Printers get fashionable.
I’ve had the HP Office Jet 8500A working really well at home for the past year. In fact, it’s been working so well that even my wife considers it hassle-free and easy to use. So when HP sent me the Envy 110 for reviewing, I knew I was going to meet with some resistance swapping the 8500A out. Luckily, the extremely sleek and non-printer like form factor of the Envy helps in situations like these. At less than a third of the size of the 8500A and with much better looks, the Envy 110 certainly looks awesome. But lets find out if its a capable All-in-One device.
Measuring just 427×336.5x102mm, with a beautiful off-white finish and no visible buttons, the Envy 110 certainly does not look like a printer. You can tell that HP has gone back to the drawing board with an empty canvas and not many preconceived notions when designing the Envy. With everything from your computers and monitors starting to look like fashion items, HP wanted to make sure that the printer does not get second-hand treatment on your desk.
HP has done that by hiding things you normally associate with the printer- such as a document feeder or the output tray. To add paper, you pull a concealed tray from the bottom of the device and just fill it up. Because of the small size of the printer, you don’t get rooms for a large stash, but the Envy 110e can still accommodate upto 80 sheets of A4 sized paper or a few 4×6 inch photo paper. There is no output tray but an automatic arm extends from the printer when it detects a print job and can support upto 25 sheets of paper. Once you pick the paper up, the arm hides back into the body.
Connectors are also well concealed with the front side hiding the SD Card slot and the USB port with a flip-door while all buttons are touch based and present on the sides of the touch-enabled 3.45-inch LCD panel. Two LEDs are present on the front- one for power that blinks for any printing activities as well as one for Wi-Fi connectivity. Finally, the back has connections for power and USB if you don’t want to utilize the wireless capabilities of the device.
With regards to features,, the HP Envy 110 will provide you with printing, copying and scanning functionality, however traditional faxing is missing. you can still set up efax on the device that basically lets you send and receive faxes using a virtual phone line through email, however, UAE is not supported as a country meaning you won’t find a local number to use for faxing. One feature that I found lacking is the ability to scan and email directly from the device instead of using a PC. The 8500A allowed me to do this and is certainly one of the features I missed.
The Envy 110e is web enabled which gives the printer an email address allowing you print to it by simply sending your document as an attachment to that email address. Air Print is also supported so you will have no issues printing from your iOS devices. Finally, you can add applications on the printer itself- things like Soduku or Sesame Street activity sheets for kids. Interestingly, some applications disappeared after an update to the printer’s software such as Disney and Nickelodeon- it could be region specific.
Printing and scanning speeds on the HP Envy 110 are a bit on the slower side, but not necessarily to the point of being frustrating. I was able to print a full color page in 27 seconds but a larger document with tens of pages shows the weakness of Envy. Scanning a full color document took 31 seconds while copying that same document took 49 seconds. Scanning to and printing from SD Cards/USB is well supported- certainly a handy feature for people who want to print their photos from their digital camera.
Coming to the quality of documents, the HP Envy 110 does a decent job- especially with photos and colored charts/drawings. While text quality of documents is good, I have seen better output form the likes of the 8500A which are still a bit lower in quality compared to laser printers. What hurts is the capacity of ink cartridges which only gives 200 pages on the black and 165 on the color and costs $17 and $20 to replace respectively. Needless to say, the HP Envy 110 is certainly not for someone who prints day in and day out.
However, I don’t really think HP is after the crowd that prints a large number of documents with the Envy 110. It’s more of a home printer that you can use to print documents and pictures a few times a week. It’s also priced a bit on the higher side at roughly AED 900 but then so is anything that likes to be associated with fashionable and cool.