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HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless All-in-One Printer
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- All In One Printer with Wireless 802.11g Networking
- Laser Quality Speed Up to 15 ppm Black/Up to 11 ppm Color and Maximum 35 ppm Black/34 ppm Color
- 3.4 in Touchscreen LCD Display and Up to 2400 x 4800 dpi Scan Resolution
- 128 MB Memory and 348 MHz Processor Speed
- 250-Sheet Paper Tray, 50 Sheet Automatic Document Feeder, and Automatic Two Sided Printing
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The HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless All-in-one Printer comes with built-in Wireless Printing and Wired Networking. The Two sided printing saves paper with add-on features like memory card slots, Color LCD Screen, 4*6 Color Photo Printing, High Capacity Paper Tray and Auto Document Feeder.
From the Manufacturer
Want a multifunction color printer that offers the convenience of wireless networking? Our Officejet Pro 8500 is right for all your small-office printing, faxing, copying, and scanning. You'll get professional-quality color at up to 50% lower color cost per page and using less energy than laser printers. Plus you can scan photos and documents (up to legal size) directly to folders¿without a PC¿using our Direct Digital Filing feature.
Built-in Wireless Printing
Print from any room without using cables
Built-in Wired Networking
Share your printer with multiple people
Save paper by printing on both sides automatically
Memory Card Slots
Print photos without using a PC
Color LCD Screen
Edit photos and/or manage your printer easily
4 x 6 Color Photo Printing
Print brilliant photos for albums or to enhance business documents
High-capacity Paper Tray
Refill paper less often with a tray that holds 250 sheets or more
Auto Document Feeder
Fax, scan and copy multiple pages automatically
Up to 125-page fax memory, up to 99 speed dial numbers
- Majority of color laser all-in-ones under $600, June 2008, OJ Pro with highest-capacity cartridges. Energy use based on HP testing using the ENERGY STAR® program’s TEC test method criteria. For details, see www.hp.com/go/officejet
- After first page; see www.hp.com/go/inkjetprinter for details.
- Page yield values are approximate, actual yield depends on printer and specific use; for more information visit www.hpshopping.com
Top customer reviews
As a reasonably skilled former computer geek, I found that setup was fairly simple and straightforward for all of the functions. I was able to get the fax, wireless networking, copier and scanner options (including the "scan & email" and "scan to network folder" features) to work with no problems. Someone who is unfamiliar with technologies & concepts behind some of the more advanced features would definitely be challenged, but I think it would be unreasonable to expect a novice to be able to set up such features in any case. My biggest complaint is the incredibly long amount of time the unit spent doing internal testing, calibration and setup. I didn't clock it, but it seemed to be on the order of 10-20 minutes.
Setting up the network client on our laptops and desktop to enable printing & etc. was very simple, and the printer remote management utility is very nice - easy to understand and use. My only qualm here is the setup program made the new printer the "default" without asking me, which was a bit of a pain the first time I tried to print on my laptop - and wondered why nothing came out of my old printer!
Once setup is complete, the unit pretty much runs itself: copying, faxing, scanning and printing are all very straightforward. My biggest concern is the speed and noise of the unit, which others have mentioned in their reviews of this product. The mechanical gyrations, noise and clunking that go on seems excessive. Two sided copying works great, if a bit slow and noisy. On the other hand, the unit works fairly well, and seems to handle originals (that are being scanned or copied) with care. The unit's output paper feed path jams every so often, but recovery is fairly straightforward and painless.
My wife and I both had a bit of a struggle to get the unit to work properly the first time, but no problems since. In my case, I'd neglected to close a compartment hatch, which was reported as a "paper jam" for some reason, even though no jam existed. In her case, she had a number of paper jams which she now attributes to her initial unfamiliarity with the unit's operation.
The quality of output - at least as far as standard office documents go - is great. I cannot speak to the quality of the "photo" output yet, but will amend this review once I do so.
The only other negatives we've found in the unit so far is that the touch screen display is a little hard to navigate. Also the "registration" (on our unit) of the touch screen portion sensor to the underlying display is a bit off - making it easy to inadvertently hit a menu option other than the one you are aiming-for. If you do hit an option incorrectly, it can be hard to back up recover.
All in all, despite the small quirks, the noise, and the relatively slow throughput due to excessive internal mechanical movement, the unit works great for our moderate demands. I would not recommend it for use in a higher volume or noise-sensitive environment: but it is a good value for the price, I'll give it four stars.
We've printed off many a document, many a picture/graphic and many a customized Announcement, Brochure, etc. All have turned out wonderful!
The size is still small enough yet feature packed. Having duplex capability (printing on both sides of paper) is now used quite often and saves paper, the environment, etc. And, having to load paper less due to the large paper tray is very nice too. There is one problem though that we are having. We are not able to print duplex on the Mac laptop used in our household. It allows you to select duplex but somehow ignores it. We will look for updates.
The fact that we are printing more and not having to change the ink cartridges (or paper) as much is really nice. I believe the claim of using 50% less ink is very true. The ink cartridges come regular and "XL" versions. Even though the regular use less ink, I recently purchased an XL Black cartridge. It offers twice the ink but at a fraction of an additional cost. Definitely more value, though the price of these is toward the high end of the budget.
The scanning is quite different than in the past on an HP All-in-One as the program on the PC is more sophisticated. I have been able to scan larger documents and images. That's a real plus. And multiple page scans is an awesome feature! However, I cannot do this wirelessly for some reason. It seems to require having the USB cable attachment for some reason. This can be inconvenient.
The correct setup for scanning a document to a PDF and Emailing it seems to be elusive. Same with having a network file share that can be used. If those were easier to establish, the printer would rate a 5-star.
One more thing I noticed. On past HP Printers, they were of the variety for printing photos as well as regular printing. I like the fact that you could have photo 4x6 paper ready along with the 8.5x11 printer paper. With the 8500, that's not the case. You must swap out one for the other. Just a little more work than before.
ALL-in-all, a feature rich, useful, environment friendly product provividing great value. Thanks HP. And thanks Amazon for having the product available on your website.
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