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HP PhotoSmart C4680 review

This photo printer packs a scanner for those wanting to preserve their non-digital pics

Our Verdict

For

  • Good print quality
  • Scanner
  • Fast prints

Against

  • Not the best scanner
  • Colours a bit off

The HP PhotoSmart C4680 is a compact and stylish photo printer that also manages to cram an A4 scanner into its design.

The printer is made from glossy black plastic that matches the current crop of HP laptops.

The front of the printer consists of a Power button, alongside two memory card slots covering SD, xD Card, MMC, as well as Sony Memory Stick/Duo formats. All other controls are handled through a small but perfectly practical 1.5-inch LCD screen.

All tasks are handled from the front of the printer, so the printer tray also doubles as the paper feed and pulling down the flap above it exposes the printer cartridges. This means you can store the printer in a confined space, only having to worry when you need to use the scanner.

The scanner handles scans up to 1200dpi (dots per inch) in size and, while it's a relatively quick scanner, quality is variable, so you may find yourself spending extra time colour-balancing photos.

Twin-cartridge

This is a two cartridge printer – one for black and a tri-colour pack of cyan, magenta and yellow – and installing the cartridges is simply a case of following the onscreen instructions.

With just a single USB port on the back, along with power input, this is a quick and easy printer to set up and start using. Printing is quick and relatively quiet.

We found our test shots printed in less than one minute each at the best print quality of 4800 x 1200dpi (dots per inch). Colours proved acceptable, but blacks didn't seem as sharp as on the Epson printer, with a heavy bias towards magenta.

HP photosmart c4680

You'll find that ink cartridges are comparable to the other full-sized printers here, so expect to pay between £12 and £15 (inc. VAT) for each cartridge.

The HP PhotoSmart C4680 is a very compact and easy-to-use printer that will mostly appeal to those on a budget looking for versatility rather than true colour reproduction.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed29 Second
Green CompliantYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity80 sheets
USBYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)29
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)23
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)9
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)6.5
Product FamilyPhotosmart C4600
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameHP
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingManual
Media SizeA4, A5, B5, DL Envelope, C6 Envelope, A6, Legal, Custom Size, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, C6 Envelope - 114 mm x 162 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, 300 mm x 100 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle1000 pages per month
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS, WEEE
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Maximum Copy Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity80 sheets
Country of OriginChina
Height169.8 mm
Width441.8 mm
Depth421.3 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Inkjet Paper, Photo Paper, Envelope, Transparency, Label, Card Stock, Premium Paper, Iron-on Transfer, Borderless Media
Product SeriesC4600
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelC4680
Product NamePhotosmart C4680 Multifunction Printer
Product LinePhotosmart
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size3.7 cm (1.4")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberQ8418B#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Enjoy the freedom of being able to print, scan and copy everything from lab-quality photos to everyday documents from one easy-to-use device. Use the colour display with intuitive HP TouchSmart frame to view, print and copy photos without a PC.

Number of Copies30
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Photosmart C4680 Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Tri-Colour Ink Cartridge
  • Software CD
  • Setup Guide
  • Reference Guide
  • Power Cord
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)4.62 kg