The Good Relatively fast; low cost per page; sleek new color scheme.
The Bad Poor-quality prints; glitch-prone paper feeder; dSLR owners will miss the CompactFlash port.
The Bottom Line HP markets the Officejet H470wbt to the mobile business professional, but it chose aesthetics over performance. The sleek design and cost-effective cartridges give its rating a slight boost, but the degradation of print quality from the previous model is definitely a deal breaker.
|HP Officejet H470||Polaroid Zip mobile printer||Samsung photo printers||Polaroid P-500||Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 printer|
|Price||$200 Amazon.com||$123 Dell Home||$364 MSRP||$364 MSRP||$170 Amazon Marketplace|
HP Officejet H470
Hewlett-Packard recently released its Officejet H470 Mobile Series, an update to its line of portable inkjet printers. The models range from $224 to $314, which isn't cheap, considering the majority of home inkjets cost less than $100. The print quality is also unsatisfactory, which wasn't a surprise but disappointing nonetheless. We wish we could speak better of the H470wbt, the highest-end model in the line, but this new model is an unimpressive update--you'd be better off purchasing its previous incarnation, the HP Deskjet 460c, at a discounted price.
The casing of the Officejet H470wbt is almost identical to the 460c, but this time HP went with a matte black finish instead of silver. Aesthetically, we really enjoy the design of the H470wbt. The corners are contoured and the flaps all neatly fold into the body. When everything is closed, it looks very rugged--if Batman needed a mobile printer, his search would end here.
The printer has most of the necessary ports, like PictBridge USB, standard USB, and a SD/miniSD/MMC slot, but lacks the older model's Compact Flash port. This isn't a big issue since most digital point-and-shoot cameras use SD or Memory Stick media, but users with DSLRs that use CF cards should look toward a more photo-specific traveler like the HP Photosmart A826, that won our Editors' Choice last fall.
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