Hp Deskjet 6980 – Color Inkjet With Wireless Networking
With not only built in Ethernet capabilities, but built in wireless technology as well, the HP DeskJet 6980 is at the top of its class among inkjet color printers with networking capabilities. It offers PictBridge compatibility as well as other convenient, luxury features such as Bluetooth printing and high resolution settings.
The HP DeskJet 6980 offers borderless printing on all supported paper sizes, meaning photo quality images are not limited to standard 4 x 6 sizes, but can be blow up to full letter size as well. With a maximum quality setting of 4800 x 1200 dots per inch, even enlarged images will reproduce at lab quality.
While the HP DeskJet 6980 does offer a standard Ethernet port, it also includes an 802.11g wireless card, making wireless networking not only possible, but easy to set up as well thanks to HP’s auto detect software. PictBridge technology also allows users without networking capabilities to operate the printer, even as a stand alone unit with no PC connectivity at all thanks to PictBridge compatible digital cameras, though a high speed USB port is available for single computer connectivity if required.
The HP DeskJet 6980 is optimized for not only plain letter and legal sized paper, but photo paper, labels, and envelopes as well, all insertable through a 150 sheet fixed input tray along with an additional small media feeder for photographs and index cards. Dedicated controls and displays, such as a Print Cancel button and an ink level indicator, also help to keep things moving along at an optimal pace.
With a 5,000 page per month maximum monthly duty cycle, the HP DeskJet 6980 appears to be ill fit for relentless, corporate level use, yet a home office or personal user should have no problem with the device’s total performance limitations. HP’s limited warranty will help extend the life of the investment with not only web and telephone based technical support, but a replacement policy as well.
While a four ink setup (black, cyan, magenta, and yellow) comes standard with the HP DeskJet 6980, an optional six ink photo quality cartridge is available for greater color accuracy and overall image quality. Other options include an automatic duplexor available for purchase separately which allows for double sided printing, and an optional second bin for additional output storage.
A built in automatic paper type sensor makes switching from media types easier than ever and eliminates additional programming steps for special paper types such as transparencies. Print speeds top out at a maximum of up to 36 pages per minute for black and white and 27 pages per minute for mixed text and color graphics.
Fast draft mode offers the greatest print speed, but when operating at normal or best quality mode, speeds suffer greatly, clocking down to as low as 2.1 pages per minute for both black and white and color, and an optimized 4 x 6 photograph at highest quality will take an incredibly long 105 seconds to complete, securing the HP DeskJet 6980 as a very high quality printer, but not the fastest on the market.
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