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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 114 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A New Take on Printing and it's Cute

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    RBrylawski
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    I think I like this compact and cool Tango X printer from Hewlett Packard. I say I think, because to be honest, it’s pretty radically different from any home printer I’ve owned or used. First the Good: · It’s really small. A lot of printers, including the one I was using, but is now sitting in a closet, are much larger. · It’s cute. It really is. It’s pretty quiet too and even has a more quiet mode. · If you get the Tango X (as opposed to the Tango), it comes with a cool binder sort of case, which all I can liken it to is a very large book binder. When the printer isn’t being used and you’d prefer to have your printer look well, less like a printer, you just lower the paper holder top and close the binder (which also serves as a paper tray for pages as they print). And voila, there sitting on your desk is something that looks like a big book. · It prints well (albeit slower than many printers, but just the same, everything I’ve printed looked great. · It’s “App” based. This means no more worrying about downloading printer drivers. Ever. Just download the HP Smart App to your phone (or computer – more on that below), set up an account, connect via Wifi and you’re ready to print. · You can print from anywhere in the world as long as you’re connected to your phone or tablet. · It works as an AirPrint printer (Apple iOS speak) which was seamless. · You can choose a Skill with Alexa or Google Assistant and just say, “Alexa, ask my printer to print (insert what you want printed - like a grocery list) and it really does. · It scans – Well sort of (more on that too). The OK, I’m Not So Sure: · Setting up with your phone or tablet is really the way to go with this. Setting up your home computer isn’t as easy. We use Windows 10 at home. You go out to the Windows Store, Search for HP, then the Smart App, download it, sign in, then you need to connect the printer. It walks you through finding the printer, but that in itself wasn’t easy or intuitive. It kept finding a printer which wasn’t the right one, but was a Tango and it took a call to HP to figure it out. Now, that was on a Dell PC. This being an HP Printer, my HP Laptop of course connected via the HP Smart App instantly. With a bit of effort, I now have two iPhones, two iPads a Dell PC and a HP Laptop all connected and printing. · Scanning: This printer doesn’t “actually” scan. It uses the App on your smart phone or tablet to take a picture of what you want to scan, then you print the “scan” from your phone or computer. I’d prefer to be able to place a document in the printer, have the printer scan it and then send it to my computer or email. · This is not a printer for someone who prints a lot. There is no traditional paper tray. You can load about 50 sheets in the top of the machine, but if you do and you think you’ll print from outside the home, that means you can’t use the cool book binder thingy or it won’t print. · It’s not a fast printing printer. If you need speed, this isn’t the printer for you. · As an addition to this, the print cartridges are small and there are only two, which is kind of good. One for colors, one for black. At the time of setup, you can join the HP cartridge replacement program where you put a credit card on account, based on your anticipated printing volume, and the printer keeps track of how many pages you’ve printed and determines when you’ll need new cartridges, which they send to you, for a fixed monthly fee. I’m not a heavy printer at home, so I am now paying $2.50/month for approximately 50 pages/month. We’ll see how this really works out. All in all, I think this is a great first attempt at a totally App controlled, able to work with Digital Assistants (Alexa-Google etc,), print from anywhere in the world which actually looks good printer. If you’d like to have a truly “smart” printer, that takes up very little space, that actually looks good by itself, but even better when cloaked in its book binder case and you don’t have high volume print needs, this is the printer for you. If you have high volume print needs and you need something that prints fast, this isn’t the printer for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Knick-knack shelf, decent printer.

