The HP OfficeJet Pro Premier is a compact and stylish inkjet all-in-one that produces quality output and comes with two years worth of ink.
HP's recent round of business-centric OfficeJet Pro all-in-one printers look like they were designed by architects, rather than tech designers and engineers, and this latest flagship of the bunch, the OfficeJet Pro Premier ($399.99), is the fanciest. It's not all about looks, though. It also has a robust feature set, prints well, and comes with a free two-year subscription to HP's Instant Ink program, meaning, as long as you stay within the pages-per-month confines of that service, you won't have to pay for ink for a couple years. These perks make the OfficeJet Pro Premier a more-than-capable machine and first-rate value for micro and small offices and work groups.
One reason that this AIO is dubbed Premier is that, unlike the other OfficeJet Pro 9000-series models with chassis made solely of plastic, much of this AIO's body is silver-colored aluminum. Its flat, squared, two-tone silver textured metal-on-black surfaces are striking.
The Premier measures 10.9 by 17.3 by 13.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 19.7 pounds. That makes it a few inches shorter and about 7 pounds lighter than the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025, but, as you'll see in a moment, the latter holds twice as much paper. It's also significantly smaller and lighter than two of our similarly priced business-oriented Editors' Choice AIOs, Epson's WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 and Brother's MFC-J6945DW.
Closer in size and weight to the Premier, though, are two similarly configured bulk-ink AIOs, Canon's Pixma G4210 MegaTank All-in-One Printer and Epson's WorkForce ST-4000 EcoTank Color MFP Supertank Printer.
The Premier's 35-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) is automatic reversing, meaning that to scan two-sided pages it must first scan one side, draw the paper back in, flip it, and then capture the other side. The OfficeJet Pro 9025's 35-sheet ADF, on the other hand, comes with a single-pass auto-duplexer that scans both sides of two-sided sheets simultaneously.
Of the other AIOs mentioned here so far, the Epson WF-C5790, the Epson ST-4000, and the Brother MFC-J6945DW all come with beefier 50-sheet single-pass ADFs, while the Canon G4210's lighter-duty 20-sheet ADF supports only manual duplexing, requiring you to flip two-sided originals manually to scan the other sides.
You can configure and perform functions like scanning, making copies, printing from the cloud, and most other walk-up features from the Premier's control panel, which is comprised solely of a 2.7-inch color touch screen, shown below.
This little display is adequate for performing most tasks, though poking small icons and other items on content-heavy screens sometimes requires more than one attempt, or that I slow down and touch or swipe with a bit more precision. As with most business-oriented AIOs, though, you can also configure, monitor, and perform most functions from the Premier's embedded web server.
This model's paper input capacity is 250 sheets from a single cassette, as is the ST-4000's. While 250 sheets of paper is probably enough capacity for the market this printer serves, that it all comes from the same input source makes the printer less versatile. Its higher-volume sibling, the OfficeJet Pro 9025, holds up to 500 sheets from two input sources. The WF-C5790 supports 330 sheets from two sources, expandable to 830 sheets, and the MFC-J6945DW can hold up to 600 sheets from three sources. And finally, at a mere 100 sheets, the Pixma G4210 delivers by far the lowest capacity and versatility of the bunch.
Just as the Premier's paper capacity is somewhat meager, so are its 25,000-page maximum monthly duty cycle and 1,500-page recommended monthly print volume.
Standard connectivity interfaces include Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and connecting to a single PC via USB 2.0. In addition to Wi-Fi, other mobile connectivity options include Apple AirPrint, Wi-Fi Direct, Mopria, and HP's Smart App. That last one is a universal printer interface that allows you to configure and manage all HP printers and scanners across Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS platforms. You can also print from and scan to USB thumb drives via a port located on the left side of the chassis, outlined in red below.
