The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 all-in-one inkjet features a winning combination of low price, excellent output quality, and therefore the ability to print, scan, and replica documents up to tabloid size. HP Officejet Pro 7740 Review explains all the features.

Pros
  • Fast.
  • Low price.
  • Above-par output across the board.
  • Good text quality.
  • PCL and PostScript drivers.
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and wireless direct connectivity.
  • ADF supports single-pass two-sided scanning.
Cons
  • N/A

Design and Features

The 7740 is large and heavy, measuring 15.1 by 23 by 18 inches (HWD) and weighing 42.9 pounds, so it is best kept on a table or bench of its own and moved by two people. Its standard paper capacity is 500 sheets of up to tabloid-size (11-by-17) paper, split between two 250-sheet trays. It’s a maximum monthly duty cycle of 30,000 pages and a recommended monthly duty cycle of up to 1,500 sheets. It includes an auto-duplexer for two-sided printing.

Print Speed

I timed the 7740 in printing the text-only portion of our business applications suite at 23.6 pages per minute (ppm), among the fastest inkjets we’ve timed using our new test suite and regimen. It printed out our full test suite at a 9.7ppm clip.

Output Quality

Output quality may be a specialty for the 7740. In our testing, it showed above-average text for an inkjet, excellent graphics, and slightly above-par photos. The text should be ok for any business use except those requiring tiny fonts, which isn’t the case with inkjets.

Running Costs

The 7740 has running costs of two .1 cents per monochrome page and eight .1 cents per color page supported HP’s price and yield figures. These are good figures, though not exceptionally so. The Brother MFC-J5720DW has running costs of 1.7 and 7.6 cents per black and color page, respectively.

Conclusion

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 offers a potent combination of high speed, excellent output quality, and generous paper capacity, an honest range of connection choices, and most of all, and therefore the ability to print on paper up to tabloid size. If you print tons, you would possibly be ready to save money with the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J5720DW, as its running costs are slightly lower. But that printer doesn’t compare to matching the output quality of the 7740, which succeeds the MFC-J5720DW as our Editors’ Choice tabloid-size printer for up to medium-duty during a home, small, or micro office.

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