HP DeskJet 995C

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  • Editors' rating
    7.2 Very good
  • $483.00

Pros

  • Bluetooth interface allows wireless printing.

Cons

  • High price for an otherwise average printer.

HP's latest inkjet printer may look familiar, but it incorporates a key difference designed to set you free. It's very similar to the DeskJet 960C, but includes a Bluetooth interface, allowing you to print wirelessly from suitably equipped notebooks or handhelds. This makes the printer's price a hefty £280 (ex. VAT), and is of questionable value while so few Bluetooth-enabled systems are available. Even with the addition of a Bluetooth adapter, only Windows 2000 and Windows XP are supported -- earlier Windows users and Mac devotees are out of luck.

You can't simply walk up to the DeskJet 995C with a Bluetooth-equipped notebook, for instance, and start printing. You still need the Windows printer drivers installed before you can use the machine, and at the moment this means installing them from CD-ROM or the Internet. Once you've done this, however, printing a document should be no different to using a wired device. A virtual COM port is used to communicate with the printer and it's set up as a standard Windows printer.

Bear in mind that even if you do have Bluetooth equipment that you want to print from, you don't necessarily need a Bluetooth-equipped printer -– all that's required is a Bluetooth network access point and a networked printer. The DeskJet 995C also has an infrared port, so many handhelds will be able to print wirelessly anyway. The line-of-sight requirement for infrared is less of a problem when you need to stand in front of the printer to collect your output anyway.

For the wired world, the DeskJet 995C has a USB interface compatible with Windows 98 or later, or MacOS 8.6 or later. Palm OS and Pocket PC devices with IR printing software can use the infrared port to print. You'll need to use the USB connection to configure the Bluetooth interface should you want to change the security settings, including the PIN code. The printer drivers allow you to adjust the hue, saturation and brightness of your printouts independently of the application you're printing from.

Connectivity aside, the DeskJet 995C is an unremarkable printer. The 2,400 by 1,200dpi colour resolution is fairly standard, and the supplied duplexing unit is also becoming common, especially on HP's range. The maximum print engine speed is 17ppm in monochrome draft mode, but expect far less than this when printing colour documents -- particularly photos. In theory, the Bluetooth interface imposes a speed penalty over the USB connection, but when printing in normal or high-quality mode the engine speed is probably the limiting factor.

The paper tray takes a respectable 150 sheets of paper, with the output tray holding 50 sheets. The DeskJet 995C is supplied with a duplexing unit, so you get double-sided printing as standard. A wide range of paper types and sizes are supported, and HP's optical paper sensing technology is included, eliminating the need for you to set the paper type in the printer's driver settings.

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If you don't need to print from mobile devices, there’s no point in buying this printer: the USB interface is easier to use, and is present on most recent desktop PCs and notebooks. The DeskJet 995C is by no means a poor printer -- it's just that the extra cost of the Bluetooth interface isn't going to pay for itself until the wireless standard is widespread. When it is, printers like this may well become more desirable.

Specifications

General
Printer Type Personal printer - ink-jet - color
Power Device
Voltage Required Margin ± 10%
Type power supply
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 40 Watt
Form Factor integrated
Printer
Technology ink-jet
Print Speed Up to 12 ppm - color
Up to 17 ppm - B/W
Connectivity Technology wired
Interface USB, IrDA
Automatic Duplexing Yes
PostScript Support standard
Language Simulation PCL 3
Type personal printer
Max H-Document Size 8.5 m
Max V-Document Size 14 in
Media Type banners, cards, continuous forms, envelopes, labels, plain paper, transparencies
Media Sizes 2.95 in x 5 in, A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in), B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Letter Extra (9.57 in x 13.27 in)
Envelope Sizes International C6 (4.5 in x 6.38 in), International DL (4.33 in x 8.66 in), US A2 (4.4 in x 5.75 in), US No 10 (4.1 in x 9.5 in)
Card / Label Sizes Hagaki Card (3.93 in x 5.83 in), Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in), US 4 x 6 Card (4 in x 6 in), US 5 x 8 Card (5 in x 8 in)
Total Media Capacity 150 sheets
Power
Compliant Standards EPA Energy Star
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 4 Watt
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 40 Watt
Interface Provided
Type none
RAM
Installed Size 8 MB
Technology / Form Factor Integrated
Max Supported Size 8 MB
Form Factor integrated
Printing
Max Resolution B/W 600 dpi
Max Resolution Color 2400 x 1200 dpi
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm) 17 ppm
Automatic Duplexing Yes
Media Handling
Media Path Type straight
Max Media Size (Custom) 8.5 in x 14 in
Media Type Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, continuous forms, banners, cards
Card / Label Sizes US 4 x 6 Card (4 in x 6 in), US 5 x 8 Card (5 in x 8 in), Hagaki Card (3.93 in x 5.83 in), Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
Envelope Sizes US No 10 (4.1 in x 9.5 in), US A2 (4.4 in x 5.75 in), International DL (4.33 in x 8.66 in), International C6 (4.5 in x 6.38 in)
Total Media Capacity 150 sheets
Media Sizes Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in), Letter Extra (9.57 in x 13.27 in), 2.95 in x 5 in
System Requirements
OS Required Apple MacOS, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP
Duty Cycle
Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty 2
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
Sound Emission 47 dBA
Humidity Range Operating 5 - 80%
Copier
Copier Type none
Document & Media Handling
Media Type Class envelopes, film / transparencies, other, plain paper
Media Size Class Legal
Header
Brand HP
Product Line HP Deskjet
Model 995c
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility Mac, PC
Interface Required
Connector Type 4 pin USB Type B, IrDA
Gender N/A, female
Connector Qty 1
Type IrDA, USB
Total Qty 1
Office Machine
Type printer
Functions printer
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class) 1,000 - 9,999 pages
Printing Technology ink-jet
Printing Output Type color
Dimensions & Weight
Width 17.3 in
Depth 7.7 in
Height 14.8 in
Weight 13.01 lbs
Expansion Bays
Type none
Expansion Slots
Type none
Slot Required
Type none
Software
Type AOL, Drivers & Utilities, HP Cartogra PhotoWebsite, HP JetSend, HP firmware, PrintConnect Suite
Printer Output
Max Speed 12 ppm, 17 ppm
Output Quality B/W, color
Printer Media
Media Load Type automatic
Media Feeder Qty 1
Media Feeder Max Format Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Media Feeder Capacity 150 sheets
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Service Included parts and labor, phone consulting
Full Contract Period 1 year
Location carry-in
Type limited warranty, technical support
PC Connectivity
PC Connection IrDA, USB

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