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HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One Printer review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £129
inc VAT

The HP Envy 100 looks stylish, but rivals at this price offer a lot more substance


27ppm print speed, USB, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 102x427x337mm

HP’s Envy sub-brand is applied to its premium models, which are distinguished by their slick styling. This inkjet multifunction peripheral (MFP) is a striking mix of glossy black plastic and brushed metal alloy. Like several Epson MFPs including the Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD, the Envy 100 looks like a high-end VHS recorder from the early 90s. There’s no obvious gap for printed paper to emerge, while the paper cassette is slotted into the base and is only big enough for 80 sheets.

HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One Printer

Plug the Envy 100 in and the only obvious control is a power symbol illuminated on the front panel. Touch this and the panel lights up with an 8.9cm colour touchscreen surrounded by illuminated, context-sensitive buttons. The whole assembly can be tilted up to a comfortable angle.

HP’s interface is like a smartphone’s, combining touch-activated icons and a list of applications that can be scrolled with a gesture. Unfortunately scrolling wasn’t smooth, while audio feedback arrived up to a second after the button press it related to, leading to confusion and repeated presses. There are several sub-menus, which took between four and nearly 10 seconds to load, adding to the overall feeling of unresponsiveness. The system includes downloadable apps and clever features such as preview views of photocopies, but its sluggishness made it tedious to use.

HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One Printer display

The Envy 100’s print driver splits options between two tabs: Layout and Paper/Quality. Although it’s easy to select most everyday print options, some are hidden away in a separate Advanced page. We wouldn’t normally expect to delve into advanced options to select borderless photo printing, for example.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
Maximum native print resolution 4,800×1,200dpi
Max optical resolution 1,200dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 27ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 22ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 11m 27s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 11m 34s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 102x427x337mm
Weight 7.8kg
Noise (in normal use) 56dB(A)
Duty cycle 1,000

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 280gsm
Standard paper inputs 1
Standard paper input capacity 80
Maximum paper inputs 1
Maximum paper input capacity 80
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes


Printer technology thermal inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Other inkjet features 8.9cm touchscreen
Other inkjet options none

Buying Information

Price £129
Consumable parts and prices £20
Price per colour A4 page 4.5p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 200 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) 165 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) N/A
Warranty one year

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

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 20s
A4 document at 150dpi 21s
A4 document at 300dpi 21s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 29s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 1m 51s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 23s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 43s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge support Yes
Borderless printing A4
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards Memory Stick Duo, SD, MMC
CD printing No

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 50
Max mono copy resolution 600dpi
Max colour copy resolution 600dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution N/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages) N/A