HP Officejet 4630 review: A practical Web-connected printer for the home office

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MSRP: $123.00

The Good The fully functional HP Officejet 4630 is tuned for productivity with a generous helping of features including an auto-document feeder, duplexing, cloud printing, a dedicated fax machine and compatibility with HP's new Instant Ink refill subscription service.

The Bad It prints slower than competitors, output quality is limited by the expensive tricolor ink tank, and it's missing a media card reader and an Ethernet port.

The Bottom Line The HP Officejet 4630 isn't the fastest printer on the market, but it delivers professional-quality prints and future-proof features like cloud connectivity and HP Instant Ink that can potentially save shoppers a lot of money on refill cartridges.

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7.4 Overall
  • Value 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 6
  • Design 8

The robust HP Officejet 4630 is a midrange multifunction inkjet printer that puts together an impressive list of features relative to the $100 price tag, making it a cost-effective device for busy home offices that need to print, copy, scan, and fax. You can already find the 4630 online for as little as $70, and it's also for sale in the UK for £66.15 and Australia for AU$98.

Design and features

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I like the new, flatter design of the 4630 -- the combination of glossy and matte finishes give the printer a professional quality, and HP made the right decision to move the paper input tray to the bottom so you can push it up against a wall without obstructing the paper path. With all the trays folded up and no paper loaded, the machine weighs 13.72 pounds (6.2kg) and measures 17.56 inches wide (44.6cm), 13.07 inches deep (33.2cm) x 7.45 inches tall (18.9cm).

HP Officejet 4630

Price as reviewed $99.99, £66.15, AU$98
Dimensions in Inches (Width x Depth x Height) 17.56 x 13.07 x 7.45 inches (44.6 x 33.2 x 18.9cm)
Functions Print/Copy/Scan/Fax
Inks 2-ink tank (Black, Cyan/Magenta/Yellow)
Automatic 2-sided printing (duplexer) Yes
Automatic Document Feeder Yes, 35 pages
Memory Card Reader No
Connectivity USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Airprint, Google Cloud Print
Paper Input Tray Capacity 100 sheets
Display 2-inch Monochrome LCD

The feeder holds 100 sheets of plain 8.5x11-inch paper but the guides also adjust to fit different kinds of media, including envelopes, index cards, iron-on transfers and various sizes of photo paper. There's an automatic duplexer built in that lets you print on both sides of a sheet of paper, and you can also load a 35-page stack into the auto-document feeder on top for batch scans and faxes.

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The front panel is kept purposefully simple with a backlit monochrome display and a few buttons around the border that let you navigate through the onscreen menus. There's also a number pad to the right for adding phone numbers to the built-in address book and a couple more buttons that toggle networking settings, Web services, and assistance. Unfortunately, the printer is missing a media card reader and a USB flash drive port, so there's no ability to conveniently or quickly print snapshot photos without loading them on a computer or phone first.

Setup and networking

HP includes a manual for the initial setup and basic troubleshooting, but the driver CD you get in the package is really easy to follow with a clearly labeled guide to connecting the printer to your computer and your home network. There's also a few extra software titles on the disc that help you update the firmware on the printer, shop for ink and paper online and start projects using your photos and HP's Photo Creation templates. (You can, of course, download all of this directly from HP's website instead.)

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You can start printing in minutes with a simple USB connection, but you'll need to shake hands with a wireless network in order to take advantage of the print sharing and cloud printing features. If you subscribe to the Apple or Google ecosystems, the easiest way to do it is with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print that let you send jobs to the printer from your iOS devices and Google Chrome Web browsers.

Alternatively, you can also input your SSID and network password directly into the printer to go wireless, and HP even offers a way to use the printer wirelessly without a router -- just select "Wireless Direct" from the Home screen and follow the instructions.

It'd be great if the printer had an Ethernet port for a hard-wired network connection, but no such luck here.