The HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One is a printer that was designed from the ground up to be used in a home setting. It's obvious a lot of thought has been put into this printer's construction. It shares its Envy name with the company's premium HP Envy 13 and HP Envy 15 notebooks. It is significantly smaller than similar printers from competitors like the Canon PIXMA MG5250 inkjet multifunction, and measures 427 x 336 x 102mm.
When it was announced, HP said that the Envy 100 printer was smaller, more attractive and quieter than the company's older models, and that it wouldn't look out of place in a modern living room. We probably wouldn't keep this multifunction inkjet printer next to the fine china and family photos, but its design certainly fits in better than any other printer we've recently reviewed.
The hinged flatbed scanner cover on the top panel of the HP Envy 100 printer is made of glass, and is finished in a shiny mirror coating decorated with an attractive gradient of black dots. This A4 inkjet printer's paper cassette is hidden away in the base of the printer. It's accessible from the front and it can hold 80 sheets of plain A4 paper, less than many of the other home printers we've tested, but enough for moderate use. A 3.45" colour touchscreen on a motorised panel houses the printer's controls and you can use it to access HP's ePrint Internet services. Direct printing off a USB, SD as well as other memory cards is available via a flip-up panel on the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One's front.
If you're connecting the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One directly to a PC, we'd recommend you use the USB 2.0 port on the printer's back panel. There is no Ethernet for wired network or Internet connection, but the Envy 100 has integrated 802.11b/g/n wireless networking that is more than capable. You need to have a wireless network set up if you want to get the most out of the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One, as without it you won't be able to access web-based printing, where you can send a document to a predetermined email address and have the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One automatically print it, or any of HP's ePrint cloud-based printing applications.
If you're so inclined, you can use the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One printer to download and run HP ePrint applications. It requires a certain dedication to regularly walk up to your printer, choose some fun sudoku charts and colouring-in pictures and print them, but the extra features and diversity of available applications may be a drawcard for families or tech-savvy users.
Unlike an HP business printer like the HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw colour laser, the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One is a printer that has had to compromise some features along the way. Quiet operation was one of HP's priorities when designing the Envy 100 e-All-in-One, but it means the print speed is slower than comparable printers as a result. Similarly, since the printer has been designed to be as compact as possible, it uses a unified tri-colour cartridge which offers inferior colour printing quality, especially for photos, when compared to a multi-cartridge model.
We tested the HP Envy 100 printer with a Apple Macbook Pro 15in notebook. Print quality is roughly on par with other mid-range home inkjet printers from 2010 like the Canon PIXMA MP495 or the HP Photosmart B109a. Text is clean and ink coverage is not as even and clear as the output from a monochrome laser printer, but we'd happily use the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One to print assignments or important documents using its normal or high quality settings. Using the draft quality speeds up printing times significantly, but text and colour can look uneven. We wouldn't use the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One for printing high quality photos, as even with HP photo paper it can't display the same detail and smooth colour gradients as a more expensive, dedicated photo printer.
HP's specifications state that the Envy 100 e-All-in-One printer can achieve up to 27 pages for minute for monochrome documents and 22 pages per minute for an average colour sheet. In our tests, we were only able to achieve around eight pages per minute for black text printing using our standard A4 test document. This figure isn't helped by a first page out time of over 20 seconds, which is partially due to the printer's slow motorised output tray that swivels out when the print job starts. Colour printing is similarly slow, we were able to achieve seven pages per minute over longer document printing runs. The Envy 100 e-All-in-One has automatic duplex printing, which is very impressive given its small size.
The consumables of the HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One are reasonably priced. The HP 60 black and HP 60 tri-colour cartridges are rated at 200 and 165 pages respectively. Extra large cartridges are also available, and will slightly lower the printer's running costs.
Using the HP Envy 100 printer for scanning tasks produces clear and detailed images thanks to the 4800x1200dpi scanner. Like printing, scanning is a quiet task. The flatbed scanner lid closes smoothly and softly, but it does not have articulating hinges to fit bulkier objects like large books underneath the lid.
HP runs a number of environmental initiatives including recycling of empty ink cartridges. The company's environmental policy claims that it aims to minimise its products' energy consumption to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with yearly goals and updated progress reports.
The HP Envy 100 e-All-in-One printer is very well designed for use in the home. It is not fast and it doesn't produce high quality photo prints, but for printing text and colour documents it is acceptable. It is very stylish, quiet and compact, three attributes we think are important for home use. We probably wouldn't use it outside of a home office or study environment, but it is a viable alternative to its competitors from Canon and Epson. The inclusion of HP ePrint services is an interesting extra that may attract some fans.