September 8, 2008

HP Officejet Pro L7680 All-in-One Review

Continuing with our series of plain-English reviews, here's my HP Officejet Pro L7680 All-in-One Review. Enjoy!

HP Officejet Pro Printer

It's a copier! It's a printer! It's a fax machine! And it can scan! One can even plug in memory cards/sticks with pictures (and other data) and print color photographs!

Although we are technically a two-person corporation, I decided that we definitely needed overkill when it came to purchasing a printer — we also needed a copier and a scanner. And a fax machine. And since we have been buying HP printers for a very long time, I decided that the L7680 all-in-one was the monster for us.

And what a lovely benign monster it has been. It's dependable. It doesn't break down. It turns out exactly what we want each and every time. It's fast (I mean f-a-s-t!) and the color copying is beautiful.

And it's easy to use. Imagine that. No endless plowing through indigestible owners' manuals just to print your first page.

We mainly use it as a printer and copier (color copier). We've had only one paper jam and that was easy to rectify — unlike other printers we've owned where it was a real task to get the paper out from the jam.

Depending on the settings you choose when you print, the color prints are quite good. I've had occasion to copy my driver's license and it duplicated it precisely — and this wasn't with the high-definition must-look-like-a-photograph settings; I left it on "Normal".

HP OfficeJet Pro L7680 All-in-One Ink Cartridges

It's very easy to change the ink cartridges. There are four and it isn't a problem zipping off to some store like Costco or Best Buy to get them. Luckily, the ink cartridges are not too expensive.

HP OfficeJet Pro L7680 All-in-One Ink Cartridge Readout

The OfficeJet Pro L7680 even informs us when the ink is getting low and when to swap them out. It warns you when your ink cartridges are getting low (and which cartridge(s), as you can tell by the readout below) — so you'll have time to get new ones. You can print up to the very last minute — and only then does it stop you from printing until you replace the empty cartridge(s). Very elegant.

HP printer cartridges Replacing the HP's ink cartridges is a breeze. It takes about a minute, and that's mostly due to getting the cartridge out of its packaging. Just unwrap the cartridge, flip open the cartridge door, remove the old cartridge, pop in the new one, and close the door. Our HP doesn't even go through that "printing out a page or two with huge numbers of colors that use up your cartridges" thing. Love it.

Since we use the printer quite a lot during the day, we find it very easy to operate. Our computers are networked and the software for the L7680 was easy to install. All you have to do is keep the printer full of paper and tell it what to print and it rapidly gets the job done.

And plays a quiet little sing-song when you turn it off. Just so you know it's turning off. Nice.

All-in-all, I'm very pleased with this printer. And I hope you found my HP Officejet Pro L7680 All-in-One Review useful.

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6 Comments for "HP Officejet Pro L7680 All-in-One Review"

  1. Editor says:

    Yes, I must say that I love it too. Like all the HP printers we've owned starting in the 1980's, it's a little workhorse, and it always just works!

    Comment posted on 9/18/2008 @ 11:07 pm
  2. Lynda says:

    I love my HP Officejet Pro L7680. We have always purchased HPs and we are always satisfied with the performance. Maintenance is extremely low and I would suggest this all in one for any small business. It has served our purpose for 4 years now.

    Comment posted on 5/8/2010 @ 7:27 am
  3. Diane Vigil says:

    Hi Lynda. We've really enjoyed our HP Officejet Pro L7680. It performs without flaw, and for the amount of printing we do, seems very cost-effective to us.

    Comment posted on 5/8/2010 @ 12:48 pm
  4. Gloria says:

    My HP Officejet Pro L7680 will print and fax from the computer, but it won't copy or scan. A message comes up telling me to turn printer off and on again, but that doesn't work. Cleaned the ADT, but that did not help either. Suggestions?

    Comment posted on 8/27/2013 @ 2:33 pm
  5. Diane Vigil says:

    That sounds odd. Unfortunately, I can't help. You might want to check with HP — either by calling them or in the support forums:

    http://www8.hp.com/us/en/support.html

    Comment posted on 8/27/2013 @ 2:39 pm
  6. Victoria says:

    Does anyone still have this printer?

    Comment posted on 7/29/2015 @ 10:41 am

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