Setting up the C4599
The C4599 was relatively easy to set up. There was a quick start guide to get the user started that goes over first time installation of ink, loading paper and use of the software CD.
From there, the CD pretty much takes over; it installs drivers, software and helps the user with network installation if you decide to use the printer on a network.
The C4599 actually comes with quite a bit of software if you do the easy installation – some of it is useful, some not so much. I would recommend choosing the advanced setup and deciding what software you want/need. For instance, I did not install the Customer Participation Program and Shop for HP supplies.
The network installation was pretty painless and there are additional instructions in the HP Basics Guide – a separate manual from the quick start guide.
All in all, it took about 10 minutes to get the Photosmart C4599 set up and ready to print on a network.
Ease of use
The C4599 is a straightforward machine; it is not difficult to use although I did think the LCD was on the small side. It was hard to read because it was dark as well. But the HP Solution Center software makes up for it; it was extremely simple to use.
My favorite thing about the solution center was the ability to import your entire library of pictures into the HP Photosmart Essential library. You can save them or not – I did not since it was for a review – but either way you can browse through every picture on your hard drive using the software if you so choose.
The HP Smart Web printing is useful as well. It can help users print from the web without getting all the clutter of ads and color photos that can waste ink and paper. It automatically responds every time the user tries to print from the web but you can turn it off.
I didn’t download the HP Shopping software but it wasn’t a problem because users can buy HP supplies through the solution center.
The Photo projects are a mix of options that can be done at home or shipped to your home. You can also have all the photos that you add to the Photosmart Essential library professionally printed and delivered to your home if you choose not to print them on your new C4599.