The HP Envy Encourage 7220e has made some effort to cover the truth that, like most inkjet MFPs (multifunction printers), it’s only a massive ugly plastic field. HP has tackled the issue with a splash of color, with the scanner lid, output tray and brand that includes an accent color that stands out amongst the standard lineup of black or white plastic alternate options.
The 7220e is out there in a alternative of two colors, blue or beige (sorry, “Surf Blue” or “Portobello”). The beige mannequin that I’ve reviewed right here isn’t notably hanging, however it’ll merge higher with the decor of a median British residence than the monochrome packing containers out there from different producers.
Whereas I wouldn’t usually launch right into a printer assessment with a dialogue on how effectively it’s going to mix together with your decor, this might be essentially the most fascinating factor about this printer. Except for a number of key components that the HP does notably effectively, equivalent to the color touchscreen, its foremost options are in any other case nothing to jot down residence about.
HP Envy Encourage 7220e assessment: What do you get for the cash?
The HP Envy Encourage 7220e is fairly chunky as effectively, weighing 6.91kg and measuring 460 x 383 x 191mm (WDH). To place this into perspective, the scanner lid appears giant sufficient to have an A3 scanner mattress beneath it however lifting the lid reveals a glass mattress that’s solely barely bigger than A4, with a number of white plastic across the edge.
There’s solely a single button on the machine – an influence button on the highest that you need to use to modify the printer on or off. Subsequent to it, dealing with forwards, is a 2.7in touchscreen, which can be utilized to regulate all of the machine’s onboard features. The display is color and in all fairness responsive, with giant icons for menu choices that you just swipe to navigate between.
It’s mounted on a pivoting hinge and will be tipped backwards to make it simpler to see from above. Solely HP is placing such prime quality touchscreens on printers this low cost and it’s a welcome contact of luxurious.
The opposite characteristic of be aware is the paper tray, which sits on the backside of the printer and might maintain as much as 125 sheets of plain paper. There’s additionally a secondary picture paper tray that sits on prime of the primary tray; it could possibly solely retailer 15 sheets however it’s helpful to not should empty the primary tray when printing the occasional picture.
With regards to printing, the machine can duplex routinely, and so can print on each side of a sheet with out you having to feed it manually again into the machine. What you don’t get could be very a lot ink within the field. HP says there’s sufficient ink within the starter cartridges to print a mere 120 pages of black and round 125 pages in color, based mostly on printing the ISO 24712 normal take a look at photographs.
HP Envy Encourage 7220e assessment: Is it straightforward to make use of?
The HP Envy Encourage 7220e is straightforward to arrange and easy to make use of. The setup course of encourages utilizing the HP Good smartphone app and it’s a wise place to begin, as a result of the app communicates with the printer all through and does a lot of the heavy lifting relating to connecting the machine to your Wi-Fi community.
To attach different gadgets to the printer, you possibly can ship a hyperlink to them from the HP Good app. When the brand new machine opens the hyperlink, it will likely be taken to the suitable software program to obtain, relying on whether or not it’s one other cell machine, a Home windows PC or a Mac working MacOS.
Within the case of Home windows, you’re directed to the HP Good Home windows app, which is stuffed filled with choices and options, some which can be helpful and others that look suspiciously like adverts for HP companies. You’ll be able to entry the printer by an ordinary Home windows driver, too, for controlling the paper supply and that sort of factor when printing straight from Home windows software program.
The touchscreen on the printer is slick and responsive. It solely has three primary choices on it: Copy, Scan and a customisable Shortcuts possibility. Tapping an possibility to pick it opens up numerous sub menus and it’s an easy job to make a fast scan or copy of a doc.
HP Envy Encourage 7220e assessment: How briskly is it and the way a lot does it price to run?
Whereas HP’s OfficeJet printers are usually amongst the quickest inkjets, its Envy fashions have much less of a give attention to pace however are usually a bit cheaper to purchase. This printer does nothing to buck that pattern.
With regards to the time taken to print a single sheet, timed from the second the print button is pressed to when the sheet emerges from the printer, it’s really sooner than the costlier HP OfficeJet Professional 9022e. Nevertheless, it lags behind similarly-priced rivals from Brother – the Brother DCP-J1200W and the Brother DCP-J1140DW – by a number of seconds.
Printing prolonged mono paperwork, the printer slows down considerably. As you possibly can see from the chart beneath, its 9.8ppm price is slower than the OfficeJet and the 2 Brother printers.
Issues pace up with color printing, with normal high quality color doc printing reaching 3.8ppm, barely sooner than the Brother DCP-J1200W. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless a major approach behind the Brother DCP-J1140DW and the HP OfficeJet Professional 9022e, that are round twice as quick.
