With the end of financial year around the corner, it’s a great time to pick up some great, new, productive technology for the coming year. Whether you’re a lone ranger sales representative, looking after a small team or the admin of a small, medium or large-sized SMB, printing is a stalwart requirement that requires professional quality, reliability, ease-of-use, long-life ink durability and low costs. Indeed, HP’s OfficeJet and PageWide printers all now use pigment-based inks meaning that fading images have become a thing of the past and you can say goodbye to smudging. They also cost up to half as much to run as a comparable laser printer in terms of both ink and power consumption.
Choosing the correct printer to suit the right operating environment is imperative: there’s no point buying a room-sized office printer if you need to take it on the road. The good news is that whatever your requirements are, HP has you covered with its OfficeJet Pro line…
Here are the best 5 printers for business of all sizes
1. Mobile marvel - HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Series
Portable printers aren’t new, but anyone who’s used one will be fully aware of the significant limitations they bring with them – whether its output quality, speed, reliability or running costs. HP’s 200 series of OfficeJet printers is different: they are normal printers that have been optimised for portability. While the HP 200 offers standalone printing, the HP 250 offers full, all-in-one functionality and can subsequently print, scan, copy and fax just like a regular printer while out on the road.
There is a long-life battery built in and this can be charged using a variety of options (HP’s Fast Charge system means you can add six hours battery-life in just 90 minutes) whether charging in a car or at a wall socket. It’s small, compact, lightweight and tougher than regular printers. Output quality remains at a professional grade and it doesn’t require special, expensive mobile print cartridges. You can print to it from all kinds of mobile devices using Wi-Fi or wired using regular computers.
Suddenly, bespoke, professionally-printed products have become portable. On top of that, you can copy documents or signed contracts and fax (or email) them immediately back to base. It’s transformative.
2. Small office superlative - HP OfficeJet Pro 6000 Series
Your office might not be physically large enough for a huge printer or you could be the only one in it. You might not need it all the time but it’s there and ready and doesn’t cost much to use. It’s available to print, scan, copy and fax and variants can be attached to your network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. With print speeds of 20ppm (mono) and around 10ppm (colour) it’s no slouch and all models print on both sides to save on paper and space. Ink costs are up to half the price of comparable lasers. If you need it to handle multiple documents, the 6970 has an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) which can do double-sided scanning too. Whatever your workload, these powerhouse printers will have you and/or your small team covered.
3. SMB Workhorse- HP OfficeJet Pro 7000 Series
If you need versatility, this printer definitely fits the bill. ADFs mean that multiple pages can be scanned or copied on both sides and this beast will even print and scan at A3. Using HP’s ink which is designed to deliver you the best quality prints, this printer makes any images you like pop off the page. Print speeds of 20-pages per minute for colour documents ensure that people won’t be queuing up to use it. There’s nothing this machine can’t do in an office.
4. SMB Thoroughbred – HP OfficeJet Pro 8000 Series
If your print requirements lie between 250-2000 pages per month, then the 8000 series is where you turn. This innovative-looking, front-facing device is simple to use, whether on your network or via a mobile device. Technophobe users will find the large, customisable, colour, touchscreen, control panel simple to use and admins can manage a fleet of them with HP’s WebJet Admin software. Some models (8730 and 8740) can also print common file types (PDFs and Office documents) directly using the USB port too.
This beast will spit out top-quality prints at almost 40 pages per minute – offering far-superior quality AND lower running costs than comparable laser printers. Blazing fast, two-sided scanning is also available and is assisted by an ADF. Despite its duty cycle it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space and can service all sizes of SMB.
The new ‘print-forward’ design provides a self-contained paper output bin so there’s no more annoying, flappy, extendible and breakable trays to take up space and allow pages to fall on the floor. The prints also land facing down to boost security and ensure that passers-by can’t easily ogle sensitive details.
5. The Formula 1 of printers – HP’s PageWide Pro range
HP came up with an idea: instead of moving the ink onto the page, you move the page under the ink… using a print head that’s the size of the entire page! What does this mean? Well you get business quality, professional documents produced at a staggering rate of up to 75 pages per minute!
If you’ve a team larger than several people, printing several thousand pages per month, this is the machine you need to look at. Beyond its fearsome speed is one of the lowest cost-per-page printers in the business.
It’s often tricky to work out what you need in the world of technology – especially printers. You don’t want to be stuck with a device that can’t handle your requirements nor do you want to be paying too much for an overpowered behemoth. However, with HP’s OfficeJet range, it takes little more than a glance to see which device suits you and your business best, whether it’s for your individual need or if you’re catering for an SMB. There’s even a cherry on top: the entire OfficeJet Pro range is backed by a 30-day, no-questions guarantee. So quite simply… love it or your money back!