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HP Officejet J4680The HP Officejet J4680 offers more features at a cheaper price than most of its competitors, but your office productivity will take a major hit because of sluggish output speeds and faulty paper handling.
[ Background music ] >> Justin Yu: Hey what's up guys I'm Justin Yu associate editor for CNET.com and this is a first look at the HP Office Jet J4680 printer. Now HP calls it an all in one because you can also fax, copy, and scan in addition to printing. But before we do that let's take a look at the physical make up of the device. So as you can see the design is pretty boring and that's so it can fit in a wider variety of offices. But it's actually a lot smaller than other multifunction printers thanks to this removable input tray in the front where you load the paper. Now unfortunately there's no separate output trays so all your printed documents lay directly on top of the blank ones and that can get a little confusing and you'll also find yourself refilling paper quite often as it can only hold 100 sheets at a time. But you do have this auto document feeder on top that can take another 20 sheets. Now most of the front is taken up by the control panel here. It's got a numerical keypad for faxing, a slim 2 line LCD, a directional pad and some access buttons. There's also a toggle key that you can press to turn on the internal wireless print server on and off. Here's where we have another gripe though. There's no USB input to be found so you can forget about direct printing off a USB key or storage card. So this printer uses a 2 ink cartridge bay. One for black and one for tricolor but we prefer other ones that use 3 individual color cartridges to save you ink. The printer didn't fair very well in our speed tests either. We printed about 3 graphical color pages per minute and 5 pages of black text per minute which wasn't the slowest out of other comparison office printers but it's definitely down there and we can't imagine an office that can afford to keep such a slow printer around. Luckily the print quality is pretty good. Black text came out rich and bold with clear readability even in small 2 point text and color graphics on plain white paper look good too. And you can check out my in depth analysis in the review but the short story is the equally priced Lexmark X7675 Pro gives you much faster output speeds and extra features you don't get in the J4680. So I'm Justin Yu and you just watched a short review of the HP office Jet J4680 printer. Thanks for watching.