We review lots of all-in-one printers here at Computer Shopper, so when a model comes along with a something-you-don’t-see-everyday distinction, we sit up and take notice—not the least because it takes us away from the usual grind of feeding reams of paper for testing. Thus our enthusiasm for the HP OfficeJet 150 Mobile All-in-One, which we spotted for the first time a few weeks back at an HP event in Shanghai.
The OfficeJet 150 Mobile All-in-One is, by far, the smallest and lightest multifunction (print, copy, and scan) device we’ve seen. It’s based on inkjet technology, and it may be small, but the price is, alas, big. At $399, its price equals those of the costliest high-volume consumer AIO inkjet printers available, such as the immensely versatile $399 Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4540.
Admittedly, that comparison is a bit of stretch, since those are two very different printers for very different uses. The point is, though, you can buy a lot of inkjet-printer oomph for $400, and the OfficeJet 150 Mobile is, on the oomph scale, not much of a printer at all. Instead, its intended niche is the mobile road warrior—as a small, lightweight take-along companion to your notebook or tablet. The idea is that with the OfficeJet 150 Mobile, you can carry a device on which you can print, copy, or scan documents no matter where you travel.
As a mobile device, the OfficeJet 150 Mobile serves its intended purpose reasonably well. Not only is it very compact, it also comes with a lithium-ion battery, allowing you to use it away from an AC power outlet. Plus, it supports Bluetooth, so you can connect to it wirelessly. It lacks support for traditional networking (Wi-Fi or Ethernet), though. We think that including at least Wi-Fi connectivity would have been a nice touch, especially considering how light and small wireless radios are nowadays. (Even the smallest smartphones support Wi-Fi, after all.)
In addition, we had a few paper-feed mishaps during our print tests, and we found a few of the OfficeJet 150 Mobile’s functions a little confusing. (We’ve got more about this in the Setup & Paper Handling section, later on.) Still, we have to give HP credit for trying something different here, and for attempting to fill a niche not yet addressed.
Our take? If you need to print, scan, and fax on the road, the OfficeJet Pro 150 Mobile will do that for you, but you might want to spend some time making sure you know how to use it before you whip it out in front of a client or would-be client. We spent more time with the manual, learning to use this device, than with any other product in quite some time.
Our biggest concern, though, is the price. A big $400 is no small investment for most business travelers. Also disconcerting is this OfficeJet’s cost per page (CPP). As you’ll see in the Design & Features section, in addition to its high purchase price, this model will continue to cost you plenty, in terms of ink, as you use it.
In short, this is a convenience product, and such products usually require some serious consideration before plunking down hundreds of bucks. Here’s our take on the unusual OfficeJet 150 Mobile from our days with the device.
See the review at Computer Shopper.