Office Equipment Reviews

Our equipment reviews offer you a detailed look at products that you would find in any office space. This includes desks, office chairs, printers, 3D printers, and many more products.

NOUHAUS Palette Ergonomic Office Chair Review

The NOUHAUS Palette is the newest addition to the company’s range of ergonomic office chairs. If you work in an office all day, you probably know what it’s like to sit in a bad chair. After sitting for hours on end, your back and neck start to ache.

Ergonomic office chairs are designed to make the office work more comfortable and enjoyable. So, if you work long hours, a good-quality chair is a must.

NOUHAUS is well known for its high-quality ergonomic chairs, and the Palette is no exception. With an adjustable backrest and armrests, you can easily tailor the chair to suit your body type.

Let’s jump into the NOUHAUS Pallete Ergonomic Office Chair review and see what this chair is all about.

Construction and Build Quality

While it doesn’t cost as much as Steelcase chairs, for example, the build quality of the NOUHAUS Palette is very good. The 5-point reinforced base is sturdy and can hold up to 240lbs. Compared to high-end office chairs, that’s about 60lbs less, so, pretty good.

The whole chair weighs around 30lbs, so that makes it quite easy to move around. While it’s very lightweight, don’t let that fool you to think that this chair isn’t sturdy and well-built.

The seat is on the firmer side, but it’s not too firm, it’s just right. It has a good amount of padding to help you get through those long working hours.

Features

Now let’s talk about the features of the NOUHAUS Palette. Again, it doesn’t cost as much as a Steelcase or Herman Miller chair, but it does have some great features that are worth mentioning.

First of all, the lumbar support that this chair has is amazing. It’s adjustable and it truly helps support your lower back. Like most office chairs nowadays, the NOUHAUS Palette also has a gas lift.

It’s a class 4 gas lift that works seamlessly and can move the chair up to 21.25″. The armrests are not padded but are comfortable and adjustable, so you can find that perfect position for your arms.

  • Lumbar Adjust
  • Height Adjustable Armrests
  • 2:1 Synchro-Tilt
  • Class-4 Gas Lift
  • ElastoMesh Cover
  • Mid-Back Chair

Ease Of Assembly

Now let’s talk about how easy it is to assemble this chair. It takes only 10 minutes from the moment you get the chair out of the package to the chair is fully assembled. That’s it! It’s very easy to put together.

You will get all the tools needed for assembling the chair and also the assembly manual.

Design

This mid-back office chair has a modern design that will make this chair fit anywhere. The base of the chair is white, while you can choose from different colorways for the backrest and the seat. Those include black, green, burgundy, orange, and blue.

Conclusion

Overall, the NOUHAUS Palette is a great ergonomic office chair. While it isn’t the most affordable chair in the world, the price is great compared to the value it provides.

Those who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on high-end ergonomic office chairs should seriously consider the NOUHAUS Palette.

By |2022-06-27T14:52:52+01:00June 27th, 2022|Office Equipment Reviews|

Canon imageFORMULA R40 Office Document Scanner Review

The Canon imageFORMULA R40 Office Document Scanner is one of the best scanners available for home use. It comes in a compact form that makes it easy to carry around until you find the perfect spot for it in your home office.

It’s also made by one of the most trusted brands that pay a lot of attention to the quality of their products. Is the Canon imageFORMULA R40 a document scanner that will fulfill your needs?

Let’s hop in and find out.

Canon imageFORMULA R40 Review

Canon imageFORMULA R40 Overview

Canon imageFORMULA R40 Document Scanner for PC and Mac

Canon imageFORMULA R40 Document Scanner is a lightweight but powerful and fast scanner designed to handle many document types while still being reasonably priced. While this scanner has a couple of downsides, our belief is that Canon succeeded in making a compact yet capable document scanner that can handle all of your scanning tasks with excellent scores.

Features

This very versatile document scanner comes with a lot of scanning software that will make your scanning tasks easier and faster. This includes the Canon CaptureOnTouch, and the OCR software, Readiris PDF, which allows you to edit your PDF files, convert other files to PDF files, and much more.

Along with Readiris PDF, you also get Cardiris. Cardiris is a business card scanning software that allows you to scan business cards, export them, and also improve data recognition. However, Mac users will not be happy to hear that Cardiris is only available for Windows users.

If you wish to save your documents in a cloud service like OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive, Canon imageFORMULA R40 has got you covered. This can save you memory on your device and safely store your documents.

Canon imageFORMULA R40 has a 60-sheet Automatic Document Feeder, Auto Page Size Detection, Auto Color Detection, and many other similar features that are expected to be found on a document scanner at this price point.

However, where imageFORMULA R40 excels is the ease of use, straight out of the box. The setup is simple; connect the scanner to your device via a USB cable (it’s included in the box) and you are good to go.

The major downside to the Canon imageFORMULA R40 is the lack of Wi-Fi, NFC, or Bluetooth connectivity. The only connectivity option is via USB 2.0, and if that doesn’t work for you, our recommendation is to check out other options, like the Brother ADS-1700W or the Canon imageFORMULA R50.

Performance

Now we’ve come to the part where the Canon imageFORMULA R40 excels as a compact document scanner, and that is the most important factor you think about before choosing a scanner. 

