HP’s Officejet 4630 eAiO targets micro-businesses and home offices, combining duplex printing with scanning, faxing and copying capabilities in a single low-cost device. It’s small enough to sit on a desk and comes with a basic 100-sheet input paper tray.
At this price, there’s no Ethernet port, but we had no problem connecting the printer to our 802.11n wireless network using the simple 5cm mono LCD panel and keypad. Apple AirPrint is supported. Using Wi-Fi Direct, we were easily able to link our iPad directly to the 4630, and Google Cloud Print worked once we’d configured the 4630 as a Classic printer. A USB port allows connection to a local PC, as well, but there isn’t a host USB port, meaning you can’t print directly from a memory stick – nor is there a card reader for printing directly from other flash media.
Installation on our Windows 7 test PC was swift: HP’s Smart Install downloads the latest drivers, plus utilities for running diagnostics and scanning direct to the desktop. It also helps you to register the printer with HP’s Connected service, assigning it an email address so you can send document attachments to print from anywhere.
In use, we found the 4630 produced reasonably sharp output, with only a slight dusting around smaller fonts. Mono photos showed good detail, and colour output was pleasing – in our tests, the 4630 produced punchy reports and sharp, glossy photos with no banding or bleeding around the edges. Support for borderless printing is a bonus for the occasional promotional print job.
When it comes to scanning and copying, you can use either the flatbed or the 35-sheet ADF to capture pages in a variety of formats, including PDF, JPEG and PNG. Quality is fine – the only hitch is that the scanner hinges don’t lift up, so the lid won’t shut properly if you’re scanning a book or a thick magazine.
Sadly, when it comes to printing, the 4630 is lacking in stamina. In our tests, the HP 301 mono- and tri-colour cartridges were both exhausted after only 110 pages – so if you hit the 4630’s advertised 1,000-page monthly duty cycle, you could find yourself replacing the cartridges twice a week.
Regular users can also save by signing up for HP’s Instant Ink service, whereby you pay a set monthly fee based on your expected output, and then HP sends out new cartridges before you run out.
The OfficeJet 4630 isn’t a fast printer, either. Our 17-page Word document printed at 14.3ppm and 7.4ppm in
draft and normal modes, and switching to duplex mode slowed things down further, with a 10-page document averaging only 5.5ppm.
Distributors Ingram Micro, Synnex, Dicker Data
Launched March 2014
Next product below HP Officejet 2620 All-in-One: $79
Next product up HP Officejet 6600e-All-in-One: $169
The reviewers say “The OfficeJet 4630eAiO packs a lot in for a low upfront price,but mediocre print speed and short-lived cartridges mean it’s suitable only for very light print duties.”