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HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jun 30, 2020 at 07:57 am
HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Picture
8.3
Family
8.2
Small/Home Office
8.6
Student
8.2
Black & White
7.8
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is an all-in-one inkjet that can print large 11" x 17" sheets. It's designed for office use, with a large flatbed scanner that, when compared to many other models, actually lets you scan tabloid-size documents. Its automatic document feeder (ADF) supports single-pass duplex scanning for most sheet sizes right up to legal size, making it easy to digitize or make copies of important multi-page documents. It also has two paper input trays with a maximum capacity of 500 sheets. The print speeds are decent, so you can get reports or spreadsheets out with little waiting. However, it's very big and bulky, so it's best to put it in its own dedicated space.

Our Verdict

8.3 Family

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is very good for family use. It has good photo printing quality so you get detailed and vivid images. There's also a flatbed scanner for saving all your delicate family photos, as well as a sheetfed scanner for processing the occasional paperwork. It has an amazingly low cost-per-print too, so printing is affordable for the whole family.

Pros
  • 11" x 17" tabloid-sized flatbed scanner.
  • Great cartridge system with an amazingly low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Very heavy and bulky.
8.2 Small/Home Office

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is great for small or home office use. This printer yields a lot of pages before its ink cartridges need to be replaced, and there are also higher-yield cartridges available if you need them. It gets black text documents out at a passable speed, and its color printing speed is slower, but you can still get long reports out in a couple of minutes at most. There's also an automatic document feeder that supports automatic single-pass duplex scanning, which is handy for processing a lot of pages.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • 11" x 17" tabloid-sized flatbed scanner.
  • Great cartridge system with an amazingly low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • A little slow to print black text documents.
8.6 Student

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is impressive for student use. It has an amazingly cheap cost-per-print for both black and color documents, which is nice if you're trying to save money here and there. It also prints at a decent speed overall, but you have to wait a little bit for it to start printing if you haven't used it in a while. You can wirelessly hook up this printer to your router via Wi-Fi, and it has a USB port so that you can quickly print off files from external storage drives.

Pros
  • 11" x 17" tabloid-sized flatbed scanner.
  • Great cartridge system with an amazingly low cost-per-print.
  • Supports Wi-Fi Direct and direct printing from external storage.
Cons
  • A little slow to print black text documents.
  • Very heavy and bulky.
8.2 Black & White

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is very good for black and white printing. This well-built printer makes printing black-text documents very affordable as its ink cartridge can yield a lot of pages before needing to be replaced. It prints off black text documents at a passable speed. If you want to stretch the amount of time between replacing your ink cartridges, there are two sizes of high-yield cartridges available.

Pros
  • Great cartridge system with an amazingly low cost-per-print.
  • Compatible with higher-yield cartridges.
Cons
  • A little slow to print black text documents.
7.8 Photo

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is decent for photo printing. It produces good-quality photos that look vibrant and detailed, and its color accuracy is decent. However, it has a narrow color gamut since it struggles to print very vibrant colors, and it struggles to properly reproduce blue and cyan hues. Its cost-per-print is quite low, though, which is great if you're trying to save some money.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Great cartridge system with an amazingly low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • No 2" x 3" photo printing.
  • Very heavy and bulky.
  • 8.3 Family
  • 8.2 Small/Home Office
  • 8.6 Student
  • 8.2 Black & White
  • 7.8 Photo
  1. Updated Sep 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  3. Updated Apr 21, 2022: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  4. Updated Mar 28, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated Aug 18, 2021: Retested duplex scanning and printing to confirm results. Updated Scanner and Printing Speed boxes.
  6. Updated Jun 30, 2020: Review published.
  7. Updated Jun 26, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740's build quality is excellent. Its body feels solid and sturdy and you can remove its power cord if necessary. You can easily remove paper jams from the rear compartment or the automatic document feeder. There's even a light in the cartridge panel for better visibility if you're working in a dark room. However, if you're printing off a lot of pages, the printer tends to shake a lot, which can cause the table it's on top of to rattle. Also, it needs to be on if you want to access the ink cartridges, and its scanner lid isn't able to extend to support larger items like books or magazines.

