HP OfficeJet 250 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jan 20, 2021 at 09:51 am
HP OfficeJet 250 Picture
7.1
Family
4.5
Small/Home Office
6.7
Student
5.4
Black & White
7.3
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile All-in-One printer is designed to be very portable so you can bring it around with you when traveling for business. It has a removable, rechargeable battery for when you don't have a power outlet near you, and it has great connectivity options. While it doesn't have a flatbed scanner, it does have an automatic document feeder, and it can copy at a higher resolution than other options. However, it yields a very small number of pages, so you may need to replace the cartridges often, which can get expensive very quickly if you print a lot. It's also very slow at printing documents, but photos come out quickly, with good-looking details and great color accuracy.

Our Verdict

7.1 Family

The HP OfficeJet 250 is decent for family use. It has great color accuracy and produces decently-detailed photos, although images look a little grainy. It has a sheetfed scanner and a copy function with high resolution, but unfortunately, it doesn't have a flatbed scanner. It can't automatically scan or print double-sided pages, and since it has a low page yield, the cost of replacing the cartridges can quickly exceed the price of the printer itself.

Pros
  • Great color accuracy.
  • Decent photo quality.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • No flatbed scanner.
  • Slow printing speed.
4.5 Small/Home Office

The HP OfficeJet 250 is bad for small or home offices. It's very slow at printing documents, and it has a disappointing page yield for both black and color documents. While it has an automatic document feeder, it can't perform duplex scanning or printing, which isn't ideal if you deal with double-sided documents often.

Pros
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • No flatbed scanner.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No duplex printing or scanning.
6.7 Student

The HP OfficeJet 250 is okay for students. The first page comes out fairly quick, but subsequent pages don't get much faster after that. It has a sheetfed scanner, but unfortunately, there's no flatbed scanner, so you can't scan pages from a textbook or notebook. On the plus side, it has great connectivity options, but you can't print via Bluetooth.

Pros
  • Great color accuracy.
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • No flatbed scanner.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No duplex printing or scanning.
5.4 Black & White

The HP OfficeJet 250 is disappointing for black and white printing. It's very slow at printing black-only text documents, and it can't print or scan double-sided documents. It isn't very affordable to print in black due to the very low page yield, so the cost of replacing the cartridges can quickly surpass the price of the printer itself. On the plus side, high-yield cartridges are available and should last longer.

Pros
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • No flatbed scanner.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • No duplex printing or scanning.
7.3 Casual Photo

The HP OfficeJet 250 is decent for casual photos. Produced images have a decent amount of detail with impressively accurate colors, although there's some graininess in lighter areas. It's decently affordable to print photos, but replacing the color cartridge can get expensive, especially if you plan on printing in color a lot. Its input tray supports 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photo sizes, but sadly it can't print 2" x 3" photos.

Pros
  • Great color accuracy.
  • Decent photo quality.
  • Can print 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photo sizes.
Cons
  • Low page yield.
  • No flatbed scanner.
  • 7.1 Family
  • 4.5 Small/Home Office
  • 6.7 Student
  • 5.4 Black & White
  • 7.3 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Jan 20, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 15, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP OfficeJet 250 has a mediocre build quality and design. The scan cover feels a little flimsy, and the ink compartments feel tight when inserting the ink cartridges. Also, due to the surface's glossy finish, fingerprint smudges are very noticeable. Since there's no output tray, you need to stand in front of the printer to grab the pages or make sure that there's enough space on the desk so that papers don't spill onto the floor. On the upside, the rear input and the ADF has width sliders to accommodate different paper sizes, and paper jams are easy to reach from the top of the printer. Since it's designed for portability, it has a rechargeable battery for when you're on-the-go and don't have a power outlet present. There's also a light indicator on the left side for Wi-Fi connection, battery charge, and power. Both the power cable and the rechargeable battery can be removed, so you can easily replace them if necessary.

Design
Dimensions
Height 3.4" (8.7 cm)
Width 15.0" (38.1 cm)
Depth 7.2" (18.3 cm)
Weight
6.8 lbs (3.1 kg)

Since it's built with travel in mind, the HP OfficeJet 250 is a very compact printer that should fit well in backpacks, and it shouldn't take up much space on a desk. Its size is similar to the HP DeskJet 3755.

7.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.6" (6.7 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The HP OfficeJet 250 has a good display screen. The settings menu is easy to navigate thanks to its well-identified icons. It has three touch-sensitive buttons below the screen: back, home, and help. The home button provides a quick exit back to the main display, and the help button pulls up how-to videos and tips. The screen is flush with the printer's body, but it has a spring to prop it up at an angle. It has good vertical visibility, but the viewing angle isn't as good from the side.

Design
In The Box

  • Quick start guide
  • Detachable power cord
  • Chargeable printer battery
  • HP Starter Cartridges
    • 1x HP 62 Black
    • 1x HP 62 Tri-color

4.0
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
1
Black Cartridge Model
HP 62 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
8.84 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
167 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 62 Tri-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
5.78 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
123 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The HP OfficeJet 250 has a bad cartridge system. Its page yield for both black and color pages is very low, so you may need to replace the cartridges often. Fortunately, high-yield cartridges are available and should last you longer, although we haven't tested them. While the printer accepts third-party cartridges as well, using them may void the warranty.

