Top positive review
Perfect for home use, or businesses with low workload.
Reviewed in India on 13 March 2018
TL;DR: If you're looking for an economical printer for your home, or small office (with low printing requirements), just buy this model.
First of all, I use HP GT5820 (Ink-tank) printer at office, and I'm sure that a lot of people are wondering whether they should purchase the GT5820 or the 4729. So let's compare them:
Economy: Prints on the GT5820 basically cost nothing. Because of the massive ink capacity and the low cost, the cost of ink in a print is negligible. For the GT5820, cost of paper per print tends to be greater than the ink. The 4729 is much more expensive than the 5820 when compared in absolute terms. However, cartridges of 4729 are rated at 1500 & 750 pages (Black & Colour, respectively), at 5% coverage. I received four cartridges (total) when I purchased from Amazon, so I got one "free" set. This is the largest (by far) cartridge capacity of any conventional printer available in India, and the cartridges are also some of the cheapest. You should also keep in mind that each cartridge comes with its own dedicated print-head. This is an important point so I'll speak more about this later.
Print quality: The 4729 is significantly better at printing photos than the 5820. Photo prints on the 4729 are crisp, detailed, and the colour is accurate, whereas photo prints on the 5820 appear dull by comparison. However, the worst part of printing photos on the 5820 was that the print output was extremely prone to smudging (on glossy paper). Something about the inks on the 5820 cause them not to be dry once they're out of the printer - touching the page would lead to smudging and transfer of ink to your fingertips. Note that I used identical Kodak photo papers to test this on the 4729 and the conventional cartridge model exhibited zero smudging - the print was dry as soon as the paper left the printer. However, the 5820 is excellent at printing text and business graphics on MATTE paper. This property of the 5820 leads me to conclude that it is suitable mainly for business use, where you're likely going to use it to print on matte paper, and mostly for business graphics. where smudging like this will not occur.
Maintenance: On the 4729, when you change a cartridge, you're changing one of the most important components of the printer - the print-head, so if a print-head gets clogged, you can just buy a new cartridge for Rs. 600-800 and get "as-good-as-new" performance. Clogged print-heads are one of the most common issues Inkjet printers face - and it happens when a printer is left unused for long periods of time - something that can happen in a home / small office. The 5820, on the other hand, has a fixed print-head which will require servicing if such an issue occurs. I couldn't find the cost replacement print head for the GT5820 online. If you print every day, then this will probably not be an issue for you on either printer. This was a key decider for me because I expect that my home printer will get used once a week at most.
Ease of use: Both the 4729 and 5820 have nearly identical features. Both have wireless functionality that was easy to set up and use (SEE UPDATE BELOW), and work reliably (at least on Windows - OSX can be a bit iffy, but still doable). Scanner units appear to be identical, and work with native scanning apps over wireless.
So finally, let's do a round-up:
+ Pro: Excellent print quality on matte and glossy papers.
+ Pro: Cheap cartridges with yield that is much higher than all competition.
+ Pro: Cartridges are easily replaced, and transportation / moving of printer is easy.
- Con: Much more expensive for large workloads, compared to GT5820.
+ Pro: Inks cost basically nothing per print. You cannot get cheaper prints than this.
+ Pro: Excellent print quality on MATTE papers for text and business graphics.
- Con: Terrible smudging issue on image prints on glossy paper (at max quality setting). Unsuitable for printing photos.
So I'd say that for business use, you should get the 5820, and for home use, the 4729. I've looked at pretty much every other printer available on the market and these two appear to be the best options.
UPDATE: I've taken a star off because of unreliable wireless connectivity. Basically, once you've set up the wireless connection, there's no guarantee that the printer will continue to work reliably. On Windows, it's pretty much necessary to install the official drivers before setting up the printer. On a Windows laptop, I had to delete the printer configuration and allow Windows to set it up again on its own to get it to work properly. So yeah, I guess the wireless feature on printers is hit or miss. If you plan to use this printer with multiple devices via wireless, your experience can be iffy.