CNET First Look
HP Officejet 4630: a true multifunction printer with additional copy, scan and fax capabilitiesFor home offices looking to upgrade printers, the HP Officejet 4630 offers 4-in-1 functionality, cloud printing, an affordable price tag and compatibility with HP's latest Instant Ink replacement service.
Hey, it's Justin from c|net, and this is a first look at the HP OfficeJet 4630. It's a midrange multifunction printer, but unlike most of these things that use a copier to send faxes over the Internet, this one actually We have the fax machine built in too. So taking a closer look, the 4630 has a new design for HP, that puts the paper tray on the bottom, and that gets it out of the way so you can push the printer up against a wall, and you won't lose any of those functions. It can hold a hundred sheets of plain paper in the tray, and you can also put an extra 35 sheet stack into the auto document feeder on top. You'll use that to batch, scan, and fax, and the adjustable sliders let you use all different kinds of paper, different sizes, and things like heavy card stock, letters, and more. Setup is also really easy, which is really no small feat for a printer. You can hook it up to a computer with just a USB cable, but HP really wants you to connect it with a wireless router. [INAUDIBLE] That way, you can print from the cloud using services like Apple Air Print, Google Cloud Print, and HP's own E-print. That's a service that sends photos to the printer from anywhere, using the unique email address. Lift up the middle part here, and you'll see the cartridge bay. There's one for black ink. And the other actually holds three different colors in one cartridge. Cyan, magenta, and yellow. Of course, the disadvantage of that tricolor cartridge is that you'll have to replace the entire thing when even one color runs out. So to save money on consumables, you can actually use the auto-duplexer built in to print on both sides of a single sheet of paper. But to save ink you really only have two options. You can either purchase XL capacity cartridges from HP and that'll cost you a bit more up front, but you get more ink in the reservoir, or you can opt into HP's latest, newest ink program. It's called Instant Ink, and it keeps track of your usage as you print and then it automatically sends you a new cartridge when you're running low. The 4630 is a bit lacking in terms of performance. It registered slower than average print speeds, and the tricolor ink cartridge showed visible signs of banding, but nothing too serious. I printed a bunch of full four by six color photos on it, and while there are some definite limitations to the tricolor cartridge It's good enough to use in a scrapbook, or for professional documents like resumes and presentation slides. You can read more details in my full review on CNET, but that's it for this video. I'm Justin. This is the HP OfficeJet 4630. Thanks for watching.