Design
Dimensions
Height 15.0" (38.0 cm)
Width 23.0" (58.3 cm)
Depth 18.5" (46.9 cm)
Height When In Use
15.0" (38.0 cm)
Width When In Use
23.0" (58.3 cm)
Depth When In Use
28.5" (72.4 cm)
Weight
42.5 lbs (19.3 kg)

The HP 7740 is a pretty big and bulky printer. It takes up a lot of room no matter where you put it, and it's also very heavy.

7.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The HP OfficeJet 7740 has typical maintenance tasks you can expect from an inkjet. If you experience decreased print quality, you can run the built-in printhead cleaning and printhead alignment tasks to help restore it to its original state. That said, we put our unit into storage where it went unused for a little more than a year and a half, and after putting it through some more tests, we found that the black printhead clogged. We weren't able to properly print even after running all the maintenance tasks and needed to purchase a new unit as a result. If you have the same unit and are experiencing rapidly deteriorating print quality, let us know in the comments below!

The printer's display also shows detailed videos explaining how to perform other maintenance tasks, like replacing the cartridges and clearing paper jams. The printer has two paper trays with a total capacity of 500 sheets, so you don't need to spend time fiddling with paper refills often. However, the output tray only holds 75 sheets, so you'll need to get your print jobs instead of leaving them there when they're done. Likewise, the printer yields many pages, so you don't need to frequently replace its cartridges. It's easy to access them, though, but the printer needs to be turned on. In the case of paper jams, all the sheet rollers are easily accessible through a panel in the back, and you can completely remove the input trays in case paper gets jammed in the back, near the input.

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

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 has a good display screen. Similar to the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025, it has a responsive touchscreen that provides audible touch feedback. Four touch buttons surround the screen, and you can vertically tilt the display panel for better visibility. It's a little small though, which can be a bit more challenging to use for those with big fingers.

8.0
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
HP 952 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
60 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1,140 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 952 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
29 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
664 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Did Not Work
Ink Type
Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The HP 7740 printer has a great cartridge system, yielding lots of pages before you need to replace the cartridges. If you tend to print a lot, it's compatible with high-yield HP 952 XL CMYK cartridges, as well as the extra-high-yield HP 956 XL cartridge, which is only available in black.

9.3
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
35 pages
Scan Speed
9 PPM
Duplex Scanning
Automatic (Single-Pass)
Max Flatbed Scan Size
11" x 17"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.00" (0 mm)
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Software

The HP Pro 7740 has outstanding scanning features. You can easily save old family photos with the flatbed scanner, and you can also scan several documents at a time using the automatic document feeder (ADF). Additionally, its ADF can automatically duplex scan in a single pass, so it breezes through double-sided documents; however, it has a max resolution of 300 DPI. While its flatbed scanner is large enough to scan 11" x 17" documents, the ADF scanner can only scan a maximum of 8.5" x 14" for single- and double-sided documents. Note that while the manufacturer specs say that the maximum size for double sided documents is 8.27" x 11.69", we confirm that it can actually automatically scan double-sided legal-sized pages.

6.5
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit

The HP 7740 has a default scan resolution of 300 DPI using both its flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder. It's more than enough for documents for work or school; however, if you want to capture very fine details, it's best to use the flatbed, which can go up to 1200 DPI.

Design
In The Box

  • User Guide
  • Power cord
  • HP 952 ink cartridges:
    • 1x black
    • 1x magenta
    • 1x cyan
    • 1x yellow

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
9.0
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
Yes
9.0
Document
Color Documents
8.9
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
35.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
72.99 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.032 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.110 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.285 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740's cost-per-print is amazingly low. Printing black-only and color documents is very affordable. Photos also have an exceptionally low cost-per-print. Unlike other HP OfficeJet Pro printers, this model isn't currently compatible for use with the HP Instant Ink subscription service.

