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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

Motors swivel the control panel up and a paper stop into place for printing, from where they return when you collect the finished job. This adds a short delay to the start of a job, but the Envy 100 was quick to produce draft text, reaching nearly 15 pages per minute (ppm). It wasn’t as rapid at normal quality, however, managing only 5.4ppm in black and 1.9ppm in colour, while photos were very slow and wouldn’t print without borders. Other than this, we were quite happy with the results. Text and graphics looked crisp and solid on plain paper, while photos were free of banding or any visible grain.

While the Envy 100’s scanner is a little slow to create previews, you don’t need to scan again for resolutions of up to 300dpi. The driver does need to rescan above this, though, with 1,200dpi being particularly slow. The interface has no auto-exposure or automatic marquee selection, making it less easy to use than some. Scans are disappointing, too, with automatic sharpening leaving obvious artefacts.

While the Envy 100 looks clever, its control panel and motorised paper stop seem over-complicated gimmicks. By contrast, the print and scan drivers seem simple, but their omission of some basic features leaves them verging on simplistic. Epson’s PX720WD is better and cheaper.

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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