HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer review

This pint-sized printer has few compromises, but we had problems with Fast Draft mode and we wish it came with a case

24 Sep 2011
Officejet 100
Our Rating 
4/5
Price when reviewed 
218.47
inc VAT
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Specifications

thermal inkjet, 22ppm print speed, USB, Bluetooth, 84x348x175mm

It doesn't matter how good your printer is, it's not much use if it's at home and you're travelling on business. Step up HP's Officejet 100 Mobile Printer, a compact and highly portable inkjet that's designed to print on A4 paper wherever you are. The squat device has a footprint only slightly larger than a netbook, and it weighs only two and a half kilos including its lithium ion battery, which is included as standard. HP says it provides enough power to print up to 500 pages.

As you'd expect from such a compact printer, the diminutive HP has a mostly no-frills specification. There's no duplex, no card reader or fancy colour screen, and no support for wired or wireless networks - instead there's a USB port for connecting to a PC or directly to a camera that supports PictBridge printing. Unusually, Bluetooth is also included as standard, making it possible to print directly from various Bluetooth-enabled smartphones.

Officejet 100

The Officejet 100 has a sturdy lid that clips down firmly over its top surface, protecting the controls from damage and dust. There's a less sturdy flap to protect the paper output, but frustratingly there's no case included and HP sells only a combined notebook and printer case – we'd prefer a simple slip cover to prevent scratching. We also wish the battery was internal rather than slotting into the back of the printer, where it could be knocked.

These gripes aside this feels like a proper printer. As there's room inside for HP's standard ink cartridges colour prints are actually quite cheap. We've been critical of various drivers shipped with HP's inkjet printers, but the version here is simple and effective to use. Unlike the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One reviewed last month, we had no problem printing photos without borders. While this isn't a photo-orientated printer, the results were quite passable, apart from some banding visible in the blue sky of one test picture. They were fairly slow, however, with six postcard-sized shots taking more than 13 minutes to complete.

At the default quality, this printer produced excellent plain paper results, with the bold text and strong, stripe-free colour fills we'd expect from a good home inkjet. A little under 7ppm when printing text is adequately quick, even though this dropped to just over 5.5ppm when repeating the test on battery power. However, we encountered repeated problems when printing in the Fast Draft mode, where the printer would stall every few pages and flash its paper feed warning light, even though no jam had occurred.

We hoped to cure this by downloading more recent drivers, but the problem remained, preventing us from measuring a draft time. It proved a frustrating issue, particularly given that the Officejet 100 otherwise feels robust and reliable. This problem aside, it's a compact printer which produces good-quality and inexpensive prints.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Maximum native print resolution 4,800x1,200dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 22ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 18ppm

Tested Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 9m 16s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 13m 10s

Print Quality

Number of ink colours 4
Number of ink cartridges 2
Maximum number of ink colours 4
Maximum number of cartridges 2
Quoted photo durability 108 years
Quoted photo durability source Wilhelm Imaging Research

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, Bluetooth
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 84x348x175mm
Weight 2.5kg
Noise (in normal use) 50dB(A)
Duty cycle 500

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 200gsm
Standard paper inputs 1
Standard paper input capacity 50
Maximum paper inputs 1
Maximum paper input capacity 50
Duplex (code, cost if option) No

Photo Features

PictBridge support Yes
Borderless printing A4
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards N/A
CD printing No

General

Printer technology thermal inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Windows Mobile 5 or later, various Linux distributions
Other inkjet features Battery power
Other inkjet options Choice of three-year warranty extensions, Q6282 notebook and printer case £56

Buying Information

Price £218
Consumable parts and prices £20
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 400 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) 330 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) N/A
Price per colour A4 page 3.5p
Price per mono A4 page 3.0p
Warranty one year RTB
Supplier http://www.morecomputers.com
Details www.hp.co.uk

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 9m 16s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 13m 10s

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