HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 Review: Great performance for home or small office

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If you need a multi-function printer for your home or small office, the HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 is a solid choice.

TA-ratings-93Whether for your home or small business, if you need a printer you’re going to want that printer to perform. Adding features like scanning, faxing, and copying may also be important. You may have need for wide-format printing, and you’re almost certainly going to want a good value for your money. The HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 offers a very compelling set of features at an incredibly good value, and you can read more about it in this review.

Specifications

  • Functions: Print, copy, scan, fax
  • Copies, maximum: Up to 99 copies
  • Faxing: Yes, color
  • Fax transmission speed: 5 sec per page
  • Fax memory: Up to 100 pages
  • Fax resolution: Up to 300 x 300 dpi
  • Speed dials, maximum number: Up to 99 numbers
  • Broadcast locations: Yes (black only)
  • Power: Input voltage: 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz
  • Operating temperature range: 41 to 104ºF
  • Operating humidity range: 20% to 80% RH
  • Dimensions (W X D X H): W x D x H: 23.0 x 17.5 x 12.1 in (Cleanout + OP tray not extended)
  • Dimensions Maximum (W X D X H): W x D x H: 23.0 x 27.2 x 12.1 in (Cleanout + OP tray fully extended)
  • Weight: 34.10 lb
  • First page out (ready) black: As fast as 9 sec
  • First page out (ready) color: As fast as 10 sec
  • Resolution (black): Up to 1200 x 1200 rendered dpi
  • Resolution (color): Up to 4800 by 1200 optimized dpi on HP Advance Photo Paper 1200 by 1200 dpi input
  • Monthly duty cycle: Up to 30,000 pages
  • Print speed, black (ISO, laser comparable): Up to 22 ppm
  • Recommended monthly page volume: 250 to 1500 pages
  • Print Technology: HP Thermal Inkjet
  • Display: 2.65″ LCD (color) with IR touchscreen function
  • Number of print cartridges: 4 (1 each black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
  • Print speed, color (ISO, laser comparable): Up to 18 ppm
  • Paper trays, standard: 1
  • Paper trays, maximum: 1
  • Mobile Printing Capability: Apple AirPrint™, HP ePrint, Wireless direct printing, Mopria-certified and Google Cloud Print™
  • Connectivity, standard: 1 USB 2.0 with compatibility with USB 3.0 devices; 1 Ethernet; 1 Wireless 802.11b/g/n; 2 RJ-11 modem ports
  • Print speed, black (draft): Up to 34 ppm
  • Memory, standard: 512MB
  • Memory, maximum: 512MB
  • Print speed, color (draft): Up to 34 ppm
  • Paper handling input, standard: 250-sheet input tray
  • Paper handling output, standard: 75-sheet output tray
  • Duplex printing: Automatic (A4/Letter)
  • Envelope input capacity: Up to 30 envelopes
  • Borderless printing: Yes (up to A3/11 x 17-in)
  • Finished output handling: Sheetfed
  • Media sizes supported: A4; A5; A6; B5 (JIS); Envelope (DL, C5, C6, Chou #3, Chou #4); Card (Hagaki, Ofuku Hagaki); A3

What’s in the Box

  • HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 Wide Format All-in-One Printer
  • HP 952 Setup Black OfficeJet Ink Cartridge (~1000 pages)
  • HP 952 Setup CMY OfficeJet Ink Cartridge (~625 pages)
  • Power cord
  • Phone Cord
  • Software CD
  • Setup poster
  • Getting started guide.

Design

Most printers conform to one of a few basic overall shapes. The OfficeJet Pro 7720 falls into the “generally rectangular” camp, though there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s a functional design for sure. The printer is roughly 22 ½ inches long, 12 ½ inches wide, and 12 inches tall. The printer has a somewhat sandwiched color scheme going on, with a dark grey middle sandwiched between the lighter colored top tray and bottom. The paper tray sticks out by a few inches in the center of the front of the printer, and the lid has raised sections for the copy/scan paper feed, but the remaining printer body is a relatively large rectangle.

The HP logo is situated on the left side of the top tray, while the HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 name and model number is listed on the front right panel near the top of the dark grey section. On the left side of the front of the printer you’ll find the touch screen control panel. The panel can be tilted up using a grip along the left side of the printer, allowing the panel to be positioned based on where you’ll be using the printer. The power button and Energy Star decal are located just below the touchscreen. Around back in the lower right corner you’ll find the AC input, USB input, Ethernet adapter, and two RJ11 inputs in case you’re using the fax functionality of this printer.

The display pops out from the body of the printer for easier viewing depending on where you’ve put your printer.

The large area to the right of the touchscreen opens up allowing access to the ink cartridges. Each cartridge is color coded and the area where it should be installed has a corresponding colored mark to make installation easy. The top tray includes the paper-feed and return trays for scanning, faxing, and copying. The tray opens to reveal the scanner surface glass below.

Scanning surface

The back of the printer has a large covering that opens to allow access to the paper feed. Several of the rollers are easily removed which should allow for most paper jams to be cleared out quickly and easily. The front paper tray can be easily removed, and holds up to 250 sheets of paper. I mentioned that this is a wide-format printer, so it can support paper sizes up to A3. The top paper feed can hold up to 35 sheets of paper.

Easy access to rear rollers will help clear out any potential paper jams.

