HP Officejet 100 Review
The HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer is a colour inkjet printer specifically designed to be a portable model for mobile users such as estate agents and insurance agents. It delivers, but for a high initial price, as well as high ongoing ink costs. This compact mobile inkjet printer lets you print wirelessly from a variety of selected notebooks and smartphones via built-in Bluetooth technology. It has a long-life, lithium ion battery and prints up to 500 pages when fully charged.
Offering features that are tuned for simplicity and portability, the HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer is small and solidly constructed. Measuring just smaller than a single-function inkjet printer at 13.7 inches wide, 6.9 inches deep, and 3.3 inches high, it weighs 2.5kg, including the battery, so carrying it is about the same as toting around an all-purpose laptop. USB and Bluetooth connectivity are standard. There's no duplex, no card reader or fancy colour screen, and no support for wired or wireless networks. Controls are minimal, limited to power, cancel, Bluetooth on/off, and paper feed.
The HP Officejet 100 has a complete plastic body. It features a pretty slick silver design with black touches and a few HP logos. The paper input is from the top, once you open the lid it acts as the paper input tray, but the printer has no output tray. On the front there is a small plastic door that releases the printouts. We found both these lids to be a little rigid, you would need to make good use of your nails to open both of these doors (while the upper lid is locked with a hinge, the small door on the front is magnetic). The problem is the missing cut to allow a finger space to push open the lid.
There are two ways of connecting to this printer, via the USB socket on its back and using Bluetooth. There's also a PictBridge socket for connecting enabled cameras. Bluetooth support is provided for Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, webOS and Symbian operating systems. Basic support for photo printing is available to iPhone and Android devices, too.
Speed is not this printer's forte. Printing black text and simple monochrome graphics at default settings, the unit averaged a lacklustre 3.7ppm on a Windows PC and 3.6 pages per minute (ppm) on a Mac. Printing small colour photos on plain paper, the HP managed a competent rate of 2.7ppm, but moving to nicer settings on photo paper slowed it considerably to 0.5ppm. A switch to draft mode will speed things up considerably.
The HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer's impressive print quality makes up for the wait. Text was nearly laser-like in its precision, and monochrome graphics looked smooth. Colour graphics printed on plain paper appeared slightly washed out and had a distinct bent toward pink and orange, most noticeable in flesh tones. Moving to HP's own photo paper resolved most of those issues.
The printer is also surprisingly quiet, producing just the odd clunk and whirr when printing pages.
Overall, the HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer is a pretty solid product. It fits the needs of the mobile professional, providing competent printing capabilities in a luggable package.