6.3
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
No
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
600 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The HP OfficeJet 250 has mediocre scanner features. Unlike the Canon PIXMA TR150, the HP has a sheetfed scanner, which is great for scanning and copying multiple pages at once. However, it doesn't have a flatbed scanner for fragile or thick items. Unfortunately, it can't perform duplex scans, so you need to flip over each page manually if you need to scan a double-sided document. On the upside, its copy resolution is at 600 DPI, which is higher than the usual 300 DPI of most printers.

Printing
6.6
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
18.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
23.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.114 US$/print
Color Printing
0.195 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.522 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The HP OfficeJet 250 has an okay cost-per-print. Since it has a very low page yield, you may need to replace the cartridges very often, which can quickly exceed the cost of the printer.

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

4.2
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
7 PPM
Color Document
6 PPM
Photo Printing Time
35.0 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
10.0 s
Duplex Printing
No
Input Tray Capacity
50 pages

The HP OfficeJet 250's printing speed is bad. It prints black-only text documents very slowly, and color documents are slightly slower. Also, there's no automatic duplex printing, and we couldn't get the printer to notify us when to flip and reinsert the page. On the upside, it prints photos very quickly.

8.0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
8.89

The HP OfficeJet 250 has great color accuracy. While it isn't recommended for people who need exact color reproduction, it should be more than enough to print photos or PowerPoint slides. If you're looking for a similarly performing printer with better color accuracy, check out the HP DeskJet 2742e.

7.2
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

It has decent photo printing quality, with only some graininess, especially in light areas. Colors look well defined, but very dark areas tend to have a slight blueish tint. While HP advertises that this printer supports borderless printing, it failed to properly align the images.

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

Printing
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

The HP OfficeJet 250 has one rear input tray that supports most popular paper formats.

Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
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
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The HP OfficeJet 250 has great connectivity options. You can connect to it wirelessly either via Wi-Fi Direct or by setting it up with your home's wireless router. It also supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service if you want to print from your device without installing printer drivers. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth printing.

7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The HP OfficeJet 250 has a decent mobile app. You can print photos and PDFs directly from the app, as well as adjust the color and contrast settings for a scan. You can also verify ink levels and buy more cartridges.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HP OfficeJet 250 mobile printer has no variants. You can see the unit of our label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile is designed to be travel-friendly, so its features are fairly limited to save space, like the lack of a flatbed scanner and an output tray. It's a bit on the pricey side considering its limitations, and it has a very low page yield, so replacing its cartridges gets expensive quickly if you need to print a lot. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best cheap printers, the best wireless printers, and the best all-in-one printers.

Canon PIXMA TR150

The HP OfficeJet 250 and the Canon PIXMA TR150 are both inkjet printers designed to be travel-friendly. The HP may be a better choice if scanning is a big part of your tasks since it has an automatic document feeder, which is surprising considering its compact size. It prints faster and supports printing off a USB thumb drive. On the other hand, the Canon may be a better choice if you only need to print since it yields slightly more pages and its cartridges cost much less, which results in a much lower cost-per-print. Also, it's a better choice for photos thanks to its low cost-per-print for color and photo printing and its superior photo printing quality.

Epson Expression Home XP-4100

The Epson Expression Home XP-4100 and the HP OfficeJet 250 are two all-in-one printers that perform similarly overall. Both have unremarkable designs with passable scanners. However, the Epson comes with an outstanding mobile app that allows you to print more types of files. On the other hand, the HP has much better color accuracy and allows you to print photos directly from a memory card.

Canon PIXMA TR4720

The HP OfficeJet 250 is better printer for students, whereas the Canon PIXMA TR4720 is better for casual photo printing. The HP yields much more pages at a much cheaper cost-per-print, it prints much faster overall, and it produces more accurate colors. Also, it has a larger touchscreen display, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the Canon has a flatbed scanner for more delicate items, built-in fax, and automatic duplex printing, and it produces significantly better-looking photos.

HP DeskJet 3755

The HP DeskJet 3755 and the HP OfficeJet 250 are both compact printers with sheetfed scanners, but the OfficeJet 250 performs slightly better for most uses. It has a higher page yield, a lower cost-per-print, a rechargeable battery, and it can print directly from a USB thumb drive. However, the DeskJet 3755 is better for casual photo printing since it produces better-looking photos and more accurate colors. 

HP ENVY 6055

The HP OfficeJet 250 performs slightly better than the HP ENVY 6055 for most uses, but the 6055 is a better choice for printing photos. The OfficeJet 250 yields more pages and is more cost-effective. It features a display screen and has a sheetfed scanner, which is great if you want to scan a lot of pages at the same time. On the other hand, the 6055produces good-looking photos with more accurate colors. It has a flatbed scanner that allows you to scan delicate documents or bulkier items.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is better than the HP OfficeJet 250, but the HP is better for traveling. The Brother is a better choice if you plan to print large documents frequently because it has a much higher page yield and an incredibly low cost-per-print. However, the HP is better suited to printing on-the-go thanks to its rechargeable battery, compact design, and better connectivity options.

Canon PIXMA iX6820

The Canon PIXMA iX6820 and the HP OfficeJet 250 are both compact printers. If you need to print only and don't need a scanner, the Canon is a better choice due to its significantly higher page yield and excellent cost-per-print. While its color accuracy isn't as good as the HP's, it does print nicer looking photos. On the other hand, the HP has a sheetfed scanner, and it has more connectivity options, including Wi-Fi direct, external storage support, and Mopria Print Service support.

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