The overall OCR accuracy is pretty amazing, with the only issue being slightly poorer photo scanning. The scanned documents, however, look amazingly accurate. This document scanner has a maximum dpi resolution is 600, which is pretty good for a scanner that is this small. You can also change the dpi resolution in the settings, from 600 down to 100dpi if you prefer faster scanning. 

Speaking of fast scanning, Canon imageFORMULA R40 is one fast document scanner. It can scan up to 40 ppm, which makes this scanner one of the fastest in this price range. 

Conclusion

The Canon imageFORMULA R40 is a very capable document scanner that can handle many document types and will satisfy the needs of most users. However, if you need a Wi-Fi or NFC-enabled document scanner, then the Canon imageFORMULA R50 is probably the better option. 

Those who won’t see a problem with only the USB connectivity being available will be pleased to know that the Canon imageFORMULA R40 is a scanner that provides excellent performance, especially when it comes to scanning B&W documents.

By |2022-06-20T22:49:43+01:00June 20th, 2022|Office Equipment Reviews|

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1400 Document Scanner – 2022 Review

In Fujitsu’s ScanSnap family there are many models, but none is as popular as the iX1400.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1400 takes scanning digital documents to a whole new level by providing an affordable and easy-to-use scanning solution for both businesses and consumers.

As it’s made by one of the most trusted brands in the scanner world, the expectations were high for this one.

Did it deliver?

Let’s hop in and find out.

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1400 Overview

 

The affordable ScanSnap iX1400 has a mission of scanning documents easily, and it definitely succeeds in that. With its compact size, it’s aimed at home offices and small business users.

While it doesn’t have all the features that its more expensive brother, the iX1600 has, it’s a pretty accurate scanner coming in a small package.

Armed with an Automatic Document Feeder, the Automatic Size Detection, and some other features that we’ll talk about, the iX1400 is one of the best options on the market if you are looking for a simple and easy-to-use scanner.

Features

As it’s an affordable option, you can’t expect to have some features that the slightly more expensive scanners have. But, most people will be fine with the lack of them.

The most obvious missing feature is the Color Panel in the front. On the iX1600, both the standard and deluxe models, we have the 4.3″ screen, which may be convenient, but it’s not a “must-have”.

With the iX1400 you also miss out on the scan to phone and the multi-user capability. While these features are nice to have, they are not mandatory, so to say.

FEATURES:

  • Automatic Document Feeder (50 sheet capacity)
  • Automatic Document Detection
  • USB Connectivity
  • Ultrasonic Sensor
  • Brake Roller
  • Streak Reduction
  • Receipt Guide

It does have the 50-page Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), a feature that makes the scanning process much faster. In addition, the iX1400 has Automatic Size Detection, one of its most significant features. The Fujitsu iX1400 is PC and Mac eligible.

However, its ease of use is credited to one button that we can see on the front panel. Connecting the scanner to ScanSnap software and pushing that button starts the scanning process. Simple as that.

Performance

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1400 Scanner White

When you see a compact scanner you definitely think that it can’t possibly have incredibly accurate OCR, but with the iX1400, that is possible. For a scanner that is this compact, documents were scanned very well, as the maximum dpi for monochrome is 1200 dpi, and 600 dpi for colored scans.

In addition to pretty accurate OCR, the ScanSnap iX1400 has great scanning speeds. With an average of 40 ppm, it’s faster than most of its closest competitors, and just a tad bit slower than the iX1600. As for double-sided scanning, the story is the same.

Even though it’s affordable, the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1400 delivers in the performance department. Fast, accurate and reliable, we were very pleased with it.

Connectivity Options

We have praised this scanner a lot so far, and now is the time to talk about its flaws. That is the lack of connectivity options, as the ScanSnap iX1400 only supports USB.

There are no Wi-Fi and no Ethernet connectivity options, which lowers this scanner’s versatility. While the lack of those connectivity options is a downside for the iX1400, it’s not a huge deal-breaker.

Conclusion

With a compact size and great performance, the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1400 is one of the best compact scanners available on the market. However, its lack of connectivity options, and the lack of a color screen, are the two main downsides.

But, if you are looking for a simple, easy-to-use scanner, that is affordable and has great performance, the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1400 is a great option.

By |2022-05-17T15:10:59+01:00May 17th, 2022|Office Equipment Reviews|

ZEBRA GX430t Thermal Printer Review – Compact & High-Quality Printer

One of the most recognizable names in the thermal printing world, ZEBRA, has given us a fantastic thermal printer in the GX430t. Coming in a compact package, the GX430x can switch between the direct thermal printing technology and the thermal transfer printing.

While this printer is not the most affordable option on the market, it has a number of features to back up the high price. People use this printer in a ton of industries, and with its 300dpi output quality, you can print out some sharp-looking barcodes and labels.

If all of that sounds good, let’s jump in and review the ZEBRA GX430t.

 

 

ZEBRA GX430t Printer

Overview

The ZEBRA GX430t is a thermal printer with outstanding features that make it a great choice for businesses of all sizes. The compact design and lightweight construction are one of this printer’s strongest selling points, and you will be able to easily move it around until you find a a suitable place for it in the office.

However, its price tag is high and might be too much for most people. But, for those who don’t have a problem with its price tag and need a quality thermal printer, the ZEBRA GX430t should be on the top of their lists.

