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

Ink Control Tests
In our tests, we exhaust (printing until the color runs out) a new set of cartridges; exhaustion meaning the printer will not print another “quality” document without a replacement. We print at a ratio of three pages of black and white text to one full page of color. We decided on the 3:1 ratio because we felt that the average user is printing more text than color.

The HP Officejet 6700 Premium includes four set up HP 932/933 ink cartridges: black, cyan, magenta and yellow. HP does offer high yield cartridges in this series (the 932XL, 933XL), but the Officejet 6700 Premium comes with a set of standard capacity cartridges so that is why we ran the test with them.

At the ratio of 3:1 in HP’s default print mode, the Officejet 6700 Premium printed just over 200 pages when the printer first alerted me that ink was low. I printed another 100 pages, before the yellow ink cartridge expired at 303 pages.

I love that HP allows its customers to select the kind of ink alerts they want and that the consumer can continue printing until they feel like the cartridge can no longer perform (print quality documents/photos).

I didn’t experience any paper jams or misfeeds during my tests but users could have a problem with accidentally printing on photo paper instead of copy paper because I have done that in the past during reviews of Officejet and Photosmart inkjet prints.

Energy Tests
The Officejet 6700 Premium?s energy use was on pace or slightly lower than what we?ve seen from other office inkjets. The Officejet 6700 Premium pulled as much as 34W of energy when warming up or printing in draft mode but typically energy use was lower for other functions.

For instance, when printing text documents in normal mode, the Officejet 6700 Premium uses between 18-26W of energy. When printing photos, the numbers drop to 15-27W.

In ready mode, with the touch screen lit the Officejet 6700 Premium uses about 4W of energy. When it drops into sleep mode with the touchscreen dark, the Officejet 6700 Premium uses about 2W of energy.

Officejet 6700 Premium Specifications:

  • 4-in-1 inkjet: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds (ISO): up to 16 ppm in black, 9 ppm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
  • 2.65-inch color touchscreen
  • HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint
  • Front side USB port
  • Automatic duplexing
  • 35-sheet ADF
  • Paper capacity: 250-sheet paper tray
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year standard HP warranty

Conclusion

I enjoyed using the Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One. HP has continued to improve the ISO print speeds, photo quality and added features I missed on past models all while bringing the initial price down to $169.99.

I still have my doubts that the Officejet 6700 Premium (or any office inkjet) is going to be a true laser replacement when it comes to color printing in terms of cost and quality but I do believe that the Officejet 6700 Premium could be an excellent addition to a home office or be shared among a small work group (think 3-5 people) in a professional setting with light printing needs.

I don?t understand what?s going on with the lack of photo software on HP?s latest lineup of inkjets but in the Officejet 6700 Premium?s case, it?s not really a big issue. I also noticed the fine lines in a few of the 4×6 test photo prints, which again, may not be a deal breaker to customers interested in an office printer.

Overall, I have had many issues in the past with the Officejet all-in-ones I?ve reviewed but HP has rectified many of these problems with the Officejet 6700 Premium and I feel comfortable recommending it to our readers.

Pricing and Availability
The HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One inkjet printer is available now through HP and authorized retailers for the suggested retail price of $169.99.

Supplies and accessories are also available through HP. A set of standard capacity 932/933 ink cartridges will set a user back $50.98 (with combo color pack). A set of high capacity 932XL/933XL ink cartridges will cost $79.96.

The HP Officejet 6700 Premium comes with a 1-year limited warranty but customers can purchase a 2-year or 3-year Care Pack that includes Next Business Day exchange service for $24.99 and $29.99, respectively.


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