Review and Report: HP Unleashes the World’s Smallest All-in-One (and it’s portable!)

Hewlett-Packard has introduced the Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One ($399.99), a portable, battery-powered All-in-One that measures approximately 3″x”7.5″x14″ and weighs in at about 6.5 lbs. It includes an AC power adapter and rechargeable Lithium Ion battery (print up to 500 pages on a charge). It can also be powered by any HP notebook power supply, and can connect via USB and Bluetooth wireless networking. A free downloadable Hands-On Test Report is available.

The name of the game may  be portability, but the Officejet 150 Mobile gives up nothing in terms of image quality and productivity. In our test we found that image quality (particularly photos) was as good as nearly any other competitive full-size ink-jet system, and that black business-quality output was just over 6 ppm (perfectly readable/archival draft mode is considerably faster).

The Officejet 150 Mobile is the next logical step up from the previously tested printer-only Officejet 100 Mobile Printer with the Mobile 150’s addition of color copy and color push/pull scan a single original at a time. The Officejet Mobile 150 also has Bluetooth wireless connectivity for printing from Apple Mac, MS Windows, Linux, Blackberry, PalmOS, Windows Mobile devices, for wireless printing without being connected to a wireless network.

A “wow” factor is the folding color touch screen. It has better response than some older Officejet touch screens and makes the device remarkably easy to use.

Mobile Printing

Many vendors toss the phrase “Mobile Printing” around with abandon. Their definition of mobile printing is the ability to print either: 1) wirelessly to a WiFi printer (e.g.: Apple AirPrint); or 2) send a job as an e-mail attachment (e.g.: Epson Connect or HP ePrint). However, HPs Officejet Mobile 100 and 150 printer and All-in-One provide true “Mobile Printing.” That is, you can wirelessly print anywhere with Bluetooth connectivity, anytime, with no wireless network or AC power required – the device you’re printing from – whether a laptop, tablet or smartphone – just has to have Bluetooth connectivity. With the Officejet 150 Mobile, you can also scan to USB flash memory drives and memory cards when connected via Bluetooth.

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