HP DeskJet F4272

Review Date : Tue, 10 Mar 2009

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HP DeskJet F4272

Test review of the HP DeskJet F4272 printer

Pros: Print quality, price, sturdy build quality, compact size
Cons: Auto sharpening on scanning, front feed paper tray, small ink cartridges, slow printing times

The F4272, at £39.00 from PC World, is probably the cheapest printer I have ever reviewed. It is a neat unit that takes up very little desk space indeed.

The printer uses two cartridges, which have the print head built in, so in effect each time you change the inks you're getting a new print head.

The F4272 top control panel includes an LED ink level indicator, scan, paper select, black & colour copy, resume, and cancel buttons.

Photographs using the copy (scan to print) feature look slightly posterised, but acceptable.

Printing our test scan using Photoshop produced a much better print, although a fraction on the light side.

Scanning quality was very good although there was a bit too much sharpening applied (this can't be turned off or down at the scan stage).

Features 16
Design 17
Print Quality 17
Scan Quality 17
Value 19

HP DeskJet F4272 Chart


Using HP Premium Plus Photo Paper the printer produced some remarkable colours, but the printing time of six minutes and 25 seconds for an A4 print was far too slow.

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Overall Score 86%