The HP Officejet 150 Mobile is ostensibly the same chassis as the HP Officejet 100. The new model includes a touch screen that doesn't actually add value to the printing functions, although it does skyrocket the retail price up to an unreasonable $399. While Bluetooth connectivity and multiple scanning options are certainly beneficial to anyone needing printer access away from the office, the Officejet 150 isn't worth the cost when the previous model retains its core functionality at a fraction of the price.
Design and features
The HP Officejet 150 mobile printer's physical composition is nearly identical to its predecessor with the exception of the 2.36-inch touch screen that folds back flush into the machine while in transport mode. A series of virtual buttons for menu navigation surround the display immediately to the left and right, while the other side of the control panel features four backlit icons that illuminate to indicate the status of a Bluetooth connection as well as your print, copy, and scan job monitors.
The Officejet 150 retains the exact same silver color scheme with a large lid that extends over the entire machine. Like the older version, the corners are contoured and the output bay, lid, and ink cartridge cover all fold neatly into the body of the printer for streamlined transport.
Two cartridges load easily into the ink bay that sits in the center of the unit: one for tricolor inks and a separate black cartridge. I won't quibble too much about the dual inks since this HP correctly assumes business travelers will conserve ink while traveling. Also, the page yields for the standard-size HP 95/98 cartridges listed on the site factor to about 3 cents per color page -- about average for a single-function inkjet. HP also cuts you a deal with its extra-large capacity cartridges and combo packs that cost slightly more up front but save money in the long term.
The Officejet 150 is compact for easy transport, measuring just smaller than a single-function inkjet printer at 13.98 inches wide, 6.95 inches deep, and 3.52 inches high. With the included lithium ion rechargeable battery, rated to last 500 pages (unverified) with a full charge, the printer only weighs 6.4 pounds, or roughly the weight of an older laptop computer.
The top of the rectangular printer pops up to reveal an integrated 50-sheet paper input guide with an adjustable slider to fit a short range of media sizes from regular 8.5-inch-by-11-inch paper down to 3-inch-by-5-inch index cards. You'll also find another slider in front of the control panel that lets you adjust the size of an original document feeding into the single-sheet scanner.
Using either the onscreen control panel or the driver software that comes on the CD included in the box, you can specify the destination for the scan job--directly to an attached PC, embedded as an attachment to an e-mail message, to a USB key, or directly to an SD/MMC expansion card that sits on the side of the machine. The USB port on the back is also PictBridge compatible for printing snapshots directly off a digital camera.