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283 reviews | 3.8 out of 5
I purchased this printer in the store a couple of weeks ago and couldn't wait to take it home and get set up. I'd been without a printer for a few months after the junky Kodak that I had decided that it no longer wanted to work. I wasn't expecting a lot from the HP considering the price, and I was very surprised. I got it home, and though the CD-Rom wouldn't work in my computer for some reason, I was able to go to the HP website, and dowload from there. It works like a charm!! I've already printed SEVERAL times from it, and haven't had a problem. The paper feeds through straight and even each time. And the color and quality is great. You definitely can't go wrong with this one!
I'm writing this review after only 1 day of use so keep that in mind.
Old HP AIO died after 7 years so needed a new one that would do good, basic printing and copying. Did not need a fax. (Didn't use the one I had)
After researching awhile, decided to buy this HP. It was between this and a Canon MP495. Both were the same price. It was a coin flip.
Decided to stay with HP product. (PC is also HP)
Box had 2 ink cartridges inside - nice of HP. Everything was there. Took maybe 25 - 30 minutes to get it up and running. I use Windows 7, 64-bit.
Definitely need the USB cable and you might already have one on hand with an old printer you put out to pasture. Otherwise buy one.
Make sure this HP 2050 is set up as your default printer and remove old printer devices or it won't print from the Internet. Use your Control Panel.
I can print only black & white with a touch of the button on the printer. Saves on the tri-color ink cartridge.
It's a speedy little thing too. I haven't used the scan portion yet but for printing and copying - it is a nice machine and easy to use.
The only negative, if it can be called that, is that the tray extender could be a bit longer to receive the printed material. That did not impact my rating.
Pros- It does print and scan well and is very easy to use. It is nice looking and hp customer service is a good customer service.
Cons- This printer EATS ink for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have never seen a printer eat ink as much as this one does. The ink costs $14 for black and $20 for color and Im going through it every two weeks. I see in the reviews that other people have had this same issue. I agree 100%. Due to the guzzling of the ink - I have retired this printer as of last night and I have now bought a kodak c310 - black ink is $9.99 and color is $16.99. From the reviews this ink lasts a very very long time. It is $69.99 for the kodak all in one but it is well worth the additional $20. I would NOT reccomend this hp printer unless you want to pay $30 for ink every two weeks. In 3 months I have went through 6 cartridges of each. This is not right.
Picked this up the other day. I was surprised that it didn't come with a USB A to B printer cable, but it's not listed on the box as an included item. Easily fixed with a trip back for a $5 cable.
Some reviews say that this 3-in-1 doesn't scan, or doesn't copy right. Mine copies and scans perfectly in a pleasantly-surprising large range of scan resolutions. The scan software is easy to use and quick. Gives the options to save as a number of different file types, which can be handy.
The copies are great. B&W or color, both seem to do very well. Unremarkable in the fact that, for me at least, it works fast and works well. I'd expect just that, so nothing to rave about there.
Printing is relatively quick and good looking. I'm in the military and do alot of printing of paperwork for leave forms, that kind of stuff. It's doing a great job.
I hadn't expected to be able to find a 3-in-1 for less than $100. I had been up to my local Best Buy, and they didn't have anything under there. I just needed a cheap printer. I found this at my local Wal-Mart and honestly thought it had to be a mislabled price. Bought it, brought it home, fixed the 'no cable' issue, setup was super fast and easy, and haven't had a problem with it. All in all, a great buy that I recommend.
Bought this printer today.Great price and very easy to install.I have never had a problem with HP stuff and this printer does everything that I need.
This product only made it 6 months before it quit feeding paper through correctly. Do not buy. I printed less than 100 pages for my side business.
I found this printer on Walmart.com and I only needed another printer to use strickly for my laptop when I do work from home for my second job, and it does a great job for the price, I have not had a problem with it as of yet and the copies and print jobs come out clear, so I would highly reccommend this product!
