HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 First Impressions

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Hardware, iOS, Mac and macOS, Mobile, Music + Videos, Windows 10 with 24 Comments

UPDATE: Apologies for any confusion here. The OfficeJet Pro lineup utilizes an inkjet-based printer, not a laser printer. –Paul

HP is overhauling its OfficeJet Pro lineup for small businesses, with a simpler and smaller new design, cloud and mobile app capabilities, and more. As a long-time user of HP’s LaserJet printers and OfficeJet all-in-ones, I was interested to see what a modern inkjet-based take on this kind of device looked like. And was not surprised to discover that HP had integrated some of the smart and connected functionality from its Tango line of home printers.

First up, the pricing, which is incredibly reasonable across the four models in the new OfficeJet Pro lineup. The entry-level OfficeJet Pro 8025 costs just $170 and provides fast (up to 20 pages per minute) printing, a 2.65-inch touchscreen interface, and a 225-page paper tray. The OfficeJet Pro 8035, at $200, adds color options—it can be had with basalt (gray), oasis (teal), or coral (pink) accents—a USB port, and an 8-month supply of ink.

The $230 OfficeJet Pro 9015 and $330 OfficeJet Pro 9025 am up the capabilities with faster printing (up to 24 ppm on the 9025), a no-edge, easily slide-off glass scanner plate, automatic 2-sided copies and scans, and, on the 9025 only, a single-pass, dual-sided, 35-page automatic document feeder, a smart output tray sensor, and a second, 250-sheet input tray.

Finally, at the high-end, the $400 OfficeJet Pro Premier provides a premium aluminum finish, a 2-year ink supply, and free, next-day exchanges during the first year of operation.

I’m reviewing the OfficeJet Pro 9025, and this thing is a monster. I’ve never experienced a printer that prints this quickly outside of a professional printing shop; it almost violently spits out each page in quick chunks of alacrity. It’s almost humorous how fast this thing prints.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Initial setup is relatively simple, at least once you stop overthinking things. If you’re used to the old-school ways in which one would connect a printer to a Windows-based PC, it’s time to step into the 21st century. Yes, you have to insert a few toner cartridges correctly, but the internal cage for the cartridges lines up perfectly when you turn on the printer, and it’s color coded and one-way to ensure success. And yes, you have to load paper into the first tray.

But beyond that, everything can handled through a mobile app—the same HP Smart app that the firm uses for that Tango printer—and it’s available on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. Beyond setting up Wi-Fi directly on the device using its touch-based display, you’re pretty much free to do everything from the app going forward. (Or, if printing, just use the native Windows or Mac print capabilities.)

And it’s awesome. As noted, the document printing speed is astonishing, especially if, like me, you’d been using an older printer/all-in-one for several years. When we moved to Pennsylvania, I left behind my old network-attached laser printer, but Stephanie still uses an older OfficeJet Pro for printing, scanning, and copying, and this new version leaves her outdated model in the dust.

But it’s not just the speed. The print quality is, of course, fantastic, with deep blacks for text and vibrant colors. You can load up to 500 sheets of paper via the two sheet trays, but the bigger deal, perhaps, is that each is big enough for a full ream of paper; my previous full-sized printer topped out at an awkward two-thirds of a ream. And, on the flip-side, the output paper tray has a sensor to ensure that it never becomes overloaded: when it’s full, the printing pauses until the paper is removed, and then it starts again automatically.

Beyond printing, I’ve tested document and photo scanning via both the top-mounted document feeder (which is only for documents) and the flatbed glass scanner. That latter scanner offers 1200 dpi photo scanning, which is fantastic. And a no-lip edge that is equally fantastic, as the item you’re scanning won’t get stuck on the glass, as is so often the case with other flatbed scanners.

I’ve also tested printing via my smartphone, which is still a new enough experience that it feels futuristic. Here, the HP Smart app lets you access your device’s storage or, for photos, services like Facebook and Instagram.

