Given the wide carriage, we obviously wanted to test the machine printing A3 pages. Unfortunately, the OfficeJet 7000 repeatedly mis-fed our A3 paper, causing the top inch or so to concertina. This is the same 80gsm Reymat paper we have used on all the other A3 printers we’ve tested in the last year and is stored in its packet, in our permanently heated lab. We’ve never had problems with it before.
There was no blockage in the paper path, as witnessed by the printer’s perfect handling of a sheet of A3+ Advanced Photo paper, onto which we printed a full-bleed image. This took 2:59, a very reasonable speed for this size of print, though we were surprised to find that the paper stop at the end of the telescopic output tray isn’t designed for A3+ paper, but only A3. Leave it up and your A3+ prints sit on the output tray with a large wave in them.
Print quality depends on what you’re looking at. Black text is well printed, though there is some feathering, which gives it a slightly less crisp appearance. Colour graphics are smooth and bright and there’s no sign of registration problems but, surprisingly, photo prints from the machine are less good than from other HP inkjets we’ve tested recently. In particular, much shadow detail is lost to black and in the large format print there’s a red cast, not apparent in the 15 x 10cm image.
Most people still think laser printers are significantly cheaper to run than inkjets, but in many cases this isn’t true. For example, the A4 black print cost of running this OfficeJet 7000 is just 2.53p, including 0.7p for paper, which is very competitive with similarly priced lasers and the colour print cost is just 6.41p, only around half the cost of many colour lasers costing £200.
The Standard black ink cartridge should print 420 ISO pages, but the Value cartridges are claimed to be good for 1,200 black and 700 colour pages, so even in quite a busy small office, you won’t need to be attending to the printer’s needs every week.
We didn’t think we’d be saying this about an HP printer, but it really does look as if the company has taken its eye off the ball. Be it problems feeding A3 paper, inordinate processing times, dowdy photo prints or the A3 paper stop on an A3+ printer, it doesn’t do what it should and really can’t be recommended.
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