HP Photosmart C4280 All-in-One review: HP Photosmart C4280 All-in-One

CNET Labs inkjet multifunction printer performance (in pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color scan  
Grayscale scan  
4x6 photo  
Graphics  
Text  
Lexmark X5470
5.13 
5.66 
0.53 
1.92 
6.9 
HP Photosmart C4280
1.76 
4.46 
0.67 
1.5 
5.94 
Canon Pixma MP180
5.61 
6.47 
1.36 
1.62 
5.81 
Canon Pixma MP460
5.6 
5.68 
1.36 
1.62 
5.8 
Epson Stylus CX7800*
2.72 
6.14 
0.48 
1.57 
Note: *The Epson Stylus CX7800's photo speed is for an 8x10 print; it also had no data for graphics prints.

Unfortunately, the C4280's print quality left a lot to be desired. The text prints were overly dark and the characters too thick. Everything looked bold, and the actual bold text looked swollen. While the characters were formed well, everything was shrouded by a shadow or smudge, even on HP's coated inkjet paper. The color graphics print was better, with nice color saturation, good handling of barcode patterns, and sharp detail in the photo elements, but we noticed graininess in color blocks and the gradients were beset by faint vertical lines. The 4x6 photo prints were just OK; the colors could use some brightening, and we would've liked to see a sharper image. We also saw graininess in color blocks.

The C4280 did a pretty good job with grayscale scans, though we saw compression in the dark end of the grayscale, resulting in lost details in the shadow areas of pictures. It handled color scans better; the colors were true, and details were sharp. Overall, we preferred the print quality and task speeds of the slightly more expensive Canon Pixma MP460, with the exception of color scan quality.

CNET Labs inkjet multifunction printer quality
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color scan  
Grayscale scan  
Photo  
Graphics  
Text  
Canon Pixma MP460
Fair 
Good 
Excellent 
Excellent 
Excellent 
Canon Pixma MP180
Fair 
Fair 
Good 
Excellent 
Good 
Epson Stylus CX7800
Good 
Good 
Good 
Fair 
Good 
HP Photosmart C4280
Good 
Good 
Fair 
Good 
Fair 
Lexmark X5470
Good 
Good 
Poor 
Fair 
Fair 

Service and support
HP backs the Photosmart C4280 with a standard one-year warranty, which is on par with the competition. While under warranty, you can get free, toll-free phone support 24-7. HP's Web site has downloadable drivers, software, and manuals; e-mail and online chat tech support; FAQs; and a troubleshooting guide.

What you'll pay

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