HP Officejet Pro 9025 replaces HP Officejet Pro 8720, which was launched three years ago. It embraces a monolithic, white/dark gray design with sharp edges and a clear move away from the smoother, pebble-like design of its predecessor. As part of the redesign, HP claimed it saved space. There is a considerable difference between the 9025 and the 8720, with the 9025 being up to 39% smaller.

The printer requires a significant amount of desk space to function as it measures 396 x 437mm, plus some extra space for the foldout paper tray. Despite its weight of 12Kg, the scanner lid requires around 60cm of vertical clearance (when opened). 

The HP designers chose a minimalist approach: the LCD touch display has been shrunk; it is bright, responsive, and not very large (6.75 cm diagonally), which can make it difficult to send requests.

The status lights and power button are located on the top, and a single USB port is located at the bottom for attaching external storage devices. A USB 2.0 port and two RJ11 modem ports are located at the back. There is a pop-out paper tray for catching printed material, as well as two input paper trays: one standard A4 (250 sheets) and one multi-purpose (250 sheets).

Print speed and quality

When it comes to print speed, you should be cautious. How you print depends on what you print, how you attach to your printer, what kind of computer you have, what you are printing from, and what’s happening in your background (and a host of other factors). In addition, there are parameters such as print resolution and quality.

It supports 26ppm (black), 20ppm (color), and 39ppm (draft), and its maximum resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi in black and color and 4800 x 1200 dpi on HP Advanced photo paper. HP’s marketing literature mentions buzzwords like rendered and optimized, which may be an indication that something has been tweaked.

In terms of the monthly duty cycle and recommended monthly page volume, the first page is out as fast as 9/10 for black and color prints.

Our printer started the process of printing four pages of photos in less than a minute, printing four pages in less than one minute. Standing right next to the printer we measured 64 dB of noise, and that was on the default setup. Additionally, the printer produces lateral vibrations. This is an important point that should not be overlooked.

When the print resolution is set to maximum and the best with photos option is chosen from the printer menu, the printing time increases dramatically. It took roughly 4:15 minutes to print the four pages after the first one was printed in the 91st second.

Office documents are what make the printer most useful, it isn’t a photo printer. The first paper was printed in less than seven seconds after a five-page Google Docs document with 1866 words was printed in 22 seconds. I’m impressed!

Paper quality and print mode affect print quality, and there is an element of subjectivity involved in the process. Using the default print setting, we found some banding and slight muddying on normal paper. The results were not much better when the resolution was set to maximum because of the inherent characteristics of office printer paper. Because of the amount of ink projected on the A4 sheet, the printout was still slightly damp when put in the paper tray.

Scanning speed and quality

In black and white, the Officejet Pro 9250 can scan up to 24ppm (HP says) while scanning in color at up to 20ppm (HP says). An auto document feeder (ADF) for duplex documents is included, with a capacity of 35 sheets.

On Windows 10, using the HP Smart app with default settings (150 dpi, single sheet, medium compression, output to PDF), we scanned our example set of documents (old bank statements) in 156 seconds. This is a speed of about 27 ppm or 36 sheets per minute; very good. This is more than the theoretical limit of 35 sheets, and we’re pretty sure you will be able to scan 40 sheets without much difficulty.

It can be saved as PDF, JPEG, or TIFF. Scanning can be done to email, folders, SharePoint, or thumb drives from the multifunction printer. Also, you can upload them to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more

Features worth mentioning

This printer is powered by a dual-core processor and has 512MB of memory; its wireless capabilities go up to 802.11n and it is compatible with several mobile printing standards (e.g., AirPrint).

In the Officejet Pro 9025, Smart Tasks is hailed as one of its standout features. HP claims that it can reduce a task’s completion time by half with these routines, scripts, and macros. 

It also incorporates some security features normally found in business laptops, like automatic firmware recovery (self-healing BIOS), firmware integrity/secure boot, run-time integrity, and automatic firmware update, in order to reduce the risk of BIOS tampering by third parties. As a further security measure, the device has built-in secure WiFi direct as well as WPA Enterprise Wi-Fi encryption.

It includes the ability to set access rules and control the onboard firewall, which is useful for large offices, multiple users, or system administrators. Because of its inherent complexity, however, it is likely to be rejected by non-technical users.

Pros Cons
Apps work well Smart Tasks don’t sync
Clean, likable design Smaller display
Front USB No NFC
Pretty fast (printing and scanning).

Conclusion

Even within a review, product comparisons are necessarily snapshots in time, and this is why you, as readers, should ensure that you are comparing prices (e.g. promotional sales) and features (firmware updates) in your local region.

With regards to the HP Officejet Pro 9025, it is a very capable printer for small and medium businesses. It was expected that photo printing was not its forte and was not a speed champ, either. Overall, it meets and exceeds the expectations of its fans. Although we don’t like smart tasks too much, there can be certain use cases where they are useful.