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HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Feb 20, 2024 at 12:33 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 18, 2024 at 09:55 am
HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e Picture
8.1
Family
8.2
Small/Home Office
8.6
Student
8.3
Black & White
7.3
Photo

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e is an all-in-one inkjet printer designed for small or home offices. It uses a four-cartridge system (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) and is compatible with HP's 936 ink cartridges. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, and it can also print directly off a USB flash drive. It has automatic double-sided printing and two input trays with a combined paper capacity of 500 sheets. Its scanner supports single-pass duplex scanning via the ADF and optical character recognition. However, the latter is software-based, meaning you need the HP Scan app to use the feature. This model comes with three months of free ink via HP+.

This model is part of the HP OfficeJet Pro 9130e series of all-in-one printers, which includes many variants. The other models in the series are regional variants with identical performance and features. You can see them in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

8.1 Family

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e is great for family use. This all-in-one has numerous connectivity options, making it easy for every household member to access. It produces sharp documents, prints quickly at up to 23 black and 15 color pages per minute, and supports automatic double-sided printing. Also, it doesn't cost much to maintain over time, thanks to its high page yield and cheap cartridges. Unfortunately, photo printing isn't its strongest suit, as its low print resolution and limited color range result in a significant loss of fine details and overly dark pictures.

Pros
  • Produces sharp documents.
  • High page yield; low cost-per-print.
  • Extendable scanner lid hinges to accommodate thicker items like textbooks.
  • Numerous connectivity options.
Cons
  • Ink subscription offer blocks use of third-party cartridges.
  • Photos look grainy, with an overly warm tone.
  • Low print resolution reduces fine details in photos.
8.2 Small/Home Office

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e is a great small or home office printer. It produces sharp documents, prints quickly, and supports automatic duplex printing. It also yields a large number of prints, which helps reduce maintenance frequency and cost. There are many connectivity options, including Ethernet, and its design allows easy access to the sheet rollers in case of paper jams. The scanner is feature-rich, sporting an automatic feeder and automatic single-pass duplex scanning capability, though it's a little slow and causes scans to come out crooked.

Pros
  • Produces sharp documents.
  • High page yield; low cost-per-print.
  • ADF-equipped scanner with single-pass duplex scanning.
  • Fast printing speeds.
  • Numerous connectivity options.
Cons
  • Ink subscription offer blocks use of third-party cartridges.
  • ADF is slow and causes tilted scans.
8.6 Student

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e is excellent for student use. It produces nice, high-quality documents and is quick, printing up to 23 black and 15 color pages per minute. Its cost-per-print is very low, thanks to its high page yield and cheap cartridges. You can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi, USB, or Ethernet and print directly from a USB thumb drive. The scanner's lid hinges can extend slightly, making it easier to close the lid over thicker items like textbooks. There's an automatic feeder to process long, multi-page documents; however, it's a little slow and causes tilted scans.

Pros
  • Produces sharp documents.
  • High page yield; low cost-per-print.
  • Fast printing speeds.
  • Extendable scanner lid hinges to accommodate thicker items like textbooks.
  • Numerous connectivity options.
Cons
  • Ink subscription offer blocks use of third-party cartridges.
8.3 Black & White

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e is great for printing black-and-white documents. This all-in-one inkjet model produces sharp documents, prints quickly at up to 23 pages per minute, and yields a large number of prints. It supports automatic duplex printing, so you don't have to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided, and its large input capacity means you won't have to refill the paper trays often. It has an ADF-equipped scanner with single-pass duplex scanning, although it's on the slower side, as it can only process six pages per minute. Also, the automatic feeder causes tilted scans.

Pros
  • Produces sharp documents.
  • High page yield; low cost-per-print.
  • ADF-equipped scanner with single-pass duplex scanning.
  • Fast printing speeds.
Cons
  • Ink subscription offer blocks use of third-party cartridges.
  • ADF is slow and causes tilted scans.
7.3 Photo

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e is decent for photo printing. It yields a large number of color prints, and replacement ink is relatively cheap, so you don't have to worry about high ownership costs, even if you print a lot. However, its print quality isn't very good, as its low print resolution and limited color cause significant loss of fine details. Printed pictures also look overly dark and grainy.

