HP Designjet T120 Review: Large Format, Low Cost

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 7
    • Features
    • 9
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.17
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Great photo prints
    • Easy navigation with touchscreen
    • Wired/Wireless connectivity
  • Cons

    • Print quality with HP Bright White Inkjet Paper
    • Size of color cartridges

Quick Take

The HP Designjet T120 offers great overall value for businesses looking for an affordable large format printer.

If your business is looking for an affordable, large format printer that can print images and text on a wide variety of media types then the HP Designjet T120 might be exactly the printer that you need.

The Designjet T120 is the entry level-priced model in HP’s large format line with an official retail price tag of $999.99 at the time of this writing. Customers can use the T120 for prints as small as 8.5 x 11-inches from the single sheet feed or as large as 24-inches wide from the front-loading media roll.

Our editors were quite impressed with the Designjet T120, but HP still has some room for improvement as we’ll explain in this review.

Build and Design

The Designjet T120 resembles the smaller Photosmart inkjets with the sleek black exterior, 4.3-inch color touchscreen and simple layout. And as the most compact of the series, customers can actually set the T120 up on a desktop or purchase the optional stand which includes an output landing for printers using media roll.

Without the stand, the approximate dimensions are 39 x 21 x 11 inches but if you plan on printing from a desk, you’ll need to allow for at least another foot of space in front of the printer for print output. If you opt for the stand (like the review unit we received), you’ll need more space (overall dimensions with the printer attached are around 39 x 36 x 37 inches) but it’s on wheels so it’s easy to move around the office.

If set up over a network (the Designjet T120 offers wireless, wired and USB connectivity), the Designjet T120 offers web connectivity with Designjet ePrint & Share, similar to the HP ePrint you find on the Photosmart and Officejet all-in-one inkjets. It works with both Apple and Android operating systems.

The Designjet T120 uses four 711 series ink cartridges (CMYK) and customers can easily change cartridges on the Designjet T120 thanks to the front loading access found on the left side of the device.


The Designjet T120 can truly handle a variety of media thanks to the dual paper inputs, the B+/A3 tray and 24-inch wide front-loading roll. The input tray can handle media ranging from 8.3 to 24 inches wide while the spindle can handle media rolls ranging from 11 to 24 inches wide. The maximum roll output is 150 ft. with a maximum media thickness up to 11.8 mil.




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