HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One
Easy setup; looks great
Only one paper feed
HP’s long pedigree in the printer business has been built through a reputation for reliability and solid performance. The ENVY 120 is a multifunction printer that does little to harm that reputation.
We connected the ENVY 120 to our network via Wi-Fi. There’s no need to run a USB cable so, as long as you can get power to it, the Envy 120 can be placed almost anywhere in your home or office.
The clear top that covers the scanning bed looks impressive and gives the ENVY 120 a modern look that sets it apart from other, utilitarian designs that dominate the printer market.
We sent photos and documents to the ENVY 120 from an iPhone, iPad and a MacBook Pro. There was no need to install any other software as the drivers that ship with OS X Mavericks worked perfectly.
It also supports HP’s ePrint system, so you can set it up to receive print jobs from anywhere. For example, if you’re working remotely and a colleague needs a document, you can send it directly to the printer over the internet.
Print quality was excellent. We sent complex documents from our MacBook Pro that included tables, images and photos. All were rendered perfectly with solid blacks and clear colours. Text that was formatted with a very small font was clear and there was no blurring that we could see.
The only thing that we found annoying was the lack of a second paper feed. If we wanted to print photos on glossy stock we needed to reload the paper tray. It’s not difficult, but we found it annoying.
The HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One isn’t the cheapest printer, but it works well in Apple-centric environments. AirPrint works reliably, output quality is very good and it looks great. If it supported a second paper feed it would be close to perfect.