Pros
  • High page yield; low cost-per-print.
  • Supports borderless printing.
Cons
  • Ink subscription offer blocks use of third-party cartridges.
  • Photos look grainy, with an overly warm tone.
  • Low print resolution reduces fine details in photos.
  • 8.1 Family
  • 8.2 Small/Home Office
  • 8.6 Student
  • 8.3 Black & White
  • 7.3 Photo
  1. Updated Apr 18, 2024: Added mention of the HP Smart Tank 7602 as a smart tank alternative with higher page yield in the Cartridge section.
  2. Updated Feb 20, 2024: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 15, 2024: Early access published.
  4. Updated Feb 08, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Feb 05, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Jan 22, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e all-in-one printer. It's part of the HP OfficeJet Pro 9130e series of all-in-one printers. The other models in the series are regional variants with identical features and performance.

Model Region of Sale
OfficeJet Pro 9130e Asia, Oceania
OfficeJet Pro 9132e Europe
OfficeJet Pro 9135e America

See our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e is a great office printer. It produces high-quality documents, prints quickly, and yields a large number of prints. However, its print resolution is lower than most printers in its class, resulting in less detailed photos, and its automatic feeder causes tilted scans. Also, its included ink subscription trial can be a hassle, as subscribing to the service will require the printer to be connected to the internet to function and prevent you from using any third-party cartridges in the future, even if you cancel your subscription.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best office printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best inkjet printers.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9125e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9125e and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e have near-identical print quality and yield. They only differ in features. The 9135e is a higher-end device with single-pass duplex scanning (instead of dual-pass), an additional 250-sheet input tray, and faster printing speeds.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8135e/8139e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e is better than the HP OfficeJet Pro 8135e for most uses. The 9135e has a larger display, extendable scanner lid hinges, and automatic single-pass duplex scanning. It also has better print quality and faster printing speeds. Its cartridges are more expensive; however, they yield a larger number of prints, so you won't have to replace them as often as on the 8135e, resulting in lower ownership costs.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is better than the HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e for most uses. They have nearly identical features, with the only exceptions being that the 7740 supports wide format paper up to 11" x 17" and sports a larger flatbed scanner of the same size. It also produces higher-quality documents and photos. However, the 9135e has faster printing speeds and extendable scanner lid hinges, which help close the scanner lid over thicker items like textbooks.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e have nearly identical features; the only differences are that the 9135e has a larger display and extendable scanner lid hinges. Performance-wise, the 9025e produces higher-quality documents and photos, and it doesn't cost as much to maintain over time because the cartridges are cheaper. However, the 9135e has faster printing speeds and slightly higher page yields.

Epson EcoTank ET-2850

Although both are all-in-one inkjet models, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e and the Epson EcoTank ET-2850 are very different. The HP is a more office-oriented printer with features like an automatic feeder, duplex scanning, and Ethernet connectivity. It also produces sharper documents and prints faster. On the other hand, the Epson has a wider color range and a higher print resolution, allowing it to produce more detailed and colorful photos. The Epson is also a supertank model that yields significantly more prints, making it cheaper to maintain.

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Test Results

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Design
8.0
Design
Build Quality
Type All in One

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e's build quality is great. Though entirely plastic, it feels very well-built and sturdy. The design gives easy access to the sheet rollers in case of paper jams, and there are dampeners to prevent the scanner and maintenance bay lids from slamming down. The only minor complaint is the output tray's limited capacity, as it can cause prints to catch on previously printed pages, especially when the previous pages are still damp from the ink or slightly warped.

Design
Dimensions
Height 12.5" (31.7 cm)
Width 17.2" (43.8 cm)
Depth 13.9" (35.4 cm)
Height When In Use
12.5" (31.7 cm)
Width When In Use
18.0" (45.8 cm)
Depth When In Use
16.9" (42.8 cm)
Weight
26.7 lbs (12.1 kg)
7.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e doesn't need a lot of maintenance. Thanks to the printer's high page yield, you won't need to replace the cartridges often. To put in new cartridges, you can access the cartridge bay through the front; just make sure the printer is on. For paper jams, you can access the sheet rollers via the front maintenance bay, a panel on the back, or by removing the input trays. This printer has two input trays with a combined capacity of 500 sheets of paper, so you won't need to refill them regularly. Like all inkjet printers, the printheads can clog if you don't print for an extended period. If you experience print quality issues, there are a few built-in maintenance functions that can help resolve them, like Smear Cleaning, Printhead Cleaning, and Printhead Alignment.

