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HP Envy 100 (D410a) review

HP Envy 100 All-In-One Printer - Designer Multitasker

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Overall rating 7.5/10
Design:
8.5
Performance:
7
Features:
7.5
Value:
6.5
THE GOOD
Refreshing design
Able to print content from the Internet without a computer
Supports HP ePrint and Apple AirPrint functions
THE BAD
Single 80-sheet paper input tray
Mediocre print speeds


Performance

Speed Test

Print speeds for a 10-page A4 black-and-white (B&W) Word document and a 10-page color document clocked in at about 6.6 and 3.2 ppm (pages per minute) respectively - not far off from HP's own claims of 6 and 4 ppm. But both speeds are noticeably slower than the similarly-priced Canon Pixma MX886 and the Lexmark Genesis S815 that we've reviewed previously. To be exact, in terms of suggested retail price, the Envy 100 is only about S$30 cheaper. This is of course a concern in terms of value for money, but the HP Envy 100 is clearly not in the same competition as those comparisons even though it's also an AIO. HP has other models to go toe-to-toe with them, but regardless, the Envy 100 has to make up for its speed shortfalls in some other manner (hopefully) or face the same competition.

Since its normal print speeds weren't that fast, we were expecting even slower duplex results - and we were right. With two-sided printing enabled, a 10-page B&W document took about 3 minutes and 9 seconds to print, while a 10-page color document took about 3 minutes and 57 seconds. In other words, about 3.3 and 2.6 ppm respectively.

Copy speeds were only about average too, even for a single-page copy. The 5.6 (B&W) and 2.1 (color) ppm sound more like the speeds one would get when using an ADF (automatic document feeder).

With the exception of the Lexmark Genesis S815 which uses an innovative scan technology, a typical color scan for this class of AIOs would take anywhere between 25 to 35 seconds. So the 19 seconds achieved by the Envy 100 can be considered as fast. 

For a 4R photo print, the Envy 100 took about 56 seconds. A larger A4 print took about 2 minutes and 46 seconds. This is pretty slower compared to performance orientated AIO printers such as compared here and here. At the end of the day, it's important to point out that the Envy 100 isn't marketed as a photo printer. If photo printing is important to you, perhaps you should look into HP's Photosmart series of printers.

In summary, the HP Envy 100 isn't a fast printer, though it's quite a speedy scanner. If you can't afford the waiting time, it's better that you look elsewhere.

 

Image Quality

Below are crops of the HP Envy 100's document print and copy outputs. The font used was Arial at size 12. As mentioned in the test setup page, the Normal quality setting was used. When printing the document that consisted only of pure black text, the 'Print using black ink only' option was selected. For most printers, if this option isn't selected, color inks may be mixed and used even when printing black text or graphics. This is often done to improve print quality and longevity.

 

Overall, we would rate the HP Envy 100's text print quality as good, and text copy quality as above average. Despite the fuzziness of the copied output, text was dark and highly legible, even at small font sizes. Truth be told, unless you're scrutinizing it under a magnifying glass, the imperfections aren't obvious at all. On the other hand, graphics quality was quite good: they came out smooth and natural-looking, if albeit dull at first glance. The same can be said for the photo print quality: good resolution and fairly neutral rendering of the original image; though some dithering could be seen whereby colors broke up into clusters of dots. Scan quality was decent and nothing to shout about. We like the fact that we can scan up to 1200 dpi; but note that the file size is considerably larger (14 MB compared to 1 MB at 300 dpi). The time taken is also much longer: we clocked four and a half minutes.

 

Overall Quality Scores - A Subset of Performance Ratings
Criteria Score (out of 10)
Text Prints 7.0
Graphics Prints 7.5
Scan Quality 7.5
Photo Prints 7.5