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How HP measures inkjet printing speed

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HP inkjet print speed specifications cover various types of printing. For example, 4 x 6-inch color photo print speed tests are very different from 8.5 x 11-inch black text document tests. Below are explanations of various types of printing and the speed testing methodology for each one.

Draft Mode:

Plain Paper Text:

Testing is conducted with the printer in draft or fastdraft mode (depending on the printer) and single-sided printing, unless otherwise specified. Text tests are conducted using Microsoft Word. The average ink coverage of the test pages with black and color text is approximately 4 percent of the printable area (excludes margins).

  • Black Text, Color Text (up to PPM)
    • Tests do not include or measure processing time, which will vary depending upon the computer configuration, image, software, and connectivity. Timing begins when the first sheet lands in the output tray and ends when the last sheet lands in the output tray.
Photo:

Testing is conducted with the printer in draft or fastdraft mode (depending on the printer), unless otherwise specified. Photo tests are conducted using the picture viewer software included with the Windows operating system and 4 x 6-inch HP Advanced Photo Paper, unless otherwise specified. Ink coverage is equal to 100 percent of the printable area of the photo paper in bordered mode, unless otherwise specified.

  • Seconds per Color Photo (as fast as)
    • Tests do not include or measure processing time, which will vary depending upon the computer configuration, image, software, and connectivity. Timing begins when the first sheet lands in the output tray and ends when the last sheet lands in the output tray.
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Default, Best Mode, and ISO:

Plain Paper:

Tests are conducted in default mode and single-sided printing, unless specified otherwise, using mixed content printed from Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Reader. The average ink coverage of the test pages is approximately 11 percent of the printable area (excludes margins). Black tests are conducted with the driver set to print black ink only. A warm up page is sent to the printer prior to starting testing.

  • ISO/IEC 24734 (up to PPM)
    • ISO/IEC 24734 is an international standard for measuring the productivity of both inkjet and laser printers in default mode. Tests do not include or measure processing time, which will vary depending upon the computer configuration, image, software, and connectivity. Timing excludes the first set of test documents. See ISO/IEC 24734 page for more information
  • Black and Color PPM (up to PPM)
    • Tests do not include or measure processing time, which will vary depending upon the computer configuration, image, software, and connectivity. Timing excludes the first set of test documents.
  • Black and Color First Page Out (as fast as)
    • Timing begins with pressing "OK" in the print dialog box and ends when the first sheet lands in the output tray. Tests do include and measure processing time.


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Photo:

Tests are conducted in default mode, unless otherwised specified, using the picture viewer software included with the Windows operating system and 4 x 6-inch HP Advanced Photo Paper unless otherwise specified. Ink coverage is equal to 100 percent of the printable area of the photo paper in borderless mode, unless otherwise specified. A warm up page is sent to the printer prior to starting testing.

  • Seconds Per Color Photo (as fast as)
    • Tests do not include or measure processing time, which will vary depending upon the computer configuration, image, software, and connectivity. Timing begins when the first sheet lands in the output tray and ends when the last sheet lands in the output tray.


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Test Conditions and Equipment Used:

Printing speed tests are run in a normal office environment using the default driver included with the printer unless otherwise specified. Plain paper testing is conducted using A4 paper, unless otherwise specified. Multiple tests are conducted to confirm the accuracy of the speed measurement. PPM may be rounded down. For example, if the test resulted in an average PPM of 27.4, HP may specify 27 PPM. Seconds may be rounded up. For example if a test resulted in an average of 14.5 seconds, HP may specify 15 seconds.

As of January 1, 2014, for HP Deskjet, HP ENVY, and HP Photosmart products, HP uses a notebook PC that includes an AMD Turion processor, 2.0 GHz, using Microsoft Windows 7 and a USB connection, unless specified otherwise. As of January 1, 2014, for HP Officejet, HP Officejet Pro and HP Officejet Pro X products, HP uses a desktop PC that includes an Intel Core i7, 3.4 GHz, using Microsoft Windows7 and a USB connection, unless otherwise specified. Print speed is affected by many factors, such as computer configuration, operating system, software, connectivity, document complexity, and finishing options such as two sided printing. If the printer is on a network, or trying to join for a network, print speed may vary. Print speed may vary with paper manufacturer, type, and size. If multiple input trays are available, all testing is done using the main input tray, unless otherwise specified. Speed tests for copying and printing directly from a memory card are tested in a similar manner as specified above. If required, a software interface is used to set the quality and/or the number of copies. Copy speed tests are done without the use of an automatic document feeder, unless otherwise specified.

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