by November 29, 2000 0 comments

Targeted
at the small office/home office segment, this Multi-Function Device (MFD) lets
you print, scan, photocopy, and fax documents, both in color and
black-and-white. Installing the device is pretty simple. It connects to the
parallel port of your PC and Windows auto detects it. Its drivers also monitor
any malfunctioning device. All functions of the OfficeJet are controlled through
its OfficeJet Manager software. It also comes with Readiris OCR software and a
copy of Adobe Photo Deluxe (Business Edition) that lets you make photo albums of
scanned photographs.

Printing

HP OfficeJet 725

Multi-function device. Rs 23,999
Features: Scanner, printer, copier, 
external fax module.
Pros: Speedy scanning; good OCR; convenient faxing.
Cons: Color printing takes a long time.
Source: Hewlett-Packard India
Chandiwala Estate
Maa Anandmai Marg, Kalkaji
New Delhi 110019. 
Tel: 11-6826000-14 
Fax: 6826059, 
E-mail: princy_bhatnagar@hp.com 

The OfficeJet can print at a maximum resolution of 600×600
dpi (black-and-white) and 600×300 dpi (color). It can print on a variety of
print media such as transparencies, photo paper, envelopes, T-shirt transfers,
etc. It has a 150-sheet paper tray and another 10-envelope input tray.

We first tested the MFD for speed in Ecofast mode. For this,
we used a full-page text document and printed it 30 times. The print quality was
good with no visible jaggedness at any font size. However, it took nearly 11
minutes to do it, resulting in an average print speed of 2.8 ppm, whereas its
rated speed in this mode is 5 ppm.

To find out why this difference occurred, we got a test file
that HP uses for rating the MFD’s print speed. This document printed in 7:23
minutes, which translates to a speed of just above 4 ppm. Printing full-page
color graphics with the MFD takes nearly 11 minutes in Best mode, but the
quality is good. Print quality in other modes is average.

Scanning

The MFD can scan photographs, text, or a mix of the two. You
can also do custom scans, where it lets you change the resolution, image type
(color or black-and-white), level of compression, and brightness. Scanning a
text image with the 725 took 29 seconds, while a postcard-sized color photograph
took approximately 34 seconds. You can do an OCR scan to convert a text image
into editable text. This entire process took only 39 seconds.

Copying

Here, you can choose the number of copies you want, from one
to 99, type of copy (photograph, text, or a combination of the two), and paper
type. You can change copy size, ranging from 25 percent of original size to 400
percent. To do a copy, the MFD first scans the document and then prints it,
which together takes a pretty long time. For example, it took 1:20 minutes to
scan a simple text page, and the printing took another minute. Time taken for
color documents is even more.

Fax

The OfficeJet 725 has a small module containing a 14.4
Rockwell modem chip, which has to be separately fit on it. It has three jacks to
connect a phone, modem, and a direct line. The OfficeJet’s fax software
records details like name, fax number, company, etc, of people whom you’ve
sent faxes to. These get stored in an address book, making it easy to fax to the
same person again. You could fax a plain sheet of paper, or a file kept on your
hard drive. It comes with a warranty of one year.

Overall, it’s a good option for small offices who don’t
want to buy separate devices for each function.

Sachin Makhija at PCQ Labs

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