- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 6, 2002

During the past couple years, all-in-one devices have become popular among users and with good reason: Instead of just a copier, fax machine, scanner or computer printer, you get all four in one unit that, one hopes, saves space and money.
Hewlett-Packard's officejet d145 is a $599 device that, even though it takes up a bit of room on a desktop, delivers substantial value for the money, particularly for the small-office or home-office users the company designed the machine to satisfy.
Along with having excellent ink-jet printing and copying, the device does its faxing job well and has a particular bonus for digital-camera users: card readers for CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards, as well as the Sony Memory Stick. The device will also read images from Secure Digital cards with an optional adapter.
Those options mean that it's a snap (no pun intended) to take photos from the removable media of a digital camera and get both a "contact sheet" of multiple images (then select and print specific shots) and transfer images to a desktop PC (with the appropriate software and cable connections). I've tested the feature, and it works nicely, reading images from the cards and handling them well.
In a small office that depends on photos in its work real estate, insurance adjusting, decorating and cosmetic surgery come to mind this is a perfect device for making quick work of taking digital photographs and ending up with prints. The device works with many varieties of paper, from plain to glossy and matte-finished photo papers, and its 2,400 by 1,200 dots-per-inch photo printing (available on premium paper only) can create an absolute masterpiece.
The d145 is also an excellent printer for documents, reports, spreadsheets, PowerPoint slides and other items. The sharpness of text and the vibrancy of color produced are impressive to say the least.
It's nice, also, to be able to produce color copies that are faithful to the originals, with just the press of a button. Print times are quick, even when using the highest-quality settings, as many as 16 pages per minute for color and as many as 19 pages per minute for black and white. Those who have received items produced from this device have been uniformly impressed.
The device has a built-in sheet feeder in addition to a lid that lifts for single-page copying, or copying from a book or magazine. The sheet feeder is particularly useful when scanning a document, and I've used the d145 in conjunction with ScanSoft's PaperPort software to produce excellent results.
The d145 works with both Windows and Macintosh systems, although there are differences in capabilities between the platforms. In early testing, the Mac software for the d145 didn't want to play nicely with ScanSoft's OmniPage 10 for Mac OS X. But this may have been corrected by now or should be soon. On the Windows side, I did have some problems printing envelopes with postage using Stamps.com's Internet postage. But switching to address/postage labels was a good alternative.
If you are looking for a workhorse printer to serve your needs in a small office, or at home, the officejet d145 from HP is a machine to seriously consider. Carefully examine and estimate your printing needs, and you may well find this device a picture-perfect printing solution. You can learn more about the printer at www.hp.com.

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