Printed or copied paper is pulled from the tray and printed materials will exit into the output tray just above the paper tray. A built in output tray extension can be extended to prevent printed paper from flinging out of the printer onto the floor (which it will happily do when the extension is retracted). The extension can be stowed when not in use, but based on how the output tray is positioned and depending on where you’re putting the OfficeJet Pro 7720 I’d likely recommend using the output tray extension when the printer is in use.

Ease of Use

How you plan on using this printer will determine somewhat how easy it is to set up and use, though really all of the options should be pretty straightforward. I personally went with the Wi-Fi connection and that setup was still pretty painless and easy. Other options include wired via either Ethernet or USB (cables not included). The overall setup is almost identical for all three, but there will be a couple of differences naturally.

First things first, you’ll need to remove all of the packing materials, load paper into the paper tray, install your ink cartridges, plug in the power to the printer, turn it on, and select your preferred language. Those steps will be the same for all connection types. The next step is really the same too, but that’s where it will start to diverge slightly. You’ll download and run the installation software, which will guide you through the remaining setup steps. If you intend to use an Ethernet or USB connection, the software will tell you when to plug that cable into the printer. If you’re going the wireless route, you’ll connect the printer to your Wi-Fi and go from there.

Wired options are available, though wires to connect via USB or Ethernet are not included.

Overall the setup process was pretty quick and very easy. The software walks you through everything you need, and provides opportunity to install the necessary software to get the most out of your new printer.

Once set up, there are numerous ways to interact with your printer as well. There’s the obvious printing of documents from your computer, but you can also email documents directly to the printer to queue up with the default settings. The HP Smart app allows you to print from your mobile device, as well as offering options to print directly from Google Drive, scan a document to the cloud, scan a document and email it, and more.

The HP Smart app will help you keep track of ink levels as well as control most other printer functions.

Buttons for Copy, Scan, Fax, and Apps on the on-board display provide more options after you’ve selected the main function you’re using. Provided you’ve already connected the printer to your computer, you can scan documents directly to your computer without opening any software beforehand. The documents will be scanned to your My Documents folder, which will pop up as soon as the file is created. Loading a document into the top document feed tray will register on the screen with a brief notification, allowing you to select how that document should be treated.

All of the available options are easy to understand, and are really pretty straightforward, allowing you to get up and going quickly and easily.

Performance

You’ve seen some of the page-per-minute and other printing-related performance in the specifications up near the top of the review, so in this section I’m going to talk mostly about how using the OfficeJet Pro 7720 really feels.

Printing is, of course, a breeze. Documents come out crisp and clear on regular paper, while adding some quality photo paper to the mix will get you some really amazing results. I printed some photos that we’ll likely end up framing and hanging around the house, they look that good. HP has obviously been in the printing game for quite some time, so it makes sense that this area would be of particularly high quality. I did not have a chance to try out the wide-format printing here, but if your printing needs call for A3 prints, I have no doubt this printer will fill your needs nicely. Due to the speed at which the printer spits out completed pages, the cartridge holder is passing back and forth quickly enough to make the entire printer shudder slightly while printing. This is hardly the end of the world, but something worth noting.

Installing and replacing the ink cartridges is quick and easy.

Scanning is equally easy. Whether opening the top tray and scanning individual items directly off of the glass, or using the top document feeder to run multiple pages through at a time I was quite impressed with the quality. The timing for this review was truly fortuitous as I have had quite a lot of documents to scan and print these last few weeks. The OfficeJet Pro 7720 handled all of it with ease, never breaking a sweat.

The paper tray isn’t the biggest, but it holds a good amount of paper.

I only copied a couple of pages, but the experience was straightforward and completed as one would expect. My copies were crisp and matched the original nearly perfectly. I did not test the fax functionality, though based on how everything else works, I’d imagine faxing would provide a positive experience as well.

Price/Value

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 will set you back $199.99 USD, which to me feels like a pretty good deal. You’re getting fantastic performance to not only print, scan, copy, and fax, but the wide-format capabilities add value here as well. The wireless as well as mobile printing options also make it easier to get things done.

As with all printers, the up-front cost is one thing, and then replenishing ink is another thing entirely. HP ink will run you $29.99 USD for a black cartridge rated at roughly 1000 pages. The Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow cartridges will run you $20.99 each for approximately 700 pages, though you can purchase all three at a slight discount of $59.99 USD. Larger volume cartridges are also available for slightly more money. You’re going to get great results with this printer though, and ink costs are going to be a concern no matter which printer you buy.

Wrap Up

If you need a multi-function printer for your home or small office, the HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 is a solid choice. The up-front price is quite reasonable, and the performance really is pretty great.

*We were sent a review unit of the HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 for the purposes of this review.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7720

$199.99 USD
HP OfficeJet Pro 7720
9.3

Design

9/10

    Ease of Use

    10/10

      Performance

      10/10

        Price/Value

        9/10

          Nailed it

          • Very high quality printing
          • Fast and easy scanning
          • Multiple print and scan options
          • Copy and fax functionality included as well
          • Perfect for home or a small office
          • Wide format printing options available
          • USB wired, Ethernet networked, or Wi-Fi printing available
          • Print directly from an email or Google Drive

          Needs work

          • Printer is pretty big, may not fit easily on your desk
          • Even with its size and weight, still rocks back and forth slightly while printing
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