    Posted
    aarondr
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    I honestly haven’t had an inject in a long time. I went laser back in the mid-2000’s and haven’t looked back. The HP Tango X was an interesting product for several reasons: It was compact, blended in with decor, and offered the ability to print photos on photo paper. With kids around, we’ve been enjoying swapping out photos more now, and not having to run to Walgreens or CVS to pick up photos seemed like a plus. First of all, let me tell you what this printer isn’t. It isn’t full of features, screens, and buttons. In fact, there is hardly any buttons on it. The only thing you’ll find is a ‘info’ button that is a multi-function button (although on the back you’ll find a power and wireless button). There isn’t even a USB port, just Wi-Fi (dual band even!). This printer has traded a tiny LCD screen for an array of LEDs. These essentially put on a light show while printing, and are ostensibly part of the voice-activated computing movement which tends towards LEDs blinking to send messages to your eyeballs avoiding letters. In fact the HP Tango X is marketed as being voice activated, which is a bit of a misnomer IMHO as there is no microphone or native voice activation. What that means, being translated from the marketing speak, is that it has integration w/ Alexa and Google Home through - of all things SMTP (I.e. email). Yep, you setup the integration by printing an info page which the print uses to share it’s email address, which you input into the app by hand. Yes, you heard that right: Alexa integration via hard copy of an email address. Who says HP’s printer division is stuck in the past? Ok, fun aside, what is this printer? It is a minimalist, focused, quiet, modern looking printer. Let’s talk about looks. It’s a compact, printer that comes w/ a fabric case. Yep it can double as a knick-knack shelf when not in use. This is a nod to the fact that it’s an occasional use device. Just like elliptical machines should come with extra racks for hanging clothing off of, the Tango X allows you to stack stuff on it safely. The case allows it to blend into a living room environment and is part of HPs new design language that I was first exposed to when reviewing the HP Wave computer. It’s nice and allows you to forget about the technology when not using it. Setup was relatively easy, you plug it in, put the cartridges in, do a little dance in the app, and ‘wala a calibration page followed by a info page print. Build quality is nice for being so light and the lights and speaker do a good job of providing feedback and feel very ‘Alexa-ish’ if that’s a thing. There is a definite focus on non-textual/screen feedback on the device, and it’s a breath of fresh air. Printers have gotten overly complicated in many ways, and it’s good to see the HP Tango X take it in a different direction for the home user. Once setup, I had no problems using Alexa to do things like print my shopping list, or print coloring pages for the kiddos. These are real, helpful, and insightful features. How much of this is HP and how much is the ecosystem for Alexa is the question that I haven’t answered. In either case, I’m pleased with the idea/concept. There is a significant delay between the request and print (about 30 seconds) - I’m not sure how much of that is Alexa, SMTP (if that truly is used), or just the printer warming up. All I know is, it annoys my wife (as she’s said, she’s almost moved on completely by the time the printer prints what she requested). Of course you’ll find AirPrint and Cloud Print capabilities here as well. As far as printing goes: the quality is quite good if not great, the speed is adequate, and the ink is well, ink. It bleeds if exposed to fluids, which are plentiful w/ toddlers. I did find text to be extremely sharp, and high quality. I was initially worried when I saw the calibration sheet, but it must have been printed using the draft quality, as the standard quality is very nice. Photos are good, if not great, but still better than what you’ll get from a color laser. They do have a tendency to be a bit tacky, but such is the world of inkjet. I never found the speed overly problematic, it isn’t as fast as some printers, but if anything I’d say the trade-off is related to quietness of operation. This printer is darn near dead silent. That took me by surprise, as the last inkjet I had was loud, did a 2 minute dance before printing, and printed a sloppy mess. What you get in the Tango X is decades of refinement of the inkjet ‘way’. The engineering shows. Another place where the engineering shows is the ink cartridges. Not only are they check for authenticity, but they have about 5 drops of ink in them each. Of course I’m being hyperbolic here, but there is about 10-15 photos in here. After printing about 4 photos, 2 coloring sheets and maybe 4-5 black and white text sheets the black ink showed around 80% and the color 50% per color. Again, I’m not super surprised by this, but printers like these almost need subscription plans for ink… oh wait - guess what is hard marketed on the box, the printer, and the app? Ink subscriptions! Now I have a bit of a bias when it comes to subscription plans for consumables. Inkjets were always known for the high cost per page, and I’d guess the cost per page here is no different. The HP Tango X does offer the ability to print (from your phone only) 10 free photos per month (5x7 maximum). Other than that, you choose your ink plan based on how many pages per month starting around 50. While that is pitiful for an office workload, it might be perfectly fine for a home workload. You get charged overages, with an additional 10 pages costing $1. If you can budget your printing properly this is pretty good - especially considering that replacement cartridges are about $36. This means if you get the $3 a month plan you’d have to only go through 1 set of cartridges a year. So it actually makes sense to a degree as long as you can keep track of your usage. You can scale the printer plan all the way up to 300 pages/mo for $10. Just in case you see the feature, this is just a printer, not a scanner. You can ‘scan’ from your phone using the app and your phone’s camera. Still is isn’t as quick nor as foolproof as a flatbed or ADF. However for a space conscious occasional user, it probably is perfect. Which brings me to a pseudo analysis of what this printer is: A ‘post-printer’ printer. Ok, hang with me here, but what we essentially have here is a printer, that masquerades as knick-knack shelf (w/ the case flipped over). It’s competent and quiet, it offers features that it alone cannot deliver but instead assumes a smartphone to augment it. It removes almost all of the traditional printer selling features, and comes with a subscription plan for ink that starts in the tens of pages per month realm. This is a printer that actually does a decent job of blending into a room (think small apartment or flat) and thinks beyond the USB cable (haha WiFi only!). It recognizes that many people print very little, and when they do it’s from their phone on the run (boarding pass, coupon, photo they just took, homework, etc). It’s forward looking at how people will use voice computing to do things like print their shopping list, random coloring sheet etc. The reality is, it’s a printer for people who don’t want a printer (at least not in the traditional sense) but still need to print occasionally. Here it executes well - even if a bit pricey for such a mundane assignment. Now back to our original use case - occasional printing use of photos of kids. Here it does a pretty good job. My wife was hoping for something a bit smaller, but this printer does a good job at photos. We’re going to finish off the starter cartridges and see how the replacements last once we get them, but this is not a poor man’s game. You can get many more photos w/ better quality from a professional printer at your local drug store. I still espouse lasers for everything but photos, and have a 80lb laser in my home office to prove it. But there is no question that if the traditional home printer is to survive in a digital first world it must adapt, and the Tango X feels quite a bit like that future. Just be ready to subscribe.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive & Compact Home Printer

