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HP Officejet 100 Mobile
  • HP Officejet 100 Mobile
  • HP Officejet 100 Mobile - Battery
  • HP Officejet 100 Mobile - Open
  • HP Officejet 100 Mobile - Cartridge
  • HP Officejet 100 Mobile - Feature Table
  • HP Officejet 100 Mobile - Speeds and Costs
  • HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer


Our Score:



  • Reasonably quick print
  • Easy feed of plain and photo paper
  • Pictbridge socket


  • Variable black text quality
  • Comparatively large size
  • Relatively high black print cost

Key Features

  • Bluetooth connection
  • 500-page battery pack included
  • Full colour photo print
  • Fully portable
  • 50-sheet paper feed
  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Review Price: £215.04

With inkjet printers far outselling other forms of colour print, they’ve taken most of the home and small business markets, where they sit on a desk and wait to be sent print jobs. If you need print on the move, though, you can still use an inkjet by carrying a device like HP’s Officejet 100 Mobile.

This is a silver and black box, where the lid lifts to become a 50-sheet feed tray and a small flap folds down from the front, to let pages out onto the desktop. Under the lid are four silver buttons for power, paper feed, job cancel and Bluetooth. In front of this control panel is a flip-up cover which provides access to the twin ink cartridges: one black and one tri-colour.

HP Officejet 100 Mobile - Battery

Two of the key features of a mobile printer, you’d think, would be size and weight. While the Officejet 100 Mobile is certainly smaller than a typical office inkjet, it’s too big, at 348 x 175 x 84mm, to fit in most laptop bags, unless they’re the backpack type. With its supplied Lithium ion battery, it weighs 2.5kg, so an extra bag of sugar to carry, too. HP sells a purpose-made carrying case as an option.

There are two ways of connecting to this printer, via the USB socket on its back and using Bluetooth. There's also a PictBridge socket for connecting enabled cameras. Bluetooth support is provided for Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, webOS and Symbian operating systems. Can you see what's missing, there? In fact, although not specifically mentioned in the spec sheet, basic support for photo printing is available to iPhone and Android devices, too.

HP Officejet 100 Mobile - Open

Printer drivers are provided for Windows, OS X, Windows Mobile and Linux and HP also includes its toolbox, which provides basic head cleaning and alignment, as well as ink-usage displays.

The two ink and head cartridges clip into carriers, though insertion is a little more fiddly than normal, due to small spring arms which have to be depressed by the cartridges as you’re pushing them into place.


September 28, 2013, 9:38 am

I am a regular traveller and thought the 100 Mobile would be a good investment, unfortunately not the case it appears everytime I move and reset up the printer the only way to stop the blinking cartridge lights is to insert new ones - its going back!


April 21, 2016, 5:43 pm

It crashed my comp after I 'tried' to uncheck the Bing spamware (and uninstalling from 'Programs and Features'. Praise God I had a restore point (I created 2 days ago)! Also, it does not have a USB cable.
I just returned it to Staples.

Bill W

July 12, 2016, 12:54 pm

We have bought over 100 of these printers for my department, and they have been the worst investment we have ever made. They have software and hardware problems, and if they last for two years, you're lucky. Locking mechanisms for the cartridges break; every time you unplug and re-plug in the printer, it tries to reinstall the driver, even though the driver is already on the computer. True, we are kind of rough on them and use them in cars, so maybe they'd do better in a non-mobile environment. We are switching to thermal printers.

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