Well, Jeremy, I don't know how the printer would compare against the HP as I don't have both of them, just the one.
The printer is quiet, and the output is very good.
Kenneth, I haven't printed so many prints as to run out of ink yet. I can say that the entire set is about 130 Cdn$ and I have made only about 8.5 x 11 30 prints, as well 1 13 x 19 and I haven't even touched the ink, apparently. The printer comes with a full set, unlike some printers, who send you a bit to get you started.
I don't hear any head cleaning, as I was accustomed to with Epsons ... by now I would have expected to hear at least one routine.
I didn't mention how fast this printer is - I'm not timing the prints but they are arriving in a very expeditious manner, from sending the job to the printer to getting the product.
I haven't tried any black and white - and I may never. I worked solely in black and white for many years and I might spend the rest of my life enjoying colour.