May 30, 2013 by Jerry Jackson Reads (45,221)
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

Energy Tests

While we’re talking about ink consumption, it is worth mentioning power consumption as well. The HP Designjet T120 is an ENERGY STAR compliant printer, but businesses should keep in mind that all large-format printers consume more energy than a typical smaller inkjet or laser printer.

HP officially says the Designjet T120 consumes approximately 35W when printing and 4.5W in standby mode. However, our power consumption test in the lab show the real-world power usage is closer to 37W while printing and the idle power draw actually fluctuates between 4.5W and 9W. Again, this means the T120 is more expensive to run than a current-generation ENERGY STAR compliant all-in-one office printer but it is better than previous-generation large format printers.

Designjet T120 Specifications

  • Single function wide format inkjet
  • Print resolution: up to 1200 x 1200 optimized dpi
  • 4.3-inch color touchscreen
  • Memory: 256 MB
  • Paper handling: sheet feed, roll feed, automatic cutter
  • HP ePrint, web connectivity
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi
  • Operating systems: Mac OS X, Windows, Citrix, Linux
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year limited warranty


At the end of the day, the HP Designjet T120 offers great overall value for businesses looking for an affordable large format printer.

Although we found the profiles for printing on HP Bright White Inkjet Paper to be pretty terrible for photo printing, this shouldn’t be a major problem for most users since they will probably stick to photo papers when printing photos. That being said, the profiles for printing on HP Premium Satin Photo Paper are nothing short of exceptional and produce excellent prints that are nearly identical to what you see on your computer screen.

The built-in 4.3-inch touchscreen makes it easy to navigate the printer menus and the various connectivity options mean you can print from almost any device. You can use your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet to print, automatically save copies of your work to the cloud when you print using HP Designjet ePrint & Share, or simply email projects directly to the T120 and print.

Combine these features and the $1000 price tag with HP’s optional Onsite Support services (3-year Next Business Day, 3-year 4-hour response, 1-year Post Warranty Next Business Day, or 1-year Post Warranty 4-hour response) and you’ve got arguably one of the best large format printing solutions for a small business.

Pricing and Availability
The HP Designjet T120 24-inch ePrinter is available through HP and authorized retailers for the suggested retail price of $999.

Supplies and accessories can also be purchased through HP. The 711 29-ml color inks can be purchased in single or 3-pack containers. HP offers two sizes in black, a 711 38-ml cartridge and a 711 80-ml cartridge.

HP offers a 1-year limited warranty for the Designjet T120 but customers can extend their warranty with the purchase of optional HP Care Packs.



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