The HP innovates on the market for small portable and autonomous A4 printers, offering a OfficeJet 250 that stores measurements guaranteeing the adjective "nomadic", not forgetting to add a scanner functionality. Where Epson WF-100W and Canon IP110 are content to print in A4, the small portable inkjet HP offers it, the whole arsenal of multifunctional 3-in-1, also by scanner and office copier. Unsurprisingly, therefore, is the "big" and heaviest of the trio (38 x 19.8 x 9.1 cm to 2.96 kg), but also the most expensive, as it is launched and costs Official of 335.90 euros. All shutters closed, the OfficeJet 250 is small enough to be stored in a drawer. In terms of ergonomics, it sets a new standard for this type of printers, thanks to the integration of a small color touch screen rather responsive and easy to use. Mounted on a spring hinge, this screen extends when the cover is lifted. It turns into paper feeder and can contain fifty pages (80 g / m²), which seems sufficient for the targeted use.
HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile MFC
A second part can be opened directly below. This shows a document feeder for feeding the scanner. It is possible to place up to 10 pages, but the operation is not the most practical. If there's one paw to hold the paper in place, it often happens that we should help the motorized roller to grab the sheet. The two magazines (paper and documents) have double sliding sliders to adjust the placement of the leaves. The printer connects via USB (2.0 Type-B) or wireless (Wi-Fi Direct supported). It is compatible with leading printing services in the cloud and with printing from a smartphone or tablet. It does however offer no Ethernet port or memory card reader, but has a USB Host port and is capable of printing directly from a USB stick, for example.
In the back, we find the space for the battery. A battery that charges to 90% in 90 minutes, and that can print more than one hundred pages in mixed use (black and white, color and photo). A battery icon indicates autonomy; information anyway over by the monitor. Our speed tests were performed with the printer connected to the mains, the flow rates being a little lower on battery.
HP OfficeJet 250 Battery
The battery is removable. Available in the Series 200 range of HP accessories, it is sold to the unit € 67.90 on the Official Store. Regarding the overall quality workmanship is excellent and only the brilliant use of plastic on a handling area that attracts dust and fingerprints were reported. The OfficeJet 250 HP is obviously a neat product that goes along with a rather high-end positioning.
Good news for the office print speed, the small OfficeJet 250 reached speeds equivalent to those of traditional multifunction A4 format. It is 82% faster in black and white (and 102% color) that Epson WF-100W in standard print. It is able to charge 13.6 pages per minute in black and white, and 10.5 color pages. The office printing quality is quite satisfactory. The texts are clear and the graphics stand perfectly legible, as are color gradients that are distinguished without difficulty. The text on a colored background may be missing just slightly pep but nothing serious. The HP OfficeJet 250 ensures perfectly in this area.
HP OfficeJet 250 Scanning and Copying
The fed scanner of the HP OfficeJet 250 works to 600 dpi 24-bit A4. Despite a document feeding not always practice it fulfills its role rather well and is fast. It scans indeed an A4 color page in 100 dpi in 17 seconds and a 10 x 15 cm photos in 300 dpi in 17 seconds. Given printer size constraints, these are very good figures and it is clear that HP has taken care to incorporate a scanner that makes sense, just to emphasize what is one of the main demarcation points of this product compared to its competitors. Note however that this is not a flatbed scanner, so it is impossible to scan the page of a book or magazine. That costs him one more star in this section, the previous being lost due to a limited maximum resolution. Regarding copying, the result is the same. The OfficeJet 250 equals or exceeds much bigger multifunction models, with flatbed scanner, in terms of speed. By copying a black and white page in just 9 seconds and a color page in 17 seconds, it ranks well among the good students in our comparison.
The HP OfficeJet 250 is of course capable of printing photos, though it certainly will not be his first time. It accepts paper up to a weight of 300 g / m² and can print borderless. Caution, however, borderless printing is not supported in A4, but only on the smaller sizes, such as 10 x 15 or 13 x 18. In this context, it is just under his speed with speeds of 1.6 page per minute in 10 x 15 and 0.7 pages per minute in A4. This is still better than what offers the Epson WF-100W ; one remains in the middle of multifunctional inkjet ink printers of conventional size.
However, where the small Epson printer clearly showed its limits in picture, offering a just passable result, the OfficeJet 250 is satisfactory. Without matching the record of the best photo printers, it delivers clean and accurate enough shots. However, you have to be content with a color rendering of a rather relative fidelity, with an average delta E measured at 8.4. If green, red and yellow come out pretty good, blue is a Delta E of 14.7, cyan and gray at 11 to 10.8.
Plugged without battery, the OfficeJet 250 consumes only 0.9 W in standby and 13 W for a big job picture. We have seen better, but these are the correct results. Its quiet operation is nevertheless very significant. Loading paper and printing are done very discreetly, and at a distance of a few feet of the printer in a rather quiet work environment, our sound meter virtually no marked difference when the printer was in action or not. In a closed room, with a measured ambient noise level around 35 dB, print a photo on the OfficeJet 250 was only up the meter to 36.1 dB and 38.4 dB standard page. The ears appreciate.
Cost per page
The HP OfficeJet 250 works with HP cartridges and 62 HP 62 XL. HP 62 are given for 200 and 165 pages of approximate capacity, respectively in black and white and color, for price € 16.90 and € 20.90. Of course, the HP 62 XL are more economical. Sold € 33.90 and € 38.90, they offer a capacity of 600 and 415 pages, which brought down the cost to the overall page € 0.15. It is above the average cost per page of A4 multifunction inkjet that turns rather around 9-10 euro cents. But black and white, it is still reasonable as we fall to 5.7 cents per page, knowing that the office is clearly the first area of application of this model.
On and ready to print, the HP OfficeJet 250 9 seconds puts out his first black and white page. On waking from sleep, the same page takes 14 seconds to print. A time going up to 26 seconds when the printer is off.
The HP OfficeJet 250 is clearly a playing card on the market for small printers A4 thought to be transportable and able to store in a drawer. A bulkier hair than its main competitors, it has the advantage of offering the scanner and copy functions that they need. Rather fast and very quiet, it has a good battery life and overall ergonomics of a very good level. It can also do better than troubleshoot picture. Two caveats, however, its higher base prices and a cost per page above average, especially in color.