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What’s in the box: HP Smart Tank 750 printer, power cable, USB cable, 2 bottles of black ink, 1 bottle each – cyan, magenta, yellow, printheads
We may be living in the digital world today, but the need to print documents is still imperative for various reasons. But if you can’t do without printing altogether, the least you can do is pre-select a smart printer. And by smart, I don’t just mean the wireless connectivity, but also the low cost of printing, which ink tank printers offer, just like HP’s Smart Tank 750.
Housing the features of a commercial-grade printer, the Smart Tank 750 is modeled after inkjet printers. Measuring 427.54 x 364 x 240.25mm, it manages to fit in a corner (on a table) without taking up much space. As it weighs 7.70 kg, moving it was rather easy. The printer comes with the regulars – cables and ink bottles.
Setting up the printer was simple and didn’t require any technical know-how. Simply scan the smartphone’s QR code directed to the setup process. All I had to do was plug in the printer and remove the pieces of plastic and orange cardboard to get started. The next step required me to insert the printheads into the respective positions (just the way we install the cartridges) and fill the ink into the respective reservoirs. The printer comes with small 70ml bottles of yellow, cyan and magenta, and two 135ml bottles of black. There’s a small screen displaying basic information along with smart guided buttons such as paper input and WiFi, among others. I completed the setup process using the wireless network and the printer was instantly accessible through Mac devices in less than five minutes. I also installed the rather nifty HP Smart app for all wireless printing and scanning needs.
Since this Smart Tank printer can connect to the wireless network and even create its own wireless network, I found the former to be hassle-free. All I had to do was be on the same WiFi network to give a print command without manually adding the printer or even installing compatible software. The printer’s ability to hold 250 sheets in the input tray for regular printing needs and the 35-page automatic document feeder that comes in handy for scanning and photocopying documents added to the convenience.
I prefer to read articles in print format rather than a digital copy. And with the Smart Tank printer in house, I decided to test it. I decided to go with black prints on both sides of the page. To take advantage of the duplex printing feature, I was able to change the setting while giving the print command. The printer’s duplex printing function worked perfectly, there was a pause of about a few seconds before the machine started printing on the opposite side, letting the ink dry and not smear on the page. The Smart Tank 750 was capable of printing around 21 black pages per minute and 20 color printers per minute. I also used the automatic document feeder to scan a few pages and it worked without issue. Scanning documents was clean and fast. Print and scan quality was excellent and there were no instances of paper jams.
More importantly, HP says this printer has Secure Boot which helps ensure that a device boots up with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)-approved software and shuts down immediately if it does. is compromised. Moreover, it validates the memory code and stops working if it is not genuine. Even the write memory is protected preventing the introduction of malicious codes during printer operation.
Although the price is higher – Rs 23,147 for this one, the printing cost per page turns out to be significantly lower – 10 paise for black and 20 paise for color. HP claims that the included ink is good enough to print up to 8,000 color pages or 6,000 black pages from the original ink, including in the box. And I couldn’t agree anymore. I’ve been using the HP SmartTank 530 for almost a year and haven’t run out of the ink that came with it yet. Above all, unlike cartridges, the ink does not dry out if it is not used regularly.
With a wide range of ink tank printers for home and small to medium business, the Smart Tank 750 is ideal for high print loads. It incorporates some of the features of enterprise-style large format printers such as duplex printing, automatic document feeder, security, etc., in a rather small footprint.
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