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HP DeskJet 2722 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 09, 2020 at 10:12 am
HP DeskJet 2722 Picture
5.6
Family
3.1
Small/Home Office
6.1
Student
4.5
Black & White
5.9
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP DeskJet 2722 All-in-One Wireless color inkjet printer is mediocre. It's acceptable for family use thanks to its excellent color accuracy and okay photo quality, but it has a disappointingly high cost-per-print which makes it a bad choice for small or home offices, especially if you print in black and white regularly. It prints terribly slow for both black-only and color documents. Also, it has poor build quality, and people with large hands may struggle to reach the print heads, ink cartridges, and paper jams. On the bright side, it has decent connectivity options and a mobile app that lets you copy, scan, print, and perform maintenance tasks.

Our Verdict

5.6 Family

The HP DeskJet 2722 is acceptable for family use. While it has excellent color accuracy and reasonable photo quality, the cost-per-print for both black and color documents is disappointingly high. On the plus side, it has a decent mobile app and a flatbed scanner with high resolution and color depth.

Pros
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Adequate photo printing quality.
  • Decent connectivity options.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
  • Disappointing build quality.
  • Very slow at printing.
3.1 Small/Home Office

The HP DeskJet 2722 is awful for small or home offices. There's no automatic document feeder, it's very slow at printing, and its cost-per-print is disappointingly high. Also, it yields a small number of pages, so you may need to replace the cartridges often, especially if you print regularly.

Pros
  • Decent connectivity options.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
  • Disappointing build quality.
  • Very slow at printing.
6.1 Student

The HP DeskJet 2722 is sub-par for students. The printing speed is awful for both black and color documents, and the cost-per-print is disappointingly high. On the plus side, it does have a flatbed scanner, but the hinges can't be lifted to accommodate a textbook or thick document.

Pros
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Decent connectivity options.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
  • Disappointing build quality.
  • Very slow at printing.
4.5 Black & White

The HP DeskJet 2722 is bad for black and white printing. Its black ink cartridge yields a small number of pages, so you may need to replace it often, especially if you print regularly. It's terribly slow at printing black-only text documents, and its cost-per-print is disappointingly high. There's no automatic document feeder and it can't perform duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Decent connectivity options.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
  • Disappointing build quality.
  • Very slow at printing.
5.9 Photo

The HP DeskJet 2722 is adequate for casual photos. Photos are very slow to print and the quality is only okay. However, it can print on most common photo sizes, and it has excellent color accuracy. Sadly, it can't print 2" x 3" photos, and its build quality is disappointing.

Pros
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Adequate photo printing quality.
  • Decent connectivity options.
Cons
  • Terrible page yield.
  • Very high cost-per-print.
  • Disappointing build quality.
  • Very slow at printing.
  • 5.6 Family
  • 3.1 Small/Home Office
  • 6.1 Student
  • 4.5 Black & White
  • 5.9 Photo
  1. Updated Apr 29, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Dec 09, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Dec 04, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.0
Design
Build Quality

The HP DeskJet 2722 printer has disappointing build quality and design. Instead of a paper tray, it has a rear feeder that doesn't hold many pages. Also, people with large hands may struggle to reach print heads since the horizontal opening is quite small. Paper jams can be accessed only by this front opening, and not from the back like on most printers. The scanner lid hinges can't be raised to accommodate thicker items like textbooks or magazines. On the plus side, its plastic body feels solid, and the power cable is detachable in case you need to replace it.

Design
Dimensions
Height 6.1" (15.5 cm)
Width 16.7" (42.5 cm)
Depth 12.0" (30.5 cm)
Height When In Use
9.5" (24.2 cm)
Width When In Use
16.7" (42.5 cm)
Depth When In Use
21.7" (55.0 cm)
Weight
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)

The HP DeskJet 2722 is fairly compact and shouldn't take up much space on a desk. Its size is identical to the HP DeskJet 2755.

5.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit
3.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.2" (3.1 cm)
Touchscreen No

The HP 2722 has a very small LCD screen that isn't touch-sensitive and can't be tilted for a better viewing angle. While it's hard to see when seated, the display has good horizontal viewing angles, so it's easy to read from the sides. It has icons that indicate the number of copies being made, the Wi-Fi connection, and the ink levels of both cartridges.

2.9
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
HP 67 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
6.3 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
119 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 67 Tri-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
2.88 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
61 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

It has a terrible cartridge system. It yields a small number of pages, so you may need to replace the cartridges often. High-yield cartridges are available and should last longer, but we haven't tested them.

