HP has released a number of capable office printers to give you some peace of mind when handling business paper. OfficeJet Pro is among the favorite lines that present excellent printers, one of which is the HP OfficeJet Pro 9018. This machine is engineered to deliver above-average print quality with a reasonable initial cost.
Previously, HP rolled out the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 that boasts competitive running costs, duplex support as well as reliable output quality. The Pro 9018 is much like its sibling, so the specs and features won’t surprise you that much. No matter what, there may be some differences between the two devices. There’s none another way to find out than scrolling through this review. So, enjoy it!
If you have ever seen or used an OfficeJet Pro printer previously and then purchase this printer, you’ll feel like using the same device. This is what I thought about this printing machine—it looks much like its sibling and other OfficeJet Pro counterparts. It comes with robust construction and edgy design that accentuates a professional and hefty look, just like what OfficeJet Pro printers offer.
The Pro 9018 measures 10.9 inches high by 17.3 inches wide by 13.5 inches deep and weighs 16.69 pounds, which is similar to its sibling both in size and weight. It boasts an automatic document feeder that enables 2-sided print, copy, and scan on the top, with a flatbed scanner right under the feeder.
Typical OfficeJet Pro printers come with a lower input tray and the Pro 9018 is no exception. It features an input tray that extends below the output tray, and yet it delivers a similar capacity to its sibling. You can also find a 2.7-inch touchscreen display without supporting buttons.
Functionality and Performance
What does this printer offer? Designed as an all-in-one printer, the OfficeJet Pro 9018 comes to redefine your printing experience. It boasts higher paper capacity and capable specs for printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. Average print speed and performance is another thing to enjoy from this printer.
1. Printing specs
The manufacturer relies on HP thermal inkjet print technology to ensure high-quality output. Combined with 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi, this printer can deliver amazing details with accurate colors. It supports borderless printing and photo print capability, though the result is not as impressive as laser or 6-ink printers.
Its monthly duty volume is rated at 25,000 pages with recommended monthly volume up to 1,500 pages. I should say that the Pro 9018 will meet the needs of a small office with medium printing capacity. Low-print volume businesses can also use this device as a powerful printer.
This printer can also serve as a copier that provides a variety of settings such as two-sided, resize, and copy preview. HP rates the maximum number of copies up to 99 pages, which is more than adequate for business. Thanks to 600 dpi copy resolution that brings legible text and clear results. Meanwhile, scan functionality is supported by 1200 x 1200 scan resolution with OCR and scan to cloud features.
2. Paper handling
Obviously, this printer provides an automatic document feeder that can handle up to 35 sheets of letter size. This feature supports 2-sided print, copy, and scan at your convenience. And yet, the feeder does not support borderless photo printing so you need to do it manually.
The Pro 9018 features a 250-sheet input tray capacity which can be adjusted to different media sizes. It can handle up to 50 sheets or cards or 30 sheets of envelope. Meanwhile, a 60-sheet output tray capacity is quite sufficient to ease your work.
This machine supports dozens of media sizes, ranging from 3 x 5 inches up to 8.5 x 14.5 inches. You can also use various media types such as HP Photo Papers, plain paper, glossy paper, and professional paper. Please note that compatible paper type may affect on output quality, especially for photo printing.
3. Print speed
HP rates this Pro 9018 at the same speed as its sibling. It can print up to 32 pages per minute both for mono and color draft documents. This performance is pretty amazing, especially if you have lots of files to print. The rate decreased to 22 pages per minute for black ISO and 18 pages per minute color ISO.
When it comes to copy performance, this machine manages to copy up to 32 pages per minute for mono draft documents. This speed makes the 9018 a dependable copier in your office. Meanwhile, the scanner promises up to 8 pages per minute for mono and color.
You cannot trust professional document printing to random printers. As the paper represents your business, it’s necessary to find a professional machine that delivers excellent print quality. Thankfully, the Pro 9018 meets the requirement for office printing. I saw a highly legible text with well-shaped characters. I did not find any problem when printing small fonts with this printer.
Despite this printer offers nearly-laser quality for text and graphics, it’s not the case with photo printing. Compared to consumer-grade photo printers or 5- to 6-ink printers, I found that photo quality is not that impressive. And yet, I appreciate its accurate and bright color. Thanks to print technology that delivers minimum graininess.
Consumables and 4-Ink Cartridges
As with its sibling and other OfficeJet Pro printers, the 9018 boasts four separated ink cartridges. You can benefit from this cartridge choice as it yields more paper than standard ones. It means you can count on this machine to print documents without draining your wallet.
The printer uses HP 962 cartridges for black and color inks. The standard consumables yield up to 1,000 pages for black and up to 700 pages for color. HP also provides high yield cartridge replacement that prints up to 2,000 black pages and 1,600 color pages. This consumable-efficient printer promotes an affordable running cost to save your budget.
HP OfficeJet Pro 9018 Connectivity and Software
The all-in-one printer brings standard connectivity that includes USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi. Thanks to Wi-Fi Direct that supports remote printing, allowing you to print photos or documents without transferring them to your PC. The device also offers various mobile printing capabilities such as Mobile Apps, Mopria, Apple AirPrint, and HP Smart App. The least mentioned brings convenience to your smartphone.
For better printing experience, the Pro 9018 supports self-healing Wi-Fi and control panel lock features for ultimate security. Voice services are also available so that you can enjoy voice-activated printing. This is surely a modern and sophisticated printing device for your business.
HP OfficeJet Pro 9018 Pros and Cons
The OfficeJet Pro 9018 seems really attractive for office users who need a durable printer. This machine can work at the same pace as you do, so it becomes one of ideal choices for your task force. And yet, the 9018 is none of the perfect printers. Make sure you know the following plus and minus before making a purchase.
HP OfficeJet Pro 9018 Pros
- Auto duplex support
Again and again, I always consider auto duplex support as a plus point for any printer and this 9018 is no exception. This feature enables you to handle two-sided documents without user intervention. Especially for office printing, ADF is what you need to increase work efficiency.
- Good-looking output
Dependable output quality makes this printer more attractive. You can trust the 9018 to print business documents, marketing brochures, or flyers. With highly legible text and bright color, this device is worth the thought. Though its photo printing quality is not that impressive, I think it’s forgivable.
- High capacity of input tray
This machine features a 250-sheet input tray capacity. With such an amount of paper capacity, you don’t have to reload paper very often. Especially if your office has low to medium print volume, this tray capacity is more than adequate.
- Relatively low print cost
The OfficeJet Pro 9018 can help save your budgets. Thanks to four separated ink cartridges that give more yields that promote affordable running costs. This is what you need to grow the business.
HP OfficeJet Pro 9018 Cons
- Single input source
As with its sibling, this printer does not bring a bypass tray. It means you only have a single input source aside from the ADF. However, this can be acceptable especially if you don’t really need alternative paper input.
- Lack of borderless photo printing for ADF
Do you expect to print borderless printing using an auto document feeder? Sorry to say that this function is not available in the 9018. The duplexer does not support borderless photo printing so it may be a little disappointing.
Well, I strongly believe that the HP OfficeJet Pro 9018 is a great office printer to support your work. This printer brings a handful of features to make your printing task much easier. It comes with ADF that supports duplex printing, copying, and scanning. Besides, it offers low running costs as well as high output quality. Not to mention it has a high input tray capacity to promote work efficiency.
If you are looking for a durable printer with an attractive design and robust construction, the Pro 9018 can meet your needs. Though it offers a single input source and lacks duplex borderless printing, this machine can serve well in your office.