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Printer Primer, HP OfficeJet Pro 8740
April 15, 2016
The last in the newest range of OfficeJet devices announced by HP back in mid-March, the HP Officejet 8740 has all of the features of the OfficeJet 8710 and OfficeJet 8720, plus some that are unique to itself. As with the 8720 and the 8710, there is an additional $100 price hike for this unit compared to the OfficeJet 8720. Just like the other new OfficeJet units, the 8740 is a 4-in-1 multifunction device, giving users the ability to print, scan, copy, and fax in one machine. The top print speeds on the unit top out at 24 ISO ppm and 20 ISO ppm for black and color respectively. The Officejet 8740 has also retained the same 4.3" touchscreen interface, located front and center, found on the OfficeJet 8720. At 19.7" x 20.9" x 16.2" (W x D x H) it is the largest of these three units, but with good reason and which we will highlight later.
Like the OfficeJet 8720, the OfficeJet 8740 definitely provides a solid assortment of methods for connecting that support both users nearby and afar. While it is not likely users would invest in this as a standalone unit, it could nonetheless be connected via USB, Ethernet, or via Wi-Fi to a laptop or PC. The true strength, however, is found in its suite of options for mobile printing. As a new HP unit, it of course incorporates their native ePrint solution, but that is just the beginning. Users can take advantage of either Wi-Fi Direct printing compatibility or for owners of compatible Android devices, NFC (near field communication) functionality. Additional mobile printing options include Apple AirPrint, and Android OS Enablement Printing. The OfficeJet 8740 has already been certified by the Mopria™ Alliance for mobile printing. Lastly, for those that need added privacy, the 8740 works with HP JetAdvantage Private Print to keep jobs and output secure.
Once again, moving from the OfficeJet 8720 to the OfficeJet 8740 provides another upgrade with paper handling. In its default configuration, the OfficeJet 8740 offers the convenience of two 250-sheet capacity paper trays, ensuring that paper should not have to be refilled constantly. The automatic document feeder which can handle up to 50 sheets at once has also been upgraded to include single-pass (two-sided) copying, scanning, and faxing to improve efficiencies. As with the other new OfficeJet devices, the 8740 comes preloaded with business apps like Dropbox and Google Drive among others. 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 8740 AIO uses the same standard four individual ink cartridge system as the Officejet 8720 with four individual ink tanks (black, cyan, magenta, and yellow). When it comes to replacing the ink, 8740 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 3,000 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 8740 AIO is available for $399.99 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.