HP Envy 100 review

Stylish all-in-one offering web-based remote printing
Photo of HP Envy 100
£199.99

The HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One is stylish all-in-one multifunction printer that enables you to print documents from anywhere, using the web as a means of rapid printing of letters, charts and photos sent from home to office – or even across continents.

Good looking
Unlike most conventional MFPs, the Envy 100 looks more like a piece of stylish contemporary hi-fi equipment rather than a heavy lump of black plastic. It weighs just 8kg, features a sleek patterned glass scanner cover and measures an exceedingly slimline 427x336x102 mm.

Designed in glossy black, cream and silver, the Envy 100 boasts an 8.9cm TouchSmart display, which silently rises up to greet you when you press the backlit power symbol. Discreetly hidden to the right of the controls is an SD/MMC memory card reader, as well as a USB port for flash memory drives, while at the base is a single paper input tray that holds a mere 80 sheets of A4.

Getting connected
While you can set up a direct connection to your PC by plugging in a USB cable at the back (there’s no Ethernet available), the best way to get the most out of the Envy 100 is to use the enclosed software to establish a Wi-Fi link to your router – which we managed easily within minutes.

With that done, you can then link to HP’s online ePrint Centre and establish an e-mail address for your printer, to which you can send any text or attachment from a computer or mobile phone – then just sit back and watch as those documents are printed out.

Down to business…
Various web apps can be downloaded directly to the Envy 100 without involving the PC, but we found that connection wasn’t always stable. Similarly, scanning to your PC worked effortlessly from the installed software on your PC – but not so reliably when controlled from the printer. Printing from memory cards was a breeze, though, quickly skimming through all the photo options. We did, however, find that the input tray had some trouble producing A4 photos without jamming (yet no issues with 10×15 cm prints).

Although the Envy 100 is clearly not intended to be a solid workhorse, we still found the quality of photos (and especially copies) surprisingly vibrant and detailed – and while draft text documents exhibited a modicum of smudging, normal black text emerged bold and unbroken.

Overall speeds weren’t bad, either: 15ppm for draft mono documents, 4ppm for colour documents and around 1min 5s for 10×15 cm prints – but the use of just two ink cartridges (one black; one tri-colour combining cyan, magenta and yellow) means printing costs are higher than usual.

Company: HP

Contact: 0845 270 4142

Positives
  • Very stylish; enables remote printing via HP online ePrint.
Negative
  • Some output problems; higher than average running costs.

Verdict

HP has to be applauded for extending the reach of printing outside the office with the Envy 100 e-All-in-One - and also for making it so slim and stylish. But there are clearly some technical blips to sort out, and with only average speed and relatively small capacity, it's obviously limited in output.