Review: HP OfficeJet 7110

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This article appeared in the November 2013 issue of CRN magazine.

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Review: HP OfficeJet 7110

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 users can’t access 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 the device can be assigned 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. 

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.



Channel Angle

Distributors Ingram Micro, Synnex, Dicker Data

Launched 1 March 2013

RRP $219 

Verticals Businesses specialising in arts and graphic design

The reviewers say "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. "

How to pitch it The HP OfficeJet 7110 delivers professional A3+ wide-format printing at an affordable price. Helping small businesses increase productivity, the OfficeJet 7110 handles large print volumes with high-capacity ink cartridges and paper trays. HP ePrint also allows users to print from their mobile device while in the office or on-the-go.

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