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HP Deskjet 460wbt Mobile Printer

£217 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Our review of the HP Deskjet 460wbt Mobile Printer shows that while HP's portable printer isn't huge, and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the Deskjet 460wbt isn't as portable as HP would have you believe.

Our review of the HP Deskjet 460wbt Mobile Printer shows that while HP's portable printer isn't huge and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the Deskjet 460wbt isn't as portable as HP would have you believe.

Nowadays you can work just about anywhere. All you need is your mobile phone and a laptop.

Of course, a comfortable chair doesn't hurt. You may also want food, water, and an occasional bathroom break. But what about a printer? At some point, you'll probably need a hard copy - whether it's a map with driving directions, a spreadsheet, or a photo of your boss drunkenly leading a conga line up a down escalator.

Is it worth the expense and effort to pack a portable printer? To find out, we tested HP's Deskjet 460wbt, the Bluetooth version of the Deskjet 460.

HP's Deskjet 460wbt is £217 inc VAT on HP's site, but you can get lower prices elsewhere (see below).

We tested an earlier version of the 460wbt, the Deskjet 450, back in 2003, so we were curious to see how the updated model compared. Here's what we learned.

Portable? Yes. Petite? No.

Before a recent trip, we packed HP's Deskjet 460wbt in a wheeled notebook carry-on bag, along with a computer - the ultraportable Sony Vaio TXN19P. It's not an experience we recommend.

The Deskjet 460wbt is about as hefty as its predecessor. At 2.22kg including a battery and two inkjet cartridges, it weighs more than many notebooks. Add its AC adaptor and the printer weighs even more. It's bulky, too, measuring 340x163x80mm. Once we put it in a carry-on bag, there was no room left for reading materials, files or other carry-on essentials.

HP's Deskjet 450 can connect to a computer wirelessly via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, depending upon which model you buy. It can also connect via USB 2.0, though the cable is not included. By comparison, the Deskjet 450 offered Bluetooth but not Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Deskjet 460wbt comes with a CompactFlash Bluetooth card that you insert into a card slot on the printer's left side. Alternatively, you can buy the Deskjet 460wf, which includes an 802.11g CompactFlash card for making connections over a Wi-Fi network. As of the time of writing, both printers cost the same.

Whichever wireless configuration you choose, you can add the other via an optional CompactFlash card.

HP Deskjet 460wbt Expert Verdict »
Hewlett Packard Deskjet 460WBT Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 14 reviews
Up to 4,800 optimised dpi colour and 1,200 input dpi
32MB memory
input capacity 50 sheets
network capabilities via 802.11b CompactFlash card
HP Thermal Inkjet print technology
HP Photoret III (HP Photoret IV with optional photo cartridge) colour ink technology
ICC Color Management
Prosumer UI
Adobe RGB
print quality (black, best quality) up to 1,200x1,200 rendered dpi
print quality (colour, best quality) up to 4,800 optimised dpi colour and 1,200 input dpi
standard media sizes A4, B5 (JIS), 2L, A5 , A6, L, C6 envelope, A2 envelope, DL envelope
media supported: paper (plain, inkjet, glossy photo), envelopes, transparencies, labels, cards
battery recharge time 2 hours
requires Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP Home, XP Professional
Vista
Mac OS 10.x
340x163x80mm
2.22 kg
1-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

If you frequently need prints on the go, and you mostly travel for business by car, the HP Deskjet 460 is a good option. we could see estate agents and other professionals stowing one in their car trunk, to print updated contracts and other documents at a client's home or other location. But those who travel mostly by plane will balk at how much space the printer takes up in a carry-on - don't even think about packing it in a checked-in bag. If you fall into that category, consider one of Canon's smaller printers or print remotely via FedEx Kinko's or EFI's services. Melissa Riofrio contributed to this review of the HP Deskjet 460wbt Mobile Printer

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