Price: £282.55 plus VAT
Anyone who owns a laptop will know how cool designing on the move is. But coming back to the studio involves a lot of messy plugging in of wires. If you’re lucky enough to own a notebook with a Bluetooth transmitter, HP’s new Deskjet 995c allows you to print files from any point in the office, without stopping to plug anything in. For those without Bluetooth, the 995c has an infrared port, also for receiving print jobs wirelessly – though you do need to be a lot closer to use it. A duplexer is also fitted as standard. This printer delivers fabulous graphics quality: on plain paper, it produces breathtaking greyscale images with great detail and lifelike shading and textures; colour images look sharp, realistic, and highly detailed. Glossy photos do fit the word ‘photorealistic’. At £282, however, the Deskjet 995c is the most expensive inkjet in our current batch – and for that kind of cash, we would expect it to have a flash memory card reader. Also, the cursory manual doesn’t give much background information on using the printer; the onscreen documentation is somewhat more comprehensive. Although this printer’s text quality was fair, it isn’t the 995c’s strong suit. The 995c’s performance is just a little above average. HP advertises it with a B&W speed of 6.5ppm and a colour speed of 5ppm – while our more realistic tests gave results of 5.3ppm for B&W and 1.0ppm for colour graphics. HP backs the 995c with one year of free technical support and a one-year warranty. The Deskjet 995c was designed for the wireless vanguard, and they’re charging a premium for its Bluetooth capability. But its great graphics print quality makes this printer more than just a novelty.