HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer : Beware the wifi facility

This printer is quick, except in duplex mode, and quieter than my previous printer. The print quality of text is crisp and clear, and colours appear vibrant and accurate. That said, the construction, and particularly the out-tray that holds the printed copy, is very flimsy. My only other quibble would be that it appeared to come with virtually no documentation – i had to download the manual from some helpsite. I also don’t like the limited range of envelope sizes it can print.

After installing this printer relying on the wifi connection my computer had great difficulty in finding documents and the performance was slowed considerably. To pull up a word document would often take over a minute and i had to wait at least 20 seconds before a document printed. Eventually i decided to start again relying on the connection to the usb port. Uninstalling and reinstalling the programme became a nightmare and i had to call on my computer expert for help. The installation programme blocked and after running all night was only at 9%. With my expert’s help i eventually managed to get the printer working again. My computer is far happier as well and documents print more or less instantaneously. I can still print from a laptop via wifi to the same printer, which is why i thought i needed to install the printer using the ethernet connection in the first place.

I have used the hp deskjet 6980 for several months and have been very impressed with its performance. I use it for general office work but have found it produces excellent photo prints as well; as long as you use hp paper and inks (it really does make a difference). The only downside is that one can’t print an a4 envelope, all for the sake of it being 1/2 inch bigger than an a4 sheet, hp should have thought of this. This prevents it being the all-round perfect small office printer. If you don’t need to print a4 envelopes, get one; you will not regret it. Here are the specifications for the HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer:

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  • Bluetooth: Via External Device
  • Borderless Printing: Yes
  • Disc Printing Function: No
  • Ethernet: Yes
  • Graphic Device Interface (GDI): No
  • LCD Display: No
  • Maximum Output Format: 12 Inch (30 cm) A4
  • Memory Card Slot: No
  • Number of Colours (incl. Black): 4
  • Number of Prints per Minute in Black & White: 36
  • Number of Prints per Minute in Colour: 27
  • Photo Printer: No
  • PictBridge: Yes
  • Postscript: No
  • Power Supply: Mains
  • Print Colour / Black & White: Colour
  • Print Technology: Inkjet
  • Printer Command Language (PCL): Not Applicable
  • Wireless LAN: Yes

A very neat and tidy printer that does duplex printing very easily and quite quickly. It is used by two computers using the wireless facility and works very well. Printing quality is excellent in black & white and colour.

Such an easy printer to install and use. The print quality is great and so is the speed.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Great picture quality, fast and quiet.
  • Actually a really great printer!
  • Excellent features, but unreliable

Sterling amazon service and a fantastic product. I can’t praise amazon enough for their service. I’ve read a number of reviews on other products that slate amazon, when it is clearly the package handler that is to blame. My recent purchase of this product is a case in point. I live in a flat and it’s (not _too_) difficult to find the door. This left city link utterly flummoxed about where to deliver the package. Two failed delivery notices were left at the wrong address and i only managed to clear up the order by calling them and explaining that the notices were useless when put through a random door. Something that seemed to be lost on them. They explained to me that as a package delivery company they were legally not allowed to use ‘initiative’ and/or ‘intelligence’ and referred me back to amazon to change the delivery address to one with a big bright red door that they couldn’t miss, which they subsequently did. On this occasion some very enterprising and quick thinking joe public signed for the item and scampered away with their ill gotten gains.

Sterling amazon service and a fantastic product. I can’t praise amazon enough for their service. I’ve read a number of reviews on other products that slate amazon, when it is clearly the package handler that is to blame. My recent purchase of this product is a case in point. I live in a flat and it’s (not _too_) difficult to find the door. This left city link utterly flummoxed about where to deliver the package. Two failed delivery notices were left at the wrong address and i only managed to clear up the order by calling them and explaining that the notices were useless when put through a random door. Something that seemed to be lost on them. They explained to me that as a package delivery company they were legally not allowed to use ‘initiative’ and/or ‘intelligence’ and referred me back to amazon to change the delivery address to one with a big bright red door that they couldn’t miss, which they subsequently did. On this occasion some very enterprising and quick thinking joe public signed for the item and scampered away with their ill gotten gains.

One comment on “HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer : Beware the wifi facility

