The HP Envy 110 is claimed to be marginally faster than the earlier Envy 100, at 7ppm for black print and 4ppm for colour. Neither of these speeds is particularly high for a machine costing close to £200, but in our test we didn’t even reach those, thanks to lengthy pre-processing times.
The 5-page black text print gave 4.2ppm and even the 20-page test, where any processing time is a smaller proportion of the whole, only gave 6.0ppm. The 5-page black text and colour graphics document gave 2.3ppm, again sluggish, and a single page copy took 40 seconds. 15 x 10cm photo prints were also slow, from 1:14 in normal mode to 2:01 in best quality.
Talking of quality, black text is clean and dense, with few artefacts to complain about. Colour graphics are a little pale in comparison with inkjets from Canon and Epson, and more so when looking at copies. Photo prints, as we would expect from HP, are very good, with strong but natural colours and sharp, precise detail. If photo printing will be your main use of the Envy 110, you won’t be disappointed. Overall, though, print quality is no better than good.
The ink cartridges are available in two capacities, normal and XL. Using the XL consumables gives running costs of 4.5p for ISO black and 7.0p for ISO colour. The colour cost is fine for a machine in this class, but the black cost is on the high side. The Kodak hero machines, for example, cost little more than half this to print black.
Like it’s predecessor, the Envy 100, this machine looks like a triumph of style over function. The powered touch panel and paper support may look space-age but slow down print, and the tiny, awkward-to-open paper tray makes simple maintenance both frequent and awkward.
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