As I pointed out about the OfficeJet Pro 9025, security is a bit different from what you'd find on some other business-centric AIOs. Rather than allowing you to set up user- and department-based access rules, PINs, and other more conventional configurations, the Premier has a built-in firewall to help you control access by IP address, or you can create a general password for denying any access to the device. While perhaps not what you're used to, this approach should be acceptable for an AIO designed for small office use.
HP rates the OfficeJet Pro Premier at 22 pages per minute (ppm) for monochrome pages and 18ppm for color. I tested it over an Ethernet connection from our standard Intel Core i5 PC running Windows 10 Professional.
The Premier churned out our 12-page Microsoft Word test document at the rate of 17.4ppm. That's 7.5ppm behind its 9025 sibling and 7ppm slower than the Epson WF-C5790. Otherwise, its score came close to that of the MFC-J6945DW and was several pages-per-minute faster than the ST-4000 and the G4210.
To finish up, I printed a selection of PDF, Excel, and PowerPoint documents containing color fonts of various sizes, full-page charts, graphs, and other complex business graphics, and then combined those results with those from printing the text document in the previous test. That produced a score of 11.6ppm for churning out our entire suite. Here, only the WF-C5790 outperformed the Premier significantly. The 9025 outpaced the Premier by only 0.3ppm, and the ST-4000 and the G4210 placed several ppm slower.
As I said about the 9025, the Premier prints well, but then so do the other AIOs mentioned here. Text quality is more than acceptable for most business scenarios, except those that need tiny fonts, and business graphics are attractive, with no glaring flaws. The test photos I printed came out detailed and accurately and brilliantly colored.
Based on its feature set, the Premier is not a $400 printer. About 25 percent or so of the purchase price compensates for what is essentially a two-year subscription to HP's $9.99-per-month Instant Ink product. Dubbed the Frequent Printing Plan, for $10 a month you get 300 pages, with each additional 20 pages for $1, or 5 cents per page.
With the Frequent Printing Plan subscription, 300 pages for 24 months comes out to 7,200 pages at about 3.3 cents per page. At first glance, this may seem high, but we're talking all pages, monochrome and color, regardless of the percentage of ink coverage. In other words, you could print 300 full-color document pages or photos with 100 percent coverage, and all 300 pages will cost you 3.3 cents each. This makes the Instant Ink program a solid value, especially if you print a lot of color pages.
All of the other models mentioned here come with a branded discount ink incentive that reduces what you pay for ink on a per-page basis. The HP 9025 with the Frequent Printing Plan Instant Ink subscription is 3.3 cents per page. The Brother MFC-J6945DW's INKvestment Tank pages run just less than 1 cent for monochrome pages and just less than 5 cents per color page. Epson's WF-C5790 delivers running costs at 1.7 cents black and 7.7 cents color, and that company's EcoTank ST-4000 prints pages, both black and color, for less than 1 cent each. And finally, Canon's MegaTank G4210's running costs are the same as Epson's EcoTank per-page costs at less than 1 cent per monochrome or color page.
Strip away the aluminum finish and the two years' worth of ink, and the OfficeJet Pro Premier isn't really all that premier; it's a typical low- to medium-duty color inkjet all-in-one printer with adequate but not-exactly-premium features. It is nice-looking, though, and should complement your upscale business or home-based office. More importantly, it produces quality output at a respectable clip, and as long as you print enough pages to take advantage of the included HP Instant Ink subscription, it's a solid value. If you don't care as much about looks, the Editors' Choice Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 costs $100 less. You won't get two years of free ink with that model, but its consumables are inexpensive.
Bottom Line: The HP OfficeJet Pro Premier is a compact and stylish inkjet all-in-one that produces quality output and comes with two years worth of ink.
William Harrel is a contributing editor focusing on printer and scanner technology and reviews. He has been writing about computer technology since well before the advent of the internet. He has authored or coauthored 20 books—including titles in the popular "Bible," "Secrets," and "For Dummies" series—on digital design and desktop publishing softw... See Full Bio
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