The OfficeJet 8730 as a 5-in-1 AIO: It can print, copy, scan, fax, and connect to the web. While nearly all of today’s networkable printers access the web, and many support web apps for streamlining functions and creating one-touch workflow profiles, interestingly, only HP elevates this ability to a top-level function equal to printing and copying—for what that’s worth.Compared with most inkjet competitors (many entry-level and midrange color laser AIOs are also direct competitors, but they tend to be larger and heavier than the average comparable inkjet) the OfficeJet 8730 is somewhat of a beast. It measures 16.2 by 19.7 by 16.2 inches (HWD) and weighs a stout 40.1 pounds. That’s several inches smaller and 20 pounds lighter than the Epson WF-4720, and Canon’s Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One (another Editors’ Choice) is smaller still and nearly 23 pounds lighter.
The OfficeJet 8730’s spacious 4.3-inch color touch screen, which, aside from a handful of navigation buttons, such as Home, Back, Cancel, and a Wi-Fi status LED, comprises the entire control panel. The display has large, easy-to-poke icons, swipe navigation, and, well, it’s just downright simple to operate. You can also access, configure, view, and print reports, check consumables, and do most everything else from the built-in secure SSL (HTTPS) web site.
Third-party connectivity consists of Apple AirPort, Apple AirPort Express, Apple AirPort Extreme, Apple AirPort Time Capsule, and Mopria.Name a connectivity method, and the OfficeJet 8730 most likely supports it: starting with Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and connecting to a single PC via USB. You also get two peer-to-peer network protocols, Wi-Fi Direct (or “Wireless Direct,” as HP dubs its version) and near-field communication (NFC) for connecting your smartphone or tablet to the AIO without any of the devices being connected to a LAN or a router.
The overall output of the OfficeJet 8730 isn’t quite laser quality, but it churned out near typesetter-quality text and impressive-looking photos. Its business graphics output contained a few minor flaws; in a small number of our PowerPoint handouts and Excel charts, I saw some minor banding, but not enough to mar the document. The only serious banding I noticed was in a full-page handout where a background gradient gradually merges from green to black, but then many of the AIOs and printers we’ve tested have trouble reproducing that slide.