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    CriticalEye
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    My initial impression was that this is a very minimalist, attractive looking printer. It’s definitely geared for home or home office. The appealing wrap-around linen cover makes it look like a large book of some sort when it’s not in use. The Tango X works best with phones & tablets and not desktop computers. I attempted to print from my desktop without success. Before setup, it’s best to download the HP App and create an HP Connected Account. Initial setup didn’t go perfectly according to the instructions, but it was still largely painless. Most print jobs are surprisingly fast and crisp looking, with one exception. Printing a full page black & white photo took so long, I stepped away and had plenty of time to make a cup of coffee. The Smart App is very helpful & will also let you know when paper or ink is low. The only negative: there is no USB port or other way of connecting directly to a device. So, if there is a connectivity issue with WiFi, you’re down for the count. Also, a minor issue, but the little tag with the HP logo on the linen cover has a tendency to catch on print jobs which causes a back-up on the following pages. Overall however, this is a good choice for a home printer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Futurizing

    Posted
    sollyp
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    This printer really does look nice. It is small and easy to carry around. It looks modernistic with its cover. When not in use, you can just fold it in the cover and it doesn't take up that much space. It is definitely just nice to look at. However, it has alot more going for it. First off, it prints. That is it's primary function and it does it well. One thing you should know, it is slower than other printers. Its purpose is a home printer. It is not meant to print out large quantities or do it very fast. It has a 50 sheet input and 20 sheet output capacity. However, a school paper? Or some office document? No problem. Now what I mean by futurizing is that it is able to print from any device whether it be computer, tablet, or phone via wifi. It is able to connect to the online assistants (Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant) and get things printed. It is an addition to the smart home trend and fits well into that system. It can "scan" by taking pictures and turning that scan into a document. Now this is definitely a useful feature to have but I would not call it a true "scan" feature. Setting up the app on devices like tablets and phones was fairly easy. However, setting up on the computer was a bit more difficult than I anticipated. It works differently in that it isn't just a plug and print. This printer also tries to have a new approach to buying printer ink by having a subscription service. There are fairly cheap plans that start at 3$ a month to 10$ a month. I'm not entirely sold on this plan as my printer needs vary month to month but I do think that it could be an affordable way given the cost of printer ink. Only time will tell if this subscription based system works well. All in all, I think this a great attempt at integrating a printer into the smart home environment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's Good, but...

