HP Officejet Pro 8500 review
A great scanner, fast printing and low running costs make it a tempting office choice
Review Date: 31 Jul 2009
Reviewed By: David Bayon
Price when reviewed: £218 (£251 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
HP's Officejet Pro 8500 an impressively featured device - as you'd expect given the £218 exc VAT price tag - but it also offsets that with incredibly low running costs. With high-yield alternatives available for all four of its ink tanks, each capable of printing well over a thousand pages, the 8500 works out at just 3.6p per colour A4 page. That's half the cost of the next cheapest office all-in-one we've seen.
So you'll make back some of that high purchase price in the long run, and with ink economy comes a wealth of features. The HP connects via USB, Ethernet or 802.11bg Wi-Fi, and setup via the driver or the large 3.5in LCD is quick and simple. A 250-sheet input tray sits at the base of the device, while the ADF on top holds 50 sheets.
HP's claims over speed are bold indeed, and though we didn't achieve the claimed 35ppm mono rates, 18.8ppm in draft mode is still very fast and excellent quality normal prints came out at 11.8ppm. Best of all, though, was a colour print speed of 7.1ppm, which few inkjet devices can match. Document quality was consistently high too.
A 6 x 4in photo churned out in just over a minute and a half, but here quality began to disappoint slightly. A lack of contrast and a grainy finish to prints added to the awkward photo tray that's buried deep inside the out tray, making the 8500 very much a document specialist rather than a proper all-rounder.
It hits the heights again with the scanner, which produced sharp and accurate images that the superb Canon MX860 can't match. It wasn't the quickest in producing those scans, but we'd be happy to make that trade-off given the results. Copies were therefore generally good, too, and our four-page document positively raced through the ADF, taking just 1min 10secs to copy in full colour.
The HP Officejet Pro 8500 is an impressive office all-in-one with a simply superb scanner. We're a little disappointed with the inclusion of introductory-size inks in the box, but once you've bought your first set of replacements you'll reap the benefits. It may be costly to buy, but if you're after something a little more business-like than the Canon, it's a worthy alternative.
Author: David Bayon
This is an area where I believe multitouch screens should be used more effectively.
The LCD panel that flips up should house all controls, if possible.
As a Bonus idea, it would be great if I could see the document I'm scanning in the LCD panel and then move or zoom into the precise area that I wish to be scanned - its amazing nobody has done this yet. Plus would love to see it in photocopiers too!
By nicomo on 1 Oct 2009
I wouldn't recommend
This printer is full of little annoyances such as:
1. The large green button at bottom left of conslole looks like the 'copy' button is actually the off button. press it accidentally and you have to wait for the printer to go through its 15 minute wake up sequence before you can make your copy.
2. painfully slow (and very regular) print cartridge changing sequence.
3. When double sided printing it waits an age for the ink to dry before printing on the opposite side.
In short this printer is like waiting for your mum to put makeup on before she goes out.
By thisusernamecantbetaken on 19 Aug 2010
Good SoHo All in one Printer
A good printer for the price. I bought this to replace my very ink hungry epson printer of similar spec. My only criticism really is the shiny black eterior that quickly looks grubby from small scratches, fingerprints and dust. Otherwise, an effective photocopier, scanner and printer with capable and easily installed networking. I was very surprised to find the original cartridges supplied with the printer were real/full cartriges, not the nearly empty ones supplied by many manufactureres. (This is in effect a £40 saving straight out of the box) I can't say the printer has ever taken 15 minutes to wake up like the previous reviewer, but maybe a minute or two, which is comparable to our commercial printers in the office, so I don't find this an issue.
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