The HP Deskjet D4360’s big claims in the design department rest on it being small and pretty cheap to both purchase and run. To an extent this has appeal; if you don’t require a scanner/copier/fax, why waste desk space or cash upon one?
The D4360 measures in at 148x445x342mm, less than the dimensions that the majority of MFDs will take up, and also its carrying weight of 3.5kg is modest.
The D4360 is actually, as observed, only a printer. No scanner, no copier, no fax. HP does build up it somewhat clearly, nevertheless, using a really prominent sticker on the top of the unit body defining it as possessing the capacity to actually print “laser quality text” – and these are fighting words of course. In speed terms, HP quotes it as perfect for chucking out as many as 30ppm (pages per minute) in black and also 23ppm in colour modes, which is quick enough if it is accurate.
Connections on a printer at this kind of cost is by no means going to end up being outstanding, and the D4360 ships with just USB connectivity; from the back to connect to either a Windows (2000/XP/Vista) or Mac OS (10.3.9 or better) PC, plus in the front to connect to digital camera models along with other USB products. Keep in mind, nonetheless, this isn’t similar to getting PictBridge compatibility; you will also need to have a Computer attached to in reality print anything coming from the USB gadget.
It’s worth remembering that the default install requires quite a lot of software with regard to what is still only a printer. It was slightly irritating that even after we’d selected the advanced set up alternative – we prefer to be aware of what’s being dumped on our systems – the set up nevertheless was adamant on asking us again if we’d prefer to automatically install HP’s software suite. And what a suite that is – aside from the driver, you have in addition got HP Shop (designed for supplies), HP Update, HP Solution Centre, HP Imaging Device Functions, HP Customer Participation Program, HP Smart Web Printing and HP Photosmart Essential. And just in case you do just choose the driver, always keep 205MB free for it. Yes, 205MB, exclusively for a driver. For 205MB, we’d wish a limousine driver, to be honest.
After we were ready to go with the D4360, it was time to print some pages. Just like numerous more compact bodied machines, we noticed the D4360 had a bit of difficulty containing the forces required for spitting out pages quickly, it suffered quite a tendency to shake in site, as if it were struck by some type of printer-based delirium tremens. Setting it upon a solid and secure surface area is definitely something of a necessity.
An element of the vibration arises from how quickly the D4360 is able to toss pages round, nevertheless, and in this respect the printer comes recommended inside the budget area. Naturally, we didn’t anticipate to witness HP’s advertised page results, but were adequately satisfied with the machine throwing out close to 10ppm for the regular black document test. Picture printing was similarly really nippy, with 4×6-inch photographs jumping out at just over one per minute. We’ll take exception to HP’s using the expression “Laser Quality” with regard to talking about the text output of the HP Deskjet D4360 ink cartridges. While it was serviceable enough text for an inkjet, it was missing the genuine crispness (as well as the dryness) connected with a genuine laser print. If you’d like laser, it really is easy enough to obtain a modest laser available for not a lot more than the D4360 as well as a handful of sets of replacement ink cartridges will cost you.