HP OfficeJet 6978 Wireless Printer Review

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Updated June 27, 2022

No one wants to spend their hard-earned money, replacing ink cartridges all the time for their home office printer. That’s why you should always be on the lookout for the best ink efficient printer available at your desired price. The HP OfficeJet 6978 Wireless Printer is going to fulfill the needs of all the budget-conscious shoppers out there. And the seamless setup process on mac OS also makes it one of the best printers for Mac OS available out there.

Related: In case you want to check other cheap models, read the HP Officejet 4650 review

Why We Like It – HP OfficeJet 6978 Wireless Printer

The HP OfficeJet 6978 Wireless Printer is a superb inkjet printer available at an even better price point. It is more than four years old at this point, and it has been marked down quite a bit over the years. Even if you find this printer at a low price in used condition, it is a printer that is worth checking out.

  • Two months of free HP Instant Ink subscription
  • The straightforward setup process
  • Automatic two sided printing (Print Scan)
  • Print speed is not that great

Related: Also check the HP Officejet Pro 8035 review


Print speed is not the strong suit of the HP OfficeJet 6978 Wireless Printer (even in color black). And it’s evident that while designing this printer HP did not keep high print speed in mind. It’s made for putting out professional quality prints, not for volume. And for that reason, HP doesn’t even advertise a proper ISO pages per minute print speed number for it. For more print speed, you need to get something like the Brother INKvestment MFC-J985DW instead.

Print Quality

Now coming to the print quality, the max copy resolution you can select is about 1200 x 600 DPI. You might be thinking that it’s not much at all. Yes, you might not get very detailed photo-quality prints, but you can still get professional quality documents out of it. Professional quality paperworks don’t really need a very high DPI; even 600 DPI is just fine for that use case. But the color representation is very accurate and vivid. Still, if you really need higher copy resolution, go for the Canon PIXMA G5020 MegaTank Inkjet Printer.


Power efficiency is great, and the ink efficiency is even better on this printer. On top of that, it’s an HP Instant Ink ready printer. And you get two months’ worth of a free subscription of HP Instant Ink subscription. However, you’ll find finishing included ink cartridges within two months cumbersome, no matter how much you print.

Advanced Features

Even though it’s more than four years old, it does have all the modern features one might expect from a new inkjet printer. And for mobile printing, you can sign up at hp.com and use WiFi to connect your mobile devices. The Brother INKvestment MFC-J985DW is another inkjet printer that has all of these features at a cheaper price.


Value-wise the HP OfficeJet 6978 Wireless Printer is pretty good right now. It launched at a decent enough price for the time over four years ago. But over the years, it kept on getting marked down by HP. Currently, you can pick it up used, at just over a benjamin.

HP OfficeJet 6978 Wireless Printer Wrap Up

The HP OfficeJet 6978 is a great printer for everyone who needs professional quality prints. If you are buying it for your professional workspace, especially your home office, you won’t regret your purchase.

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