Performance and Output Quality

With the higher price tag comes the high quality of printing. While most people can settle with 200 dpi, people in some industries need a higher output quality, and the ZEBRA GX430t is there to deliver.

With the 300 x 300 dpi resolution, the text that comes out of the printer is clean and crisp. There are, of course, better quality thermal printers out there, but for this price, the ZEBRA GX430t delivered pretty well.

We mentioned that this printer can use two thermal printing technologies, just don’t forget that in order to print with thermal transfer technology, you will need a ribbon. This technology increases the printing costs but offers a better quality print.

If you are interested in the difference between the two thermal printing technologies or how a thermal printer works, you can check that out here.

We also have to mention the fast printing speeds that the GX430t has. 4in/sec in pretty fast, and with it you will print out a ton of labels in no time.

Connectivity Options and Setup

The ZEBRA GX430t covers an array of connectivity options, which include the standard USB connectivity, Serial, Parallel, and Ethernet, something we were very pleased to see. To get the most out of the printer, we suggest you connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port found on the back of the printer and you will be good to go.

Now let’s move on to the setup. While it takes some time to get it initially set up, the process is not complicated. For Mac and PC users, download and install the newest drivers, connect the printer via USB cable to your device, add the ZEBRA GX430t to the list of printers, and you are ready to print.

Media Size

With the compact size of the printer comes the limitations regarding the largest supported media size. The GX430t supports a maximum width of 4.25″ with the maximum diameter in 5″.

So, those who want to put an 8″ roll in it won’t be able to, but, for most industries, this maximum size is more than enough.

Conclusion

With its high-quality printing and fast printing speeds, this printer is ideal for businesses who need to print labels at low printing costs. While it has its fair share of flaws, like the lack of an LCD, the ZEBRA GX430t provides a lot of value, but it sure will make your office life a lot easier.

By |2022-05-08T14:38:15+01:00May 8th, 2022|Office Equipment Reviews, Technology|

4 Best HP Printers That Use 952 Ink

There are a lot of HP printers on the market that use the 952 ink cartridges. With fierce competition, it’s difficult to choose the right one for your needs. Some of these printers are expensive and are intended for small businesses, and they made the others for home use, therefore are more affordable.

A quick glance at the list of HP printers reveals that some of their best-selling models use 952 ink, and they are the best-selling for good reasons, primarily being the great photo printing qualities.

So, if you’ve decided that you want a printer that uses 952 ink, you’ve come to the right place because we’ve made a list of the 5 best ones you can choose from.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format All-in-One Printer

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is the ideal printer for small offices, homes, and educational institutions. Its compact footprint and high-quality printing make it an amazing addition to any office.

It’s equipped with a ton of features that will make your office work much easier. Those primarily include the Auto-Duplex, a timesaving feature that lets you print on both sides of the paper automatically.

Another important feature of this printer is the wide-format printing, which lets you print on paper sizes up to 11 x 17 inches. This can be especially important for small businesses which need to print larger documents and presentations.

Connection options include Wi-Fi, Ethernet, which we were quite pleased to see, and USB. The color touch screen on the front allows you to efficiently control the printer, but we wished it were a bit larger. Nevertheless, it’s great to have a touchscreen on your printer.

What strikes us the most about this printer is the great output quality. That is especially true for presentations and text, which look very sharp. Photo printing quality isn’t bad either, but it’s not as impressive as the text output quality.

OfficeJet Pro 7740 printing costs are average, and a couple of its closest competitors have slightly better numbers. However, that shouldn’t be a major issue if you are looking to get this printer because 7740’s strong points are countless.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 All-in-One Wireless Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 is an all-in-one printer with a sleek design, easy setup, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet connectivity options but has higher running costs. That is this printer’s biggest flaw, but its strong points include the good output quality and fast printing speeds. It also has a couple of features that will make your office work easier.

Then, of course, there is the price. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 is a reasonably priced printer considering its fair share of features, and that will be tolerable by most people who need an AiO printer.

The Auto-Duplex is always warmly welcomed, and it’s this printer’s most distinguishing feature. The output quality is good enough for people who will need it for presentations and documents but is nothing exceptional. Considering its age, we would give it a 4/5 rating.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 is great for people who need a printer that has a good output and scanning quality and a Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB connection. It’s not the best AiO printer in its class, but it’s definitely one of the best printers that use 952 ink cartridges.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8210

The OfficeJet Pro 8210 is a single-function affordable printer designed for home use. This is a very lightweight printer that has a sleek and compact design. What we especially liked about the design of the OfficeJet Pro 8210 is its glossy front which combines well with the matte finish of the rest of the printer.

The front panel features a small screen that lets you see the various printer settings. It’s not a touchscreen, yet you control the settings by buttons found on the sides of the screen.

Printing speeds are quite good for an average user; around 18 ppm for black and white prints and 23 ppm for colored ones. The same story goes for the output quality; nothing extraordinary, but good for an average user, especially with printing text, which looks pretty sharp.

If you are looking for a quality photo printer that uses 952 ink, you may want to look elsewhere. However, if you want a decent and easy-to-install printer for home use, you should seriously consider the HP OfficeJet Pro 8210.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8740

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format All-in-One Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 is a multi-functional printer that supports printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. Compared to the previously mentioned OfficeJet Pro 8720, this high-speed, high-yield printer is designed for small businesses.

