HP Envy Photo 7120

LARGE, LUMPY AND LOVELY.

TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT -

THERE’S A CLUE in the name here. The Envy pro­duces ex­cel­lent images that you’d be proud to frame, and does so with a tri-colour tank, re­mark­ably out­per­form­ing other print­ers with tanks for sep­a­rate colours. It’s also one of the fastest black-and-white print­ers we have on test, mak­ing it very, well... en­vi­able, de­spite its caveats.

Like the other HP print­ers, the setup app takes you by the hand and gets you con­nected wire­lessly, though there is a disc (how quaint) and a USB cord in­cluded. It’s one of the few with a touch­screen that of­fers short­cuts to print your Google cal­en­dar (you’ll have to con­nect your ac­count on­line). The touch­screen is re­spon­sive though a lit­tle on the small side, and the text can be a bit of a strain to read. Ex­pect to do a lot of scrolling up and down, and side to side.

Setup is a cinch, and the printer auto aligns the car­tridges with­out you need­ing to put the test doc back into the scan­ner. The SD card reader can be used to print pho­tos di­rectly from the card, or you can save scans to it. That’s a boon, as you also have the app, lap­top or cloud ser­vices mak­ing this very flex­i­ble. The scan­ner does a good job, though strug­gles with rep­re­sent­ing shiny pa­per.

Our big­gest com­plaint is the size of the printer, as it takes up a lot of deskspace, and is tall for an all-in-one. While the pa­per tray of­fers good dust pro­tec­tion, it per­ma­nently juts out.

Our black-and-white print test ran at a fast 8.3 pages per minute (ppm). Scan­ning test came back at 37 sec­onds, and the cost for black ink is $0.10 per page (pp), while colour is $0.17pp. Be aware, that if one colour runs out, you’ll need to re­place the whole tank.

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