Compared with even just a year or so ago, the all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printers available today are nothing short of incredible bargains. Lately, we’ve seen under-$200 models, such as Brother’s $199.99 MFC-J5910DW and Epson’s $199.99 WorkForce 845, come packed silly with productivity and convenience features. Options that would have easily bumped up the price to $300 or more last year are now standard fare.
Case in point is HP’s $169.99 OfficeJet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One, an entry-level, business-centric multifunction machine that, feature-wise, comes close to rivaling HP’s higher-end $299.99 OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus. (This model can print, copy, scan, and fax.) At this price, it is, of course, a lower-volume machine, and it makes you give up a few features, notably the ability to print from a variety of memory cards. It also lacks any duplexing hardware, for unassisted scanning, copying, and faxing of two-sided, multipage documents. But then, not all small and home offices need these features.
The OfficeJet 6700 Premium is a little slower than its high-volume sibling, but not significantly so. It’s also smaller, making it more attractive to home businesses where space is an issue. Unlike the OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus, this model will fit comfortably on most desktops. Individuals who need a full-featured AIO might also find it a suitable personal printer.
Unlike the OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus, though, this model, as you’ll see in the Setup & Paper Handling section of this review, is somewhat expensive to use. Its per-page cost of ink is not only higher than the OfficeJet 8600 Plus’, but also some other HP models, as well as several competitors’ machines, such as Brother’s MFC-J5910DW and Kodak’s $199.99 Office Hero 6.1.
The trend of late among inkjet AIO makers, including HP, has been to offer models with relatively low—at least, compared with this time last year—per-page printing costs. Alas, the cost per page (CPP) makes this model a bit of disappointment. If it didn’t perform so well, we’d have trouble recommending it. This OfficeJet churned out great-looking business documents and respectable photographs throughout our benchmark tests, and its copies and scans looked good. Overall, it’s a great little printer, but today’s competition is stiff. Businesses that care more about exceptional output and performance than economical operational costs will like this printer, but mind those printing costs if you’ll print a lot.
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