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HP Photosmart C6380 All-in-One Printer

Reported by Sara McKenzie

I have owned and used the HP Photosmart C7180 printer for about 18 months. I LOVE this printer- and I’m going to tell you why!

Of course HP, like most technology manufacturers, never sells the same model for a prolonged period of time, so the printer details that I am going to share are for the Photosmart C6380, which is currently available, and has mostly the same features as the printer that I own and use. The C6380 sells on the HP website for $199.99.

Here are some specs for the C6380:
  • Dimensions: 17.79 x 15.97 x 8.17 in(w x d x h)
  • Weight: 16.4 lb
  • Print speed: 33 pages per minute black and up to 31 ppm color
  • Copy: Up to 50 copies, reduce/enlarge: 50 to 400%
  • Paper handling: 125-sheet input tray, 20-sheet photo tray,
    50-sheet output tray
  • Connectivity: 2 USB (front and back), 1 Ethernet, 1 PictBridge, 1 Wireless 802.11g/b
  • Print Technology: HP Thermal inkjet
  • Scan size: Maximum 8-1/2″ X 11-3/4″
  • Uses the HP 564 Black Ink Cartridge(~250 pages), HP 564 Photo Black Ink Cartridge (~ 130 photos) and the HP 564 Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow Ink Print Cartridges (~300 pages).

And here are some the GREAT features:

  • Print a 4″ X 6″ photo in as little as 18 seconds from the separate photo paper tray. No need to waste an entire sheet of photo paper for one small print.
  • Borderless printing capability, up to 8-1/2″ X 11″.
  • Flatbed scanner allows you to scan bulky embellishments on your cards and scrapbook pages.
  • You can connect wirelessly with your computer to print documents or pictures.
  • Your camera memory card can go directly into the printer, by-passing the computer altogether if you prefer.
  • Comes with the HP Photosmart Premier software that allows for quick import, simple editing (rotation in small increments, cropping, red-eye, brightness adjustment, and resizing).
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OSX v10.4 and 105. operating systems.

So, what do I love about this printer?

  • It is compact, and doesn’t take up a lot of desktop space.
  • It is truly plug and play. You can load up the printer driver on your computer and be printing photos within 20 minutes.
  • I love the wireless capability. I also have a laserjet, that is hard-wired to my computer. It was nice to be able to find a printer that I could place across the room, and not have to worry about a cord lying across the floor. There is a comparable model that is not wireless, if you prefer.
  • The print quality is superb. Photos come out great, with wonderful color. I also “worked” it last year when I had to print 100 photos for some photo Christmas cards that I was making. It took some time, but every page came out great and usable.
  • I actually bought this because of the flatbed scanner (in addition to the HP brand name). Most of the cards that you see on my blog were scanned with this equipment. The resolution is great, the color is true. And the software that came with it makes it incredibly easy to give a little adjustment to the scan before saving it- such as when I don’t line the card up straight on the bed, and it has to be rotated a few degrees.
  • The software itself really is intuitive. It only takes a few minutes to figure out where to click and what it can do for you.
  • Ink cartridges are really easy to replace and have been very reliable. (I have only used HP replacements, so I can only speak to those.)
  • The computer tells you when the ink cartridges are getting low. You can print to the very end of the supply, and then replace with a fresh cartridge.

Complaints?

Only one- and it has actually gone away. I work on the Windows XP platform, and early on, I had some problems when I tried to scan, getting a message that another computer was “using” the scanner. Huh?!? It was clearly some kind of glitch between the operating system and the HP software, and it was easily fixed (with HP online chat guidance) by clearing an HP process in the Windows “Task Manager” window.

This problem happened a couple of times, and then never happened again. Go figure….

Cons?

Well, as with all inkjet printers, they get you with the replacement cartridges. They are $9.99 for the C6380 HP 564 cartridges. You can get a larger print cartridge for $14.99, for twice as many pages. I could not tell you how many pages I got- but I have only replaced the set of cartridges once in the 18 months that I have had my printer. You can find the ink cartridges readily at major big box electronic and office supply stores, and of course from HP online. You can also get off-brand ink cartridges, but I have never been brave enough to try them!!

