Looking like the offspring from a mating session between an ink-jet and a fax machine, the OfficeJet 630 takes paper from the rear and features a control panel with numeric keys. A one-line LCD panel displays unit status, and easy-to-spot buttons allow for efficient monochrome copying and faxing even when the attached computer is turned off. The unit's built-in fax includes ports to attach a phone or answering machine and, as it supports distinctive-ring service, you can receive faxes on the same line as your telephone.
Paper handling is worry free due to the almost straight through-path. We didn't experience any jams during testing, although the unit did fail to grab the next sheet in the stack at times. One feature we found nice was the single-envelope slot that let us print quick envelopes without having to remove the standard stock paper. For precious photos or thin originals, the OfficeJet comes with a scanning sleeve to ensure safe and straight feeding.
We set up the unit without a problem; however, the software installation was rather confusing with its various setup programs and system reboots. In addition to drivers, the unit comes with Caere OmniPage LE OCR software, Corel Print and Photo House, and StarFish Software's Sidekick 2.0 and Sidekick 97 for a nice application bundle. The unit performed well in OCR, printing, and faxing tasks, although the unit's photographic output quality was a bit grainier than some of HP's dedicated ink-jet printers.
Once installed, the HP OfficeJet 630 is a well-rounded desktop companion that delivers excellent small-office value for the price.
- Integrated fax hardware
- Easy-to-use control panel
- Generous software bundle
- Moderate-quality photographic prints
- Relatively slow copy speeds