Along with support for Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 supports Wi-Fi Direct, which allows you to connect wirelessly to printers and scanners without using a network of cables, making it easy to print and scan from virtually anywhere in your home or office.

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 has a large print area and comes with several useful features such as an automatic document feeder, duplex printing, and a touchscreen, which will make it easier for you to play around and change the various settings of the printer.

Since this is intended for small businesses, the fast print speeds that this printer has are not unexpected. HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 beats most of its closest competitors regarding printing speeds, and that goes as well for its printing quality.

Printed text looks amazing, and printed graphics don’t look bad at all. So, in conclusion, this is an all-in-one printer that is designed as a complete solution for small businesses, and it does that very well.

Conclusion

So, you have learned which HP printers that use 952 ink are the best. All of them have their strengths and weaknesses, so be sure to look at them before you make a purchase.

Not what you are looking for? Check out the best HP printers that use 61 ink.

By |2022-05-02T23:24:41+01:00March 29th, 2022|Office Equipment Reviews|

Epson WorkForce WF-7710 Wide-Format All-in-One Printer Review

The Epson WorkForce WF-7710 is a large-format, all-in-one printer, copier, and scanner. It’s easy to use, quite easy to use, and has a couple of significant features that make the printing process easier and smoother.

The crucial words that are associated with this printer are “wide-format”. The WorkForce WF-7710 is an All-in-One printer that can print borderless photos with the size of 13″ x 19″.

A larger printer area can be a big upside to many people, but at this price, is the Epson WorkForce WF-7710 worth it?

Let’s jump into the review and find out.

 

 

 

Overview

The WorkForce WF-7710 uses inkjet printing technology to print out some very nice-looking wide formats. A multi-function printer, this one, unlike many others in its category, supports auto-duplex, not only for printing but also for copying and scanning.

This printer is a splendid choice for anyone who wants a big-format printer with a ton of functionality. It’s perfect for small businesses that need a lot of printing. It’s also great for home users because it’s relatively easy to set up and use. If you’re looking for an All-in-One simple printer with a lot of features, then this printer is a great choice.

While it has its drawbacks, such as the running costs, the Epson WorkForce WF-7710 should be more than welcome in any home office.

What Is a Wide-Format Printer?

A wide-format printer is a printer that prints on paper wider than standard A4 size paper, which is the size that most home office printers print on. It also has a long vertical margin and can use more pages than regular printers, which is why it’s called wide-format.

The Epson WorkForce WF-7710 can print on A3-sized paper (11-3/4″ x 16-1/2″), up to 13″ x 19″ with a maximum resolution of 2400dpi. Someone who needs a large-scale print, like posters, will truly benefit from this.

Features

WorkForce WF-7710 Wide-Format All-in-One printer has an exceptional list of features. One of its most remarkable features is undoubtedly the auto-duplex for printing, scanning, and copying. Another prominent feature is single-pass auto-duplexing ADF, which supports 35 sheets.

This All-in-One printer from Epson has a 250-sheet tray, which is quite a low number compared to its closest competitors. In the middle of the printer, you can find a 4.3″ touch-screen that has large icons and is pretty easy to use. On the right side of the touchscreen is a control panel, neatly organized, good-looking and modern.

  • PrecisionCore Heat-Free
  • Prints Up to 13″ x 19″
  • 250-sheet tray
  • Auto-Duplex Printing, Scanning, Copying, and Faxing
  • 35-page ADF
  • 4.3″ Touchscreen

Connectivity Options

Epson WorkForce WF-7710 has a TON of connectivity options, including the NFC, which you don’t see as often. There are the usual Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and USB connectivity options, and you can also use Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint.

If that is not enough for you, you can also print from Epson’s apps for smartphones, like the Epson iPrint.

Performance

None of these touchscreen displays and connectivity options matter if the printer performs poorly. Luckily, that is not the case with the WF-7710. The printed text looked exceptional, with deep blacks. If you are looking for a printer to print out great-looking documents, this one should certainly be on your list.

Photo quality, on the other hand, is a bit different. Not that it’s bad, it’s quite average to put it that way. The colors could’ve been more vibrant, so photographers will need to find better options than this one.

The scanner is outstanding. Replications are great, made possible by the maximum resolution that this printer has, 4800 DPI, and it works up to 13″ x 19″ sized papers.

Support For Sublimation Printing

If you have dye-sublimation ink for this printer and sublimation paper, you will print out some nice-looking sublimation prints with this Epson printer. It’s actually one of the most popular dye-sublimation printers around, mainly because of its price, because dye-sublimation printers usually cost a lot more.

Sure, with this printer you won’t get the perfect dye-sublimation printing experience, but it’s more than good enough to get you started.

Downsides

While the WorkForce WF-7710 has a lot of upsides to it, it surely also has a couple of downsides. First off, we have the high running costs, which are much larger than those of its closest competitors. So, knowing that, we can’t recommend the WF-7710 to those who plan to use it often.

The second issue is, like with many Epson printers, the printhead nozzles can clog much more often than printers from other brands. If you want to know how to deal with that issue, read our how-to guide on how to clean Epson printhead nozzles here.

Conclusion

While this printer has a couple of downsides, the support for 13″ x 19″ paper, sublimation printing, and Auto-Duplex for printing, copying and scanning will appeal to many people.

