The HP Smart Tank 7301 is an all-in-one inkjet printer. Like any supertank printer, it has a refillable ink tank that can be topped up with HP 32 black and 31color ink bottle refills, giving it a much higher page yield and lower operating costs than conventional inkjet printers that use replaceable cartridges. It has a flatbed scanner with an automatic document feeder to process multiple single-sided sheets quickly, though it doesn't support double-sided scanning. It offers a pretty robust suite of connectivity options, with Ethernet, USB, and Wi-Fi connectivity and support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service.
It's worth noting there are multiple variants of this printer, which differ slightly in terms of feature sets. Further details on the differences between models are outlined in the Differences Between Variants section of the review.
The HP Smart Tank 7301 is great for family use. Its supertank design keeps the cost of ownership low, even if everyone at home prints frequently, but it's worth noting the printer won't output any documents if it's out of black ink, even full-color documents. Printed documents and photos are very sharp and well-rendered, even if color accuracy and color gamut are far from class-leading. Unfortunately, its scanner produces jagged, crooked copies, and its lid isn't adjustable to better accommodate thicker books and magazines.
The HP Smart Tank 7301 is a great choice for small offices. Its enormous page yield ensures you can go for months without refilling its tank, even if you regularly print long multi-page documents, keeping operating costs low. The quality of printed documents is also very sharp, with well-rendered details and sharp text. Unfortunately, not only does its scanner not support automatic double-sided scanning, the actual scan quality is mediocre.
The HP Smart Tank 7301 is an excellent choice for students. It offers a broad suite of connectivity options, allowing you to easily print from your laptop or phone. While it's a little pricey, its supertank design gives it an enormous page yield. Combined with the low cost of ink refills, the actual cost of ownership is very low. That said, it does take a little while to warm up, so it isn't the best choice if you need to print many sheets in a hurry. The scan quality is also mediocre.
The HP Smart Tank 7301 is great for black-and-white printing. Printed documents are crisp and highly legible, and the printer's supertank design gives it an enormous page yield, so you'll seldom need to worry about buying ink refills even if you print long documents multiple times per week. While the printer does have a flatbed scanner with an ADF, the actual scan quality is mediocre, with jagged-looking text and poorly-rendered details.
The HP Smart Tank 7301 is good for printing photos, with a few important caveats. Photos are crisp and detailed, but it has a pretty narrow color gamut, so hues that appear quite different in the original document tend to blur together in the actual print. Color accuracy is also middling, though not to an unnatural, unpleasant-looking degree. When printing on 4" X 6" photo paper sheets, the printer makes a noticeable clacking and grinding noise.
There are a few variants of this printer, which differ slightly in terms of design, page capacity, print speed, and scanning features. We tested the 7301 model, and you can see its label here.
|Model Number||Connectivity||ADF||Max Print Speed (Black/Color)|
|HP Smart Tank 6001||Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth (setup only)||No||12 ppm / 7 ppm|
|HP Smart Tank 7001||Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth (setup only)||No||15 ppm / 9 ppm|
|HP Smart Tank 7301||Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth (setup only), Ethernet, Fax||Yes||15 ppm / 9 ppm|
Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this printer.
The HP Smart Tank 7301 is an inkjet printer with a supertank. It has an enormous page yield, even when compared to its peers, and offers good overall printing quality, but the mediocre scan quality and limited color gamut in printing photos limit its utility as a true all-in-one device.
The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 and HP Smart Tank 7301 each have their strengths. The HP feels better built, is easier to maintain, has a greater color ink yield, and takes less time to warm up. However, the Epson has a wider color gamut and a greater black ink yield. Its scanner also has a height-adjustable hinge to accommodate thicker documents and outputs sharper copies.
The Epson EcoTank ET-4850 is more versatile than the HP Smart Tank 7301. The Epson is a little more user-friendly in terms of maintenance and has a touch-sensitive screen that displays a wider array of information at a glance. It also produces much sharper scans than the HP, has a wider color gamut, and prints slightly sharper monochrome documents. However, the HP takes much less time to warm up, offers superior color accuracy, and feels better built.
The HP Smart Tank 7301 is better than the Epson EcoTank ET-4800. The HP feels better built, is easier to maintain, has a greater overall page yield, and scans and prints documents faster. Meanwhile, the Epson does better to resolve fine details in photos and has a wider color gamut, though color accuracy is pretty poor.
The Canon PIXMA G4270 and the HP Smart Tank 7301 are very similar all-in-one supertank printers. The Canon produces higher-quality documents and pictures and has an automatic document feeder to scan long documents. On the other hand, the HP has an Ethernet port, prints faster, and yields significantly more color prints.
This printer feels impressively well-built. It's made mostly from high-grade plastic and resembles newer HP printers like the HP LaserJet Tank MFP 2604sdw. The extension for its paper output tray is spring-loaded, so it automatically unfolds as the extender is pulled out. It isn't all smooth sailing, however: the printer makes a disconcerting clacking and clicking noises when pulling in photo paper, as seen here. Its scanner lid also doesn't have adjustable hinges to accommodate thicker documents or books.
