Sport & Auto
- About Future
- Digital Future
- Cookies Policy
- Terms & Conditions
- Investor Relations
- Contact Future
Laptops used to be this size.
What a neat idea. According to HP, the Officejet 150 Mobile is the world’s first portable all-in-one printer, scanner, and photocopier. We’ve seen portable printers and mobile scanners before, but never both functions in the same unit. It could be of real interest to business travellers or real estate agents who spend a lot of time away from the company laser printer or their home office all-in-one inkjet.
Although portable, it measures 14x7x3.5 inches and weighs 6.4 pounds, or 6.8 with the optional battery fitted; it can be stowed neatly in your suitcase, but don’t expect to slip it into your briefcase with your MacBook. The battery’s good for 500 print-outs, which is very impressive, and you can use AC power if you take the cable and transformer with you. Its text-print speeds are OK for a mobile printer, outputting our 20-page text document in just under four minutes. Text quality is good, too, though it’s not as good as a regular HP Officejet at very small point sizes. Photos aren’t quite up to the “lab quality” we were promised—the colors could be more vibrant and a little less artificial—but they’re sharp, consistent, and solid.
The sheet-feed scanner is a mixed bag. It’s slow and you can’t scan over a Bluetooth connection. Images can look speckled and the bottom of the page gets stretched, though blacks are strong and white space blemish-free. Photocopies are surprisingly good, with very few imperfections.
The bottom line. The 150 Mobile is expensive to buy and run, and can’t replace your home all-in-one, but it’s an excellent piece of engineering and a real boon if you often need to scan, print, and photocopy on the go.
OS 10.5.8 or later, USB or Bluetooth
Portable. Long-lasting battery.
Expensive. Probably can’t replace a regular multifunction printer at home.