Even though the competition continues to make generic multifunction ink jet printers using the same print, copy, scan, and fax features, we respect HP due to its ground breaking tactic with HP Envy 100. The Envy 100 induces you to play with the screen by means of two innovative functions which place HP apart: a web-based app shop named the ePrinterCenter, and ePrint, an expedient feature that lets you send print jobs straight to the printer from virtually any gadget that can send an e-mail.
The HP Envy 100 is constructed on a radical new platform for HP. It does not have traits such as uncovered paper trays as well as a big display that usually identify printers from various other electronic devices. You could easily mistake the low profile, rectangle-shaped Envy style for a high-end cutting-edge Blu-ray player. The dimensions measure 16.8 inches wide, 13.2 inches deep, and 4 inches tall, and furthermore at 20.23 pounds, the Envy 100 is significantly less heavy when compared to most of the all-in-one printers in our catalogue.
The exterior of the Envy 100 is cloaked with mirrored black and also matte silver, plus the scanner cover is finished with a dotted pattern for show.
The rear of the printer is equally spare having just a USB connection on the left and also a slim electricity cable on the right - there isn't any wired Ethernet port offered. Rather, HP offers a USB port intended for a wired connection to a host pc, or you may alternatively connect wirelessly with the built-in 802.11b/g/n print server within that becomes necessary in order to make use of both the ePrint function, in addition to HP's ePrinterCenter application store.
To reduce the Envy 100's footprint, HP opted for a drawer-style paper tray just underneath the display that can just store 80 sheets of plain 20 lb. paper, or up to 10 envelopes.
The front of the Envy 100 is absolutely free of buttons instead of a foldout rectangular control panel together with a little 3.45-inch touch screen within. The Envy 100's home screen includes a set of scrollable icons for your most liked applications as well as four shortcut buttons at the bottom to bring up controls intended for picture printing, copy, scan, and fax.
The ePrinterCenter is essentially a web-based control centre to search applications and load them on to the Web-connected printer. Additionally you can add additional software straight from the Envy's home screen using the "Get More" icon.
The other prong of HP's connected printer approach is ePrint. The Envy 100 will work with virtually any current Windows or Mac computer, however ePrint additionally lets you print from mobile gadgets such as tablets as well as smartphones which do not contain a USB port in order to connect with a conventional printer.
We are frustrated that the Envy 100 makes use of the same modest two HP Envy 100 ink cartridge strategy as much less costly Deskjet D2660. Dual-ink cartridges cannot turn out photographs as brilliant as those from a five- or even six-ink model, and you are going to find yourself spending a higher price refilling the colour cartridge since it bundles three colours in to just one box.
Lastly, the overall print quality also suffers as a result of the tricolour cartridge. Outbound prints, especially graphics-intensive examples tend to be marred by different line patterns which go all through the images, in addition to collared bars seem washed out and blotchy even with the best-quality print selection. 4-inch-by-6-inch snapshot pictures are definitely the greatest offenders, plus it does not require a printer editor to notice the colour incongruencies as well as the all round loss of vibrancy.
We'd anticipate this kind of performance from a low cost single-function inkjet, but not from a flagship model which claims to have the newest in printing technology.
HP Envy 100 ink cartridges are available here.