The HP Officejet H470 is a mobile inkjet printer aimed at those people who need to print reports, photos, and brochures straight from a laptop, camera, or phone while on the road.

We tested the £229 HP Officejet H470wbt model, which adds a rechargeable battery and a Bluetooth wireless adaptor to the slightly cheaper entry-level unit.

It weighs just 2.3kg with the battery attached, but the HP Officejet H470wbt is a bit bulky at 340x164x83mm, so it may work better in your car than in your carry-on. (If you often work from your car, you may want to spend another few pounds on a vehicle power adaptor.)

We were stunned at how easily the HP Officejet H470wbt printed photos from a Palm Treo via the Bluetooth adaptor, which plugs into a recessed USB port. The optional 802.11g print adaptor fits into the same slot but was slightly trickier to configure.

We had to follow the instructions carefully and use a wired USB connection for configuration before we could get a notebook to print to the HP Officejet H470wbt over Wi-Fi.

The HP Officejet H470wbt also has a single SD media card slot and a PictBridge port, which let you automatically print photos that you select using your digital camera's Digital Print Order Format feature.

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In our quality tests, the HP Officejet H470wbt produced text documents full of finely formed characters. We noticed some banding and diagonal interference patterns in our challenging line art test, however.

On plain paper, photos looked grainy and washed out. But when we replaced the dedicated black cartridge with an optional photo-color cartridge (giving six inks in total), the HP Officejet H470wbt printed superb images on photo paper. We saw bright, excellent colors and sharp detail. The only flaws we could spot were slight roller marks on the surface of the pictures.

For the quantities you're likely to print on the go, the HP Officejet H470wbt performs adequately. It was a little slower than HP's desktop printers in our speed tests, and fell far short of the fastest models we've tested.

Text printed at a tolerable 7.1 pages per minute (ppm), but colour graphics on plain paper came out at a mediocre 2.2ppm. Our test photo took a pedestrian 2 minutes to print on letter-size glossy paper.

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HP Officejet H470wbt: Specs

  • Portable inkjet printer
  • max colour resolution: 1200x4800dpi
  • quoted max print speed: 22ppm (colour) 18ppm
  • 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, USB
  • supports MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
  • 340x164x83mm
  • 2.3kg
  • Portable inkjet printer
  • max colour resolution: 1200x4800dpi
  • quoted max print speed: 22ppm (colour) 18ppm
  • 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, USB
  • supports MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
  • 340x164x83mm
  • 2.3kg

OUR VERDICT

Although it offers desktop-quality printing from a wide variety of devices, the HP Officejet H470wbt is hampered by slow performance. Still, mobile users will find it a worthy addition to their travelling kit.

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