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  1. Captain Latte
    67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome HP Printer, November 18, 2012
    Captain Latte (Seattle, WA) –

    This review is from: Hewlett Packard Envy 120 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier (Office Product)

    I had been eyeing the HP Envy printers for a while now, especially since I thought it would be nice to have our iPhones and iPads print directly to it via AirPrint. So when our other HP printer finally gave out, I opted to pick up the new Envy 120. First off, this machine is quite heavy and solid for a home-use printer, but I think that is good that it isn’t cheaply made. I know HP markets the Envy line as a higher-end trendy printer.

    Out of the box, there isn’t much to setting up the printer you need to worry about. You have the printer itself, power cord and ink cartridges. There’s a CD too, but you can skip this and instead download the software from the HP site (latest version). Setup went fairly smoothly. The only minor glitch happened when I first installed the ink cartridges. The printer kept saying they were not installed properly even though they were correct. I ended up just turning the printer off and then back on again to solve that problem. Next, I connected the printer to my wireless network directly using the printer’s nice control panel. I have an Apple Time Capsule router so things went smoothly as expected. My Macbook Air was able to find the new HP Envy immediately once it was setup on my WiFi (and it even had the option for AirPrint already selected). I also setup an ePrint account with HP, which allows you to print to your printer from anywhere on the web (via a unique email address you send your desired output to). That’s it — the entire setup took less than 30 minutes and was super easy.

    The printer is truly a work of art – easily one of the nicest designed and built ones out there. One of the other reasons I got this printer is that it is extremely quiet. We have a 4 year-old so not having to worry about waking her up at night while printing is nice. The printer is also very fast in printing, copying and scanning. Maybe I was just used to having a slow one before. I did print a high resolution photograph which took a bit of time, but that should be expected. And I don’t plan to use it often for that purpose. I do love the 2-sided printing and the AirPrint worked flawlessly. The lid on top where you open up to put your documents to copy or scan is see-thru glass. At first I had placed the doc facing downward as that is how most print/scanners work. However, this one faces up, which is pretty cool so that you can see how things are aligned. And the control panel even shows you a small image preview before you commit to printing out.

    Overall, I am extremely pleased with the printer so far. The main issue I see is that the paper tray is not too large. So while this works great at home, it may not be suitable for a small office if you plan to print quite often and need a larger paper tray. I’ll try to add an update down the road after I’ve used it for a while, but so far so good.

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  2. ewtagaergxdfg
    71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Attractive, well-built printer that sends what you scan to HP., November 21, 2012

    This review is from: Hewlett Packard Envy 120 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier (Office Product)

    This printer is beautiful, understated, and simple. The build quality is quite impressive, from its glass top to its finished internals.

    I didn’t really even need a new printer. I bought this printer because my previous Lexmark was so fantastically ugly. You know the designers did something right when a consumer is willing to buy their creation not out of necessity, but because of want, especially when in the context of printers, since no one in all of the history of mankind has ever been excited about buying a printer. Since I need a printer, I was excited to have one that didn’t look like a blob of disgusting radiused plastic, one that looks like the designers actually cared about what they were making, one that doesn’t create a black hole of aesthetics in my home office. This printer is that, and I’m glad to have it.

    I do have one criticism. Some big dummy thought it would be a good idea to put the words “PRINT SCAN COPY WEB” on the front of the product. A list of product features belongs on the box, not permanently on the front of the product. My car doesn’t say “DRIVE SIT WHEELS ENGINE” on the hood. So anyway, these words are now on the front of this product that has touch sensitive areas covering the front panel. Guess what happens when I touch the word “SCAN”? Nothing. Guess what happens when I touch the word “COPY”? Also nothing. You know why? Because they aren’t buttons; They are just words. It is literally a list of things this printer does, a list that is permanently imprinted on the front of an otherwise perfect product. These completely unnecessary words become a point of confusion because they seem like they should be touch sensitive function buttons. They not only detract from the otherwise clean look of the product, they actually mess up the user experience. HP, you almost did it right, and then you just had to put some unnecessary marketing crap on the front of the product. Why would anyone do this?

    Update (January 3, 2013):

    I just noticed something pretty horrible about the execution of the scan to email function on this printer.

    When you set up email in a mail app on your smartphone or computer or any other printer, the app is just a front end for your existing email account. When you compose an email on your computer, or email a photo from your smartphone, or scan a document and email it from any non-HP printer, the application composes the email and then sends it through your email account using your credentials.

