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Printer Primer, HP OfficeJet Pro 8720
April 14, 2016
Earlier, we took a closer look at the newest entry-level unit among those HP announced back in mid-March, the HP Officejet 8710. In this next segment, we turn our focus to the unit which is the next step up for users in micro and small business printing environments. While many features remain similar, there are some differences which can account for the $100 price difference. is a solidly-featured multifunction printer aimed at those in micro and small business printing environments. The Officejet Pro 8720, like the 8710, offers users the opportunity to print, scan, copy, and scan from one machine. The first difference between the two devices is in the print speed. The Officejet 8720 has quicker fist time out speeds as well as top print speeds of 24 ISO ppm and 20 ISO ppm for black and color respectively. The Officejet 8720 also has an appreciably larger touch screen interface of 4.3" compared to the 2.65" screen offered on the 8710. Thankfully cognizant of space needs faced by small offices, there is no difference in the footprint between the two devices.
Another area where the Officejet 8720 shines is with its connectivity. Like practically all printers these days, it has the standard USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi options, but it is the mobile printing options that set it apart. Like the 8710, it offers Wi-Fi Direct compatibility, but the 8720 also includes NFC (near field communication) compatibility that allows users to tap and enable printing with compatible Android devices. Further, it works with HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint, and Android OS Enablement Printing as well as being certified by the Mopria™ Alliance. Businesses can even use HP JetAdvantage Private Print to keep jobs and output secure.
Another area where users get an upgrade with the 8720 over the 8710 is in paper handling. Like the 8710, the default input capacity is rated at up to 250 sheets, but with the Officejet 8720 users have the option of adding a second 250-sheet tray for an extra fee, bringing input capacity up to 500 sheets. The automatic document feeder which provides and supports unattended scanning, copying, and faxing remains at a 50-sheet capacity, though that should be more than sufficient. With preloaded business apps like Dropbox and Google Drive among others, users can stay more efficient and workplace operations can be more optimized. Automatic two-sided printing is also a standard feature of this unit, helping save on paper waste. The maximum monthly duty cycle is up to 30,000 pages and the recommended monthly print volume is between 250 to 2,000 pages.
In terms of ink, the Officejet 8720 AIO uses the same standard four individual ink cartridge system as the Officejet 8710. design with a space for one black, cyan, magenta, and yellow, thereby allowing users to only. As far as replacing the ink is concerned, 8720 users have the option of replacing the cartridges with either a standard or a a high-yield cartridge. Each of the standard cartridges provide 1,000 black pages and up to 700 pages for each color while the high-yield XL models are rated for up to 2,000 black pages and 1,600 pages for each color. Alternately, the Officejet unit works with the HP Instant Ink program which allows users to choose a plan on an estimated number of printed pages for a set fee as opposed to shopping for cartridges only when you have exhausted all of your ink. It should be noted that the ink that ships with the unit is the Instant Ink variety, so if the system is amenable to users, they need only sign-up for their plan of choice.
Currently the HP Officejet 8720 AIO is available 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.