    Posted
    Cipher469
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    The Good: The Tango X is a nice printer that operates wirelessly and is compact enough for easy portability. For a printer, one could even say it’s attractive in appearance, and comes with a grey “bookbinder” cover, adding to its cuteness. Via a downloadable app, it prints documents and photos in b&w and color from your smart phone, tablet, etc. In addition, it is purported to be Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana compatible. The paper tray has a 50 page capacity. Setup is very easy right out of the box. Download the HP Smart app, plug printer into an outlet, install the two ink cartridges, load paper, and let the app instructions guide you through the Bluetooth connection. You are ready to print! Printing is not fast, but is OK, and is fairly quiet. Document print quality is very good. The Not So Good: Photo print quality is just OK. Colors are a bit flat, rather than vivid, especially when compared to other HP printers with which I am familiar. As to using voice commands for printing, that is unsuccessful so far! My Amazon Alexa recognizes the Tango, and sends items to print; however, nothing prints! Searching HP’s site is of no help. The price is a bit steep, as compared to other HP printers that provide additional functions. Bottom Line: The Tango X is a nice portable printer. It is wireless, easy to set up, has some nice features, and prints documents well. Voice command and photo printing are not done so well. HP makes a number of fine printers; and, given the shortcomings and pricing of this one, I would not recommend it to a friend.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Built nicely!

    Posted
    CoppinFam
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    In the box is the printer, a cover, the power cord and an additional small pack of photo paper. Overall, I love this product. I love the sleekness and the portability. The printer is lighter weight then the normal printer copy scan and it will easily fit in a back or a wide laptop bag. I did put the printer in a wide laptop tote/bag and was not able to keep the flap around it because it was too big. Connectivity and setup is a breeze. When you open the printer flap, there is an information (i) button, press it and it will print out the Printer Information Page. On this page, it shows you how to directly connect to the printer to print ANYWHERE! (To print additional network information and to solve any wireless problems, press and hold the information button for 3 seconds until all lights are lit, and then press the information button and the Resume button at the same time.) Download the HP Smart app and add the printer for even more options. Printer quality is excellent. I was able to a school note and a spreadsheet for work pretty quickly! Just pull the paper adjuster and resize to 8x11 or 4x6 photo paper. Overall, I love this printer and I would definitely buy again. I would definitely recommend to students or anyone that uses a printer frequently and this would even be nice at a family function to take a photo home! I love this option because not only does it print out photos but you can also print out documents as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    nice hidden printer

    Posted
    ravedave
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    I have been wanting a new printer for a while, and its always so hard to choose one. My old canon, you cant buy the ink for anymore at a store. This is much more compact than my old printer/scanner. You have to download the app first, there is a HP app called HP smart you need. Make sure you choose the correct app from the store. I set up my wifi network from the app (so easier to type in the wifi password than using the printer). The printer comes with a single black and a single multi color cartridge. I printed a test pdf. It came out decent, not great. it took less time to load and print from my old canon printer. I did have some bleed I did not have previously. You cant really scan with this so that is disappointment. if you use the included cover you can not leave paper in it, so you can add a print to the que when you get home and set it all back up. there is no paper hold for when it prints. There is an ink subscription you can get. I did not try the smart assistant ( I have siri) Pro: easy setup small footprint much quieter than older printers love the cover to hide the printer I can print right from my iPhone cons: if you use the linen cover you cant keep paper loaded once it has printed, the paper needs a flat surface, no tray is included no true scanned noticeably slow no siri support

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Welcome Small-Sized, Quality Output Printer

