Last April HP released an all-in-one printer which looked very little like anything it had produced before. The Envy 100 was a machine intended for style-conscious customers who wanted a printer they were happy to have in their living room, as much to work with laptops, tablets and phones as to print from a cabled, desktop PC. The Envy 110, reviewed here, is an update of that machine, which has moved further towards the ‘print from anything’ ideal.
This machine looks much like the Envy 100, though it’s coloured in a slightly odd, pinky beige with a white glass lid to its scanner and white, plastic side panels. The lid sets the A4 flatbed off well but the hinges don’t extend, so scanning book pages can be awkward.
There are twin memory card slots and a USB socket set conveniently under a cover just in front of the scanner. Shame HP didn’t include Pictbridge compatibility with the USB, though.
The power switch is a touch button on the front panel, and has a silvered logo and white, pin LED, neither of which is particularly easy to see. Once switched on, though, the centre section of the panel is driven up to present its 89mm touchscreen display at a convenient angle. The panel supports gestures and gives good access to the machine’s functions and to downloadable apps. These now include more useful utilities, like Google Maps-lookalike, Mappy.
Under the control panel is an 80-sheet paper tray, which is a low capacity for any all-in-one. You need to change paper when printing photos and this is a fiddly procedure if you have large hands, as it’s hard to get your fingertips under the front edge of the tray, the only place to grip.
Hinge the scanner section up and you have easy access to the two cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour. There’s a USB socket at the back, but you’ll miss out on a lot of the fun if you don’t connect via wireless, which gives access to all the Internet stuff.
HP is really getting into convenient ways of getting pages onto and out of its machines. The Envy 110 supports ePrint for remote printing (which worked fine with our Samsung Galaxy Mini) and AirPrint for local, driverless print from Apple devices. There’s also eFax, which enables you to send faxes via the Internet straight from the control panel and to receive them without a separate phone line. You get 20 per month free, before having to pay a small fee.