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HP OfficeJet 7000 Wide Format - HP OfficeJet 7000 Wide Format

By Simon Williams

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

6

Given the wide carriage, we obviously wanted to test the machine printing A3 pages. Unfortunately, the OfficeJet 7000 repeatedly mis-fed our A3 paper, causing the top inch or so to concertina. This is the same 80gsm Reymat paper we have used on all the other A3 printers we've tested in the last year and is stored in its packet, in our permanently heated lab. We've never had problems with it before.

There was no blockage in the paper path, as witnessed by the printer's perfect handling of a sheet of A3+ Advanced Photo paper, onto which we printed a full-bleed image. This took 2:59, a very reasonable speed for this size of print, though we were surprised to find that the paper stop at the end of the telescopic output tray isn't designed for A3+ paper, but only A3. Leave it up and your A3+ prints sit on the output tray with a large wave in them.

Print quality depends on what you're looking at. Black text is well printed, though there is some feathering, which gives it a slightly less crisp appearance. Colour graphics are smooth and bright and there's no sign of registration problems but, surprisingly, photo prints from the machine are less good than from other HP inkjets we've tested recently. In particular, much shadow detail is lost to black and in the large format print there's a red cast, not apparent in the 15 x 10cm image.

Most people still think laser printers are significantly cheaper to run than inkjets, but in many cases this isn't true. For example, the A4 black print cost of running this OfficeJet 7000 is just 2.53p, including 0.7p for paper, which is very competitive with similarly priced lasers and the colour print cost is just 6.41p, only around half the cost of many colour lasers costing £200.

The Standard black ink cartridge should print 420 ISO pages, but the Value cartridges are claimed to be good for 1,200 black and 700 colour pages, so even in quite a busy small office, you won't need to be attending to the printer's needs every week.

Verdict

We didn't think we'd be saying this about an HP printer, but it really does look as if the company has taken its eye off the ball. Be it problems feeding A3 paper, inordinate processing times, dowdy photo prints or the A3 paper stop on an A3+ printer, it doesn't do what it should and really can't be recommended.

CV

September 14, 2009, 7:23 pm

If you need a large format printer to handle 11 x 17 prints, which printer offers the best print quality? There aren't many printers of this type.

blendi

February 10, 2010, 10:21 pm

I set the printer to the new paints when I print that reads table 1 gives the failure, before deciding if this paints varnishes I have used with the syringe filling from abroad, now not with paints or prints origjinale.what can I do?? to send feedback please, this defect can be adjusted? Thank you for understanding.

Indivijewelistic

January 30, 2014, 11:40 am

This printer has a high failure rate on both paper jams and non-recognition of cartridges (even its own). Cartridges are not easy to buy and are VERY expensive. If you want a reliable A3+ colour printer BUY AN EPSOM WORKFORCE 7015, it comes with a A4 duplex double sided capability and a separate A3 tray so you don't have to mess about changing the paper all the time. It also has a far superior print quality.

ANDREW THUITA

March 18, 2014, 3:36 am

I've had one and it has been flawless.

guymark

May 30, 2017, 7:36 am

I have one of these, even with HP inks, the head clogs often enough to be unreliable for a print run of more than about 6 or 7 sheets - and if you have a ten page report including the odd colour image you had to "nurse it".

Another irk - and again this is with their OWN cartridges, from time to time it will flash one of the LEDs as if to say the cartridge is faulty or missing. Remove it, re-seat it and it will work again about half the time - apparently it is a "known fault" that the contacts are unreliable at best between cartridge and holder - and between head cradle and carriage.

In the end, it wasted so much time that it has been dumped in a cupboard and we now use a canon printer. So far, not a SINGLE clog - so you can set it printing several copies of a multiple page document and just let it get on with it.

A shame, HP were never cheap printers but at least they used to be (reasonably) reliable. Someone dropped several balls with this one though. Bad contacts on cartridges, head blocks with their own ink FAR to often to be reliable.

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