  1. Great product and good image quality. The only problem i have i can’t connect the printer wirelessly to my mac 🙁 very small and good image quality.
    1. Great product and good image quality. The only problem i have i can’t connect the printer wirelessly to my mac 🙁 very small and good image quality.
  2. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Super fast wireless network printer – hp 6980. Easy setup, superb quality and super fast everday printing as well as edge to edge photo printing. This printer is a serious piece of kit, not a lightweight piece of garbage that falls apart after the warranty runs out such as lexmark. Even the shape is practical as you can store stuff on top of it.
  3. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Super fast wireless network printer – hp 6980. Easy setup, superb quality and super fast everday printing as well as edge to edge photo printing. This printer is a serious piece of kit, not a lightweight piece of garbage that falls apart after the warranty runs out such as lexmark. Even the shape is practical as you can store stuff on top of it.
    1. Cracking printer for text and graphics. A nice inkjet printer for text and graphics. Infact, it’s text and graphics are amongst the best for an inkjet printer, and can even rival some laser printers. It’s better suited to 90gm rather 80gm paper, but the better the paper the better the quality this printer will achieve. I thoroughly recommend by this printer if you need to print off essays, letters and business correspondence.
  4. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Cracking printer for text and graphics. A nice inkjet printer for text and graphics. Infact, it’s text and graphics are amongst the best for an inkjet printer, and can even rival some laser printers. It’s better suited to 90gm rather 80gm paper, but the better the paper the better the quality this printer will achieve. I thoroughly recommend by this printer if you need to print off essays, letters and business correspondence.
    1. Sterling amazon service and a fantastic product. I can’t praise amazon enough for their service. I’ve read a number of reviews on other products that slate amazon, when it is clearly the package handler that is to blame. My recent purchase of this product is a case in point. I live in a flat and it’s (not _too_) difficult to find the door. This left city link utterly flummoxed about where to deliver the package. Two failed delivery notices were left at the wrong address and i only managed to clear up the order by calling them and explaining that the notices were useless when put through a random door. Something that seemed to be lost on them. They explained to me that as a package delivery company they were legally not allowed to use “initiative” and/or “intelligence” and referred me back to amazon to change the delivery address to one with a big bright red door that they couldn’t miss, which they subsequently did. On this occasion some very enterprising and quick thinking joe public signed for the item and scampered away with their ill gotten gains.
      1. Sterling amazon service and a fantastic product. I can’t praise amazon enough for their service. I’ve read a number of reviews on other products that slate amazon, when it is clearly the package handler that is to blame. My recent purchase of this product is a case in point. I live in a flat and it’s (not _too_) difficult to find the door. This left city link utterly flummoxed about where to deliver the package. Two failed delivery notices were left at the wrong address and i only managed to clear up the order by calling them and explaining that the notices were useless when put through a random door. Something that seemed to be lost on them. They explained to me that as a package delivery company they were legally not allowed to use “initiative” and/or “intelligence” and referred me back to amazon to change the delivery address to one with a big bright red door that they couldn’t miss, which they subsequently did. On this occasion some very enterprising and quick thinking joe public signed for the item and scampered away with their ill gotten gains.
  5. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    I can’t believe how fast this prints. I use it wireless and it is a joy to use.
    1. Excellent features, but unreliable. I bought this printer 6 months ago and i’ve been largely impressed with it so far. The wireless capability works well – it was quite simple to install and never fails to work. The print quality is also very good. I mainly use it just for document printing, but have printed a few photos on the sample paper supplied with the printer and they are excellent. Automatic double sided printing is also a very useful feature if you’re not in a hurry – it saves paper consumption, but does take quite a long time to print, since it pauses to allow the ink to dry on the 1st side, before printing the 2nd. However (and here is the reason it doesn’t get 5 stars), over the last 2 months, it’s developed a problem where it suddenly thinks there is no black ink cartridge in the printer. I remove the catridge, clean the contacts, reinsert it and after numerous repeats of this procedure (sometimes i have to leave it overnight) it will suddenly recognize the cartridge and start printing again. Everything will be ok for a week and then it will happen again in the middle of printing. This is the original cartridge that came with the printer and it’s still half full.
  6. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Excellent features, but unreliable. I bought this printer 6 months ago and i’ve been largely impressed with it so far. The wireless capability works well – it was quite simple to install and never fails to work. The print quality is also very good. I mainly use it just for document printing, but have printed a few photos on the sample paper supplied with the printer and they are excellent. Automatic double sided printing is also a very useful feature if you’re not in a hurry – it saves paper consumption, but does take quite a long time to print, since it pauses to allow the ink to dry on the 1st side, before printing the 2nd. However (and here is the reason it doesn’t get 5 stars), over the last 2 months, it’s developed a problem where it suddenly thinks there is no black ink cartridge in the printer. I remove the catridge, clean the contacts, reinsert it and after numerous repeats of this procedure (sometimes i have to leave it overnight) it will suddenly recognize the cartridge and start printing again. Everything will be ok for a week and then it will happen again in the middle of printing. This is the original cartridge that came with the printer and it’s still half full.
  7. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Bought the hp deskjet 6980 as a christmas present for my son. I’m glad he’s good at sharing because it’s now being used wirelessly by the whole family. Easy to set up and the print quality is great.
  8. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Bought the hp deskjet 6980 as a christmas present for my son. I’m glad he’s good at sharing because it’s now being used wirelessly by the whole family. Easy to set up and the print quality is great.
  9. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Great value for money printer. Have recently taken delivery of the 6980 after my old hp 720c ” threw in the towel” after giving good service for a number of years. Have had time to put the 9680 through its paces and have found it first class. Software was easy to install on the xp platform and the “hp solution centre” was easy to understand. Though it doesn’t boast to being a “photo printer” i found that it’s photo prints were very good. I must admit that i have not tried out the “wifi” capabilities yet but i am sure that it will be fine. The only down side to this printer is the rather flimsy extension to the paper tray but this is only a minor point to consider. In an office enviornment it might be an issue but for home use it is not a problem.
  10. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Great value for money printer. Have recently taken delivery of the 6980 after my old hp 720c ” threw in the towel” after giving good service for a number of years. Have had time to put the 9680 through its paces and have found it first class. Software was easy to install on the xp platform and the “hp solution centre” was easy to understand. Though it doesn’t boast to being a “photo printer” i found that it’s photo prints were very good. I must admit that i have not tried out the “wifi” capabilities yet but i am sure that it will be fine. The only down side to this printer is the rather flimsy extension to the paper tray but this is only a minor point to consider. In an office enviornment it might be an issue but for home use it is not a problem.
  11. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Lovely printer, good value, wifi works brilliantly. I bought this to replace an aged 895cxi, and it hasn’t disappointed in anyway. Lovely to have a network printer at this price. I don’t us it much for plain text – use mono laser for that – but anything mixed, or that i need in colour is dispatched really nicely. I do use inkjet paper to minimise bleed/spidering, and it’s worth it.
  12. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Lovely printer, good value, wifi works brilliantly. I bought this to replace an aged 895cxi, and it hasn’t disappointed in anyway. Lovely to have a network printer at this price. I don’t us it much for plain text – use mono laser for that – but anything mixed, or that i need in colour is dispatched really nicely. I do use inkjet paper to minimise bleed/spidering, and it’s worth it.
    1. I bought this printer from amazon about 12 months ago still going strong the best printer i have bought and this is my 5th prnter in 4 years wireless is great its so good my uncle went and bought one then my cousin and even they would recommend it. One the best user friendly wireless devices out there.
  13. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    I bought this printer from amazon about 12 months ago still going strong the best printer i have bought and this is my 5th prnter in 4 years wireless is great its so good my uncle went and bought one then my cousin and even they would recommend it. One the best user friendly wireless devices out there.
    1. I am very pleased with this printer, the print it gives is excellent and the wireless capability is also good. The service from amazon is also first class.
  14. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    I am very pleased with this printer, the print it gives is excellent and the wireless capability is also good. The service from amazon is also first class.
    1. Great picture quality, fast and quiet. . I’d owned an hp inkjet for about 8 years which had provided fantastic service, and although not actually dead was suffering from creaking old age. As it had been so reliable i was keen to buy another hp. Although this is quite a large printer, it’s clever design means it can sit on a bookshelf (the paper tray juts out) as the paper is fed in and out through the front. Set up was simple and straight forward. Print quality is excellent and on normal mode with ordinary paper photographs are surprisingly crisp with good colour. Print speed seems fast compared with my old printer and it is quite quiet. It has a mode to make it even quieter but i have not needed to use this feature. Printing 200 copies i had a minor paper feed problem, time will tell if this is an issue. I am conecting it via the usb and running windows xp home.
  15. This review is from : HP Deskjet 6980 Inkjet Colour Printer

