With the highly demanding needs of consumers for affordable and design-friendly printers, HP has once again developed this very attractive printer anyone will desire. With this new innovation, consumers will have a new way of looking at printers sold in the market.
The printer is packaged in a tote bag.
HP’s Envy 100 printer weighs 17 pounds and measures only 4”x17”x13” (HWD), with a market price of only $249. Looking at it, it is very elegant, shiny, and striking to the eyes. The lid is somewhat like glass, silk-screened while the paper storage tray is designed with metal finish.
The HP Envy100 is elegant with a sturdy finish.
At the front, it is sleek but fingerprint resistant. Its sidings are of synthetic weighty gray. At the front of the top is a minute lid that conceals the PictBridge port, card slot which reads SD, Multimedia cards, Memory Stick/ Memory Duo cards.
The card slots are found at the top portion of the printer.
There are two ink cartridges: the black and multi-color tanks. These are quite expensive as compared with the other units. With the cheaper one, you get the two cartridges for only $31.99 per set but the output expected is only 200 black and 165 colored pages. Because it in set, you need to refill the cartridges even if only one color is low, since the tanks are not separate. But if you prefer the ones with bigger capacity, it is priced for $34.99 and is sold separately.
The Control Panel is touch-sensitive. You can navigate by swiping your fingers thru the screen.
The POWER wire connects to the unit found at the right back portion, and when attached, it turns ON. A silk-covered power image lights up to indicate if the unit is working. Then there are instructions seen on the Control Panel for you to personalize the printing job.
The Control Panel is shown with icons for controlling the settings of the printer.
The Control Panel appears as a stunning LCD screen with four images seen at the corners Back, Help, Home and Error. Underneath left, you will notice the POWER image. The icons seen on the Control Panel are designed for you to control the printer like monitoring ink levels and changing settings.
A paper arm is attached to catch pages.
The Envy 100 can only load eighty pages on its paper tray and twenty five more at the paper-out support arm. There is also an indicator on its Control Panel which lets you choose the type of paper you will use.
There are several options from where you can print: from your PC or thru e-Printing. Printing texts and graphics is a bit fast compared to some other printers. However, colored printing jobs turned out to be messy and unclear. One advantage of this printer is that it does its printing job unnoticed. During printing, the printer produces a whisper-soft sound, which is ideal when placed in the living room.
The 8.5×11.6-inch scan bed is found at the top.
You can also scan or copy files by just pressing the correct image at the Control Panel. You can opt to scan from a flash card or directly from the net, and you can also personalize your settings for this activity.
HP Envy 100 at rest, with the front panel powered down.
The HP Envy 100 printer is a great option for a PC peripheral that is presentable in the living room. If you think that printers are all the bulk and hassle, consider this and it will give you a brighter way of looking at printers.