It’s a printer that is extremely easy to use and has a good overall printing quality. If the high printing costs are not an issue for you, then you should seriously consider the Epson WorkForce WF-7710.

By |2022-02-03T14:34:06+01:00February 3rd, 2022|Office Equipment Reviews|

5 Best HP Printers That Use 61 Ink Cartridges

There are a ton of HP printers that use 61 ink cartridges, and choosing the right one for you might be a difficult and time-consuming task. Some models are good for printing photos but not as good for printing documents and vice versa.

Some are designed for home offices, some for big businesses. So, it’s always smart to do a little bit of research before you go and buy an HP printer that uses 61 ink.

To help you make your decision and choose the perfect printer for your needs, we created the list of the top 5 best HP printers that use 61 ink cartridges.

Let’s get into it.

HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One Printer – Best For Home Offices

HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One Printer View from the front

The first printer on this list is the HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One, a printer that uses inkjet printing technology for printing good-quality photos and documents with crisp-looking text. While it’s missing the Ethernet connectivity option, there is Wi-Fi and USB connectivity options. If you are a photographer, you will be pleased to hear that this printer also has an option to print directly from an SD card.

The best feature that this printer has is the Auto-Duplex feature, a huge time saver. Since this is an All-in-One printer, besides printing, it has a scanning and copying feature, but it misses out on the faxing feature. Not the most important one in this day and age, but it’s nice to have it.

It’s definitely aimed at home office use since its printing speed is not acceptable for businesses, but it is for a home office. The printing quality for photos truly surprised us, just like its ease of use.

The Envy 5530 e-All-in-One printer has a pretty good-looking design with a stylish two-color combination. Just imagine this printer on a dark wooden desk, it will be a perfect combination.

With a great output quality and a good price, this printer is recommended for those who need a new printer for light usage and don’t care too much for printing speeds.

Pros

  • Great output quality
  • Sleek design
  • Auto-Duplex printing

Cons

  • Missing Ethernet port
  • Slow printing

HP Officejet 4630 e-All-in-One – Best For Small Businesses

The best HP printer that uses 61 ink for small businesses is the Officejet 4630 e-All-in-One. Like the previous printer on this list, this one also uses thermal inkjet technology to print great-looking graphics and good-quality photos and documents. Compared to the Envy 5530, this one has a faxing option, and besides that, it can also copy, scan, and obviously, print.

The 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) that the Officejet 4630 has is perfect for smaller offices and it also has the Auto-Duplex feature that enables you to print automatically on both sides of the paper.

However, there are also some downsides to this one. For starters, this one, like the Envy 5530, lacks the Ethernet port. Secondly, the printing speeds are quite sluggish, and there are several printers in this category that are much faster than the Officejet 4630.

However, its good price and output quality will be great for most people. If its printing costs are reasonable for you then the HP Officejet 4630 e-All-in-One is a printer that you should consider.

Pros

  • Graphics printing quality
  • Auto-Duplex
  • 35-sheet ADF

Cons

  • Slower than its main competitors
  • No Ethernet port

HP Deskjet 1000 – Best Budget Printer

While the Deskjet 1000 misses out on a lot of features, it surprised us in the photo printing department and it’s super easy to get it set up. It’s a compact printer, designed for home office use.

While the Deskjet 1000 is a pretty old printer, it still has a good design that will make it match nicely in many home office spaces. This single-function printer, because of its age, lacks the now standard Wi-Fi connectivity. You only have the USB connectivity option with this one.

It makes up for it with a good output quality for documents and photos and the 60 sheet tray is more than good for a printer that is this compact. A very useful printer, with good print speeds, is a good budget option if you want an HP printer that uses 61 ink.

Pros

  • Photo printing quality
  • Satisfactory print speed
  • Compact

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi connectivity
  • No copy and scan features

HP Envy 4500 e-All-in-One – Best Compact Printer

HP Envy 4500 e-All-in-One compact printer

For those who are looking for an inexpensive and compact printer, the Envy 4500 e-All-in-One should be at the top of the wish list. It’s a printer that can do it all; print, scan, and copy and has an extremely easy setup, either by Wi-Fi or by USB.

Affordable as it is, the print quality is quite good. Of course, the print quality isn’t razor-sharp, but for an affordable printer, it’s rather good.

There are two things that we didn’t like about this printer and those are the high ink running costs and the noise it makes while it prints. The second issue isn’t that big, but the running costs surely are.

So, knowing that, we definitely wouldn’t recommend this all-in-one printer to those who need to use it quite often, as that could be very costly.

Pros

  • Can print, copy and scan
  • Good printing quality

Cons

  • Noisey
  • Printing costs

HP Deskjet 3000 – Fastest Printing Speeds

Please welcome the HP Deskjet 3000, an inkjet printer with great output quality and fast printing speeds. Designed with sleek lines and to be user-friendly, this printer should be on your radar if you are looking for a fast HP printer that uses 61 ink cartridges.

It features a small LCD screen that lets you change various printing settings if you don’t wish to print from your phone or laptop. Lightweight and quite compact, it’s a great printer for those who need it for light usage.

Its overall printing quality is as expected from an affordable printer, but the printing speeds are what surprised us. So, knowing all that, this printer is recommended for those who need a printer for light usage, because the ink runs out fairly quickly, and those who want a printer for heavy-duty usage should look elsewhere.

