Despite its low price, reviewers are impressed that the HP Officejet 4500 manages to offer such often-expensive features as an automatic document feeder, fax and manual duplexing. There's also a wireless version, the Officejet 4500 Wireless available. Reviewers agree that the Officejet 4500 is an almost unbeatable value, but that such a deal comes at a price. The printer is slow, and many reviewers note that output quality could be better (though there is disagreement on the relative strengths of text and photos). Users who report their experiences with the Officejet 4500 online seem mostly satisfied, but a few report difficulty establishing a connection with their computers.
The HP Officejet 4500 (or its wireless variant) gets a fair amount of reviews from professional testers. PCMag.com, TrustedReviews.com and About.com all take into account the printer's pros and cons in their evaluations. The Officejet 4500 also gets a good sampling of user reviews at Amazon.com.
PCMag.com's veteran reviewer M. David Stone likes the HP Officejet 4500's networking capabilities, and finds that it has all the features needed for a home office. Though output is suitable for most uses, Stone says that text and photos are at the low end of the quality spectrum.
Review: HP Officejet 4500 All-in-One, M. David Stone, July 7, 2010
The HP Officejet 4500's wireless version gets a Recommended designation at Britain's TrustedReviews.com. Simon Williams reviews dozens of printers, and says that the Officejet 4500 "represents a very good compromise between feature set and price." Output quality is praised, but Williams admits that the printer could be faster.
Review: HP Officejet J4500 Wireless -- Inkjet All-in-One Review, Simon Williams, Feb. 21, 2010
Peter Piazza, About.com's guide to printers, gives the HP Officejet 4500 a 3.5 out of 5 rating. Piazza says the printer is "a very good deal," with "lush and wonderful" photos. However, text quality isn't as impressive, and Piazza notes a tendency for bleed-through when printing duplex pages. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: HP Officejet 4500 All-in-One Printer, Peter Piazza
The HP Officejet 4500 gets over 100 owner reviews at Amazon.com, with an overall score of 3 out of 5 stars. The wireless version gets a similar average score on a separate page. Many describe the Officejet 4500 as a good budget choice, though a significant minority pans the printer's setup problems and one owner complains that the power cord is only a foot long.
Review: HP Officejet 4500 All-in-One (CB867A#B1H), Contributors to Amazon.com