7.3
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
12 PPM
Color Document
8 PPM
Photo Printing Time
52.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
15.5 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
500 pages

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 has decent printing speeds. It takes a little long to start printing after sitting idle for a while, and it's a bit slow to print black text documents, but it can still get out a long essay or report in a minute or two. It's also slow to print color documents like PowerPoint slides. However, it's very quick to print out a typical 4" x 6" photo. It can automatically print double-sided sheets up to legal size, but, unfortunately, it can't duplex print tabloid size. If you need a model that supports duplex printing for tabloid-size sheets and also prints black-only text documents much faster, consider the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") Yes
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Max Paper Weight
300 g/m²

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 wide-format all-in-one printer has two adjustable front input trays that support most common paper formats. Tray 1 (top) supports paper from 3" x 5" to 11.7" x 17" size sheets, whereas Tray 2 (bottom) supports 8.5" x 11" to 11.7" x 17" size sheets.

Photo
6.0
Photo
Color Gamut

The HP 7740 has a mediocre color gamut. The printer produces a dark zig-zag pattern rather than a bright, vibrant one, meaning it has trouble producing vibrant hues and tries to compensate by printing darker shades instead. The transition from white to color is too low in the blues, greens, and yellows, meaning it has trouble producing very light tints in those hues. Similarly, the transition from black to color goes too far up, so the printer can't properly produce very dark colors. Finally, colors transition smoothly into each other aside from the yellows, which are very poor quality. This issue is only present in smaller prints, though, so the printer produces better-quality transitions in larger formats; the same color gamut photo printed on 8.5" x 11" paper has significantly better-looking yellows.

7.1
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
5.90

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 has decent color accuracy. It can print most colors fairly accurately, although it struggles most with blues and cyans. It's fine for casual photo prints, but if you're a professional seeking pinpoint color accuracy, it's better to look elsewhere.

8.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
4800 x 1200
9.5
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Yes
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Yes
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Yes
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Yes
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") No
Borderless Printing
Yes
Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
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 Pro 7740 printer has a USB input at its front right, so you can print files directly from a USB flash drive.

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 7740 is compatible with the HP Smart mobile app. You can use it to print, scan, and copy directly from your mobile device. Additionally, you can even order ink and paper, as well as run maintenance tasks. However, Microsoft Office, TXT, and HTML formats are printable only on the iOS app.

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

The HP Office Jet Pro 7740 is fully compatible with all major desktop operating systems. You need to manually install drivers to print and scan on Windows, and you can also use the HP Smart desktop app to use all the printer's features. On macOS and Chrome OS, you don't need to manually install any drivers or software to print or scan; however, you can use the HP Smart app on Chrome OS, which has the same capabilities as the mobile app.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 in black and white. It isn't available in any other color schemes. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is a great all-in-one inkjet printer. Compared to other printers in this lineup such as the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025, it has a wider flatbed scanner so that it can support tabloid-sized documents, and it has a better photo printing quality. It can yield a high number of pages at an affordable cost-per-print. However, while it has a very good print time, it isn't as fast as other office-geared models like the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e.

If you're still looking around for a printer, check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best inkjet printers, and the best office printers.

Brother MFC-J6945DW

The Brother MFC-J6945DW and the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 can both print 11" x 17" tabloid-format sheets. The Brother is better for small or home offices due to its significantly higher page yields, much lower cost-per-print, and larger display with a full physical keypad. Also, unlike the HP, the Brother's ADF can duplex-scan tabloid-format sheets at a much higher resolution of 1200 DPI. On the other hand, the HP prints better-looking photos, but it prints color documents slower and holds 100 fewer total sheets in its input trays.

Epson WorkForce WF-7720

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is a better printer than the Epson WorkForce WF-7720. The HP can yield more pages from its black and color cartridges, it has a quicker print speed, and its cost-per-print is more affordable overall. However, the Epson feels better built, it has a better display screen, and its companion app can print off more kinds of files.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e are both great all-in-one color inkjet printers designed for small or home offices. However, the 7740 can print large, tabloid-format sheets and its flatbed can scan media up to 11" x 17". On the other hand, the 9025e's cost-per-print is slightly cheaper, and it prints much faster. Also, it comes with six months of free ink through HP's Instant Ink subscription if you sign up for HP+.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 and the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840 are both wide format printers. The HP is a better choice if scanning quickly is a priority for you. Its ADF can duplex scan double-sided documents in a single pass, which is faster than the Epson's ADF which requires two passes. However, the Epson has much better color accuracy and a physical keypad next to its display screen, making it easier to fax if needed.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e are both all-in-one color inkjet printers meant for small or home offices, but the 7740 has a larger flatbed scanner and can print on wide, tabloid-format paper. Also, the 7740's ADF can duplex scan in one pass compared to the 9015e's, which needs two passes. However, the 9015e has slightly better color page yields, a slightly cheaper cost-per-print, and much faster print speeds. Also, it prints better-quality photos.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a slightly better printer overall than the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740. The Brother has much higher-yielding cartridges, a more affordable cost-per-print, and better photo printing quality. However, the HP can print on large, tabloid-format sheets, its flatbed can scan media up to 11" x 17", and its ADF supports single-pass duplex scanning. Also, it supports printing via Mopria Print Service, making it easy to print on Android devices.

Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser is a better printer for office use than the HP OfficeJet 7740 Pro. The Brother yields many more pages before its toner cartridges need replacing and it prints significantly faster. However, like most laser printers, it prints photos that look far worse than most inkjets. On the other hand, the HP's standout features include its support for printing on large, tabloid-format paper, its large flatbed scanner that can accommodate sheets up to 11" x 17" size, and its ADF that can duplex scan in one pass. Additionally, its cost-per-print is cheaper, and it can print directly from USB flash drives.

HP PageWide Pro 577dw

The HP PageWide Pro 577dw and the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 are both ideal for small or home offices. If you tend to print large numbers of documents often, the 577dw is a better choice since it has a much higher page yield, has two extra-high yield cartridge sizes, and a much lower cost-per-print. It also prints much faster. However, if you print photos in color more often, the 7740 produces nicer-looking photos and prints with much better color accuracy. Also, the 7740 can print and scan 11" x17" sheets, which the 577dw can't.

Epson Expression Premium XP-7100

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is much better overall than the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100. The biggest difference is that the HP can print on large, tabloid-format sheets, and its flatbed scanner can digitize media up to 11" x 17". Additionally, the HP has much better page yields, its cost-per-print is far cheaper, and its two input trays can hold a total of 500 sheets compared to the Epson's 100. The Epson doesn't have built-in fax, while the HP does.

HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe and the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 are both small office printers, but the 7740 is an inkjet, and the M234sdwe is a laser. The 7740 has a large flatbed scanner that's wide enough to scan tabloid size and an automatic document feeder with a duplex scanning feature. Also, it prints significantly faster, supports printing off a USB thumb drive, and can also print in color, which is great if you need to print color documents or photos. On the other hand, the M234sdwe yields significantly more black pages, but it lacks the ADF and duplex scanning that the 7740 has.

Canon PIXMA G6020

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is much better than the Canon PIXMA G6020. The HP has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning capability, it prints faster, and it has better color accuracy. However, if you often print in bulk, the Canon is a better choice due to its significantly higher page yield, which leads to a lower cost-per-print.

Epson Expression Premium XP-6100

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is significantly better than the Epson Expression Premium XP-6100. The HP has a much better build quality, it yields a lot more black and color pages, and it has a full-feature scanner. The HP also prints faster, it prints higher quality photos, and it's a lot more cost-effective over time.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3730

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is a better printer than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3730. Although both printers have excellent build and design qualities, the HP has a lower cost-per-print thanks to its higher page yield. The HP also has a better scanner thanks mainly to it allowing duplex scanning. However, the Epson does include a better mobile app that supports webpages and Microsoft Office files, unlike the HP.

Brother MFC-L2710DW

The Brother MFC-L2710DW and the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 are very different printers. The Brother is a monochrome laser printer while the HP is a color inkjet printer. The HP is better for home or small offices, as it can print higher quality photos on glossy photo paper, and it has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning capability. However, if you only need to print in black, the Brother is a better choice, as it yields more black pages per cartridge and prints faster.

HP ENVY Photo 7855

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 and the HP ENVY Photo 7855 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the OfficeJet is better suited for a wider variety of tasks whereas the ENVY is designed for photo printing. That said, the ENVY doesn't perform much better for photo prints, as it produces overly vibrant, inaccurate colors and photos with far too much contrast. On the other hand, the OfficeJet supports printing large, tabloid-format paper, its flatbed can scan media up to 11" x 17", and its ADF can duplex scan in a single pass. Additionally, the OfficeJet yields far more pages and its cost-per-print is much lower.

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