I was fortunate enough to be be chosen by HP as part of their #Printerest campaign. (If you missed the first instalment of my first impressions with the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 4645 – have no fear – read it here.) Which was simple really, I get to try out the new Ink Advantage 4645 (we love playing with new toys), all its features and have fun with it. Of which I am. If you’re in tune, this time around I found homage in the 4645’s Ink Advantage capabilities.
The 4645 uses four pigment inks: cyan, magenta, yellow (in a tri-colour cartridge) and black. Using HP’s prices for the compatible 650 (black) and 650 (colour) cartridges on the SureSupply website, a page of black text alone costs around 25 cents and a page of colour is 32 cents per page — both prices are fair compared with the average cost of toner cartridges in inkjet printers. Which I have always been sceptical about. That’s actually cheaper than the 28 cents for black and white and 82 cents for colour that Epson boasts about for its line of Inkjet’s as a key selling point. Print enough pages, and the running cost can make the 4645 cheaper to own over its lifetime than a less expensive Inkjet with a higher cost per page.
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Output quality is another strong point. Text at small sizes doesn’t have quite the crisp edges of laser-printed text, but unless you have an unusual need for small fonts you shouldn’t have any complaints. Also worth mention is that although the text isn’t quite smudge proof, it smudged very little when I rubbed it with a wet tissue.
Graphics quality is easily good enough for any home or small (home run) business need up to and including PowerPoint hand-outs. I saw some slight banding in some of our test images in default mode, but no other issues. Photos were easily a match for kiosk prints.
[quote_center]The Ink Advantage 4645 is one of the most impressive printers to ever come through SA Vibe testing (and the fist)[/quote_center]
With all these strong points, and no weaknesses that turned up in my testing, the Ink Advantage 4645 is one of the most impressive printers to ever come through SA Vibe testing (and the fist). Its speed is a match for low-cost jet’s; its text and graphics quality is suitable for most home and small business needs; its photos are suitable for most home use; it has almost every Inkjet feature – and more – you can think of; it’s cheaper to buy than competitive colour printers; and it’s even cheap to run.