HP Officejet 7210
Although the Officejet 7210 is quite bulky, it’s compact compared to some of its predecessors in this market space and has quite a small footprint. It also looks pleasantly stylish for a business product.
Although this is a business printer, it does include the option for photo printing, but this is implemented in a particularly impractical manner. It comes with black and colour cartridges for text and graphics printing, but these have to be swapped out for grey or colour photo cartridges for photo printing. This is awkward in a printer designed to be used on a network and each time you swap out the cartridges they have to be realigned, which wastes ink, paper and time.
As the 7210 is designed for office use it has USB and Ethernet ports built in. It’s a genuine all-in-one device, as it has a printer, scanner, copier and a fax. It has an automatic document feeder, so it can copy and fax multi-page documents. For photo printing it also includes memory card slots and a PictBridge port, which seem a little out of place in a business machine.
Print quality for text is excellent – as good as you can get from an inkjet and more than adequate for output in an office environment. It takes 25.6 seconds to print a single page, and can output 8ppm in normal mode. In draft mode it’s extremely fast, churning out 17ppm and the quality remains impressive.
While we aren’t sure that the addition of photo printing is a good idea in a business all-in-one, output quality is exceptionally good on both plain and photo paper. Colour accuracy is spot on and photos are clear and crisp. But the vast array of settings in the printer driver means it can be difficult to achieve optimum results. We found quality was much better when printing direct from a memory card, rather than from a Mac. An A4 colour image takes 4 minutes 36 seconds to print.
A good all round business printer, but the photo features seem out of place and poorly implemented.