The OfficeJet 9025 works great, but it’s a handsome machine, too, if that makes sense for a large, mostly-white box. And while I didn’t get a color choice with the 9025, those who opt for the OfficeJet Pro 8035 can match their office or home décor if desired. (OK, I’d just choose gray. But still.)

I’ve only had the HP OfficeJet 9025 for a few days, and I will need at least a few weeks of experience—for the whole family, really, since my high school-aged daughter has emerged as the heaviest printer user this past year—to be sure. But based on this initial few days, its very reasonable pricing, and my two decades of experience with HP printers and all-in-ones, I feel really good about it already. This thing is amazing.

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25 responses to “HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 First Impressions”

  1. matsan

    I'm happy for you Paul, but it baffles me that you are still using ink.

  2. Breaker119

    i absolutely love my HP ink jet I purchased last year. I absolutely hate the racquet that HP runs for ink! It almost makes more sense to just buy a new printer whenever I need ink... If the waste didn't bother me.

  3. chrisrut

    Look forward to your updates as you go. Thanks.

  4. jreuter

    The Officejet Pro line of printers has used pigment-based inks since the 86xx models 5+ years ago (what I have, still working great). The pigment inks smear much less and deliver vastly better color accuracy, even on regular paper. You also get many (1500+) pages from each cartridge for normal document use. Older and cheaper printers use dye-based inks.


    HP first introduced the pigment inks on their huge roll printers, used for things like museum-quality art prints, along with more typical commercial graphic art uses.


    I would never buy another printer that did not use the pigment inks.

  5. vadalus

    Consistent user of HP printers. My main gripe with them is that the printing software they use is frequently deprecated even though the hardware is totally fine. I have had this happen multiple times on my Mac turning the multi-functional device into a simple dumb printer. Hopefully with the move away from TWAIN will help prevent the need to "totally rewrite" their printing / scanning drivers YET AGAIN.

  6. bassoprofundo

    I've owned HP's last few high-end OfficeJets, and I swear the ADFs are made out of cardboard, duct tape, and an elderly gerbil that attempts to spin the rollers. Every stinking one has been next to useless within 6 months of buying the printer. Mind you, I'm not talking about a true, small-business level of scanning either. We're talking about enough to digitize important documents and the odd fax for those archaic places that still want that sort of thing. My current one has this cool feature where the rollers skew so that it scans all my docs at about a 10-15 degree angle, which looks really professional. :( Yet, like an idiot, I keep upgrading thinking they'll sort it out, and like an idiot, I get a few months decent usage and then a printer with a janky ADF for the next year or two.


    Thankfully, the Epson FastFoto 680 I picked up to digitize the old photo albums is also excellent at document scanning, so I'm temporarily saved. I just can't believe it's that hard to get a functional, lasting ADF on a printer that's targeted at small offices.

  7. pbeiler1

    And why are we printing in today's world? I scan documents using my iOS-OneDrive-app, which puts it directly onto my OneDrive. I sign documents using my iOS OneDrive app. I don't have anyone who requires a wet-signature for home use. I email documents if someone needs it. My all-in-one printer was used only by my guests for printing boarding passes. After 5 years I threw out my all-in-one because the ink dried up.

  8. jdmp10

    Paul are you sure the $400 higher end model is called OfficeJet Pro Premier? I spoke with HP, they don't currently have any info on this series of printers, the one you reviewed and the others you mentioned, they said to check back on their site on the 17th. One of our executives is in need of a printer and this seems to fall right in line with what is being replaced. The info I found on HP's site shows the 9010, 9015, 9020, 9025 and a 9019/Premier, if the 9019 is the one you're referring to, it doesn't seem to have any discerning spec advantages over the 9025 to warrant the $400 cost premium. Thanks, I appreciate the help.

  9. Oasis

    "Yes, you have to insert a few toner cartridges correctly,"


    So is it Toner or INK?

  10. karlinhigh

    So it prints fast. Any experience with an HP PageWide product? Does it beat those?

  11. mclark2112

    I bought an HP Color Laser printer about 5 years ago and haven't looked back (changed toners once). Will never buy an inkjet again. But we are far from heavy printer users, then inks were constantly dried up or trying to clean themselves when we would use it.

