When it comes to exceptional portable printing the OfficeJet 100 is the latest which HP has to offer, and reading this review and others is critical to finding what’s suited to you. Find out more below.
If you’re looking for the very best, most capable, most rugged and superior portable printer in the entire world as of October 2011 – then you’ve come to the wrong place. This isn’t what I and most other printer experts would consider the best, it’s good, very good – but it’s second best. Nowadays HP doesn’t make the ‘best’ and if you’re looking for a superior product both in terms of affordability and capability then you’re obviously going to have to take a look at Canons iP100.
On the other hand this is still an incredible printer, and if you’ve had good experiences in the past then you may very well get lucky and keep on having them!
In terms of core specifications then OfficeJet 100 prints up to 4800 x 1200 optimized dots per inch color resolution. This is essentially for printing glossy high resolution photos and it’s not a resolution you’ll be printing at for long – unless you want to run out of ink incredibly fast and pay HP’s exorbitant prices (not that they’re particularly worse than their competitors, but just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it okay). For monochrome (black and white) you can expect resolutions of up to 600 x 600 dpi which is pretty good. It’s quite a standard figure really, and although Canon’s alternatives do admittedly print to high resolutions for color (around double), they’re more of a marketing gimmick in my opinion. Printing a photograph at 4800 x 1200 is perfectly acceptable in terms of quality and past that you’re not really adding anything – in my professional opinion I doubt somewhat how accurate the human eye can be in differentiating between that many dots in a single inch. Now if you’re an artist of a professional photographer it’s a different story, but if you want print quality as high as what you’re used to in terms of 4 x 6 inch standard photographs then these are easily up to that level of quality.
One thing I do like about the HP OfficeJet 100 is its ability to connect a various array of devices aside from the laptop. It can support Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Nokia Symbian and Palm operating systems. For most of these you’ll need specific software but brief downloads and installations aren’t a big deal whatsoever.
In terms of portability it weighs in at around 5.5 pounds with the battery and 5.1 pounds without the battery. It’s not too heavy but compared to earlier HP models as well as some of those by Canon I’d say it’s definitely more on the heavier size. I often find telling people its dimensions is pretty pointless because you need to get a ‘feel’ for how big the product is. I’ll tell you them anyway, but for those who can’t picture various inch figures on queue then imaging a large Net book but 2-3 times thicker is pretty close. Its height is 3.3 inches, it’s 13.7 inches wide and its 7.8 inches deep which makes it definitely larger than most other competitor devices too. It’s not massive per say, but for a HP portable printer it’s definitely bigger as well as heavier too.
One thing I really like about this device is that it can print a really wide variety of paper sizes – letter, legal, executive, A4, A5, A6, Statement and B5. I won’t go into all the different envelope or photo paper sizes but believe me they support a lot of different sizes – especially photo paper both borderless and non borderless.
Overall it’s a great portable printer, but would I get it? Of course not. It’s definitely great, but why would you go for an inferior HP printer when you can go for a Canon one that definitely has superior specifications – and most definitely has far superior reliability as well as actually competent customer support.