Test review of the HP DeskJet F4272 printer

Product Overview

Overall rating:

86%
Overall score:86%

Pros:

  • Print quality, price, sturdy build quality, compact size

Cons:

  • Auto sharpening on scanning, front feed paper tray, small ink cartridges, slow printing times

Product:

HP DeskJet F4272

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£40.00

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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

Verdict

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.

Full Specification

Ink System:
Black, Cyan, Yellow, Magenta
Resolution:
4800 x 1280 dpi