HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-In-One
Peppy print speed; low colour costs with high-yield supplies
Pricey standard-size black ink; mediocre print quality on plain paper
The HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One colour inkjet multifunction (print/scan/copy/fax) offers many impressive capabilities, especially considering its affordable price of just $279. Geared toward the needs of a midvolume home or small office (printing dozens, not hundreds, of pages per week), the Officejet 6700 Premium performs quickly and produces decent text and photos. Its inks, especially colours, are affordable in their high-yield versions.
The OfficeJet 6700 Premium is a triple treat, interface-wise: USB, ethernet and Wi-Fi are all present. Setup is easy and the software is the usual competent but easy-to-use HP suite, including optical character recognition.
The control panel is a 2.65in touchscreen colour LCD with additional touch controls to each side. The only non-touch control is the power button. A USB port on the OfficeJet 6700 Premium’s front allows you to offload scans or perform direct printing.
Highlights in paper handling include a roomy 250-sheet bottom-mounted paper tray (most of its competitors have 100- or 150-sheet trays) and a 75-sheet output tray, plus automatic duplexing. The flatbed scanner platen is your typical letter/A4-size offering, but the 35-sheet automatic document feeder above it can scan legal-size media and capture both sides of a two-sided document (one side at a time). Telescoping hinges for the scanner cover/ADF are the only things we missed.
The OfficeJet 6700 Premium’s speed is peppy for the price range: In our tests the OfficeJet 6700 Premium reached a medium-fast rate of 10 pages per minute printing plain text on the PC and Mac platforms and it posted average or faster speeds printing photos and colour graphics. Only its scanning was significantly more sluggish than average.
Though the scans are slow, at least they look good: fairly accurate in colour, not too choppy or dark. Print quality disappoints at default settings on plain paper, as text appears dark charcoal rather than black and slightly soft around the edges, while colour images look orangey and fuzzy. Switching to a finer quality mode for text and photo paper for colour improves matters considerably (and uses more ink). The draft mode is both faster and more readable than most.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice
Though the HP Officejet 6700 Premium falls a bit short in scanning capabilities and ink costs, it’s otherwise a capable midpriced inkjet MFP. A similarly priced competitor, the Brother MFC-J825DW, offers CD/DVD printing and a two-year warranty (compared to the HP’s one), but it also has a lower paper capacity and some higher ink prices.