The Good Allows double-sided printing; includes an automatic document feeder.
The Bad Slow; costly; so-so print quality.
The Bottom Line The HP OfficeJet 7130 all-in-one multifunction printer is useful for home users and some small businesses, but high-volume business users should look elsewhere.
HP Officejet 7130 All-in-One
HP 7130 all-in-one
Editor's note: On June 27, 2003, this review was updated to reflect that HP does, in fact, offer toll-free technical support within the United States.
The full-featured HP OfficeJet 7130 all-in-one offers photo printing, double-sided printing, an automatic document feeder (ADF), a fax, a scanner, a copier, and inputs for all of the current breeds of photo memory cards on the market today. At first blush, the machine's large footprint may seem overbearing--until you take into account just how much space you're saving by putting all of your technological eggs into one basket. Unfortunately, the 7130 isn't a true money saver. Considering its $500 list price and the fact that its average cost per page runs higher than that of its competitors, we expected top-notch quality. We found that the 7130 has merely decent print quality and slow print speed compared to others in its price range; it's good enough for home use but subpar for an office environment. Setting up the various features of the HP OfficeJet 7130 all-in-one can be a little intimidating. Fortunately, the instructions that come with the 7130--particularly the step-by-step movies located on the installation CD--are easy to follow. The entire setup took us about 45 minutesÂ–not bad, considering that we also installed the ADF accessory and the add-on for two-sided printing, then set up the fax machine. We were impressed with the fax wizard on our PC, though it didn't come up on cue (HP acknowledged this problem in a call to its tech support). After we rebooted the PC, the fax wizard materialized.
The boxlike design of the HP OfficeJet 7130 all-in-one can be imposing. Requiring a total footprint of 17 by 20 by 13 inches, the 7130 takes more desk space than most inkjets but less space overall than a separate fax, scanner, copier, and printer would require. Everything you need sits on the top or the front of the unit, with the exception of the USB, network, and telephone ports, which you shouldn't need to touch after installation. The ADF sits atop the unit itself, above the flip-top cover of the flatbed scanner. Sadly, this cover doesn't come off, making scanning or copying oversized books or documents unwieldy, if not impossible.
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