Performance

May 11, 2012 by Sarah Meyer Reads (18,233)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

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

Performance

Setting up the Officejet 6700 Premium
The Officejet 6700 Premium comes with a single sheet guide for the initial setup. It will direct you through the first two basic steps – unpack and plug in – and ask users to continue the setup using the touchscreen display.

Through the touchscreen, you’ll set up language, date, load ink, load paper, align the cartridges, select your connection option and activate web services (if you chose a network connection). Once setup is complete, the display will ask that you pop in the provided CD.

On your PC, the wizard will take you through the customizable software selections, installation agreements and settings and internet connection usage settings. You?ll then be asked to confirm connection type, select printer settings, setup ink alerts and whether you?d like to install the latest updates. When the installation is complete, you can start exploring your new device with the HP Home Center.

If you chose to activate ePrint, you’ll need to set it up through the HP ePrint Center. To complete this, you?ll need the information page with the printer’s new code printed during the installation process above. Don’t have one? Select Web Services on the touch screen display and hit print report and the Officejet 6700 Premium will print a new one.

If this is your first HP product, you’ll need to complete a brief register and sign in. Once signed in, select “add printer” and type in the printer code. It will confirm that the printer is connected and allow you to select a new email address (in the past you were forced to use the random one made up of letters and numbers), setup an Allowed Senders List and choose preferred print settings.

Ease of Use
As we’ve done in the past for HP web-enabled devices we’ve reviewed, I’m going to split this section into two sub sections: Web apps, touchscreen and ePrint and computer software. I’ll start with the Web apps section since I just went over the registration process.

Web apps, Touchscreen and ePrint
I suggested activating the ePrint technology above because it?s a great way to share information, documents, images, etc. from any device that has email wherever you may be roaming.

After you complete the initial registration we highlighted above, you?ll be able to access the HP ePrintCenter home page. You?ll find your ePrint email address (that can be changed anytime), a queue of recent print jobs, real time info about the printer and your print apps.

Strangely, there was no direct mention of the Google Cloud Print functionality unlike the Photosmart 7510 we reviewed earlier this year. However, if you have an active Google account and you set up the Officejet 6700 Premium ePrint feature, you can easily register the printer with Google Cloud Print.

HP includes the same list of email clients it’s tested, although it “does not guarantee full compatibility.” The list still includes: Outlook 2003 and 2007, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Apple Mail (iPhone, iPad, Macbook, Macbook Pro), BlackBerry mail client and Nokia/Symbian client (Nokia).

Senders can attach up to 10 items to an email as long as the total size limit is 5MB or less. HP will accept the following attachments: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Text files (.txt), PDF, HTML and images (bmp, jpg, png, gif, and tiff).

Like the other models, we tested several email clients successfully including: Gmail, Outlook 2007, Hotmail from both a PC and a BlackBerry device, Yahoo! Mail, Office Outlook Web Access and a handheld using Microsoft Exchange.

Once again, I would warn users that plan on giving out the ePrint email address to others to make sure you keep only copy paper in the tray. When someone sends an email to the printer, it automatically prints on whatever media is loaded. I?d like to see all incoming mail from the ePrint address be approved through the touch screen before it printed.

Officejet 6700 Premium will be happy to know (or at least I was) that you can add and/or rearrange your print apps in the ePrintCenter. I still have no clue as to why some products offer this feature like the Officejet 6700 Premium or the TopShot LaserJet Pro M275, while others like the Photosmart 7510 don?t.

You can also add/edit print apps using the 2.65-inch touchscreen display. The Officejet 6700 Premium comes pre-loaded with 35 apps including: Biz Card, Scan Receipt, eStorage, Executive Digest, MSNBC, Google Calendar, Living Healthy, Golf Digest, Quick Forms, Reuter?s news and more.

To add, edit or rearrange apps use the Get More app on the touch screen or sign in to the HP ePrint center. There are over 90 applications in total.

Overall, the touch panel is fairly easy to navigate and sensitive to touch. As a person that actually likes to touch things, I like that screen gives as if you are pushing a button. 2.65-inches is a decent size and really the only functionality that is at all difficult to use (I use the term lightly) is the alphanumeric key pad. However, if you are a Smartphone user, you?ll have no problem with this.

Computer Software
HP has included very similar software to what we saw during the Photosmart 7510 review. There is still a home page that links to most of the provided software: web connected solutions, scanner actions, printer preferences, help and support, shopping resources and privacy disclosures. The main difference is they switched out HP Photo Creations for Fax Actions.

The scan software was basic but more than adequate for an all-in-one inkjet. Users can select a variety of scan-to options on the first page and then, once the document or photo has been scanned in, choose from a few basic editing tools: crop, rotate, lighten/darken and add/remove pages.

I can?t say I missed HP Photo Creations but I feel like it wouldn?t hurt to include a photo printing software option on all HP inkjets. Businesses may not print many photos, but it?s still nice to have the option.

The fax software was also fairly basic but still useful. You can add a cover letter and scans, choose to send in color or black and white, adjust the contrast and adjust the resolution. I had no problem sending or receiving a fax with the Officejet 6700 Premium. If you didn?t setup your fax during the initial installation or simply want to change the settings, this can be performed using the software on the PC.

HP also includes an embedded web server where users can adjust a variety of print, network, scan, fax and web service settings or just get real time information about the Officejet 6700 Premium. Users can also adjust settings through the print properties/preferences menu.

Print Speed and Quality Tests
HP advertised ISO print speeds for the Officejet 6700 Premium as 16 ppm in black and 9 ppm in color. When printing our 40-page black and white text document, the average print speed was 16 ppm, but dropped slightly when printing mixed documents, with color images and black and white text, to about 13 ppm. When printing full color images, graphs, etc., the print speeds were closer to 9 ppm. Not only were the advertised ISO print speeds right on the money, but during our tests, the Officejet 6700 Premium printed as fast as 18 ppm, above the advertised speeds!

The black and white print quality was good; solid and dark. The color quality was also fairly good; not laser quality on normal copy paper but not as grainy as I?ve seen from other inkjet printers. When using better quality paper or photo paper, the color quality was quite good.


Officejet 6700 Premium Normal Print Sample, left, Officejet 6700 Premium Draft Print Sample, right

The Officejet 6700 Premium has an excellent draft mode. The print speeds are some of the quickest we’ve seen at 23 ppm while still maintaining good quality. You will notice a slight difference with the lettering not being as bold as the normal draft mode, but it?s still quite good.

Photo print speeds were quick but not the fastest we?ve seen; it took about 38 seconds to print a 4×6 print and just over a minute to print an 8.5 x 11 inch image.


Original digital image, left, Officejet 6700 Premium print sample, right

The photo quality was good for an inkjet geared towards businesses and for the most part, I think customers would be pleased with the results because the details are crisp and the colors are good. However, I did notice on two of my 4×6 test photos some very fine lines running through the image. If you look at the corners of the scanned image of the puppy below, you can see them but they are absent in the landscape photo next to it.  I did not see anything like this on the 8.5 x 11 inch images. Also, you cannot print borderless photos with the Officejet 6700 Premium ? at least not that I could find.  UPDATE: There is an option to print borderless photos depending on what software you use, such as Windows Live.

Final thoughts on photo printing? If you need to actually print photos more than once in a blue moon, consider an inkjet that is geared towards photo printing.


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