HP Deskjet 9800

This is a serious workhorse printer for office environments. It prints up to A3+, and is designed for speed. It also includes a duplex unit for double-sided printing. While it’s aimed at office users it lacks a network port, which will limit its appeal in this market.

It’s an attractive printer, which benefits from good build quality. As it can handle A3 media it has a large footprint, and the detachable duplex unit adds a further 10cm to it. It uses HP’s standard configuration of paper trays, with the output tray situated above the input tray at the front of the device. However, if you want to
print on heavy media, such as card, there’s a straight-through paper path, where you can feed media through a slot at the back and it won’t get bent as it passes around the roller.

You can use it for all the same functions as a standard A4 printer – for example, text output on plain paper is very clear, although there is slight evidence of the ink running around the edges of characters. And it’s also reasonably quick, at around 6ppm. Be warned, though, that it takes quite a long time to produce the first page, at 25.3 seconds.

Performance in draft mode is much more impressive, achieving a speed of around 15ppm, with a time to first page of 18.2 seconds. Although characters do look slightly blurry in this mode, they’re perfectly legible.

It took just over four minutes to produce a double-sided A3 business document. Colour performance for business graphics is reasonable, although not up to the standard of a colour laser. However, just as with most of HP’S A4 inkjets, you can replace the black cartridge with a photo colour one, and use the Deskjet 9800 for full bleed A3 photo-quality output.

This is great for printing posters and blow-ups of home photos, and since the 9800 driver includes ColorSync profiles, you can even use it as a proofer.A borderless A3 photo quality page takes just overnine minutes to print, and the results are very impressive, with excellent colour accuracy and sharpness.


An excellent all-round business printer, it’s just a shame there’s no network port.

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