Other HP Photosmart Printer options:

There are few other printers in the Photosmart series, with slightly different features, and at different price points. They are:

  • C4580 $129.99. This is a slower printer, with a lower monthly capacity (1000 pages), and no separate photo tray. It uses a single Tri-Color ink cartridge in addition to Black. It has wireless capabilities.
  • C5580 $149.99 This is a faster printer with a higher monthly capacity (3000 pages) and a separate photo tray. It uses the Tri-Color ink cartridge and has wireless capability (bluetooth).
  • C6280 $159.99 Like the C5580, but it uses individual color ink cartridges, and does not have wireless capability.
  • C7280 $299.99 ($269.99 with rebate). This is like the C6380, reviewed here, but also has fax capabilites.

Of note: My printer, the C7180, also has fax capabilities, which I have used a couple of times, with no problems whatsoever. Again, the setup and use is very intuitive. The reason I did not review here the C7280 is because they have changed the paper feed for the fax feature, and I cannot speak to how well that works (although I assume it does, given HP’s reputation).

Conclusions:

This is a great All-in-One machine!! You can print, scan, and copy with ease. (And with the C7280, you also get fax capabilities). There is a version that will fit every pocktbook. Online support is terrific (well, as long as you are at least a little patient). It has a reasonable speed for an inkjet, and the print quality is GREAT.

I give it a big thumbs up! Let us know if you own one, and what you think.

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10 Responses to HP Photosmart C6380 All-in-One Printer

  1. Linda Bandow September 23, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    Sara: Thank you for this review….I have been endlessly researching all-in-ones and after asking around could find no one who used theirs the way you & I would use one, so…..because I have to save for it I was hesitant to buy one w/o a “personal” review. I will be one printin’faxin’ scannin’ Grandma this weekend for sure.

  2. Estivalia September 23, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    Ooh la la, I’m in love!
    I’ve been looking for a model to replace my old-crappy Epson all-in-one and this one seems perfect.

    I’ll just cross my fingers that I can find it in my country! 🙂

  3. ~wenhether~ September 24, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    I own two different HP printers and I have to say out of all of the printers I have ever owned, they are the best!

    I have a 4 year old HP 1410 all-in-one that I use for little stuff that and everyday printing and this past christmas hubby got me a HP Photosmart 7360 for printing my photo’s .

    The 7360 is best!! Anyone looking to print their own photo’s should give it a try. I get great prints from it and the ink is CHEAP!! Best part about it is, I dont have to hook it up to the computer. It sits on my table in my craft area and my memory card goes from my camera right into the little slot on the front. I print any size from passport photo’s to wallets to panoramics!!

  4. 2 Worlds September 25, 2008 at 11:02 am #

    Is this printer prints transparency?

  5. blg.20.degerrit1@dfgh.net September 26, 2008 at 6:20 am #

    I bought this printer last week (Sept/2008) in Belgium, and it has been marvellous. Print quality is excellent. I haven’t used the HP Windows software, since I’m using it under Linux: but the C6380 is fully compatible: wireless, scanning (via a web page on the printer), printing photo&text. Photos are like the real thing, that’s not why I bought it – but I am impressed. Photocopying is easy, too. Price is sharp (especially with the hp.be/wifipromo)

    The only quirk I found is it didn’t want to read a 16MB (yeah, MB!) card I wanted to keep in there for scanning-to-SD-card. Scanning to SD card is easier for me since the printer is upstairs, and I don’t want to run up the stairs more than once to get a good scan.
    I hope it stays this reliable, cause I can’t think of a better printer with which to replace it 🙂
    – Gerrit

  6. Sara October 2, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    I am glad to hear others have had the same good luck as I have with HP printers!!

    I had an Epson printer once, which cr***ed out on me in a short period of time. Scanning problems, and the color settings went bad, somehow, with no understandable way to fix them.

    As for printing on transparencies: Yes, it will, just make sure you get transparencies specifically for ink jet.

  7. Peter December 25, 2008 at 1:48 am #

    Where can I get ink cartridges for the C6380? HP online say they cannot supply them, and the major suppliers say the same.

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