First let me start by saying that this printer is immaculately packed for easy removal from the box. I have never received a printer that the cables are all stored in a reusable HP zippered accessory bag and the printer is in a LARGE canvas tote bag with handles to slide out of the box with not tugging, pushing or using your feet.
The HP printer is a beauty in a sleek high black gloss finish. It comes with power AC adapter plug, phone line, installation CD, quick reference book, HP photo paper samples and two face plates (one English & one French). It DOES NOT come with the USB cable. This does not surprise me since most printers do not include the USB cable.
After removing all the tape used to keep the printer intact during shipment, I plugged in the unit as instructed in the quick reference book. Since I have a wireless home network, I was able to connect to my network using the WiFi Protected Setup (WPS). After verifying the network name and entering my paraphrase (password) it was online in seconds. I then followed the "animated" instructions on the LCD screen on how to install the ink cartridges and paper. There is a one time initial installation that the printer cycles through that takes about 7 minutes. It downloaded updates, this is all happening without having to use my computer. The printer spit out a test page showing that the printer head has been aligned/calibrated.
Now it was time to install the CD. I am using it in a Windows 7 environment and the installation took about 8 minutes, so it is quite a large file. I followed the easy steps to setup photo printing, fax number and registration and I was done. The printer was ready to use.
I have many printers in my home since we have a large family with a total of 6 computers/laptops, but this is my first HP printer and I can honestly say this is by far the nicest, fastest and easiest to use printer I possess. The colored printouts are beautiful in vivid colors, no smudges or lines. It does only come with "setup" ink cartridges so I don't know how long they will actually last without being replaced. The ink cartridges "HP 564" are quite reasonably price. Depending which cartridge you go with, the HP 564XL series yield about 750-800 pages while the HP564 yield approximately 250-300 pages.
Besides the amazing features such as WiFi, apps (which allows you to print from the web without PC), ePrint (allows you to view and print emails) and several kinds of different kinds of inputs (Memory Stick, MMD, CF and USB-removable drives) to print photos or files, the thing I love the most is that it only takes one type of cartridge to print photos or documents! It does require one black and one black "photo" cartridge but at least I don't have to be pulling out cartridges whenever I want to print photos.