    • matsan

      In reply to mclark2112:

      +1

      my last ink jet was an Apple StyleWriter II and since then I have used laser (my first was a dumpster found LaserWriter SC with a broken spring that was easily fixed). Now an HP M281 that we are very pleased with, especially the duplex printing.

  12. lefrenchfab

    We need a video of the pages spitting out!

  13. Philotech Mueller

    @matsan and macclark in the premium forum:

    With today's ink jet printers, all the issues of old (smear due to slowly drying ink, constant cleaning due to dried ink in the nozzles) are mostly gone. And there are so many printers that have comparable costs as laser printers even without using gray market refill ink - I am on HP Instant Ink which saves a lot even if it may not be the absolutely cheapest way to print).

    I am happy to have switched to ink jet, and I can't see any reason (for me) to ever go back.

  14. MacLiam

    That sounds pretty impressive. I currently switch back and forth between an HP 8600 inkjet monster that I got at Costco a few years ago and an HP Laserjet Pro 300 that came to me as a malfunctioning hand-me-down last year. It took less than an hour of tinkering to make that one work again. My use is so light that I can't imagine one of these wearing out anytime soon, but it's nice to know I can get the same features with faster output in about half the volume if they both croak tomorrow.


    I understand the arguments against ink. But if you occasionally print photos on coated paper and require high quality, in my experience there really is no alternative.

  15. ChuckDavis666

    Please test network scanning initiated from the printer/scanner. I have been unable to get it to work on an HP 8730, and it appears that other people have had the same problem.

    • Philotech Mueller

      In reply to ChuckDavis666:

      I have the 8720, and I ndever had an issue with connecting via WLAN. Works like a charm with Win10, Mojave, High Sierra.

      Totally unlike the Samsung XPress 8725 laser printer/Scanner I had before, which did connect, but in 30% of the times still failed to scan (time out because the printer apparently couldn't make a data connection(

  16. jrjr

    Thank you Paul. Will you be testing and providing feedback on the scanning capabilities? Does it scan to pdf, does it do OCR, can you easily save to cloud storage?

  17. red.radar

    I have a brother laser that was 50 bucks. Does black and white just fine. My color is an Epson inkjet. Both purchases were driven by cost of replacement ink/toner


    my Espon has really large tanks and the generics are rather affordable.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to red.radar:

      The same here. I thought I'd try a Brother laser printer when it offered more features and was effectively the same price as a toner cartridge for my baby HP LaserJet. It's been great with excellent print quality, much cheaper supplies and better driver support than HP had provided.

      • lwetzel

        In reply to MikeGalos:

        Same here. Never cared for ink jets. Just got an all-in-one (minus fax) Brother laser. It is the third one I've had and the only reason I replaced my previous Brother laser is I wanted a sheet feed scanner and the new one has it. I also have a Color laser from Dell. It is ok for the occasional color job but I really have liked my Brothers. Never a problem and ready to print when I need to. Oh and it is wireless. What a piece of cake it was to set up for computers and iPhones my wife and I have.

  18. CloneURpeople2

    First, "toner" is generally used to describe dry, powder-based materials statically bound to a sheet, then set by heat. All older reliable HP Laserjets were this format, akin to the method used in most copy machines - fast, a bit messy, but pretty damn economical; the cartridges were reusable, and toner does not fade. Fine for 99.9% of all business and educational purposes. Now, upselling any ink-based printing units not expressly dedicated to professional quality photographic reproduction should be a crime, along with the selling of other shelf items mostly comprised of water or solvents. Not only do these printers cost far more per page, the waste in small, non-refillable cartridge disposal, and the integral issues with clogging unless one's printing habit is fed regularly make the entire setup a clear ploy to make money not directly from the machine, but from the supply stream that follows. The realization, that a Virtual, Paperless office did not require materials, led to the push for the current ego-stroking frenzy of printing vast quantities of non-essential, extraneous, and superfluous printed materials no one needs, keeps, cherishes, or reads. But, if it makes you feel important, chop a few more trees down.

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