HP Envy 100 All-In-One Printer - Designer Multitasker

Launch SRP: S$469

Design & Setup

Pretty Low Profile

With its boxy shape, low profile (slightly over 10 cm in height), and nary a protrusion when not in use, the Envy 100 resembles a high-end A/V equipment. Besides the rounded edges, a variety of material was used to give this printer a modern look and feel. For example, the scanner lid at the top has a mirror surface with a patterned texture, and both this lid and the paper tray sport an aluminum trimming.

If you’re a heavy user, you’d be disappointed to know that the printer has only one input tray which holds just 80 sheets of paper. During a print job, the control panel would tilt upward, and a small flap (output tray extender) would extend out from within automatically. The output tray holds 25 sheets of paper.

In order to maintain its sleek style, when you remove the printouts after a print or copy job, both the extender and the control panel would retract back to their original positions automatically. Since most people generally have the habit of removing printouts after each job before proceeding with another, this automatic extend-retract feature can be somewhat irritating. The only way to stop this is to let the printouts remain on the tray. Also, if you’re not happy with the angle of the control panel, you’re limited to how much you can adjust it: you can’t tilt it down too much as this would hit the extender and obstruct the path the papers come out. We’ve tried delving into the menus, but we couldn’t find any setting to disable this feature. We're also concerned about the durability of these constantly moving parts.

Here, we pulled out the paper tray and lifted the scanner lid. In actual use, the printer retains its boxy appearance with few protrusions. 

 

Control Panel

HP has gone with a full touch-based control panel for the Envy 100. Surrounding the touchscreen LCD are a few more self-explanatory controls: Home, Back, Help, and Cancel. Even the power button located at the lower left of the panel is touch-sensitive.

On the Home screen, you could see that the row of apps takes up considerable screen estate. You can scroll left or right to reveal more apps that you’ve installed. Pressing the Photo, Copy, or Scan icon at the bottom calls up the respective menu. The row of smaller icons above the apps deals mainly with things like printer and wireless setup, ink status, and apps management.

Overall, we’ve no major gripes with the UI: for the most part, menus are sensibly organized. We are slightly frustrated with the sensitivity of the touchscreen though. On the first few occasions, when we tried to scroll down a menu, the gesture was registered as a selection, thus bringing us to a wrong screen. Subsequently, we found out that the best way to scroll is to press the finger down on the screen firmly and drag it slowly (flicking is a huge no-no). Patience is the key here. The same can be said when you want to press a certain key several times. For example, since the copy menu didn’t provide a virtual keypad, we had to press the arrow keys to increment/decrement the number of copies to make. And we had to ensure that we didn’t jab it too fast. One way we paced our presses was to wait for the beep sound that followed each successful press. So while the UI is fine, the usability was hampered somewhat because it was slow to react.

The 3.45-inch color touchscreen LCD displays items such as menus, photos, and messages. Depending on context, horizontal and vertical scrolling are possible. The backlit On/Off and Help buttons are touch sensitive too. Not shown here (as they aren't relevant in this mode) are the Home, Back, and Cancel "buttons".

The Photo menu lets you view and print photos, connect to Snapfish, reprint a printed photo, or save photos to a USB flash drive or a memory card. You can preview your copy before printing. You can also choose to enable 2-sided copies. Since there's no virtual keypad, you've to use the arrow keys to input the number of copies.
You can scan to either one of three destinations: computer, USB flash drive, or memory card. For scanning to PC, if the printer is network-connected, a list of available computers would appear. The Web Services menu provides options for enabling or turning off Web Services and ePrint, checking for product updates, and configuring other web settings.

 

 Body Elements

 

The Envy 100 uses the HP 60 ink cartridges: a black ink cartridge and a tri-color ink cartridge. The cartridge compartment is located right beneath the scanner. On the right and under a plastic cover are a USB port and a multi-card slot. The former is only for USB flash drives. In other words, it doesn't offer PictBridge support.
During a print job, the control panel is raised, and a small flap extends out from within. Printouts would land on this output tray extender. It stows automatically when you remove the prints. The input tray sits right at the bottom of the printer, and holds 80 sheets of paper. It accepts 4 x 6-inch photo papers too; but to load them, you'd need to pull out the whole tray first.

 

Ink Cartridges

The HP Envy 100 uses a total of four dye-based inks (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), but they're housed in two cartridges: the black ink in one, and the cyan, magenta and yellow inks in another. The problem of a multi-color ink cartridge is that even if only one of the colors runs out, you'd have no choice but to replace the whole cartridge (unless you don't mind getting strange colors). For a printer that aims to be environmental friendly, we're somewhat disappointed by this design decision. Separate color inks would have helped this issue, but we wonder if HP had design and space constraints for the Envy 100.

Replacement Consumables
Type Rated Yield Price
HP 60 Black Ink Cartridge (CC640WA) 200 pages S$21
HP 60 Tri-color Ink Cartridge (CC643WA) 165 pages S$25
HP 60XL Black Ink Cartridge (CC641WA) 600 pages S$41
HP 60XL Tri-color Ink Cartridge (CC644WA) 440 pages S$47
7.5
Design
8.5
Performance
7
Features
7.5
Value
6.5
The Good
Refreshing design
Able to print content from the Internet without a computer
Supports HP ePrint and Apple AirPrint functions
The Bad
Single 80-sheet paper input tray
Mediocre print speeds