The HP Smart Tank 7301 doesn't require much in the way of maintenance.
Thanks to its high page yield, you don't need to refill the ink tanks often. However, like any inkjet printer, the printheads can clog if you don't print for a long time. You can run printhead cleaning and printhead alignment routines through the HP Smart app. The printheads are technically user-replaceable, as you'll need to install them after buying the printer; the printheads are inside the sealed packages seen in this image.
As for paper jams, you can access the sheet rollers through a small opening at the back of the printer seen here or by lifting the scanner. Access to the sheet rollers for the automatic document feeder is decent, as seen here. The input tray holds 250 sheets of paper, which is a pretty good size, so you likely won't need to refill it regularly unless you print a lot.
This printer doesn't have much of a display. It's a simple LCD showing basic information regarding its current status and ink levels. Viewing angles are sub-par, as it's hard to see what's being displayed unless you're looking at the interface from right above.
The HP Smart Tank 7301 has a remarkably high page yield. As a supertank printer, it has a high-capacity ink reservoir that you can refill with replacement ink bottles. Black ink is available in HP32 or HP32XL format, which respectively provide an advertised page yield of 4000 and 6000 pages, while cyan, yellow, and magenta ink comes in HP31-format bottles, which the manufacturer advertises to provide sufficient ink for 8000 prints. The actual estimated page yield is fairly close to these advertised figures, though it's important to note that the printer needs at least some level of black ink to execute any print job.
This printer has a flatbed scanner with an automatic document feeder. Unfortunately, it can't automatically process double-sided documents, so you must manually flip over each sheet, which may be a hassle if you have a long document to scan. You can't extend its hinges to accommodate thicker documents, magazines, and books. Scanning speed is also rather slow.
It can scan documents as a text-searchable PDF through the HP Smart app. It works fairly well and has little trouble with identifying plain text. However, it has trouble recognizing special characters and accents.
The HP Smart Tank 7001 and HP Smart Tank 6001 variants lack an automatic document feeder.
The scan quality is mediocre. Scanned text has a slightly jagged, uneven appearance. Fine details are also rendered very faintly and are quite hard to see.
It's a corded printer with no battery.
The quality of black-and-white documents is impressive. Text is sharp and legible, fine details are reproduced accurately, and the gradient between lighter and darker shades of gray is noticeable. That said, print lines are rather noticeable when printing in standard quality. Thankfully, these lines aren't nearly as noticeable when printing in the high-quality setting, which forces the printer to overlap print segments.
The quality of printed color documents is excellent. Text is well-rendered, and fine details and lines are easy to see. Print lines aren't as noticeable as they are on black-and-white documents.
The cost-per-print is remarkably low because a full tank yields a large number of prints, and replacement ink is cheap. The printer itself is on the pricier end of the spectrum, though it's frequently discounted on HP's website.
The overall printing speed is okay. It prints black-and-white documents quickly and gets close to the advertised 15 pages per minute. It's slower with color documents, although most inkjet printers are. It's just slow compared to laser printers. Unfortunately, it takes a while to wake from an idle state. It also takes a long time to print photos, though it's much faster in this respect than some other supertank printers like the Epson EcoTank ET-4850.
This printer's input tray can be extended to accommodate up to 216mm x 356mm (8.5" x 14") sheets. An adjustable guide is inside the tray for printing photo paper and other narrow page formats.
This printer's color gamut is somewhat narrow. Different shades of colors, especially high-saturation hues, blend together, most noticeably with reds and greens, resulting in an overall loss of detail. It also has trouble reproducing darker hues, which look much lighter than they should, and transitions between colors are very grainy. If you want a similar printer with a wider color gamut, check out the Canon PIXMA G4270.
The printer's color accuracy is mediocre. Most shades are represented quite differently from their source. On the upside, despite the fairly high level of deviation with skin tones, they look fairly natural in the real world, just not to the extent that they'd pass muster for professional use.
This printer is excellent at reproducing small details. Fine elements look clear; it mainly loses detail in distant objects due to halftones (dot effect).
The HP Smart Tank 7301 supports various glossy paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11". However, some issues arise when printing on 4" x 6" sheets, with parts of borderless prints being cut off. Printing on 4" x 6" glossy photo paper also causes the printer to produce an audible clacking and grinding noise, which can be heard here. Unfortunately, it's unclear whether this is an isolated incident or one that could repeat in the future. Let us know in the discussions if you have an HP Smart Tank 7301 and encounter the same phenomenon.
This printer does have Bluetooth, but it's only used for device setup. You can't print documents from devices connected over Bluetooth.
The 6001 and 7001 model variants don't have an Ethernet port.
You can print, scan, and copy using the HP Smart app from your mobile device. You can also send a mobile fax, requiring a paid HP Smart Advance subscription. You can check estimated ink levels or put in a purchase order for more ink and paper.
Regardless of your device's OS, you'll need to install the HP Smart app to access all of the printer's features, as the printer's physical interface offers only limited overall functionality. A generic Windows printer driver is sufficient to use the printer, though you can use the HP Smart app to guide you through downloading and installing the specific driver for your device.