    Great picture quality, fast and quiet. . I’d owned an hp inkjet for about 8 years which had provided fantastic service, and although not actually dead was suffering from creaking old age. As it had been so reliable i was keen to buy another hp. Although this is quite a large printer, it’s clever design means it can sit on a bookshelf (the paper tray juts out) as the paper is fed in and out through the front. Set up was simple and straight forward. Print quality is excellent and on normal mode with ordinary paper photographs are surprisingly crisp with good colour. Print speed seems fast compared with my old printer and it is quite quiet. It has a mode to make it even quieter but i have not needed to use this feature. Printing 200 copies i had a minor paper feed problem, time will tell if this is an issue. I am conecting it via the usb and running windows xp home.
    1. Actually a really great printer. There are quite a lot of reviews going round, about this printer – some of them positive and a lot of negative ones too. I can say, though, this is actually a very good printer. I use it wirelessly which is pretty much flawless every time. The printer is fast and quiet but if noise levels are still a concern then there’s a quiet mode button which means the printer will print slightly more slowly with little more noise than the sound of the paper passing through it. Print quality can be a bit variable insofar as fast draft is perfectly ok for print-outs from the web and just about passable for letters but for anything else it’s probably a bit to rough around the edges for serious presentation. Fast normal is a better mode to use but colours will be less vivid. The other print modes are superb but if you want to save gobbling up your cartridges, these two first modes will give you plenty of pages. Envelopes can be a bit haphazard – there’s a slot where you can insert them, so to speak, but that is prone to printing slightly skewed.
      1. Actually a really great printer. There are quite a lot of reviews going round, about this printer – some of them positive and a lot of negative ones too. I can say, though, this is actually a very good printer. I use it wirelessly which is pretty much flawless every time. The printer is fast and quiet but if noise levels are still a concern then there’s a quiet mode button which means the printer will print slightly more slowly with little more noise than the sound of the paper passing through it. Print quality can be a bit variable insofar as fast draft is perfectly ok for print-outs from the web and just about passable for letters but for anything else it’s probably a bit to rough around the edges for serious presentation. Fast normal is a better mode to use but colours will be less vivid. The other print modes are superb but if you want to save gobbling up your cartridges, these two first modes will give you plenty of pages. Envelopes can be a bit haphazard – there’s a slot where you can insert them, so to speak, but that is prone to printing slightly skewed.

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