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Monday
Dec092013

The HP Envy 120 - A printer you want to show off.

No one likes buying a printer. Just like a central heating boiler, car exhaust (muffler), or shoes (for men)...it's something that you take no pleasure in using and when it eventually dies you reluctantly buy a replacement.

Many people are able to get by now without a printer/scanner at home, but for me there's a handful of occasions each year when it is a necessity, so when my Epson printer decided that it wanted to go to the landfill I begrudgingly set about the task of finding a replacement. Luckily I stumbled across the HP Envy 120.

The HP Envy has enough fun features to make me (almost) forget about the fact I just spent a considerable sum of money on yet another printer. This is the first printer I've owned that is fun to use and definitely the first one I've thought was worth demonstrating in a video review.

You can buy one through Amazon. 

 

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Reader Comments (18)

How does it handle envelopes? Is there a slot to load them?

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Rodriguez

Pretty cool printer, I could use thing like that which has a scanner in it.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnman

Hi Mat,

Really great review and a cool printer to boot, for a good price, I love the fun bits on it. If my old printer suddenly gives up the ghost I will definitely check this one out.

You mentioned, you email yourself reminders to do things. If you want reminders, you can add an event / task to your iphone calendar and select it to remind you a short time before the appt. Cool if you forget, like I do, to put the recycling rubbish out.

Daz

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Kenny, Yes it handles envelopes, you'd have to load them like the photo paper I suppose
http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/products/printers/product-detail.html?oid=5286097#!tab=specs

Daz, I tend to email myself when I'm sat at my desk in work and something pops into my head. Like most offices, they don't allow people to use their own mobiles during work time unfortunately. It's not something I do often, but the ability to send home work docs and print them is useful. Just the other day I needed to remember to print some airplane tickets in the evening, so I emailed them to my house and they were sat there when I got home.

December 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Very nice; however, I'm afraid all of the moving parts (screen and paper door) will eventually fail.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

If I was in the market for an ink printer, I'd definitely look at this one, I currently have the same printer as the one you lobbed out but it's rarely used as I have a Dell colour laser.
Some interesting features but the face up scanning is definitely the winner here, I'd not seen that before.

As for ridiculously heavy boxes - I had to have a rest carrying the previous model 27" iMac to the car (before Apple pointlessly thinned it down, put the SD slot on the back and took the DVD drive out). That was heavy.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

Evolution, there are some things that just shouldn't have a handle on the box. It creates a false impression that it's going to be a doddle to carry around. Either that or I'm a weakling (very likely).

December 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I was wondering what you had to say about this

Attractive, well-built printer that sends what you scan to HP ( http://www.amazon.com/review/R14WMD5PQVUBKT )

Does this printer in fact send a copy of everything you scan (email) to HP ?!

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterQuinn Fortescue

Couldn't care a jot about what one tin foil hat wearing nut-job thinks. Remember those ill informed bores who told everyone that Plasma TVs needed to be 'Re-Gassed' intermittently....same people. HP aren't reading people's scans, but if they were they wouldn't find mine very interesting.

December 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

yeah i kind of figured just Paranoia

REVIEW: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

if you ever had time and/or you wouildnt mind vsnayw0b4ijneu2@jetable.org or shaithiahti@dunflimblag.mailexpire.com

ANOTHER USERS COMMENT: In response says. I found out after installing it that, yes indeed, if I want to scan a document or anything for that matter, it goes directly to HP or else it will not work at all.(sounds rediculous )

another comment: Wow! what nonsense Are all HP Envy printers like this? I scan my checks and company checks and info. So glad I read this before I ordered this printer.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterQuinn Fortescue

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