HP Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One preview: portable all-in-one

Portable printers have been around for some time, but the HP Officejet 150 Mobile is more than just a printer, it's an all-in-one. That does increase its size, but it's small enough still to be called mobile. Hardware.Info tested it to find out how good it is.

We test lots of printers over the course of a year, but it's not that often that a portable printer arrives at our test lab. HP Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One does fall into that category, but it's not nearly as compact at the Brother PocketJet PJ-663. That's not strange per se, considering the PJ-663 uses thermal technology which doesn't require ink cartridges. The HP Officejet 150 Mobile is a color inkjet printer that takes two cartridges, one with black and one with three colors. It also scans and copies.

With the tray extended, the Officejet 150 measures 35 x 23 x 25 cm. When you close it, it's only 9 cm tall. It weighs 3 kg, while not heavy for a printer, it's a lot to haul around with you. So perhaps a more accurate description for this product would be a printer for mobile use that doesn't move that often. Like in the car of repair men or IT support crew. And it could be useful to take with out on your business trips for your hotel room, if you don't mind 3 kg of extra luggage.

It's not a cheap printer with an average price of £276 or € 360, but mobile printers rarely are (you can get the HP Officejet 150 for as little as £230 at Amazon).

The HP Officejet 150 Mobile has 'All-in-One' in its name, so you can scan and copy documents as well. The little printer also has a 2.3-inch display that can be hidden away, and on the back there's a USB port for connecting a computer. The all-in-one also has a PictBridge-compatible USB port, enabling you to print directly from compatible cameras. On the left side is an SD card slot.

The Officejet 150 comes with a replaceable battery, good for 500 prints according to HP. You can't charge the battery via USB, you have to plug it into a wall socket. This power supply is external, which is another thing you will need to carry with you if you plan on charging the printer on the road. The included 65 watt adapter also works for HP notebooks, so perhaps you only to bring one depending on what brand you laptop is.

It's a portable all-in-one with some limitations, however. It doesn't print double-sided automatically, but it would be unrealistic to expect this feature on such a small printer. The scanner is one of the pass-through variety, which means that document to be scanned needs to be transported past the scanner. That precludes less bendable things like passports or thick magazines from being scanned by this HP Officejet 150 Mobile.

Check the rest of the review of the HP Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-one on Hardware.info.