Test Drive: HP Officejet d145 All-in-one

By SmallBusinessComputing Staff | Posted March 07, 2002
Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor, www.smallbusinesscomputing.com

Small offices with small spaces that want to print and copy in color will want to make room for the HP Officejet d145. This competent device combines the capabilities of a color inkjet printer, legal-size copier and scanner, and fax machine, and takes up considerable desk space-it's slightly larger than a desktop copy machine-but it's worth the prime real estate that it sits on.

As a color printer, the d145 outputs good 1200-dots per inch (dpi) black text and 2400x1200-dpi color images with attractive photo-like pictures. It's fairly fast at 19 pages-per-minute (ppm) in black and 16 ppm in color. The d145 comes with a 150-sheet input paper tray and you can purchase an optional 250-sheet paper tray if your office requires more capacity. While the d145's print capabilities are solid, a good office laser printer is faster and less expensive to use.

As a copy machine, the d145 offers decent reproduction at 18 ppm in black and white and 16 ppm in color. A major plus with the d145, you can print two-sided documents, as well as copy them.

When making copies, you can reduce and enlarge images between 25% and 400%, fit source documents onto pages, tile pictures, flop images (for T-shirts transfers), darken and lighten colors, and create giant posters by enlarging images, and later splicing pages together. The d145 did a great job of accepting our piles of paper, and easily handled different weight papers and even glossy pages.

The d145 is a competent legal-size scanner that has an optical resolution of 1200x4800 dots per inch. In use, we had no problems scanning good images from within our PC-based graphics programs. The d145 also offers good faxing capabilities to scan and send documents. The device comes with the requisite features to receive faxes, as well as schedule and broadcast faxes, and can send both black and white and color faxes.

We had no problems setting up the d145 and using it with our test computers, and found the documentation to be clear and easy to follow. A good option for some offices is the HP Jetdirect 200M print server/Internet connector (10/100BaseT), which lets the device connect to office networks. If you have a digital camera, the device accepts and reads CompactFlash, SmartMedia and Sony Memory Sticks so you can transfer digital photos to a PC, or print images directly from the memory card. A plus, the device prints proof sheets, as well as selected pictures.

HP offers three related devices in its all-in-one family. The d125xi, which lacks faxing capabilities, and the d135/xi, which is much like the d145, but lacks the ability to read memory cards. At the higher end, the HP Officejet d155xi comes with the HP Jetdirect 200M print server/Internet connector for about $200 more.

Based on our look at the d145, HP's all-in-one options look to be strong products. If your office needs a color printer, scanner, and copier, definitely consider the HP Officejet d145. At $599, it's a good buy.

Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard Company, www.hp.com

Price: $599

Pros: Legal-size scanning and copying; can read memory cards from digital cameras; solid options for printing two-sides of a page and for networking.

Cons: Inkjet-based color is more expensive than an office (black and white) laser printer.

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