Pros

  • Printing speed
  • Has an LCD screen

Cons

  • High printing costs

Conclusion

HP printers have been around for more than 30 years and still are the leaders in inkjet printers. They have continued to improve its line of printers with each new model and the ones that use 61 ink cartridges are not an exception. They are designed to last for a long time and be easy to use, and they succeed in doing just that. 

Not what you are looking for? Check out HP printers that use 950 and 951 ink cartridges here, or the ones that use 952 ink.

By |2022-03-29T22:13:32+01:00January 27th, 2022|Office Equipment Reviews|

HP Envy Photo 6255 All-in-One Printer Review

There is a lot of competition in the world of affordable printers. There are so many models from so many well-known brands, and very few of them are more well-known than HP.

In this category of printers under $200, HP has a lot of models and few of them provide as good value as the Envy Photo 6255. While you can’t expect some crazy printing quality, Envy 6255 is quite a decent printer with a good design and good printing costs.

Let’s jump into the review and see if the HP Envy Photo 6255 All-on-One is the right printer for you.

HP Envy Photo 6255 Printer Review

 

 

 

Short Overview

With a sleek design, a 2.2″ touchscreen, and options to print, scan, and copy, the Envy 6255 is recommended for people who need a wireless printer for occasional use and don’t necessarily need the best printing quality.

Printing costs are quite low, but the trick is that you need to sign up for HP’s Instant Ink, and not everyone will be a fan of that. While that may be a downside to some people, the upside is that it has an option to be connected to Alexa for hands-free printing.

HP Envy Photo 6255 Features

This All-in-One printer is a pretty versatile one considering its features. It has printing, scanning, and copying features, and the one feature that we were excited to see, the auto duplex feature.

The 2.2″ mono touchscreen is a nice feature, but we would like to see it in color. However, it lets you adjust the printing, scanning, and copying settings without using your phone. Easy to use and with a fairly quick response time, the screen also lets you see some instructional videos to assist you if you get stuck in changing the ink for example.

It’s also cloud printing ready, and you will be able to set that up in just a couple of minutes. It also has a scan to email feature which lets you scan a document and send it to an e-mail address instantly. For people who scan documents a lot, this feature can be a big time-saver.

Moving on to connectivity; the HP Envy 6255 has a Wi-Fi connectivity option, and it works seamlessly. The set-up is painless, and when you connect it to your iPhone or other devices you want to print from, you will be good to go.

The support for Mopria and AirPrint is also there, and, while all of that is great, the Bluetooth and Ethernet connectivity are missing, which may present an issue for some people. But, the option to connect it to Alexa is there, and you will be able to control the printer by voice.

The scanning feature is not the best, it’s rather modest because it lacks the Automatic Document Feeder and the Duplex Scanning feature is also missing. So, if you are looking for an all-in-one printer with a fantastic scanner, you may want to look somewhere else, but on the flip-side, the scanning process on the Envy photo 6255 is very easy, and you will be able to do it without issues.

  • Inkjet Printing Technology
  • 2.2″ Monochrome Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Printing, Scanning and Copying Features
  • Cloud Printing Ready
  • Apple’s AirPrint and Mopria Print Supported

Build Quality and Size

The HP Envy Photo 6255 build quality is just what you would expect from an affordable printer. Made from plastic, some parts give off a sturdy impression, but the printer as a whole definitely could’ve been better.

This is a rather compact printer that can easily fit in your home office, and with its weight of around 14 lbs, it won’t be hard to move it around until you find the ideal spot for it.

Design

While it only comes in one colorway, it suits the design of the Envy Photo 6255 very well. The design of this printer is very sleek, with rounded edges and a combination of matte and glossy finishes.

The power button is found on the left side of the screen (which is directly in the middle) and it glows when the printer is turned on. This printer will fit well in any small or home office, especially if you put it on a dark wood desk.

Print Quality

HP Envy Photos 6255’s print quality has a mixture of both great and bad things. The color accuracy is surprisingly good, and that will suit many people. In this category, very few printers have a better color accuracy than the 6255. The documents came out pretty well, with crisp text.

However, on the downside, you can notice some banding in the photo’s darker areas. But, for most people who are not photographers for example, and need an affordable AIO printer with decent print quality, the HP Envy Photo 6255 is a great option.

Print Speed

Since this is a photo printer, you would expect that the Envy 6255 just rolls out photos with blazing speed. But, that is not exactly the case.

There are several printers that can print faster, and if that is an issue for you then the Envy 6255 is not recommended. With its document printing averaging around 8-9 ppm and photo printing taking slightly over a minute, this printer can fall into the group of printers with average to below-average printing speeds.

Cost Per Print

HP ENVY Photo 6255 Side View

This is a tricky one. If you choose to subscribe to HP’s Instant Ink program, the cost per print of this printer will be quite low. If you plan to use this printer occasionally then the subscription might not be a bad idea.

There is also one more catch. If you plan to only print documents in black and white, that doesn’t mean that the printer won’t use color ink cartridges for other tasks, so when it’s time to replace the cartridges, very likely you will need to replace them all.

Conclusion

With its sleek design, a couple of awesome features, and great color accuracy, HP Envy Photo 6255 will be a great option for many people who are looking for an affordable printer for occasional printing.

