- Powered photo tray
- ePrint and Airprint for flexible connection
- Low running costs
- Slow duplex print
- Large footprint for A4 printer
- Little control over ePrint documents
- Review Price: £139.00
- Separate plain and photo print trays
- Scanner with low-profile ADF
- Large touchscreen control
- Twin memory card slots
- Downloadable print apps
You’d be forgiven for thinking this machine could handle A3 paper, as the lower section, which houses the paper tray, runs the full width of the machine. In fact, though, it’s a standard A4 printer, with a 125-sheet tray topped off by a 20-sheet photo tray, which powers into the machine when photo print is selected.
There’s no real reason for the extended surround at the bottom of the machine, though it does hold a memory card reader for SD and MemoryStick cards. Pages feed out onto the top of the paper tray cover with an extending paper support and flip-up stop.
At the top of the machine is a fold-open feed tray for the scanner’s 25-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and this is a very low-profile unit, adding only a couple of centimetres to its height.
In front of the scanner is what looks vaguely like an iPhone, laid on its side. While it does have a touchscreen and dedicated touch buttons down either side, it’s functions are limited and its touch action is not very sensitive. It supports gestures, but you have to press quite hard for it to recognise virtual button presses.
There’s a single USB socket at the back, but the printer also offers wireless connection and with WPS setup it’s only a few button presses to connect. This is the better way to do things, as in addition to HP’s ePrint facility, the machine supports Apple’s Airprint for easy transfer of documents from iPhone, iPod and iPad. You can also send faxes wirelessly this way, using eFax, without needing a phone line. The first 20 incoming and outgoing faxes each month are free.
Hinge up the whole of the upper section of the machine and the head carrier slides to the centre of the carriage to present its five ink cartridges. These include two blacks, with a higher capacity cartridge of pigmented ink to handle text.
Supplied software is HP’s normal bundle, including PhotoCreations, Solutions Center and Smart Web Printing, but there are also downloadable apps for pre-designed forms and access to your Facebook photos, among many other things.
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