In the past, small and medium businesses had few options for inexpensive wide format printing. They either used an expensive print service or purchased a huge printer, in addition to the paper and ink to run it.
Recently, inkjet manufacturers have wised up and released more affordable single function wide format printers ideal for small businesses and workgroups. Epson’s WorkForce 1100, Canon’s Pixma iX7000, and HP’s Officejet 7000 all fit the bill.
But how will the Officejet 7000 stack up to its peers? Read our hands-on first look for details specs, pricing and photos and come back soon for the full review when we reveal our findings!
OFFICEJET 7000 SPECIFICATIONS:
- Wide format single function
- Print speeds: up to 32 ppm in color, 33 ppm in black
- Print resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi
- Paper capacity: 150 sheet cassette
- Monthly duty cycle: up to 7,000 pages
- Connectivity: Ethernet, USB 2.0
- Compatible with Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.6
- Energy Star qualified
- One-year limited warranty
It’s also more compact and sleek than its Officejet 6000 or Pro 8000 counterparts. The Officejet 7000 weighs in at 15.4 pounds, which is amazing if you consider the machine is built to print on media up 13 x 19 inches. Its dimensions when not in use are about 23 x 16 x 7 inches; with the extended output tray out, the dimensions are closer to 23 x 26 x 7 inches.
Since the Officejet 7000 is a single function printer geared toward small business, it has a simplistic approach to printing. The control panel consists of four buttons: network, cancel, feed, and power. There are also four ink gauges on the front control panel, one for each color.
Installing the ink cartridges is fairly simple as well: just flip the lid and place each cartridge in the print head carriage. The Officejet 7000 comes with four HP 920 ink cartridges (CMYK). HP also offers high-capacity cartridges for the Officejet 7000, the 920XL series (CMYK).
The Officejet 7000 has a maximum input capacity up to 150 sheets and can print on a variety of media sizes from 3.5 x 5 to 13 x 9 inches. And although the Officejet 7000 does not offer automatic duplexing, users can manually duplex projects.
For home offices and small workgroups, the Officejet 7000 comes with built-in network capability and can be shared among five users. It’s also available through a USB 2.0 connection for single users.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format printer is available now through HP.com, on sale for $149.99, $80 off the suggested retail price of $229.99.
A set of standard capacity HP 920 inks will set users back $47.98 while high capacity HP 920XL inks cost $76.96 since there is no high capacity color combo available on HP.com.
Customers can also purchase HPs two- or three-year Next Business Day Exchange Service for $64.99 and $89.99, respectively, in addition to the standard one-year limited warranty.