While it’s not the best option for professionals, and while it does have its downsides, HP Envy Photo 6255 will be a great printer for most people.

By |2022-01-10T14:56:47+01:00January 10th, 2022|Office Equipment Reviews|

HP Sprocket Studio Printer Review (2022) – Best Printer in the Sprocket Lineup

Sprocket Studio is an easy-to-use, compact photo printer that can fit in your bag. It’s the perfect companion for your smartphone to print photos on the go. Connect wirelessly via Bluetooth and use the free Sprocket app to edit and share photos from anywhere.

It’s a huge improvement compared to the 2nd Edition Studio, and while it’s not that compact, it’s a printer that has a sleek design, a good price, and a consistent performance.

Let’s jump into the review of the HP Sprocket Studio.

HP Sprocket Review

Features

The Sprocket Studio is the largest printer in HP’s lineup of Sprocket photo printers. The new, third-gen Studio is an upgraded version of the 2nd-gen was released in 2018. The printer is a small, square device that easily fits in your hand or a bag. It’s very lightweight and has a sleek design.

HP Sprocket Studio

HP Sprocket Studio is the best printer in the Sprocket lineup. It’s easy to use, has a sleek design, and is quite affordable.

The HP Sprocket Studio prints photos at 300 DPI with an edge-to-edge print. The Studio supports Bluetooth 5.0, which makes it easy to connect wirelessly to your smartphone. While that is a great thing, we are a bit disappointed that the new Sprocket Studio doesn’t have Wi-Fi connectivity. But, since it’s engineered specifically for Bluetooth connection and to be used by the Sprocket app (works great with both iOS and Android phones) that connection truly works seamlessly.

Once you have the printer connected to your smartphone, you can use the app to edit and share photos from anywhere. You can also print directly from social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

The HP Sprocket Studio’s downside regarding its portability is that it needs a power supply to get it working. That power supply is quite bulky, but if you plan to put the Sprocket on a desk, that shouldn’t be a big problem. However, those who plan to take it on trips can purchase an optional battery, which should give you somewhere around 80 prints.

 

 

Battery Pack for HP Sprocket Studio

HP Sprocket Studio Battery Pack

The battery pack for the Sprocket Studio is a way to make your Sprocket Studio more portable. When fully charged, it can produce around 80 prints, and with the USB port it has, you can easily charge your phone.

Design

Now, the third-generation Sprocket Studio is a big step up compared to the 2nd Edition Sprocket. While the 2nd Edition Sprocket enabled you to print 2 x 3 in photos, the bigger Sprocket Studio is made for 4 x 6 photo printing.

The older Sprocket was a more portable printer that was much smaller in size and much more portable than the Sprocket Studio. Well, the new Sprocket Studio is a much more quality printer than the previously mentioned 2nd Edition, so the bigger size is justified.

Its size is 2.68 x 6.6 x 10.7 in, which is a good size if you put it in your home office and it weighs just short of one kilogram, or 2 lbs.

All of the printers from the Sprocket line have a similar design concept behind them. That is minimalism, simplicity, and clean design.

It’s designed to be easy to use, and it does that masterfully. There is only one button on the Sprocket Studio, and that is the power button. On the front, you can see one LED light, which tells you when the printer is turned on. The color of that LED light is configurable, and it changes to red once it runs into some problems. It can blink slowly, fast, or be still, in order which issue you have. When it’s ready for a firmware update you will see alternating colors.

When you want to print something, just press the button once. The LED light will turn blue and start blinking, which means it’s turning on, calibrating, and getting ready for your prints.

On the back, you have the power source where you can connect your AC power adapter. Now, the power bank which we mentioned can also be purchased with a printer, or afterward. The nice thing about the power bank is that it has a USB port that can also charge your smartphone. And, the best thing about it is that you can get up to 80 prints on a single charge.

The front has a small door that can open up. It’s hiding the compartment for your paper pack. You get 10 sheets of glossy paper included with the printer to get you going.

The paper tray on the Studio takes some time to get used to because it really sticks out from the overall design of the Sprocket line of printers. To put the paper in, you just have to open the tray, put it in, close the tray and you are good to go.

Print Quality and Speed

The Sprocket Studio is engineered as the printer with the best print quality of all the printers in the Sprocket lineup. The older and more compact 2nd Edition Sprocket has quite an inconsistent print quality, but that is not the case with the Studio.

The color accuracy on the prints that the Studio produced is quite good and the Studio has a much more consistent performance than the 2nd Edition. Another thing that you notice on the Studio’s printed photos are the details. While in some darker areas of the photo they can be missing, it’s in the lighter areas that the Studio truly shines.

Overall, we were quite pleased by the output quality of the Sprocket Studio and it’s no surprise that this printer is featured in our list of the best 4×6 photo printers.

Now, moving to the printing speed. These types of printers aren’t designed for speed, and you can see that with the Sprocket Studio. While it sure won’t be a problem for many people, the speed could definitely be better, especially when you compare it to some competitors.

Key Specs

  • Weight – 2.06lbs
  • Size – 6.6″ x 10.7″ x 2.68″
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth
  • Dye-Sublimation Print Technology
  • 300 dpi
  • Print Size – 4 x 6 in
  • LED Light

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Canon Selphy CP1300

 

Conclusion

While this printer has its downsides, the positives are quite superior. With a sleek design, good print quality and it’s ease of use, HP Sprocket Studio is highly recommended if you are looking for a new 4×6 photo printer.

