- Acceptable print quality
- Low printing costs
- Very slow with the best print quality
- No menu display
- Small paper storage compartment
HP DeskJet 2720 in the test: no price explosionWith its average sales price of 70 euros, the HP DeskJet 2720 has been surprisingly price stable in recent months. After all, sales prices for printers have risen significantly in the past twelve months – on average, they went up 20 to 30 percent. Why? Millions of employees regulate the fate of their company at home. The youngsters sit at the desk or in the children’s room and learn for school. In addition to a tablet, notebook or PC, the home office is only fully equipped with a multifunction device. Sales rose, so did prices. Pleasing: The DeskJet 2720 was spared this price explosion.
Mini display and control buttonsThe DesKjet 2720 does not have a menu screen, just a mini monochrome display that shows only a few basic functions such as the number of copies or the WLAN connection. Commissioning is therefore tricky – the manual should always be within reach. Nevertheless: What used to be a test of patience is no problem today: unpack, remove transport locks, insert cartridges, connect the computer to the printer, done. PCs and notebooks can be connected to the DeskJet 2720 via a USB cable, but tablets and cell phones can also be connected wirelessly via WLAN if required. But after a successful installation, there is little that can be done on the printer itself without a display. In addition, a copy process can be started here at the push of a button – either in color or black and white. Users can still cancel printing and copying processes by pressing a button on the front of the device, but that’s about it.
Printers, scanners, copiers
Decent print quality
- Photo print quality: Color fidelity / grayscale fidelity / contrast / sharpness somewhat low (59.11?% / 95.10?% / 0.78 / low)
- Graphic print quality: Color fidelity / grayscale fidelity / contrast / sharpness somewhat low (49.91?% / 95.30?% / 0.55 / high)
- Visual test: Text printing / photo printing somewhat fuzzy and frayed / somewhat blurry
- Scan quality: Color fidelity / gray scale fidelity / achieved resolution somewhat low (95.2% / 94.2% / 543 ppi)
All in all, low printing costsGreat: The HP DeskJet 2720 used expensive ink sparingly on average, especially when printing text – an A4 page cost less than five cents.
- Text printing on A4 Ink costs per page / yield black cartridge cheap (4.74 cents) / 464 pages
- Graphic print on A4 Ink cost per page / yield color ink set somewhat expensive (18.17 cents) / 110 pages
- Photo print on 10×15 cm Ink costs per photo / range of color ink set cheap (27.76 cents) / 72 photos
Really lame with the best print quality …Choose the best print quality in the printer driver to achieve top results? Not a good idea with the DeskJet 2720 – it is much slower than the competition.
- Color photos in formats 18×24 / 10×15 / three photos 10×15 / 10×15 cm from standby too slow (12:20 / 5:26 / 16:16 / 5:28 min: sec)
- Color graphics: one page / five pages / one page off standby very slowly (14:15 / 46:13 / 10:56 min: sec)
- Text: one page / six pages / one page off standby slow (0:08 / 0:39 / 0:10 min: sec)
- Copy time one A4 text page / A4 photo page very fast (0:15 / 0:45 min: sec)
… and really loudStupid for the home office: When printing, almost all multifunctional devices make a lot of noise. The HP DesKjet was one of the loudest printers in the test with 13.8 sones. Therefore, the device should be located a little away from the workplace if possible.
HP DeskJet 2720 in the test: conclusionChoose the best print quality in the printer driver to achieve top results? Not a good idea with the Deskjet 2720 – it is much slower than the competition. Otherwise the HP delivers a decent performance. The printing costs are in the midfield and can be further reduced with an Instant Ink subscription.
* The cheapest price may be higher in the meantime.