HP OfficeJet 150 Mobile All-in-One

World's first mobile multi-function printer from HP

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HP OfficeJet 150 Mobile All-in-One The HP OfficeJet 150 is the first 'mobile' All-in-One device. Note - the sheet being printed from the front of the device is a sheet of A5 coming out sideways.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 16, 2013

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Key Specs

Connection: USB, Bluetooth 2.0
Copy speed: 1.7ppm B&W
Duplex printing: no
Max resolution: 4800 x 1200dpi
Number of ink tanks: 2

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An industry first, according to HP, the OfficeJet 150 Mobile-All-in-One, has finally arrived in the region (it was announced by HP last year), promising to deliver a system to meet all of your mobile print, copy and scan needs.

First of all, it's fair to say that the OfficeJet 150 might be an industry first in terms of packing all the features into a compact device, but its not exactly so mobile that you would want to lug it around all day with you. At 3.1kg with battery pack, it's good for use in a temporary office or event, or for roadwarriors, particularly if they operate out of car, but it's a bit too heavy for carry on luggage or carrying about. Amazon.com reviews suggest the device is popular with truckers who need to print customs documents on the spot - although with a Lithium Ion battery, users in the region would need to be careful not to leave the printer in an environment that is likely to get hot.

At 350x171x90mm, the OfficeJet 150 has a fairly compact design that would make an OK home printer if you are really short of space, but for the price, a regular desktop MFD would be a better option.

In terms of design, the OfficeJet 150 is a snug and sturdy package, so should fair quite well on the road. The battery is not integral, but clips into the back of the device. A top flap lifts up to form a 50-sheet feed tray, and a front flap guards the output slot, although its not big enough to hold your print outs. Underneath the top flap in the middle of the upper surface is a neat little flip-up 6cm colour touchscreen, the main control for the device, with clear menus and help system. In front of that is another flap concealing the print bay, a dual-cartridge black/ three colour thermal inkjet system.

Connectivity is via a USB cable, memory card or Bluetooth 2.0, although it doesn't have WiFi - and doesn't come with a USB cable...

Performance wise, the device delivers good results, especially given the size. The OfficeJet is capable of printing in resolutions of up to 600x600dpi in black and white, or 4800 x 1200 optimised colour with specific HP photo paper. The OfficeJet 150 can print in A4, A5, A6, 13x18cm and envelope.

The scanner can handle 600x600dpi, with a similar copy resolution. Occasionally the paper feed went a bit astray, as did scan feeds (the scanner input slot is just in front of the touchscreen panel) but this wasn't a major problem.

HP says the device is capable of print speeds of 22ppm B&W and 18ppm colour, and scan speeds of 1.7 ppm B&W or 0.9ppm colour; and will print 500 copies from one battery charge, which seems about right compared to our testing. Photo quality was good, and although a colour scan or copy could take awhile, particularly in the time it takes between scans, that's to be expected. Black and white prints were fast, certainly faster than trying to track down the nearest Kinko's or hotel business centre.

Set up was pretty easy, and didn't require installing a ton of files on the host device for once. Synchronising over Bluetooth was also easy - the OfficeJet 150 is able to print directly from BT-synchronized devices including Windows Mobile phones, BlackBerry and Palm OS devices, although Android and iOS devices are not supported, and neither does it support HP ePrint for sending print jobs remotely via e-mail.

Pros: Offers everything in one package, easy to use.
Cons: Heavy, no WiFi.
Verdict

Some road warriors will look at the OfficeJet 150 and think ‘at last! Just what I need!’ but if mobile print is only nice-to-have and you don’t want to be carrying around a device that weighs the same as several iPads, its probably best to wait for a few technology revisions and a lighter model.

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