With the HP Deskjet F378, the company seems to have distilled the most basic features down to their essentials to make the most affordable all-in-one inkjet printer possible. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but buyers should expect some compromises, such as slow speeds and a somewhat cryptic control panel. Pricey HP F378 printer ink is another downside, but alternatives are available.
The F378 features a basic home-centric design that is compact, measuring 6.7x17.3x10.2 inches, with a weight of 9.9 pounds excluding the HP F378 ink supplies. It can scan and copy, but only includes a flatbed scanner without an automatic document feeder, so scanning is a manual affair. Only 9 copies can be made from a single original, compared to some models that can do up to 99, but this won't likely be a major issue for the majority of home users.
The control panel is functional enough for most operations, but without the larger display of more expensive models, it can be a bit difficult to use. Users don't get the kind of feedback when copying and scanning that they might be used to. Utilizing the software helps in this regard, however, as it is more intuitive.
Output quality using the two standard HP F378 ink cartridges is decent, but text and graphics are noted by reviewers to be below par. Using the optional photo Deskjet F378 ink cartridge offers 6-color printing and improves photo quality, and even photo printing speed. Prices for OEM Deskjet F378 printer ink supplies can be a bit high, but remanufactured versions are available for a lower cost.
Buyers looking for a very affordable all-in-one inkjet may find the F378 appealing, but most should consider spending a bit more for better functionality. Add to that its slow speeds and lackluster printer quality and it isn't the best choice in its class.
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