HP Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One Printer

Print, copy, and scan from just about anywhere on the road

Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One
The Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One road warrior. HP

When traveling, most of us try to shed as many pounds as possible—especially when it comes to toting electronics. The computing device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) we take with us is often a compromise between convenience and productivity features and weight and size, and most of us would never consider taking along a printer, let alone an all-in-one (AIO) printer that can also copy and scan.

Unless, that is, it’s one of the rare true mobile printers of the world, such as Epson’s $349.99-list WorkForce WF-100, Canon’s $249.99-list Pixma iP110, or the subject of this review, HP’s $399.99 (MSRP) Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One Printer. The difference, of course, between the first two and that last one is that the WorkForce and Pixma models are single-function (print only) machines, while our Officejet 150 mobile can also scan and make copies.

I should also point out that as I was writing this, mid-January 2015, most of the products mentioned in the previous paragraph were discounted significantly. The WF-100 sold for $70 less, or $279.99, on Epson’s site, and the Officejet 150 was reduced by $100, to $299.99.

In any case, were you not paying for the miniaturization here, you can buy a lot of printer, such as HP’s own very capable high-volume Officejet Pro 8620, for $300.

Design & Features

Without question, the Officejet 150’s diminutive size is, coupled with its ability to scan and copy, its most impressive and convenient feature—it’s reason for existing, if you will. At 3.5x14x7 inches (HWD) when closed up, and weighing only 6.4 pounds (or 6.8 pounds with the rechargeable battery installed), the OfficeJet 150 Mobile is, well, impressive engineering. However, it probably weighs considerably more than the laptop you carry, if it’s fairly modern, that is, and carrying it and your notebook PC in the same backpack or briefcase, could be a burden, indeed.

Essentially, this little Officejet is a full-blown AIO, sans a few features, such as, for starters, it has no automatic document feeder (ADF), and instead of connecting to it via Wi-Fi, you would use Bluetooth or a USB printer cable. As for the scanner, rather than being a more conventional bed scanner, this one is a sheet scanner, in that the scanning mechanism gradually (and I do mean slowly) pulls the original over the scanner lens, one sheet at a time.

The benefit, of course, is that you can make copies or scans just about anywhere—good ones. And the battery lasts for about 500 prints, which should be more than enough between charges.

Output Quality & Performance

For the most part, this AIO’s print quality is about the same as what you’d expect from a full-blown desktop printer. Documents come out looking sharp and professional, and photos (although HP claims they’re “photo-lab quality”) looked better than we expected from so small a machine, but not the same as higher-end photo printers. Sometimes, scans required tweaking to make them accurate, and occasionally copies required adjusting from the 2.4-inch color touch screen, too.

Overall, though, output—hardcopy and digital—looked good. On the other hand, it was also slow. Everything, the printer, the scanner, the copier, everything was slow.

Cost Per Page

The Officejet 150 uses two small ink cartridges, a single color black tank and a larger, three-color (cyan, magenta, and yellow) one. For a $400-, or even a discounted $300-AIO, this model’s 3.9 cents for black-and-white and 12.8 cents for color, are very high costs per page.

Using it for anything other than the occasional print or copy on the road can get expensive, if that is, you print more than, say, 100 or so pages each month. You can see why choosing the right printer is important in this About.com “When a $150 Printer can Cost You Thousands” article.


The Officejet 150 really is a niche machine; unless you use it for travel, it really doesn’t make much sense financially. After all, it costs as much as a good high-end, high-volume multifunction machine and, in many cases, it costs two or three times as much to use. If you need a real portable printer/scanner/copier, this might be your only choice, though.

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