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    JBCTECH
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    The HP TangoX Printer is a welcome offering for those looking for a small form-factor with quality output. It comes with a mat that doubles as a sort-of protective carrier. Also, the notifications that come via colored lights are attractive and have a ‘modern’ feel. Initial setup couldn’t have been easier using the HPSmart app (all platforms). I was up and printing in less than 5 minutes. However, when I moved it to my office and needed to connect it to the WiFi there, I encountered a process that was not intuitive. Expecting to use the app to reset the wifi for the unit, I discovered that there is no feature for doing that via the HPSmart app. In order to reset the wifi, you have to hold a small button below the larger power button on the back of the printer. It is not easy to see or find. Essentially, you have to go through a process similar to the initial setup. Once I understood the process, it worked fine, but it feels very unintuitive for a printer that presents itself as being built for mobility. I believe this could be addressed in future software updates and hope that HP makes it possible to do this process thru the app. This is a handy printer and was put to good use immediately. I only gave it 4 stars because of the issue (mentioned above) relating to changing the wifi setting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool printer, but won't replace a full feature one

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    MIXMASTERICE
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    This is a really cool, compact printer that works well with say a phone or tablet. Everything is fairly seamless and handy. It does print a little slow and you can't pre-load a large amount of paper like a traditional printer. There also isn't a scanner on this one, but considering it's size and target audience, that's kind of to be expected. You can take a pic from your phone or tablet of what you want to print and it will work that way. Connecting to a PC isn't as seamless. It's kind of a hassle and for PC users this probably won't be what you want to use as an everyday printer. There's no screen and no way to connect it physically to a PC and lacks physical buttons for actions. This is more of a niche product aimed at phone/tablet users, so for what it is it does pretty well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good printer for home use

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    Samson
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    Setup was pretty easy using my phone and the app based setup system. I tried the "scanning" feature-basically you take a photo of a document with your phone and it can print from that. It worked like it should, I was impressed with that... but no "real" scanning capabilities that you may be used to. Print speeds were not that fast, but that is what I expected for a printer this small and compact. Its not marketed as a printer for an office or business setting. It will work perfect when used in the home or home office. Overall, it has a small footprint and is an attractive looking printer, especially with the cover on... When the cover is on it that makes you think its not really a printer... it almost looks like a smart speaker similar to Amazon echo or Google Home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gave this as gift

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    aliasN
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    I gave this printer as a gift to my parents. They were able to set it up on their own, and they don't seem to have a problem with it. It doesn't take up that much space so they can put it anywhere they need. It also works with their older cell phones. Overall good buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very practical and easy to use.

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    Herschel
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    You can print from multiple devices. Pairing is done thru the phone itself as long as both the phone and printer is on the same network. Printing quality is very good. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because it doesn't do scanning. But I have an app for this on my phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great printer

    Posted
    XVR7
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    Works with any mobile device (as well as computers that connect wirelessly and iPod touch) You might need to go onto YouTube and Search for this printer on how to set it up. You need the HP App and account in order to print. After that, it has great pictures.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great size and has potential.

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    Pcoste
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    I purchased this printer specifically because it isn’t supposed to need WiFi for hook up, but I stills haven’t been able to figure it out. I will need to call tech support when I get a chance. I haven’t given up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Design

    Posted
    Fivel75
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    Bought it because of the design. When not in use very inconspicuous, my guests didnt even know it was a printer. Dont print too much so small cartridges are sufficient. (200 sheets blk, 100 sheets color).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great printer!

    Posted
    Jackie
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    Great printer. Very modern. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars is because there are issues with connectivity on a Windows 8 laptop. I’m planning on updating my laptop soon anyway but it was a downer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great printer

    Posted
    Jason
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    This is a really good printer looks really nice and print really good pictures my only gripe is sometimes it’s get disconnected from my wifi and it’s really a pain trying to fix it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to hide

    Posted
    SusanPA
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    When it's closed up, you don't even know it's there. Very discrete. The only problem I have is that it is supposed to scan, but there is't any way to scan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, affordable, convenient

    Posted
    Alexmd48
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    The printer produces good quality, fast results. The only downside is there is no “catchall” for the completed paper. Just sort of spits it out. Other than that, I love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    overall a nice looking printer

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    lllljjjjdddaaaa
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    very sleek design, the only downside I would say is that using the phone scanner is a bit of a hassle and the scanned quality isn’t the best

    I would recommend this to a friend