HP Tango X Review

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Updated November 15, 2022
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For the best printers, you never have to look far for one that’s all-in-one. However, they’ll often come with features that are unnecessary for home printers. If you need an all-in-one printer that’s compact, quiet, and affordable—we present to you the HP Tango X. It handles printing documents when you need them, though it is exceptional when it comes to printing photos.

Related: If you would rather buy a more portable printer, check the HP Sprocket Studio review

Why We Like It – HP Tango X

The HP Tango X is a strange all-in-one printer that marries smart home technology to printers, while keeping its design compact and affordable with an incredible ink subscription.

Pros
  • Great performance for pricing
  • Competitive ink pricing with Instant Ink
  • Can be controlled with voice
Cons
  • Extra steps for scanning and copying
  • Borderless printing is limited to 5×7

Related: Check a different portable printer in this Kodak Mini 2 HD Wireless Portable Mobile Instant Photo Printer review

Performance

The print quality is unsurprisingly superb. This is HP, after all. While it does a great job printing documents and even has a nice 50-page paper tray, it really shines with photo printing; photo prints have never looked better. If you need a printer dedicated to photography, this Tango printer is where it’s at—especially when you toss in high-quality photo paper and are on a budget. With that said, borderless printing is limited to 5×7. That doesn’t mean you can’t print photos larger than that—you absolutely can—but they’ll have borders.

Printing speed is around 11 pages for monochrome and 8 pages per minute for colored. Although, if you need faster print speed, you’ll want to check out the OfficeJet Pro 9015, which can do 22 PPM. For personal use, that’s great, but for a business? Not so much. If that’s what you’re looking for, the Brother HL-L2300D is better for business.

Design

You might be wondering where the scanner and copier are. Excluding both has reduced the overall size of the HP Tango X by a significant amount, but has added extra steps to scanning and copying. So how does it get away with being an all-in-one printer? By making your smartphone (or tablet) the scanner and copier.

If you like this multi-functional printer, you’ll want to read our Canon Maxify MB5420 review.

Because the HP Tango X is a smart printer, it can connect to your Wi-Fi. You can then control your smart home printer through apps like Google Home, the HP Smart app, and even Alexa. If you don’t care for the lack of dedicated scanning and copying, check out the HP OfficeJet 5255 or the HP DeskJet 9800.

Value

The HP Tango X Wireless Printer didn’t wow us with its performance in terms of print speeds, but that’s only if you view it through the lens of a high-traffic environment. The HP Tango X is not meant for an office, but for personal use only. That’s where its value is.

Its value is further compounded when you throw in an HP Instant Ink subscription. You’ll get ink cartridges sent to you when the printer’s ink reaches a certain level. If you nab the highest subscription package (300 pages per month at $9.99/monthly), you’re spending about 3.5 cents for both monochrome and color pages, which also applies when you print photos. For such a high-quality print job, 3.5 cents a page is one killer deal. So, if you notice your printer skipping lines, there’s a good chance that it needs an ink replacement.

Another model by HP also has great ink-saving costs, which you can read about in our HP OfficeJet Pro 8620 E review.

HP Tango X Wrap Up

When you wield the HP Tango X, you get in return a printer with an awesome ink subscription that your voice can control. It handles documents well, but photos even better—provided you’re okay with borderless printing being limited to 5×7, and scanning/copying done by a smart device. Its performance, we think, makes up for it.

And, if you’re interested in three more top-line printers, check out the HP DeskJet 2622 printer, LaserJet ProMFP M227 FDW, and the Epson F570.

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