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HP Officejet 100 Mobile - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams



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HP quotes two speeds for the OfficeJet 100 Mobile, one for ‘laser quality’ print and the other for draft mode. The printer's default print mode sits somewhere between the two and is what we used for speed measurement under test. Our five-page black text print gave a speed of 4.6ppm, but this rose to 5.4ppm on the 20-page, longer document.

HP quotes 5ppm for laser quality black print, and since there's little difference in quality we could see between laser and normal modes, this speed is a good match to the spec. Colour print is quoted at 3.5ppm but our five-page test only gave 1.8ppm, so quite a bit slower. In objective terms, though, these speeds aren't too bad for a portable printer. A 15 x 10cm photo print completed in 1:55, which is also fair.

HP Officejet 100 Mobile

Black text print quality isn't that good, harking back to printers which used the same print engine several years back. Black text pages show variable inking and quite a bit of feathering of edges, where ink has bled along the paper fibres. Our sample also showed several instances where consecutive passes of the print head were not properly aligned, giving slight breaks to lines of characters.

Colour print was much better, with smooth colour fills and accurately placed black text overlays. Even the black text on these pages was smoother and more together, though reversed text, white on black, showed some very thin descenders and ascenders. The colour photo print was good, with plenty of shadow detail and strong colour reproduction, though true blacks looked a little pale.

The two ink cartridges are not cheap and the only way to keep costs down is to buy them in twin packs, which HP offers for both black and tri-colour. Using these packs produces page costs of 4.1p for black and 8.0p for colour. While the colour cost is reasonable for this type of printer, black print cost is still high, though neither are is high as from, for example, HP’s Deskjet 3000.

HP Officejet 100 Mobile - Cartridge


This is a well engineered little printer, though it's a bit big to be a truly mobile machine. If you need to have print facilities with you when travelling, you may not have much choice between this machine and the Canon PIXMA iP100. Print quality is variable, speed is generally good and the inclusion of a Lithium ion battery means you’re not tied to mains power.


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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