Review Price £126.00
Based on ISO measurement standards, HP rates the Officejet 7110 Wide Format at 15ppm printing black and 8ppm printing colour. In our 5-page black text document, it achieved 8.1ppm, which rose to 12.2ppm on the 20-page, long text test. This is reasonably close to spec and a good speed for an inkjet.
It’s worth noting that the printer’s draft mode is close to its normal mode in black text quality, saves ink and gave a speed of 9.7ppm on a 5-page draft print. It could easily be used as an everyday print mode.
Our 5-page text and colour graphics print gave 4.3ppm which, although only just over half the rated speed, is still a good speed for this class of machine.
What you really want to read about is the printer’s speed printing A3 pages, though. A 5-page text and graphics print on plain paper took 1:34, a speed of 3.2ppm and a photo print took 3:48. Both these speeds are fair, though not the fastest we’ve seen compared with rival A3 printers.
It's very hard to find fault with the quality of print from this machine. Black text is completely clean, with no visible smudging or jaggies. It may not be quite as sharp as from a toner-based printer, but for virtually any, everyday application, it's more than fine.
Colour graphics are bright and fills are smooth and with no sign of dither patterns. Photo prints on plain paper are surprisingly good, with the machine compensating well for the lack of a supportive coating in the paper and still producing good, dense colours without soaking it.
Photo prints on HP photo papers are bright, smooth and finely detailed, but still capable of including the nuances needed for reproducing natural scenes accurately.
Using the high yield black cartridge along with the colour ones gives page costs of 2.7p for black and 6.2p the colour. Both these are good figures for a colour machine, with the colour page cost particularly good in a machine costing under £150.
With the exception of a couple of niceties, such as an LCD display and a front panel USB port, which would add greatly to the machine’s flexibility, HP's OfficeJet 7110 Wide Format is an excellent A3 printer. It's quick, costs little to run and produces high-quality prints from 15 x 10cm up to 13 x 19-inch. Its paper tray arrangement is a little odd, but isn't a deal-breaker.
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