HP Photosmart C7280 All-in-One

HP Photosmart C7280 All-in-One

The Photosmart C7280 can connect to your network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, so all your Macs can take advantage of its versatility.

 

The capable Photosmart C7280 All-in-One gives you a color inkjet printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine in one tidy, versatile unit. And it easily attaches to a wired or wireless network, making it an ideal choice for a home office or small business.

 

At press time, HP was still working on a full software driver installer for Mac OS 10.5 Leopard. The C7280 printer drivers are actually part of Leopard’s built-in printer driver collection, but Leopard users need to install additional software to use the C7280’s scanner. If you’re still using Mac OS 10.4 Tiger, you simply install the drivers on the supplied CD, and you’ll be up and running quickly.

 

The connectivity options are straightforward: You can connect directly to a Mac via USB, or use the printer’s Ethernet or built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi (including WPA2 encryption) for attaching to a network. In addition to configuration via HP’s Mac software, the C7280 offers a built-in Web server that lets you access some options that aren’t available through the control panel, such as Webscan (scanning over a network via a Web browser). The Web server is laudable, but it doesn’t support encryption, a security feature you’d want for maintaining your privacy while doing network tasks.

 

The C7280 uses a six-ink set (black, yellow, light and dark cyan, and light and dark magenta). HP’s drivers give you exemplary printing control, but the defaults usually work just fine. And while the first page of a job can take a little bit to come out after the unit’s been idle for a while, both black-and-white and color pages print swiftly, cleanly, and accurately. Given its name, we also expected photos printed on photo paper to come out looking good, and our expectations were certainly met. The printer’s built-in duplexer lets you print on both sides of a sheet of paper, but there’s no duplex scanning for two-sided documents.

 

When it comes to scanning, the C7280 can save files directly to a storage device inserted into its front USB port. We had no trouble scanning straight to a USB drive. You can also send scans over the network to a machine that has HP’s scanner drivers installed. The C7280’s fax support also works well, and the unit has both single-line and dual-line phone jacks, the latter being popular in home office situations.

 

The bottom line. If you need an all-in-one for your Mac, this jack of all trades won’t disappoint.

 

COMPANY: HP

CONTACT: www.hp.com

PRICE: $299.99

REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.3.9 or later; USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth

It just works. Solid Mac driver support for both Tiger and Leopard.

No duplex scanning. Minimal security for the built-in Web server.

 

 

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benet

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thetileninja

So... I figured it out. Thank god for the google search. I just had to download new software from HP from their site an configure my device and it's all good. False alarm... lolThe Tile Ninja

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thetileninja

What's the deal? I had a Mac with Leopard 10.5 and it worked fine, a few bugs maybe... Now with diff laptop (MacBook too) with snow leopard and it won't scan. it keeps popping up with unknown error. Can someone tell me how to change settings or download new software so that function will work?? Thanks.

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xaipe

You just have to use Apple Preview software, included with Mac OS X. I had the same problem when I upgraded from OS X 10.5 to 10.6. It's because Apple included scan support in its driver database for this device with Snow Leopard, so HP decided NOT to update their software to be compatible with the new OS because they see it as duplicating effort that already exists in OS X 10.6. Just load your docs, open Preview, and scan away.

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jasonla

Recently saw a commercial for a wireless printer i think it was HP I don't see why people just don't share it from their desktop then add it to their laptops rather then having it be totally wireless. I know it's because people are used to how wireless works now and trying to get them to figure out how to work shared devices would cause headaches. I have an laser and inkjey just wish that hewlett packard toner was a bit cheaper. Their products are great.

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xaipe

I actually have the above referenced printer, the HP C7280 All-In-One, and I have had very few problems if any. I have it set up through my wi-fi network (which is still the original Airport Extreme Base Station) and have no problems printing, scanning, or faxing remotely through the wi-fi network setup. Frankly, I find this printer to be a fantastic value--printer, fax, scanner, photo printer, copier--because it does everything I need it to do and then some. The only thing I have to remember is that when scanning (which I don't often do) I now need to use Apple Preview software, which has built-in support for this device in Mac OS X 10.6.x (if you're still using older Mac OS X versions previous to Snow Leopard, then you can just use the HP software included with the printer). I sometimes forget that is how I have to scan docs now, so that's how I ended up here today. Otherwise, I have to say that I am very happy with this printer's performance with over a year under my belt now, almost 2 years now, actually. It's a fantastic device, and I would recommend it to anyone. With Snow Leopard, it's extremely easy to set-up using wi-fi, so I really don't see any issue there whatsoever. The ink is also rather economical because I buy the XL ink cartridges from CostCo. Even with my wife telecommuting 3 days a week, we don't change the ink very often. I haven't bought ink cartridges in probably six months now.

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ouozzy

I'm a new maclife acct holder and I just want to thank you for that... my google search on my c7280 issue with the scan on my imac > 10.6 led me here... those moron's from HP had not one reference to solve the issue... thanks for posting!

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MacHappy

I bought this device about four months ago and I can't begin to tell how much time I have wasted trying to make the scanner functions work properly with Leopard. I have spent hours on the phone with HP support uninstalling and reinstalling the software and the problems remain unsolved. It is unstable working with Adobe Acrobat and, when not using Adobe, it mysteriously enlarges an 8x11 scan to something around 20x30. I also had problems trying to run it through parallels using windows xp. Don't know how well it works for straight windows users, but if you use a mac, buy something else.

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Anonymous

So I'm unable to get support from HP for the Mac -- what a bunch of b.s. Why do they only have support during certain hours for us Mac users. I don't understand. I can't get the printer to install correctly, HP SAYS they'll call me back and help me solve my problem, but they never called. Now I wish I would have gone with something different.

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Anonymous

I bought the C7280 for the duplexing. Which with a MAC does not work, always prints the reverse sheet with the wrong orientation, works well with windows though.

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Rob

I bought an HP all-in-one last year and it was nothing but a pain in the a$$. I've owed 3 HP printers since 1997 an you'd think each time I'd have learned my lesson. Not so. GO EPSON. Like Mac's they just work.

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