The HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile is sibling to one of the best compact printers out there, and the family resemblance is mighty strong. It’s in the same model line as our top choice, the HP OfficeJet All-in-One 250, and prints documents with the same superb quality, but it’s not a portable printer scanner combo; this is all printer, which slims it down and reduces the price. It’s also one of the best mobile printers with high print quality scores.
The OfficeJet 200 Mobile is ultra-portable, measuring 14.3 x 7.32 x 2.7 inches and weighing 4.85 pounds without the included battery installed. It’s not the lightest mobile printer, but it’s small enough to tote in a carryon bag or backpack, and it’s still one of the most portable printers we reviewed. This mini portable printer opens up with an extendable input tray and features a sleek-looking control panel that has physical buttons integrated into its smooth surface.
The battery comes with the printer and sits in a compartment on the back. The compartment has a window and button so you can check how much power you have left. It’s important to check the battery level before you take the printer on the go – it can print 500 pages between charges, so you might get in the habit of simply leaving the power cable at home.
In our print testing, the OfficeJet 200 Mobile printed some of the best quality documents we saw from a portable inkjet printer; they were nearly identical to those printed with HP’s more expensive mobile model and good enough to match the quality of full-size, stationary inkjet printers. The sample documents we printed were nearly error free, with very few unwanted ink spots, minimal banding, and none of the streaking or alignment issues we saw in documents printed by less capable portable printers. It’s also pretty fast, printing black-and-white text at a rate of eight pages per minute and color documents at more than seven pages per minute.
With a print resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi, this compact printer has the chops to handle photos as well as documents, and it can print on up to legal-size paper. The HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile is also fairly quiet and considerably less noisy than several of the mobile printers we tested.
Like most of the portable color printers we reviewed, the HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile pairs a single black cartridge with a tri-color cartridge to print in a full range of colors. Standard-size ink cartridges have yields of 200 pages for black-and-white prints and 165 pages for color prints, making the price per page 21 cents. HP also offers high-capacity cartridges that increase the yield to 600 and 415 pages, respectively, which reduces the cost to 16 cents per page.
The printer’s input tray holds up to 50 pages at a time, matching the highest-capacity portable printers available. Like most mobile printers, it ejects finished pages onto whatever surface it’s sitting on, with no output tray to speak of.
The portable printer connects to PCs and mobile devices through both USB and Wi-Fi, and it supports Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. For mobile printing, you need to download HP’s ePrint app, which is available through both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
The HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile printer is covered with a standard one-year warranty, and you can buy extended service plans at the time of purchase. HP has several avenues for support, including online materials like a user manual, troubleshooting guide and customer forums. For one-on-one help, you can contact dedicated support staff by phone, email and popular social media sites.
The HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile takes everything we love about the HP OfficeJet 250 and slims it down. It drops the scanning and copying hardware to deliver the same great print quality in a smaller, more portable package.
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