The Envy 114 e All-in-One is a compact and robust feeling piece of kit. Many all-in-one printers are big, clunky boxes full of air. The 114 is a mere 102 mm deep. That about the size of a 1990s flatbed scanner. At 7.25 Kg, the weight tells you how densely packed with technology it is.
During set-up, you begin to discover just how highly engineered and designed the unit has been to fit everything in. The integral touchscreen pulls out and can be readjusted to a more comfortable angle. The paper tray fits flush into the unit, sliding out when you need to load or reload paper.
Our set-up experience was interesting. We went for the wireless approach, as that’s a main selling point of the unit. As promised, when you switch the printer on for the first time, the touchscreen guides you through setting date and time, fitting cartridges and - crucially - connecting to the local network. We found the workflow for all this easy to follow.
The only issue we ran into was a touchscreen that could have been more responsive. It made entering the current date a bit fiddly and the software wouldn’t allow us to proceed without it.
We were soon up and running though, with an ink charging cycle that took seconds rather minutes and almost ready to print.
We say almost because on your PC there’s a final software installation stage required. iPad and other iOS users can skip that because the Envy 114 includes AirPrint support. Use the print dialogue with your iPad and it’ll seamlessly locate the printer with no extra installation was required. It just works, as our friends at Macworld are fond of saying.
With a USB port and memory card reader discreetly built in to the front of the printer, we can safely say that connectivity is the Envy 114’s key strength. You get access to scanner, copier, e-Fax and, of course, wireless printing features. Scanning via Wi-Fi always has an element of magic about it, knowing that the document you’re accessing in your image editor has been sent over your network.
What we gain in great looks and ninja Wi-Fi skills, we lose a little in print speed. Seven pages a minute for black and white docs is slow for a device in this price bracket. It does better with photo printing, spitting out pictures in just under a minute.
As for quality, we found document and photo printing were about average for the price point. Not stunning, but still perfectly good.