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What I could see was Wi-Fi Direct (you can enable it to transmit its one mini Wi-Fi network), Bluetooth (presumably print over BT), AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) or IPP over HTTPS

Print costs

The black HP 804 is good for 200 pages and at $26.18 from Officeworks that is 13 cents per page. The tri-colour costs $34.58 and is good for 165 pages or about 21 cents a page.

Of course, there are XL Black/colour versions costing $63.98/600pages and $71.28/415 page. Look, if you are a scrooge shop around for deals or this is not for you. Most millennials only print a few hundreds pages a year – if that.

BTW – it comes with starter cartridges for 125/110 black/colour prints so don’t swear at it when you run out before you expect to.

Print quality and speed

Blacks were, as expected inky black. Colours on 80gsm bond were, as expected, matter and muted but perfectly good.

There was a little photo banding on bond paper, but the best print mode was the fix. Of course, that slows print down and uses more ink.

A4 mixed mono/colour was closer to 10 pages a minute.

We printed one 5×7 photo print, and it was as good as you get from an instant print kiosk. Print speed approx. 1 per minute.

Remember however that it is only an CMY plus black printer so it lacks the depth of a professional grade colour printer that may use six or more colours.

Voice control – did not work

In theory, you can use your voice to print documents like shopping and to-do lists, calendars, colouring book pages, puzzles, and more.

We tried to set up Google Assistant, but Google Home appears not to support HP Smart yet.

GadgetGuy’s take; HP Tango X is a new breed

As regular readers understand I like to get into the nuts and bolts. On that basis, print costs, paper handling etc., it is not for me.

But for a casual user who values ascetics over tech then it’s great. It’s a new printer class, albeit the app has security issues. HP should fix these soon.

In the US it has HP Smart Ink where you can get ink plans on a subscription (automatic supply reorder) – including delivery to your door. It is supposed to be cheaper, but I have no relevant Australian details.

To summarise Good Housekeeping UK said it is a printer that does not spoil the look of your home. The unique design makes it great for anyone that needs a printer but hates having it on display. 3.6-out-of-5.