually yourself).
It prints pretty quickly, color prints go up to 32 pages per minute and 34 ppm for black and white. These aren’t particularly impressive and they’re nothing when compared to laser printers but for an inkjet it’s a reasonable speed. It allows borderless printing which is perfect for photos and it’s a great AirPrint model for whipping out a different variety of super high detail, glossy photos at a variety of sizes.
It uses ePrint and AirPrint. ePrint allows for the printer to be assigned an email address and if you want something printed of from anywhere in the world you can do so as long as you’re both connected to the internet. You simply send an email with what you need printing contained in an attachment to the printer’s email address and it will get it done. This is a very useful tool for some people but if I’m being honest I fail to see how most people can truly utilize this to save time. Wireless internet for example is very useful because in your own home you can take your laptop or mobile devices to any room and still access the internet. On the other hand being able to print of work before you got home may be necessary for some people, and there definitely are business and commercial uses but for the majority of people this HP AirPrint device isn’t going to change the world for them.
Well the first bad thing about this printer (and thankfully it’s nowhere near as bad as some of my other reviews) is that this guzzles ink. It’s an ink guzzler pure and simple, and what’s not simple and nowhere near as pure is that it’s simply a tool HP uses to get you to spend more money on ink cartridges. Here’s the bottom line. Many printing companies – especially HP – sell their inkjet printers at a loss but purposefully design them to waste as much ink as possible (however considering the price in this case they’re probably winning on both fronts). On average it’s reported that for HP ink cartridges up to 30% of the ink is actually left when the cartridge claims it’s empty. You also need to recognize that you can’t use the same HP cartridge over and over again, they get one use and you can’t refill them with the same ink and buy it much cheaper. It’s all designed to make you pay for as much ink as possible and hence increase HP’s profits – all at your expense.
On the plus side this is the only bad thing about this printer, and as unscrupulous as that tactic is, most other printer companies do employ it. On the other hand HP is reported to be the worst, not massively but it’s definitely designed to waste people’s money. A lot of people complain about having to replace the ink cartridges multiple times after printing out tiny quantities of sheets. I’ve seen someone complain that as low as 30 black ink, draft quality sheets were printed out before he needed to change his cartridge – that’s appalling because they can cost around 50 dollars.
Overall when compared with most of the HP AirPrint Printers I’ve looked at this isn’t a bad product. You’ll definitely lose money when it comes to replacing the ink cartridges at a more substantial rate than designs by Canon, that’s for sure. When it comes down to it you’re not paying for a really great printer, you’re paying for a decent printer with great connectivity options. One issue is that Apple users are used to the simple ease of use and set ups that are intrinsic with most of Apple’s device. But this isn’t an Apple product and it takes a little geek knowledge to iron out some issues which definitely will arise. It is not as simple as quickly setting everything up and starting printing from your Ipad, Mac or PC in just 15 minutes. Some people will be lucky, but for a lot of people you’re going to have to search on the internet for firmware, figure out how to install it and gain knowledge with regards to printing drivers, installation and so forth. This isn’t idiot-proof and if you’re a technology ignoramus then it may be worth staying away from this one.