Faxes, Printers and Scanners....Oh My!

Friday, October 29, 2010

We have been limping along on with Stu's old Lexmark all-in-one printer. It was about three years old and the wireless never really worked as advertised. With the cost of new printers dropping steadily, we looked into getting a new all-in-one.

HP Officejet 4500 Wireless All-in-One (CN547A#B1H)One feature that is now available on the lower cost printers is an auto-document feed for faxing, scanning and copying. While we won't use the fax capability (no land-line), the copy/scan functions are what we use most frequently.

After much research I chose the HP OfficeJet 4500 Wireless All-in-One (be careful, the same model is offered in a non-wireless model). It arrived on Wednesday an in less than 30 minutes the wireless was up and running flawlessly. The only issue we had was the paper not feeding initially..I think that might have been due to the humidity level, it's working fine now.

Yesterday we easily added Stu's PC to the mix. Not a blip! Today we are happily scanning and printing. The auto-document feed says it will hold up to 25 sheets but I don't see us testing that. LOL! We have fed in several related documents and it worked great.

I use IrfanView for scanning....it's been my graphic program of choice for over 15 years (and it's still free). If I am scanning more than one item, I can assign a name and a numbering scheme. Worked like a charm.

I hope to get my old photos scanned much more easily so I can pass them along to my kids and still have them on my computer. I just have to remember to back them up to SmugMug and DVDs.

Not much else is new...Sadie started her own blog after vet appointment. You can see it on ToadilyPets or direct at Sadie Speaks. She's doing well...up from 6# to 10.2# in a little over 3 weeks.

We went to dinner with our Thursday night group, followed that with a mile walk around the mall and topped it off with a movie, "Life As We Know It". Fun movie with lots of laughs!

Not sure if I ever posted about seeing the move RED with Bruce Willis. We loved it...the movie was only about a quarter done when I told Stu we WOULD be getting the DVD when it comes out. If you like the Die Hard series or enjoyed True Lies, then I think you will love this movie.

We are currently waiting for our mail to arrive...knew it would be today or tomorrow. Well, looks like it will be tomorrow so we will hit the road for TN on Sunday.

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu


  1. So, Donna, do you manage to fit this into your rig easily? Looks pretty big! I have thought when we are on the road for more than a couple of months it would be good to have a small printer at least.

  2. I guess that's a dumb question. I was still picturing you in your OLD rig, and then looked again at the photo at the top of your blog. Eek. What a beauty! Well, all of you, not just the rig. LOL

  3. Actually, it's not all that big and very lightweight. You can get smaller printers but not with a flat scanner (since that has to be at least 8x11).

    Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 17.1 x 8.5 inches ; 13 pounds

  4. I think Red is one movie I would actually go see at a theater. Glad to know you liked it. I need to do some scanning but somehow it always gets put to the bottom of the list.

  5. I miss having a scanner. Now that we have a bigger rig we have all our old photographs with us. I'd love it if we could scan all those so I could include some in my blog now and then. But, I don't know when we'd find the time to scan them. :)

  6. I am with you, Froggi. A good all in one with an automatic document feeder is a must have. does everything everytime.

    Some years ago, I got an HP Photosmart 1218 with a duplexer on it. Won't ever get a printer without one, again. Prints both sides without a manual turn-around step. Cuts most of my paper usage in 1/2... for starters. Duplex is my default printing setup so no matter what computer prints to it, they have to specify a single sheet feed or they get it on both sides.

    I almost got the 4500 but found a new PSC 7820 for $109, I could not pass that up. Does USB, Ethernet, Wifi, Bluetooth and has built in card readers for most flash cards along with built-in flash card printing controls so no PC is required to print stuff.

    I really like the wireless and BT because I can print directly from my laptop or smart phone without wires or moving flash cards around to get stuff printed.


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