HP provides driver software for Mac and PC. On our test systems the Mac install went flawlessly, but HP's set-up utility hit problems on a Windows 7 system, primarily due to an older driver on the install CD. HP does provide online drivers, but it was a touch annoying having to download them just to get the system working.
Once we were up and running we ran the Officejet 7000 through our printer speed and quality tests, with additional pages added to cover its A3 capability. Print speed qualifications always carry the magical "up to" qualifier, and predictably we didn't hit anywhere near the Officejet 7000's claimed 33ppm speed claims. In draft mode we managed a single text page in 11 seconds, with an average of 18 pages per minute (ppm), dropping down to 22 seconds and 9ppm in normal coverage mode. That is slightly better than HP's claims for normal mode printing, which gave crisp and clear text.
On the photo front, the Officejet 7000 managed a 10x15cm photo print in 40 seconds. Quality was fair but not exceptional, with a slightly darker tone than we would have liked. Printing the same image up to A3 only added 15 seconds to the print time, but again the photo quality wasn't superb. Printing a mock A3 document with plenty of images took just under a minute, but in that role the Officejet 7000's photo weaknesses were less apparent.
Supplies and support
The Officejet 7000 uses either high capacity or standard ink tanks (HP 920/HP 920XL). At the time of writing, based on an average cartridge price of AU$24 for black, and AU$19 each for colour, a black and white page costs 5¢, and a colour page costs 8¢.
HP offers a two-year on-site exchange warranty, as well as a host of downloads and troubleshooting tips on its website.
It's clear from HP's marketing materials alone that this is a printer designed more for marketing materials than high quality large size photo proofs or anything of the sort. If you're after a colour printer for small marketing posters it could work well, but those who want photo fidelity in their larger images will want to look elsewhere.