HP Officejet 100 mobile inkjet printer
HP Officejet 100 review: This battery-powered printer includes Bluetooth
- Small and mobile
- Plenty of battery power
- Bluetooth works well
- We would have liked internal paper storage
The HP Officejet 100 mobile inkjet printer is small enough to stick in a backpack or on the seat of a car, making it a useful solution for printing when you're not in the office.
Price$ 449.00 (AUD)
The HP Officejet 100 is a mobile inkjet printer that's powered by a long-lasting battery, allowing it to be used away from an office. It has built-in Bluetooth as well as USB for direct connection.
HP Officejet 100: Design and setup
The HP Officejet 100 looks like a notebook on steroids, although it's not as deep. It's compact and weighs 2.5kg with the battery attached. We would have ideally liked the Officejet 100 to store its paper internally — instead, the 50-sheet cassette extends out the top of the printer, so you'll have to take the paper out each time you want to move the Officejet 100. The external battery sticks out slightly from the Officejet 100's rear.
The HP Officejet 100 doesn't support Wi-Fi, which is disappointing given the printer costs $449.
We connected the HP Officejet 100 to our test Apple MacBook Pro via Bluetooth. In its default security mode the Officejet 100 is open to any Bluetooth device, but more stringent security can also be set up. You can also use USB if you want to connect to a notebook, and direct printing is also available through the PictBridge USB port which supports JPG and other common image files.
The Officejet 100 mobile inkjet printer's Bluetooth driver is basic, but it allows you to alter key settings like paper size and type. We weren't able to monitor ink levels, though — this can be done through the USB drivers, and an ink warning light on the printer's top also tells you when it's time to change cartridges.
HP rates the Officejet 100's detachable battery at 500 pages before a recharge is required. Considering the printer's recommended duty cycle is also 500 pages and the printer itself can only hold 50 sheets at a time, we think the battery is more than powerful enough for the HP Officejet 100.
HP Officejet 100: Print speed and quality
The HP Officejet 100 supports 300dpi and 600dpi printing through its Bluetooth print driver; to print high quality photos at the maximum 4800x1200dpi, you'll need to connect via USB. We printed a three-page test monochrome text document in 1min 29sec using the Bluetooth 300dpi setting — slow going largely due to the 43sec wait for the first page to be printed. Hooking the printer up to USB offers faster print speeds, mainly due to the first page coming out quicker — we achieved HP's quoted five pages per minute for black printouts but colour documents were slower at around two and a half pages per minute.
The black text we printed with the HP Officejet 100 portable inkjet printer was acceptable. Edges on text are ever so slightly fuzzy and we thought text used slightly too much ink. Colour print quality is similarly acceptable, but not spectacular. We'd happily print out pie charts and simple graphics, but full colour photos tend to look grainy and undersaturated. The tri-colour ink cartridge also means that you're likely to run out of one colour before the others are empty.
HP Officejet 100: Conclusion
The HP Officejet 100 is a suitable product for anyone who's travelling and needs regular access to a printer — as long as print speed and print quality aren't crucial. We would have liked to see more features and a few minor design changes, though.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Google Daydream VR headset
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® Portable SSD
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Acer Swift 7
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 2 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- 3 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 4 Garmin Fenix Chronos fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 5 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
Latest News Articles
- Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8
- Sony's virtual reality suit is why people go to SXSW
- Samsung's UHD Monitor covers 99.5 per cent of Adobe colour spectrum
- HP settles cases with inkjet cartridge vendors
- Study predicts PS3 will win the console war
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- First look at the Formula 1 2017 pit lane in Melbourne, Australia
- LG 2017 OLED and Super LED UHD 4K TVs: Hands-on review
- Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC
- FTBillings Integration ArchitectVIC
- TPDigital Business AnalystNSW
- FTJunior Software Engineer - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)NSW
- TPNode JS DeveloperNSW
- TPPerformance Test Analyst - Perth BasedQLD
- FTSoftware Development Manager - CloudACT
- FTAEM Architect - Blue Chip companyNSW
- FTSAP Data Migration LeadNSW
- CCMicrostrategy DeveloperVIC
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)WA
- FTApplication Team Lead - ERP & Microsoft TechnologiesNSW
- CCApplication PackagerNSW
- TPJunior Software DeveloperQLD
- FTServer Engineer l Windows l VMWare l Active DirectoryNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTChief Architect - Principal ArchitectVIC
- FTDeveloper - Java/J2EEQLD
- FTSenior Change Analyst/ Change ManagerNSW
- CCAgile CoachNSW
- CCAgile Project ManagerNSW
- FTIT SpecialistACT
- CCTechnical Project ManagerNSW
- FTUX DesignerNSW