- Separate ink cartridges
- 35-sheet ADF
- ePrint and AirPrint support
- Ugly display font
- Hard to find downloadable apps
- No USB or card slots
- Review Price: £95.00
- Wireless and USB connection
- Fax included
- Low-profile design
- Convenient front loading tray
- <1W consumed in standby
SOHO all-in-ones, like HP’s Officejet 4620, usually sit in the £100-£200 price range, so this one at (just) under £100, is at the budget end of the class. Even so, it can print, copy, scan and handle fax, though it has no facilities to deal with memory cards or USB drives.
This is a long, low machine, with a surprisingly low-to-the-desk design. As well as incorporating a horizontal 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which takes up less room than alternatives, it also slews the control panel in front of the main body of the machine, to the right of its paper trays.
This panel mimics HP’s more expensive machines and appears to have a series of touch buttons surrounding an LCD display. In fact, though, they are light-touch membrane buttons, which perform the same functions very adequately and have the advantage of physical feedback.
The 51mm LCD display is a mono device, unusual in all-in-ones these days. It suffers from a comparatively low resolution, which means its large display font looks very pixelated and crudely formed. It seems more attuned to a 1990s machine than to one for 2012.
The main paper tray, which has a relatively low capacity of 80 sheets, hardly projects from the front of the machine at all. It slides out when you need to load paper, but for most of the time looks very neat. Unfortunately, this isn’t reflected in the output tray, which is a three-stage, telescopic platform sitting above the feed tray. It increases the overall footprint of the printer substantially, also making it easier to knock into.
To get at the four, separate ink cartridges on the HP Officejet 4620, the scanner section of the machine hinges up rather stiffly, making it a two-handed operation. The cartridges clip into place very simply, so maintenance won’t be a problem.
HP provides basic software to cover printing, scanning and OCR, though there’s no requirement for handling memory card data or USB drives, as there are no sockets for either on the machine. HP does provide support for ePrint, AirPrint and direct wireless printing, so most mobile devices are well covered. HP’s online ePrint Center doesn’t appear to have any applications which can be downloaded to this model. If there are any, it would be good for them to be better flagged up.