It doesn't get much more compact and affordable than the HP Deskjet 5100 color inkjet printer, at least not without sacrificing speed and quality. This model sacrifices neither, with solid speeds of up to 14 pages per minute for color and 19 pages per minute for black, and resolutions of up to 4,800 optimized dpi for excellent photos. HP 5100 printer ink can be a bit expensive, especially when using its optional 6-color configuration.
The 5100 is certainly designed for use by a single user, with only a USB port available for connection. Its dimensions are impressive, with the unit measuring 5.7x17.7x14.6 inches (HWD) and a weight of only 11.7 pounds that makes it light and easy to move around. The input paper tray can hold up to 150 sheets of plain paper, and other types of media like labels, envelopes, transparencies, and photo paper are also supported.
The 5100 can handle borderless printing in many common sizes up to 8.5x11 inches, though printing at the highest quality settings will significantly lower its speed. Modes like FastDraft are great for quick printing of everyday documents when speed is more important than print quality, however, and a "reserve printing" feature allows the machine to print with only one HP 5100 ink cartridge when the other is dry.
The printer ink system can use up to 6 colors with an optional Deskjet 5100 ink cartridge designed to enhance color photos. This adds an additional cost when replacing the HP 5100 ink, however, which can already be a bit high. Using remanufactured Deskjet 5100 ink is a way to reduce these costs, however, and still benefit from the 6-ink system.
For users who want a simple and compact color inkjet that provides solid document printing and great photo quality, the 5100 is a good choice. Its affordable price tag is impressive, and users should find it very easy to use.
Based on our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, Ink Technologies will accept returns of compatible or remanufactured ink and toner cartridges for full credit if the returned product has a valid return authorization number and is received in our warehouse within 6 months of the original shipping date. If there is a confirmed print quality issue, only 1 set of opened products will be accepted for credit returns, and only if less than 30% of the ink or toner has been used.
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