See the user manual here.

9.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The display is outstanding. It's large and easy to see, even at an angle. The user interface is easy to navigate; however, it sometimes feels laggy, especially when navigating the deeper settings.

7.9
Design
Cartridge
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
No
Photo Cartridge
No
Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
HP 936 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
78 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1,482 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 936 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
34 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
779 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Not Found At Time Of The Review
Ink Type
Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
No

A set of ink cartridges yields a large number of prints, so you won't need to replace the cartridges often unless you print a lot. The printer warns you when the ink is low or empty. If one of the color cartridges is empty, the printer will allow you to print in black only; however, this doesn't work the other way around, meaning black ink is necessary for color printing. If you want a printer that performs similarly but uses super tank ink reservoirs that yield far greater black and color pages, consider the HP Smart Tank 7602.

9.2
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
35 pages
Scan Speed
6 PPM
Duplex Scanning
Automatic (Single-Pass)
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.31" (8 mm)
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Software

The OCR (optical character recognition) is software-based, meaning you need to install the HP Scan app to use it, and you can only initiate an OCR scan from the computer.

7.0
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24Bit

The scan quality is decent. The image processing slightly boosts the contrast and saturation, which helps improve text clarity and make colors look more vibrant; however, it's a tad too aggressive, as it removes finer details, like watermarks and the lines in a graph. Also, all scans come out crooked when using the automatic feeder, regardless of the settings used.

Design
In The Box

  • Set of HP 936 starter ink cartridges
    • 1x Cyan
    • 1x Magenta
    • 1x Yellow
    • 1x Black
  • Power cord
  • Documentation

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A

This is a corded printer.

Document
8.5
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
No

The print quality of black-and-white documents is excellent. Text looks crisp, and all the finer elements are present and clear. There's some banding; however, they disappear when printing in the high-quality mode.

8.5
Document
Color Documents

The print quality of color documents is excellent. Text and colors look great, and all the fine elements are visible. Some banding is visible, but again, it isn't a problem when printing in the high-quality mode.

9.0
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
41.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
80.97 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.028 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.104 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.274 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e's cost-per-print is outstanding, thanks to its high page yield and relatively cheap ink cartridges. HP states that this printer is only for use with genuine or remanufactured HP cartridges. It comes with three months of free ink via HP+, HP's ink replenishment service; however, know that if you subscribe to the service, the printer must have a continuous internet connection to function, as HP continually updates the firmware to block the use of third-party cartridges.

8.4
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
23 PPM
Color Document
15 PPM
Photo Printing Time
56.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
12.0 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
500 pages

This printer has two input trays; the main tray is for plain paper only, while the other is a multi-purpose tray. Each tray holds 250 sheets of paper, for a combined total of 500 sheets.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
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
Max Paper Weight
280 g/m²
Photo
6.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e has an okay color gamut. It can't reproduce bright, saturated colors, resulting in some loss of fine details and an overall darker picture, which you can easily see when comparing the sample photo with the original. Color transitions look grainy and uneven.

6.4
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
7.30

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e's color accuracy is passable. Printed pictures look relatively natural, though skin tones are slightly too warm.

6.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
1200 x 1200

This printer is mediocre at reproducing small details. Fine elements and distant objects are hard to identify. While low, the print resolution isn't the only reason small details look blurry, as there are other printers with an identical print resolution that perform far better, like the Canon PIXMA TR7820; see its sample picture here. The halftones are very prominent, softening the edges of objects, and the contrast could be better, too.

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
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

This printer can print directly off a USB flash drive; the USB port is on the front right side of the printer. It also supports Bluetooth; however, it's only for setup purposes, not for printing or scanning.

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 Smart app is feature-rich. It lets you print, scan (with a smartphone camera or with the printer), copy, fax, order supplies, and manage your ink subscription service. The Android version doesn't support Microsoft Office files, text files, and webpages, so you'll have to print them in whichever app you use to view those files.

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

On Windows devices, you can install the drivers manually, which you can find here, or you can install the HP Smart app, which will update the drivers automatically. There's no need to install drivers or applications on Chrome OS devices and Macs.