At the end of November I was asked by Hewlett Packard if I would like to join in with their bloggers advent challenge. We would get the chance to try out one of their “all-in-one” printers, and use it to complete various tasks they would set us. I was intrigued, because I haven’t played with a Hewlett Packard printer for a few years now and I wanted to see how the technology had moved on. So a few days later our HP ENVY 4500 was delivered, along with a bag of supplies and a giant advent calendar.
The printer was easy to set up, and I was particularly impressed with its small footprint – considering its a scanner and photocopier as well as a printer it doesn’t take up a huge amount of desk space. The paper feed is kept tidily underneath the printer and can be folded closed when not in use. It’s the first time I’ve played with a wireless printer, and I must say it is so useful to be able to print directly from my mobile and tablet without having to boot my PC up first. The retail price of this printer is £59 with free delivery direct from the HP web site, and I think that’s a very reasonable price for what you get. In fact, I like the printer so much I even bought my Mum one for Christmas!
For the challenge we were given a series of tasks to complete throughout December, and we had to print out the results of each one and collect all the pictures together. The challenges were well put together and allowed us to really see what the printer could do. Here’s what we did:
Finally we added all our printed pictures to our now-empty advent calendar, donned our best Christmas hats and snapped one final picture to show HP what we had come up with:
We enjoyed taking part in the HP advent challenge and seeing all the different things we could do with the ENVY 4500 printer. I’d definitely recommend this printer as a good all rounder that prints photos beautifully and is very reasonably priced.
Disclosure: We were provided with an HP ENVY 4500 printer for review purposes. HP offered a prize for the best completed advent calendar (we didn’t win :().