Monday, 04 July 2016 13:49

HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 (first looks)


Designed for micro and small business, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8XXX all-in-one series offers up to 50% lower print costs than lasers, duplex printing, and enhanced management and security.

Since the demerger last year into HP (printers, workstations, devices) and HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) we have seen a determination to be faster, cheaper, better and different. Earlier this year HP released its biggest new line-up – 15 new PageWide, OfficeJet Pro, and LaserJet printers.

HP OfficeJet Pro inkjet printers are focused on affordable, professional colour and big performance in a compact package for prosumers, small office and home office (SOHO) and small businesses.

The 8XXX series includes print, copy, scan and fax

  • Small and medium-size businesses with 1-5 users printing up to 1500 pages/month
  • ISO speeds up to 37 ppm (draft, A4) black and colour
  • Professional-quality colour printing
  • New design delivers laser-like paper handling and super fast print and copy speeds
  • Easily print from your smartphone, tablet, or notebook PC
  • Fleet control, remote manageability for distributed environments
  • Ethernet and wireless networking options

I took a "first look" at the OfficeJet Pro 8720 that at $299 does pretty much all a SOHO user could want – print, copy, scan, and fax.


It handles from card to A4 sized paper and from 60 to 280gsm stock (depending on whether you use the cassette or the manual feed). Print speed for mono is up to 37 pages per minute in draft (ink saving) and 20-24 ppm in normal mode (1200 x 1200 dpi). It is about 20% slower in colour.

First page out is under 10 seconds (to rasterise and prepare) and it then scoots along at rated speeds.

It will handle a ream (500 pages) of A4 paper in the cassette. There is an optional second cassette. It will duplex print.


All the usual settings including two-sided, image adjustments, margin shift, etc. It copies/scans at up to 600/1200 dpi but for most uses 100 to 200 dpi is sufficient. Copy speed is 37 ppm to 22ppm (higher res),

The ADF holds 50 sheets of A4 stock.


All the usual fax features including PC interface. Speed is about 4 seconds per page.


It uses long lasting pigment based ink – four separate cartridges of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The ink is water, smear and fade-resistant and produces top quality prints.

Like most HP printers it has the standard (HP955) cartridges that deliver 1000 black and 700 colour pages. I prefer to use the XL cartridges that give 2000 pages black and 1600 pages colour.

The standard 955 cartridges are $38.42 (colours) and $53.01 (black) – a total of $168.27. The XL are $50.55 (colour) and $74.36 (black) $226.01 for well over double the capacity.

But here is the good oil – you can find genuine cartridges online for much less.


It prints from NFC-enabled devices, HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint, Android OS Enablement Printing and its Mopria certified.

All this is easily accessed via the 10.9cm touch screen. It connects via USB, Ethernet Lan, and Wi-Fi.


49.95 x 53.01 x 33.91 cm (Duplexer built-in) and 15.01kg.


As the range is still fairly new, you will likely find these at major retailers at suggested selling prices. International reviews (where it has been available slightly longer) say it is a well-made device and offering remarkable print value and quality. A solid office/workgroup printer.


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Ray Shaw  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!



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