Its price is quite affordable, and though it can be higher if you opt-out for a version with a battery pack, it still provides great value, especially when you consider its relatively low printing costs.

By |2021-12-25T12:12:29+01:00December 24th, 2021|Office Equipment Reviews|

Canon Selphy CP1300 Review – A Great 4×6 Photo Printer

Canon Selphy CP1300 is a compact printer, designed to be a portable printer that prints good quality 4×6 photos. It can be used by photographers who travel often and need a portable printer but it also can be used as a small desk printer in your home office to print a 4×6 photo or a postcard size photo whenever you need to.

It is one of the rare compact photo printers that have a built-in display and it also has a couple of connectivity options. All of that sounds great, but the Selphy CP1300 has its shortcomings.

Let’s jump into the review and find out if the Canon Selphy CP1300 is a printer for you.

Features

The Selphy CP1300 is an upgrade to the more affordable Canon Selphy CP1200. While Wi-Fi printing on the CP1200 is quite slow, on the CP1300 that isn’t the case at all. Along with Wi-Fi connectivity, the Selphy CP1300 also has the standard USB and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity options. However, as is the case with many printers, you don’t get the USB cable included in the box with the printer and you have to purchase it separately.

An affordable and compact 4×6 photo printer

With an affordable price and good printing quality, the Canon Selphy CP1300 is a printer that is very hard to beat in its category.

So, you can print via Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and USB, but the CP1300 also has an option to print from an SD card. That will particularly benefit photographers who are traveling and bringing the CP1300 with them. Printing straight from the SD card is a time-saver and we are very happy to see it on the CP1300. The photos imported from the SD card are shown on the LCD screen. There are more good things regarding its connectivity; it also supports Apple’s AirPrint and Mopria.

While it has an upgraded screen compared to the previously mentioned CP1200, its quality is low, and it is not a touchscreen. It uses buttons to navigate and they are found just below the screen. But, the nice touch is that the 3.2″ screen is not fixed and you can pull it up at an angle.

While we said that this printer is quite small and portable, the downside is that there are parts that you have to bring separately with the printer. Those include the bulky paper tray and the power cord. Now, you can get a battery for it, but those are purchased separately and will only add to the overall cost of the printer. If you absolutely don’t need it, our recommendation is to not buy it, since it’s not that cheap.

A Compact Printer

With its size of 2.5″ x 7″ x 5.4″ measured without the removable paper tray, the size of Selphy CP13000 is perfect for small dorm rooms and home offices. It’s not the smallest 4×6 photo printer in the world, but it takes very little space on the desk.

With its weight of around 2 lbs, again, measured without the paper trey and the power cord, it’s very lightweight. If you decide to purchase the battery pack, the weight will go up a little, but nothing too much.

Specs

  • Printing Technology – Dye-sublimation thermal transfer
  • Connectivity Options – Wi-Fi, USB, SD Card, AirPrint, Mopria
  • Resolution – 300 x 300 dpi
  • LCD Screen – Yes
  • AC Power Supply Included
  • Battery Pack Purchased Separately

Build Quality

With this affordable price, build quality is just as you would expect. The printer’s body is made from plastic, but that’s what makes it so lightweight. The optional battery sticks nicely in the back of the printer.

Canon SELPHY CP1300 Pink Colorway

Regarding the colorway, Canon Selphy CP1300 is available in three colorways: black, white, and pink.

Print Quality and Printing Cost

Compact and portable photo printers are designed to print small photos from your smartphones. Therefore, you can’t expect a great print quality, something you can see on high-end printers.

Canon Selphy CP1300 uses thermal dye-sublimation print technology, which uses thermal transfer to put the pigment to the paper. This technology gives the printer vibrant colors and good details in both lowlight and highlights. Now, this is a small printer so you can’t expect it to take full advantage of this great printing technology.

Nevertheless, the CP1300’s print quality is rather good for a compact printer. The prints can last up to a hundred years, which is amazing. Very rarely were the printed photo under the average, in which we’ve seen some loss of details. However, the vivid colors that we’ve seen this printer produce were nothing short of excellent for a printer this small.

This printer does what it’s supposed to do and that is to print good quality photos from your smartphone or an SD card. Print speeds from SD cards are slightly faster than printing from Wi-Fi-connected devices. Overall printing speed ranges from 50 seconds to a minute, which is considered okay from a small printer. It’s not designed with fast printing in mind, and we feel that it won’t represent an issue to many people.

Now let’s move on to the printing costs. In this department, the CP1300 also performed quite well, with the number being around 45 cents per print, which, in this category of compact photo printers is considered fine. 

Setup

The initial setup of the CP1300 is very easy and straightforward. You need to download the app, which details how you can print from your smartphone. Connecting to both Android phones and iPhones is a breeze, so you can very quickly start printing from your phones.

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Conclusion

The Canon Selphy CP1300 is a great small photo printer. While it’s not portable as we initially thought, it can serve as a great photo printer on a desk. The printed photos looked quite good, and the operating cost is pretty fair. Combine that with a good price, and you have some of the best value-for-money compact photo printers on the market.

By |2022-05-02T23:23:46+01:00December 21st, 2021|Office Equipment Reviews|