Several printer companies are still trying to move inkjet print into the small and home office (SOHO) market. HP has been a prime mover and its range of Officejet Pro machines have carved out quite a niche, particularly where photographs form part of the print mix.
The Officejet Pro 276dw is a big, muscular-looking machine with well-judged curves easing what could be rather square-cut looks. The Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) at the top benefits quite a bit by this approach, as it’s a big, duplex unit, capable of scanning both sides of a page as a single job.
A flip-up 109mm touchscreen at the right-hand end of the front panel has room to accommodate good-sized icons in its menus and, although it doesn't support gestures, the screen is sensitive and is easy to navigate around.
At the bottom of the front panel is a single, 250-sheet paper tray, though you will have to swap paper to print photos, as there's no separate photo tray. You can buy a second, 250-sheet multi-purpose tray as an option, though. Printed pages end up on the lid of the standard paper tray, which has a pull-out extension, giving the whole machine a comparatively large desktop footprint.
There is a single memory card slot, compatible with SD and MemoryStick cards, and a front panel USB port, though this doesn't support Pictbridge connection from digital cameras. The machine provides USB, 10/100 Ethernet and wireless connections and has full fax provision, so there are sockets for phone line and third-party handset.
HP likes to get you enrolled in its ePrint Centre and will download drivers from there, rather than copying them from the supplied CD. This ensures you get the latest drivers and support software, which includes IRIS OCR.