The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is a rugged all-in-one inkjet printer that can print, copy and scan documents up to 11 by 17 inches, as well as fax letter-size documents. The 7740 is comparable in price, paper capacity and maximum duty cycle to Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J5720DW and has enough output speed and quality to replace that capable Brother printer like our current Editors’ Choice.
Design and Features
The 7740 is large and heavy, measuring 15.1 by 23 by 18 inches (HWD) and weighing 42.9 pounds, so it’s best kept on its own table or bench and moved by two people. The standard paper capacity is 500 sheets to tabloid size (11 by 17), divided into two 250-sheet trays. It has a maximum monthly duty cycle of 30,000 pages and a recommended monthly duty cycle of up to 1500 sheets. Includes an automatic duplex unit for two-sided printing.
On top of the 7740 is a flatbed, which can scan paper up to legal size, and a 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) that supports single-pass duplex scanning. The Brother MFC-J5720DW has a larger ADF (50 sheets) and a comparable duplex scanner. Navigating is easy using the 7740’s 2.6-inch color touchscreen, which is surrounded by a touch-sensitive bezel. Below the screen is a port for a USB memory.
HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format All-in-One Printer
The 7740 has a good selection of wired and wireless printing options. Includes USB to connect to a computer and Ethernet to connect to a wired LAN. (I tested it over an Ethernet connection, with the drivers installed on a printer running Windows 10 Professional.) It has built-in Wi-Fi and supports HP Wireless Direct, HP’s own equivalent of Wi-Fi Direct. It is compatible with Apple AirPrint and supports printing from Google Cloud Print. Contains PCL drivers, but no PostScript.
I calculated the 7740 to print the text portion of our business suite at 23.6 pages per minute (ppm), one of the fastest ink injections we’ve ever timed with our new test set and regimen. It printed our entire test suite at a 9.7ppm clip.
While we can’t directly compare these scores to the printers tested with our previous system, it’s clear that the 7740’s speed scores are still very good by comparison. Both the new suite and the old suite, which we used to test the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J5720DW, have a four-page PowerPoint document and a four-page PDF document, although the documents are not the same. In both cases, the 7740 printed the affected documents in less than half the time it took the MFC-J5720 to print documents of the same type and length.
Output quality is a strong point of the 7740. In our tests, it showed above-average text for an inkjet, excellent graphics and slightly above-average photos. The text should be good enough for any business use, except those that require small fonts, which isn’t always the case with inkjet printers.
The only, admittedly minor, chart-topping flaw was some small bands with a few funds that most people wouldn’t even notice. The combination of text and graphics should be suitable for PowerPoint brochures to distribute to customers or colleagues you want to impress, formal reports and basic marketing materials. The quality of the photos is slightly better than you would expect from drugstore prints.
The 7740 has an operating cost of 2.1 cents per monochrome page and 8.1 cents per color page based on HP’s price and performance figures. They are good numbers, although not exceptional. The Brother MFC-J5720DW has a running cost of 1.7 and 7.6 cents per page for black and color respectively.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 offers a powerful combination of high speed, excellent output quality, generous paper capacity, a wide range of connectivity options and most importantly, the ability to print on paper up to tabloid size. If you print a lot, you may be able to save some money with the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J5720DW as the running costs are slightly lower. But that printer doesn’t come close to the output quality of the 7740, which succeeds the MFC-J5720DW as our Editors’ Choice tabloid printer for jobs up to medium-sized home, small offices or micro-offices.