HP OfficeJet 7110 review
HP’s OfficeJet 7110 targets any small business that’s looking to cut marketing costs by bringing print production in-house. This affordable, wide-format inkjet supports wired, wireless and USB connections, and teams them up with low running costs, slick cloud printing and mobile device support.
Finished in dark brown, the HP’s chassis is solidly built. The ability to handle A3+ paper sizes up to 329mm x 483mm is useful, and our only complaint is that the input and output trays can be tricky to position correctly for the largest paper sizes.
The lack of an LCD touchscreen means that you can’t use HP’s print app store, but the HP Connected web service allows users to email documents directly to the printer from anywhere. Wireless direct printing from a mobile device is also supported, and you can assign a global passcode to beef up access security.
Emailed documents print quickly. We tested with a range of PDF, Word and Excel documents, and the longest we had to wait from sending the email was 50 seconds for an eight-page colour PDF brochure. Google’s Cloud Print works just as well, and we found it even easier to set up. All that’s required is to enter the HP Connected email address you assigned to the printer when you registered it – Google does the rest.
HP even has a cloud portal for setup. You’re redirected here for the latest drivers and utilities, which are downloaded and installed automatically. During this phase, you can select which connection type you want. It’s worth noting that setting up a wireless connection initially requires the printer to be connected via USB, but WPS is also supported and, alternatively, you can use the web interface wizard. Simultaneous wired Ethernet and wireless connections aren’t supported, though.
HP claims a top mono speed of 32ppm in Draft mode but, as with any inkjet, this is dependent on the page content. Our 32-page Word document returned 22ppm in Draft mode, 15ppm in Normal and 4ppm at the interpolated 4,800 x 1,200dpi Best mode.
A 24-page colour DTP-style A4 document printed in Best mode delivered speeds of 3.6ppm. A4 colour photos in Best mode took between 1min 30secs and two minutes, while an A3 colour poster was delivered in five minutes at Best quality and only 30 seconds at Normal quality.
Print quality is excellent across the board. In our testing, text in Normal mode was clean with only minimal dusting around the smallest fonts. Colour prints on cheap plain paper looked slightly washed out, but prints on heavier paper grades were bold and bright.
Photographs were deftly handled, and glossy prints oozed with vivid colours and fine detail. Even our toughest test prints showed smooth transitions across complex colour fades, and there was no banding or graininess.
The 7110 is cheap to run, too. A4 printing costs work out at 2p for mono and 5p for colour. Use the cheaper 400-page black cartridge, however, and you’ll push mono costs up to 2.7p and colour to 5.7p.
With low running costs and a low price, the HP OfficeJet 7110 is top value. Businesses looking to cut print-shop costs for marketing material should seriously consider this printer.
|Resolution printer final||1200 x 4800dpi|
|Integrated TFT screen?||no|
|Rated/quoted print speed||15PPM|
|Maximum paper size||A3+|
|Cost per A4 mono page||2.0p|
|Cost per A4 colour page||5.0p|
Power and noise
|Dimensions||585 x 419 x 189mm (WDH)|
|A4 photo print time||1min 30s|
|Mono print speed (measured)||22.0ppm|
|Colour print speed||3.6ppm|
|Input tray capacity||250 sheets|
|Output tray capacity||75 sheets|
|Operating system Windows 7 supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows Vista supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows XP supported?||yes|