For Christmas ’04 I got my girlfriend a shiny new HP Photosmart 7960. She loves it. It prints fabulous, high-quality images and it comes with some great photo-printing software. Sure you have to mortgage your house to keep the ink flowing, but you knew that was going to be the case when you bought the thing, right?
Me? I hate it. I loathe the thing. Bloated software. Unfriendly software. Mean, mean software. I had to install the evil nasty software for the thing on my personal computer this weekend so she could print something. Like every other piece of HP’s rude, horrible product line, you have to install at least 20MB of drivers to get it to work. The drivers load no less than five — and it’s more like ten for this one — programs when you boot your computer. (Looking for a reason why your new computer seems to be running so slowly or taking forever to boot? It’s likely that HP printer.) It also adds two — TWO! — items into your systray. (That’s the little bar next to the clock in the lower right.) And when you uninstall it, you are forced — FORCED! — to reboot. Talk about not being user-friendly. I despise HP.
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