Extremely disappointed. Software did not come with or on the installation disk. Spent an hour on computer with their live tech support trying to download photosmart--wouldn't work. Ended up calling tech support and was told photosmart wasn't even the software that is supposed to come with it and ended up helping me download something called photo creations--garbage. I am an avid scrapbooker and used about every software under the sun, but I found this very un-user friendly. Photos came out grainy. I never had to purchase an actual photo cartridge with any other printer before, but I guess it's another expense in order to have good quality. Printer didn't even come with any kind of manual. So disgusted wtih this. I previously had an inexpensive lexmark that worked miracles, so I know it is possible to get good quality without having to sacrifice a huge expense, but don't get this if you plan on using it for photos. If you do, get the photo cartridge and download picasa photo software--it's free and 10X better!
Wow. It was very easy to get it going, and then there were several options online to maximize your value. I am using my printer twice as much as before because the images are so much sharper than our old printer, which was also from HP, but about 12 years old. (R.I.P. - Great printer as well.)
BUY EXTRA INK when you order. We ran out getting stuff done that had been sitting since the older printer got fried in an electrical storm.
I think it is a very good printer but the only down side is that it doesn't come with a usb cord. You have to purchase that seperatley. I perosnally wish it would include that.
This printer is great for the cost. It is very simple to use; great for households with less than tech-savvy members. The flatbed scanner and copier is much easier than scanning the paper through. Definitely good stuff from HP.
I bought this to replace an old printer. I homeschool, so I am printing a good bit. Even printing a minimal amount, I can not keep the ink full. It goes through ink like I have never seen. I have been using it for several months and now I am going to have to buy a new printer.
I bought this printer to replace my DELL branded printer, a v305, because I was having printing issues with the v305. My only real complaint about the Deskjet 2050 is that with my v305 I had copy, print, and scan settings to choose from. For example, I could chose to daren the or lighten the quality of my print job or scan to certain applications, like Word. Can't do that with the Deskjet 2050. Then again, I paid more for the v305, which means you get what you pay for. Other than that, it's a good little printer. I does what I need it to do and my ink lasts longer. With my v305, I got a 109 page yield. With my Deskjet 2050, I get a 190 page yield with the black ink cartridge and a 165 page yield with the color one. My DELL branded printer was an ink monger and am glad it's gone because I'd no sooner put the ink cartridges in it than turn around and have to go out and buy new cartridges for it. Talk about break the bank.
By the way, I read a review on Amazon UK that said the person wished HP made it clear on the box that the USB cable wasn't included. However, HP does tell you right on the box the USB cable isn't included.
Did not come with the USB cable that is required to use any printer, not sure why that wasn't highlighted to let people know
I normally buy HP computer products and this printer did not let me down. It is an inexpensive printer that delivers good quality copies. It was easy to set up and is easy to use.
Easy to install, but eats ink. A laserJet printer is a better option.
I am really ill about this new printer. Every other time I try to print something it gets a paper jam, or says there is no paper in it when it's full of paper. I'm taking this printer back tomorrow, but I won't be able to get my $30 back for the ink I bought for it! Guess you get what you pay for. This printer is terrible!!!! I would not recommend it to anyone.
Are you kidding me? This is the worst printer i have ever owned. I have replaced the cartridge and it won't even work anymore. it just keeps wanting to do a test page. but it wont print it. gonna go back and stick to lexmark
I looked for a few weeks for a replacement printer, as my Cannon printer kept jamming up. I read the reviews on the HP 2050, and ordered it. I picked it up the next day. Installed it as the instructions directed, it took @15 minutes. I am extremely satisfied with the HP 2050 all in one printer. It is a basic, easy to use reliable unit, that was inexpensive. Thanks, again Wal Mart! Happy Dayze in Lake Tapps :)
This is a great printer. It was very easy to setup. The only downside is that I had to pay an extra $15 for a USB cable because it didn't come with one, which it should. And the ink cartridges are reasonably priced.