4.8
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.00" (0 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
No
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
2 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Software)

The HP DeskJet 2722 has passable scanner features. It doesn't have an automatic document feeder, and it can't perform duplex scanning, but it does have a flatbed scanner with high resolution and color depth. Unfortunately, its hinges can't raise to accommodate a textbook or thick document.

9.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Design
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
300 g/m²

The printer has a rear input feeder that supports most common paper and photo sizes, but it can't print tabloid size or 2" x 3" photos.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cord
  • 1x HP 67 Black ink cartridge
  • 1x HP 67 Tri-Color ink cartridge
  • Reference Guide

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
5.5
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
16.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.134 US$/print
Color Printing
0.279 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.739 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

This printer's cost-per-print is sub-par. While the cartridges themselves are affordable, you may need to replace them often, which increases the cost quickly.

Keep in mind that even if you only print in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you still need to replace it eventually.

4.1
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
4 PPM
Color Document
2 PPM
Photo Printing Time
101.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
11.2 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
60 pages

The printing speed is bad. It prints very slowly, regardless of whether you're printing in black or color, and photos take over a minute and a half. The input tray only holds 60 pages, so you may need to refill it often if you print frequently. Also, double-sided printing isn't performed automatically, so you need to flip the document over and print your second page manually.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No
Photo
6.5
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

The photo printing quality is okay. Colors aren't very vibrant and blacks aren't very deep, but images look detailed and much less grainy than the HP Deskjet 2755.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

4.1
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
11.15

The HP Deskjet 2722 has excellent color accuracy. It should be great for casual printing, but it isn't recommended if you need exact color reproduction. If you're looking for a printer with more accurate-looking colors, check out the HP DeskJet 2742e.

5.5
Photo
Color Gamut
Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

It has decent connectivity options. You can connect to it via USB cable or wirelessly through Wi-Fi, and it also supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth, and you can't print directly off a USB thumb drive or SD card.

10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
iOS Only
Text Files (TXT)
iOS Only
Webpages (HTML)
iOS Only

The HP DeskJet 2722 is compatible with the HP Smart app. You can copy, scan, and print PDFs and photos directly from your mobile device, as well as perform maintenance tasks and check ink levels.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP DeskJet 2722 in Cement, which is a Walmart exclusive. It's part of the HP DeskJet 2700 Series, and its model number changes slightly depending on the region and retailer, like the HP DeskJet 2724 and DeskJet 2725, and whether it includes an HP Instant Ink subscription period. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP DeskJet 2722 is a mediocre printer, and it performs similarly to the HP DeskJet 2755. It has a terrible page yield and a high cost-per-print, and it doesn't feel very well-designed. While it has excellent photo accuracy, there are other options with much better photo quality, like the HP DeskJet 3755. For other options, see our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best cheap printers, and the best all-in-one printers.

HP DeskJet 3755

The HP DeskJet 3755and the HP Deskjet 2722 are both cheap inkjet printers. The 3755 prints faster and has better photo printing quality, making it a better choice for photos. However, it can't print borderless like the 2722 can. The 3755 is much more compact, which is great for tight spaces, and it still has a sheetfed scanner. On the other hand, the 2722 can print more pages before its ink runs out, meaning you'll spend less on ink in the long run. It isn't as compact, but it has a flatbed scanner, which allows you to scan more delicate documents or bulkier items.

HP DeskJet 2755e

The HP DeskJet 2722 and the HP DeskJet 2755e are nearly identical, but the 2755e comes with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink. They both have a flatbed scanner, decent connectivity options, and use the same HP Smart app. Otherwise, the 2755e has a faster photo printing speed and a slightly higher color page yield. On the other hand, the 2722 has a higher black page yield and better photo printing quality.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 is overall better than the HP DeskJet 2722. The Canon feels better built, has a higher page yield, a significantly lower cost-per-print, a faster printing speed, and nicer photo quality. On the other hand, the HP can print tabloid-sized pages, and it has better connectivity options.

HP DeskJet 2755

The HP DeskJet 2755 and the HP DeskJet 2722 perform similarly. They have a similar design, display screen, and scanner, but the 2722 yields slightly more black-only pages than the 2755, which gives it a marginally lower cost-per-print. The 2722 also has better photo quality. On the other hand, the 2755 prints faster, especially for photos.

HP ENVY 6055

The HP ENVY 6055 performs a bit better than the HP DeskJet 2722 overall. The ENVY 6055 has much better build quality, a lower cost-per-print, faster printing speed, and much better photo quality. However, unlike the ENVY 6055, the DeskJet 2722 has a display screen, and it's slightly smaller so it should fit better in tight spaces.

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