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Printer Primer, HP Officejet 5743 eAIO
February 16, 2016
Last week we looked at the HP Officejet 5741, which is one of the new HP units that was released back in September with several other devices. In today’s segment we shift our focus to the last of the new units, the HP Officejet 5743 eAIO. It is a very similar unit to the 5741 in terms of form and functionality, which may cause people to question the $100 price jump, though we will explain that in due course. The Officejet 5743 provides the convenience of the ability to print, scan, copy and fax in one relatively compact unit. It measures 17.87" x 19.80" x 7.60" while printing and weighs close to 17 lbs. Print speeds on the device top out at 12 ISO ppm for monochrome pages and 8 ISO ppm for full-color prints. In terms of a user interface, it has the same 2.65" touchscreen as the Officejet 5741.
The Officejet 5743 comes with several options for wired, wireless, and true mobile printing. If it is being used as a standalone unit, it can be connected to a PC or laptop via a USB 2.0 cable (not included in packaging), tied to your home network via an Ethernet cable or through its built-in Wi-Fi. Through the unit’s ePrint functionality, print jobs can be sent to the unique email address associated with printer as attachments. In addition to these options, the Officejet 5743 features Wi-Fi Direct compatibility, a technology that allows mobile devices to make a direct connection to the printer rather than needing to first connect to a local router. Additionally, there is support for AirPrint (from iOS devices only), Google Cloud Print, and solutions for virtually all major mobile operating systems including Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows.
The paper handling on the Officejet 5743 is fairly standard for a unit in its price range. Standard input capacity is up to 125 of plain paper in the main tray and 15 sheets of photo paper. The convenience of a separate photo tray allows users to not worry about switching between photo paper and plain paper while printing. Another convenience of the device is the built-in automatic two-sided printing which helps reduce paper waste by enabling printing on both sides of a single sheet of paper. For unattended faxing, scanning, and copying, there is 25-sheet capacity ADF on the top of the device. The maximum monthly duty cycle on the Officejet 5743 is up to 1000 pages each month.
As we alluded to above, the Officejet 5743 is very similar to the Officejet 5741, which may leave users wondering what causes the price difference. With the Officejet 5741, HP includes in the packaging a $120 prepaid card which is designed to be used with the HP Instant Ink program. The Officejet 5743 takes that a step further, by providing a prepaid card in the amount of $240, or enough to cover the cost of ink for up to two years (at the $10/300 page per month plan). There are two lower plans users can opt for if there usage doesn’t warrant that much printing. To begin the program, users will have to provide a credit or debit card the company will keep on file and begin debiting after the card expires two years later. At the core, the machine uses two cartridges, a single black cartridge and one tricolor (cyan, magenta, yellow) cartridge.
Currently the Officejet 5743 is available on from the company for $299.99 as well as Amazon via the link on the top left. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the HP website.