HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Review – An Excellent Wide-Format Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide-Format Printer Review

This hefty all-in-one printer can replace all your bulky machines and do your printing, copying, and scanning all from the same device.

It’s also quite versatile as it can work with different media types and sizes of up to 11 x 17 inches as well as fax letter-size documents.

Read more: The Best 11×17 Printer – The Definitive Buying Guide

The HP Officejet Pro 7740 Review

Design and Features

Measuring 15.1 x 23 x 18.4 inches and weighing 42.9 pounds, the HP Officejet Pro 7740 is ideal for keeping it stationary and running all your operations from one place.

It can accommodate up to 500 sheets of a tabloid-size (11 x 17 inches) divided into two 250-sheet trays.

With a monthly duty cycle of 30,000 pages, you can print all the documents and papers you need.

Moreover, it has an auto-duplexing feature that allows you to print two-sided sheets in order not to waste any paper.

With the integration of a flatbed and a 35-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF), the HP Officejet Pro 7740 allows you to scan legal-size paper and scan both sides of a document in a single pass with its duplex scanning.

Furthermore, the 2.6-inch color touchscreen allows you to navigate and adjust your printer's settings. Below it, you can plug in a USB thumb drive to print from.

As for the connectivity options, you get to choose between either wired or wireless.

For the former, you can connect through USB or Ethernet. While for the latter, the HP Officejet Pro 7740 has built-in WiFi and supports HP wireless direct (HP’s proprietary equivalent of WiFi Direct).

Moreover, the Pro 7740 is compatible with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

Print Speed and Compatibility

At 22 pages per minute (ISO) and 34 PPM (draft) in black and 18 PPM (ISO) and 34 PPM (draft) in color, the HP Officejet Pro 7740 is quite fast and finishes your print or scan jobs efficiently. For an inkjet printer, that’s pretty quick.

It also produces the first print at only 9 seconds in black and 10 in color.

As for the paperweight, the Officejet Pro 7740 can handle paper between 60 g/m2 and up to 105 g/m2 –not enough for cardstock but still sufficient for most paper types such as a photo or plain paper.

You can use it to print glossy, matte, photo, thin, and plain paper.

Output Quality

The HP Officejet Pro 7740's quality is as impressive as its speed at 4800 x 1200 DPI resolution that even enables it to print out photos and graphics of excellent quality.

However, it does produce some banding in the backgrounds of some photos.

The pigment-based ink makes its prints a lot more durable and gives them a crisp quality.

As for the scanning, it has a 1200 DPI optical resolution that captures all the details of your picture in the scanned version.

Moreover, you can make 99 copies of 600 DPI resolution at 18 CPM in black and 13 CPM in color. You can even reduce or enlarge the original file down to 25% or up to 400% and use duplex copying to save time.

Running Costs

One of the first things I have to mention about the HP Officejet Pro 7740 running on lower costs is that it has separate ink cartridges.

This means that when one color runs out, you can just replace it without having to throw away half-full or almost-full cartridges.

However, it still does run on higher costs than the average inkjet printer.

By all means, I would say that it's worth the money and a great bang for the buck if you're going to be printing a combination of text and photos.

Pros

  • Performs quickly and smoothly
  • Affordable price
  • A variety of connectivity options
  • Generous duty cycle

Cons

  • A little heavy
  • Has higher running costs than average

Bottom Line

Although the running costs of the HP Officejet Pro 7740 may be higher than competitors of the same price range, its versatility and amazing performance make it worth the money.

On top of that, it's also quite affordable for a unit that can print so much per month with impressive quality and high speed.

Adam William
 

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