    This is NOT how HP’s scan to email works. When you scan a document on this printer, it sends the document to HP, and then HP emails it on your behalf to the recipients that you requested. So basically, if you have anything confidential you need to scan and email, you can not use this printer for that purpose. This feels very corrupt on HP’s part because it is completely unnecessary. They actually had to go out of their way to come up with this scheme, and they need to spend money to keep servers up and running to collect all of these scans and send all of these emails. If HP goes out of business or turns off those servers, I can’t send emails from my printer anymore. My printer should be able to log in to the email server of my own business and send emails via my server, as this is how every other product on the market that sends email operates. HP does not need to handle the documents I scan. However, they insist that they get to see what I scan and then send it for me on my behalf. This stinks. HP just went from 5 stars to 3.

    This should be fixed! A normal email client should be included with the printer in a firmware update.

    Summary: The designers and engineers nailed it on this printer. The marketing and business teams blew it.

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  3. Nicolas Mermet
    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect design. Printing just ok. Scanning bad., December 21, 2012
    Nicolas Mermet (Los Angeles, CA United States) –

    This review is from: Hewlett Packard Envy 120 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier (Office Product)

    This printer looks so good that it is in its own class.
    It is exceptionally compact and solid, fit and finish is a first rate harmony of aluminum and glass (an apple-like feel of quality and formal elegance). The setup is simple and direct, and you will be able to work after 10 minutes of gentle fiddling. The interface is responsive, ergonomic and cleanly designed. The printing via email (hp eprint) is also an interesting feature for people on the run.

    The printer opens automatically, extends the output support by itself, prints what you asked it to print, and then automatically seals itself again once you take your prints off the machine. This bodes well for durability as dust will stay out of the machine’s innards (cat hair is what killed my previous printer). The flip side of that coin is, how long will all these delicate actuators last ? :)

    Overall this printer is a design milestone in the category, and makes us (and hopefully the competing printer makers), question why all the other printers look like massive plastic clunkers with large gaps in between their frail and rattling plastic trims. I do hope that it shows us what the future of printers will be like, and will wake up the competing designers in the industry.

    The not so good.


    Black and white text output is fine.

    The quality of photo printing did not meet my standards. On premium+ semi-gloss hp paper (the most expensive I could find), with the finest print settings, the low range (shadow areas) of the photos were muddy and dark. The photos were overall a bit dull in color, as if the dynamic range (highlight to dark) was compressed and as if the color mixing ended up overall a little too grey and too dense with a loss in clarity. Detail resolution for the midrange was acceptable.
    Now keep in mind my criticism is pretty harsh – I am a professional designer and colorist, and this is not a dedicated photo printer (it only sports 3 color inks). This printer may work for most, just do not expect “photo printer” grade output. My disappointment comes from the fact that I will have to return this beautiful thing and purchase an oversize ugly clunker that will scar my office’s decor to satisfy my printing needs. HP, please make a 6 or 7 ink version of this printer…

    Ink consumption seems very high, or rather cartridge capacity seems very low – A full size photo print 8.5*11 seems to take about one-eight (according to the visual gauges) of the color cartridge. It is safe to assume that this printer will have high running costs. If you print a lot, better to walk away. If you just do the occasional print, this may be the printer for you.

    Now for the bad: Scanning
    The novelty scanner design is operating upside down. The scanning element is placed inside the glass cover. This does have the advantage that you see what is being scanned, but the price for this feature is much too high. The scanner lid does not allow enough space for scanning things of books or large magazines. The fact that gravity is now working against you means that scanning a letter that was once folded, or anything not perfectly flat and relaxed will result in a blurry scan as the creases prevents full contact with the scanner lid (you can go around this by building a support with a stack of paper that will be just the right vertical size, but that is too much work- if the stack is not the perfect height, the lid will be slightly angled, meaning part of your document will be out of focus). So this scanner design is terrible on a functional and performance level. I need to scan drawings and design reference on a regular basis and this flaw by itself disqualifies this device.


    6 stars for esthetics (I could not say design since it includes functionality)
    4 stars for printing
    2 stars for ink costs
    1 star for the scanner

    Great printer if you print little, can live with basic photo output quality, and do not care about scanning /copy performance.
    Bad printer if you print a lot, or require great photo output quality, or need quality and versatile scanning.

    Advice for HP: Bravo for build quality and esthetics. Make a version of this with a traditional scanner design. Then make another version of that with more inks (and maybe a second paper compartment) for graphic professionals.

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