In today’s product review we’re going to take a look at the HP Officejet Pro All-in-One L7680. HP has been a standard in office laser printers for years although their entry into the consumer printing market has been hit or miss. You’ll often find their consumer market printers packaged with Bluetooth Dongles and their own HP Photo Book photo editing software. How does the L7680 All-in-One stack up for your home printing/copying/scanning/faxing needs? Let’s find out…
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As you might guess the HP Officejet Pro All-in-One L7680 has the typical all-in-features you might expect, including working with memory cards, including a PictBridge-enabled USB port, and rudimentary photo editing on its 2.4 inch display. One nice feature of this printer is that it does have a built-in Ethernet networking that allows you to hook the printer up directly to your router and print from your laptop anywhere in the house via your wireless network plus you can scan documents to a shared network location. You’ll also find the printer bundled with a Bluetooth dongle that will also allow you to connect and transfer photos and documents wirelessly. If anything, it’s not lacking in the features department.
The print/copy quality of the HP Officejet L7680 is good for ordinary documents. After all, this unit was intended mainly for the small office/home office (SOHO) market so it has to do this well. As for photo printing, it does an adequate job although I found it lacking as compared to the Canon Pixma and some other photo oriented printers. The four color ink system is a weakness in this area. If you’re wanting to do a lot of photo printing you need to look elsewhere.
The print speed of the L7680 is what I’d call OK. It’s not a speed demon but nothing it this price range is going to be. One noticeable problem with the speed is with copying. The copy buffer is too small and tends to choke on multi-page copies and some scans. If you’re looking for more than single page copies, then a dedicated copier might be a better choice for your small office needs. Scanning is OK although I found it a bit clumsy as compared to other all-in-ones I’ve tried and certainly less useful than a dedicated flatbed scanner.
I found the controls of the HP Officejet Pro All-in-One L7680 to be a bit confusing at first glance. There are a lot of buttons and the menus seem a bit obtuse. I’m sure that one could get comfortable with them over time but I found them to be overly complex as compared to printers by Epson and Canon. Aesthetically, it does look like an office printer with the buttons and all up front. This may be a consideration for some people.
I’ve seen a number of concerns about the drivers for the HP Officejet Pro All-in-One L7680 working with Windows Vista. I didn’t test drive this printer with Vista myself (I tried it out on a XP laptop) but I’ve heard that early problems with this printer and Vista have been corrected. If you’ve had success, or lack of success, with the Vista drivers please leave a comment and let me know.
All in all, I found the HP Officejet Pro All-in-One L7680 to be a decent small office all-in-one unit that’s particularly well suited for office printing but somewhat lacking for photo printing and copying/scanning. My preference is for dedicated devices when you can afford them but, if you’re on a budget, this all-in-one unit is up to the job.