Friday, August 26, 2016

HP Deskjet 2131 Use experience

HP Deskjet 2131 is a basic All-in-one printer. It supports basic inkjet color printing, has a scanner for scanning and copying features.

The package comes with the device, power chord, USB cable, driver CD-ROM, demo cartridges which can print 12-16 pages, a manual and warranty card. The warranty is one year for device. The original cartridges come with six months warranty.

I tried few black and white and color prints and the quality was good. Black and white printing speed is average, but not bad. I have seen some older inkjet printers which take one second to print one line. This is not that bad.
One thing this printer lacks is it doesn't have automatic paper feeder tray, instead you have to feed papers by hand. This is not a problem for occasional home printing but if you have to take number of prints then you would soon get tired of feeding the pages.
The color printing speed is good. I have not yet printed any photos on photo paper. I have ordered some 4'x6' photo paper sheets and will soon test photo printing too. I printed some color documents and couple of photos downloaded from internet and they all printed well enough.
I scanned few documents and the scanner is good. You have to change some settings when scanning the photos though and increase the resolution so photos are scanned with high resolution. Later using any picture utility like GIMP/Photoshop you can resize it to minimize the size. I am yet to find the copying workflow. But I'll check it out soon.

Running Costs:
Price-wise the Black cartridge costs INR 750/- which is bit costly and according to reviews it can print about 200 pages, which means printing a page costs more than INR 2/- which doesn't save you much money, but it should save you money on printing color prints and photos. The color cartridge costs about INR1100/-.

OS Support:
On windows the provided CD-ROM gives drivers and HP's a-la control center which lets you keep track of print jobs.
On Linux inbuilt drivers work out fine.

Overall for INR 2900/- its' a cheap printer with about average running costs and a good deal.

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