When buying printers the name HP comes across the eyes no matter what. HP has established themselves as the universal go-to guys be it for professional use or personal. They’re responsible for putting out countless versions of printers and have upgraded their models one after the other. However, as more and more features get added on, the price tag seems to go higher and higher. As affordable printers are getting more and more accessible, they’re being hooked up with more functions. In the hands of the right user, an inexpensive printer can work just as well. In this spectrum of high end and cheap tier printers lies the HP Deskjet 2652.
HP Deskjet 2652
The Budget Utilitarian
- Supports WiFi connectivity despite cheap price tag
- Printing and copying is always very consistent and reliable
- Flimsy and weak build
- Cartridge capacity is not too high
- Not suitable for long term uses
Print Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi (monocolored) and 4800 x 1200 dpi (colored) | Copy Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi | Scanning Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi | Cartridge Type: HP 64 and HP 64 XL | Input Tray: 125 pages | Output Tray: 25 pages | Page Size: A4 8.5 x 11.7 inches
VERDICT: A well rounded performance out of the printer, copier and scanner. Does not offer any particularly compelling features but comes with a rather inexpensive price tag. The build quality is questionable at best, but for an average office or simple and quick personal tasks, the HP Deskjet 2652 is a very good choice.
The Deskjet 2652 is a really cheap buy and, for all things considered, it gets the job done. There is no distinctive feature about the Deskjet 2652 and it doesn’t really stand out that much. The printing quality is decent enough to make it a usable product for personal use. And for office uses, it has a fairly moderate speed as to not slow down the work while waiting for the prints. Moreover, the compact size makes it easy to transport and move. The Deskjet 2652 can do more than just print. You can scan documents, copy them, and transfer them wirelessly as well. As such, we were pleasantly surprised to see the Deskjet 2652 support WiFi connectivity at this low a price.
The Deskjet 2652 is on the cheaper ends of things and perhaps that’s why it suffers from quite a number of downsides too. Most notably, the plastic build feels really flimsy and weak which raises questions about the longevity of it. Moreover, there is no reliable feature in this printer that helps in ink conservations. This is primarily why the Deskjet 2652 for an office based environment might not be the best idea. While the cost of the printer itself is very cheap, you’ll find that you’re better off investing some more and buying alternate models instead.
Keep reading down further as we discuss everything in detail and examine what the Deskjet 2652 does right and what it does wrong.
All of the HP 2 series printers have the same type of plastic used in their construction. The 2652 printer comes in white color, and as stated previously, has the same flimsy plastic. The overall design of it is not too bad. The miniature size is quite likable along with the foldable trays. On the top left, there are buttons along with a 7 segment LCD display. The buttons are for the basic stuff such as stopping and pausing, clearing out jams, wireless connectivity, scanning, and photocopying. All the core features are found on this top left control panel. Other than that, the Deskjet 2652 has an input tray at the rear side which, when flipped out, holds up to 60 sheets of paper. You should exercise caution when handling the 2652 as the trays do not talk strength.
The Deskjet 2652 has a flatbed scanner of the standard A4 size dimensions. You should be careful and try not to touch the flatbed glass itself as they’re quite prone to fingerprint smudges. At the back are all the necessary ports and means of connectivity- USB 2.0 for wired connections. Of course, you have the options for the standard USB connections, which you’ll find tucked in at the back. However, the 2652 also supports WiFi connections from a technology HP likes to call, WiFi direct. Download the HP Smart AiO Remote app and you’ll be asked to turn on the WiFi of the 2652. After that, simply follow the simple steps and you’re good to go. Connections and printing through this feature are made incredibly easy and simple.
The Deskjet 2652 has some fairly decent features which you’ll notice right out the bat. This all in one printer, scanner and photocopier can be extremely useful for home uses. College students who need to get the last minute assignment printed out will make good use of the Deskjet 2652 with its easy installation features and very good picture quality. Add all of these with the low price and that’s a perfect cherry on top. The Deskjet 2652 does feature WiFi connections so that’s a relief. Moreover, with the WiFi, the installation setup is made super easy. Along with printing options via WiFi, the Deskjet 2652 also supports Apple Air Print and Google Cloud Print. Initial setup is often a very tedious task which has some bugs along the way. Luckily, the Deskjet 2652 does not suffer from that.
The flatbed scanner of this printer works quite well as well while supporting a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi for scans. The maximum scan size 216 x 216mm and 8.5 x 11.69 inches, the standard A4 size. The input tray has a capacity of a maximum of 60 sheets. All the trays of this printer can be easily folded in to not take up a lot of desk real estate. Extending to that philosophy, the output tray can be folded as well regardless of whether the printer is active or inactive. Even if you forget to open the output tray, the printing commands will be registered and the Deskjet 2652 will simply pick up from where it left off. This is a neat little trick which ensures that you never encounter any case of paper jams.
Printing, Scanning, and Copying
The Deskjet 2652 supports most of the common mainstream paper sizes used in home or office based environments. You should keep in mind that the output tray can hold in a maximum of 25 pages at a time. This printer isn’t the fastest on the market, and as far as budget printers go, the speed is decent. The Deskjet 2652 only needs two cartridges to be installed- the black cartridge and the tri-color cartridge. The black cartridge is used up in almost all types of prints so make sure to have it filled up. These cartridges have a maximum capacity of printing over 100 pages each. It has a printing speed of 12 pages per minute for colored and 20 pages per minute for black. Black prints have a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi whereas colored are of 4800 x 1200 dpi.
While the Deskjet 2652 is marketed and sold primarily as a printer only, it does have scanning and photocopying capabilities. The flatbed used for scans supports a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi. It has a grayscale depth of 8 bit and color depth of 24 bit. We tried out the scanner by scanning simple A4 pages and extracts from books. The quality was pretty good for text-based documents however, photos and graphics did suffer from a significant downgrade. It uses Contact Image Sensors (CIS) to scan the content, Of course, scanning and then printing a picture will always result in quality loss of the picture itself but, for what it’s worth, the Deskjet 2652 seems to do a good job.
Along with using this as a printer and scanner, it also does the job of being a copier. The copier has a speed of 6 pages per minute for black and white, and 3 pages per minute for colored. The copy resolution for both black and colored content is 600 x 600 dpi, which isn’t the best on the block. For students and offices where a quick copy is required, the Deskjet 2652 will surely not disappoint. Since this printer is not a dedicated copier the quality is not top tier. However, we were still very relieved to see that the color depth and shades were very accurate to the source picture when we scanned images. All in all, the trio manage to do a very moderate job given the low price tag. They do not excel in any particular feat but give a very well all-rounded balanced performance.
If you’re in a bit of a pickle and need an easy and cheap solution for your printing needs, we highly recommend the Deskjet 2652. It’s most important selling point is the very cheap price tag. The build quality is rather flimsy and weak, so you must exercise caution when handling it. Provided, you use it with care and do not put too much force on the Deskjet 2652, you’ll be fairly compensated for the low price under $50. If long term usage is what you’re looking for then you’re probably off investing in the 3000 series line of HP instead. This build quality has raised some durability concerns with buyers reporting in faulty internal components after some time.
For anyone who needs to print out 50 – 300 pages per month, and the price is a major factor to weigh in, we highly recommend the HP Deskjet 2652. This combo is the “Jack of all trades but master of none”.
Price at the time of review: 55$
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