Hewlett-Packard, or HP, remains a solid competitor amongst other printing giants, such as Xerox, Canon and Epson. HP printers generally receive mixed reviews and are commonly seen as good, but not great, printers. PCMag reviews give HP printing products an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The most frequently cited benefits of HP printers are their price and usability. Common complaints about HP printers mostly center around Hewlett-Packard's business practices, which some view as uncouth. Many HP printers are programmed to render the device inoperable if any ink cartridge is empty, meaning that a user cannot print anything, even in only black ink, if a color ink cartridge is empty.