Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
We scoured the field of single-function printers to find the best compact printer with the right combination of print quality, speed, print versatility and size options. The HP Officejet 6100 ePrinter prints quickly and creates high quality prints. It is small enough to fit perfectly in your home office and has many additional features.
There are other models in the ePrinter series that have equally strong print quality and speed. Some of these models are all-in-one printers and some are wide-format printers, yet the ePrinter series is perhaps the best series of printers you are going to find for the price.
Speed and print quality from the HP Officejet ePrinter are two things that impressed us. The pages seem to fly out of this printer when you are printing in black and white. This printer boasts up to 16ppm for black-and-white prints and has a maximum black resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi. This is among the fastest black-and-white print speeds that we have seen from compact printers that are also capable of color prints.
The detail and quality in the photo prints is where HP, and especially the Officejet 6100, stands out. At a maximum color resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi, the 6100 can print some spectacular photos with the right type of paper.
We tested the 4 x 6-inch photo speed with a rather complex and detailed photo. The HP 6100 took about 1:20 to print the photo. This is rather quick for an inkjet printer and the type of photo that we tested it with.
You can print in color at speeds up to 9ppm. This type of color printing speed is in the upper echelon of the compact printers that we reviewed. This small printer also has a high monthly duty cycle of 12,000 pages. You can truly work this printer to the bone, and it can withstand the workload.
This printer can virtually do it all, and more. The ePrinter series allows you to print wirelessly from your smartphone and other wireless devices. You can print wirelessly using an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi. To set up the ePrint function is a little different. The way that ePrint works is that the HP ePrint website assigns the printer an email address, and then you can attach documents that you want to print and send them to your printer as email attachments. The ePrint feature is compatible with Apple AirPrint for printing from the cloud.
The Officejet ePrint series ups the ante in paper-holding capacity to 250 sheets. Most small printers we reviewed max out at 150. Although we feel that the large paper tray is a positive aspect of this printer, there isn't another tray present to load different paper sizes. If you decide you want to use 4 x 6-inch photo paper for a print, you will have to take out the letter-sized paper and load in the photo paper instead, which is a minor inconvenience.
The Officejet 6100 is no stranger to many forms of media sizes. You can load anything from 3 x 5-inch index cards to 8.5 x 13-inch sheets of paper into this printer. This type of media versatility helped boost this printer to the top of our comparison.
Even though the HP Officejet 6100 ePrinter isn't the smallest printer we reviewed, it still has a small and portable design for a compact printer. At 18.4 x 15.28 x 7.05 inches (W x D x H), the HP will not take up a ton of space on your desktop. It weights about ten pounds and is one of the lightest printers we reviewed.
HP has excellent customer support. If you need immediate help with your printer, you can always use the live chat on the HP website. This is great for immediate answers to technical questions you may have. If you prefer a different method for support, you can contact HP via telephone and email.
You will also find downloadable drivers and user guides on the HP website if you need to upgrade your drivers to support your OS. The HP Officejet 6100 works with both PC and Mac operating systems. HP backs up this printer with a one-year warranty.
The HP Officejet 6100 ePrinter has all the quality and speed you would expect from a great compact printer – and much more. Its ability to print high quality documents and images gives you the freedom to do so from anywhere. For the price you'll pay and the quality you will receive from the HP Officejet 6100, there isn't a better series of compact printers on the market.