I additionally examined duplex printing with a color doc and, as you may count on, it’s slower than its rivals right here, too. (Word that the Brother J1200W doesn’t get a rating on this chart as a result of it solely duplexes manually.)
It’s a bit of extra aggressive with prime quality picture printing, providing an identical efficiency (13mins 55secs to print six 10 x 15cm images) to the Brother DCP-J1140DW and staying a good distance forward of the achingly sluggish Brother DCP-J1140DW.
Sadly for the HP Envy Encourage 7220e, it’s additionally pricey to run. Trying on the printer purely when it comes to shopping for substitute cartridges, mono printing works out at 6p per web page, whereas color printing prices 9.9p per web page.
The printer makes use of tri-colour cartridges, nevertheless, so that you may end up paying extra per color web page than that and throwing away cartridges that also comprise ink in case your print output isn’t balanced throughout all three colors. As you possibly can see from the chart beneath, this makes for costly ink, even in contrast with HP’s personal OfficeJet printers.
HP doesn’t need you to purchase ink, by the cartridge, nevertheless. As an alternative, it will reasonably you select to pay for its ink subscription service, Immediate Ink, and it presents six months of the service without spending a dime with this printer. Immediate Ink is much like a pay-as-you-go cell phone contract, the place you pay a specific amount each month.
Immediate Ink doesn’t differentiate between mono and color pages however bases its fees as an alternative based mostly on what number of pages you count on to print total. The most cost effective providing is 99p monthly, and allows you to print ten pages. For extra pages that you must pay extra monthly, as you possibly can see from the desk beneath.
|Web page restrict monthly||Month-to-month charge||Value per web page||Extra price||Most rollover pages|
|10||£0.99||9.9p||£1 per 10 pages||30|
|50||£2.99||6p||£1 per 10 pages||150|
|100||£4.49||4.5p||£1 per 10 pages||300|
|300||£9.99||3.3p||£1 per 10 pages||900|
|500||£16.49||3.3p||£1 per 10 pages||1500|
|700||£22.99||3.2p||£1 per 15 pages||2100|
|1,500||£44.99||3p||£1 per 15 pages||4500|
For those who go over your allowance, you’ll be charged an extra £1 for each 10 extra pages you print. For those who don’t print your full allowance, you possibly can roll pages over to the subsequent month and use them in opposition to extra prints. Nevertheless, you possibly can solely roll-over a most of three months price of pages.
Maybe the perfect factor in regards to the system is that HP will ship you cartridges as you want them. I’ve discovered this to work effectively with different printers I’ve tried it on. Nevertheless, if working prices do concern you, it’s most likely price contemplating an ink tank mannequin as an alternative, the place working prices can dip as little as 0.2p per web page for mono prints and 0.4p per web page for color.
HP Envy Encourage 7220e assessment: What’s print high quality like?
Black textual content printed by the HP Envy Encourage 7220e is crisp and sharp. It’s principally pretty much as good as you possibly can count on from an inkjet printer and proved to be the equal of costlier workplace printers such because the HP OfficeJet Professional 9022e, even beneath magnification.
Color printing on common workplace paperwork isn’t pretty much as good, with seen banding exhibiting up in blocks of strong color when printing at normal high quality. Nevertheless, I had no downside with the richness of the colors printed, which seemed bolder than prints from the HP OfficeJet Professional 9022e and on an identical stage to prints from the Brother DCP-J1140DW and Brother DCP-J1200W.
Picture high quality is significantly better than HP OfficeJet Professional 9022e as effectively, with brighter, stronger colors, and it trades blows with the picture output of the Brother printers, falling behind within the high quality of blue skies, for instance, however offering richer blacks in darkish photographs. There was no banding seen in images printed on the 7220e’s highest decision.
HP Envy Encourage 7220e assessment: Do you have to purchase it?
The most effective factor in regards to the printer is arguably how a lot it prices. The £110 price ticket takes it over the magical £100 barrier however solely simply. If you need a printer that excels at monochrome paperwork and also you aren’t going to print sufficient to make it price taking a look at a mannequin with extra inexpensive working prices, then it’s effectively price a glance.
Nevertheless, I’d argue that the Brother DCP-J1200W is a greater guess. This MFP has a lower cost, cheaper working prices and is simply pretty much as good at printing.
For those who actually wish to go low on working prices and don’t thoughts spending a bit of extra upfront, an ink tank printer is the way in which to go. The Epson EcoTank ET-2850 has an identical set of MFP options to the 7220e, however it prices round £270 to purchase. When you’ve emptied it of the 1000’s of pages that come within the field, nevertheless, printing prices are far, far decrease.