HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless review
The Officejet Pro 8000 got off to a shaky start in the Labs, with our sample’s ageing installation CD refusing to acknowledge the existence of Windows 7. After a trip to the website and a lengthy 99MB download (that’s the basic driver; the full bloatware suite is a ridiculous 235MB), we were up and running.
As the name implies, it has a more professional bent than the A-Listed Canon Pixma iP4700, with duplex, Ethernet and 802.11g wireless printing as standard. It also includes that rare thing: a USB cable. Ironically, this is supplied principally for setting up the wireless connection.
Document printing is the HP’s bread and butter, blitzing the home inkjet competition with 11.5ppm in mono and 7.1ppm in colour, and the quality is right up there with anything from the iP4700’s pigmented black. But the Officejet’s colour inks are pigmented too, and image quality is decent: our 6 x 4in prints showed deep blacks and plenty of detail, albeit not as vivid or sharp as the Canon. Proving it isn’t meant as a photo specialist, each print took nearly a minute and a half to fall into the sturdy output tray.
The Officejet comes only with introductory ink tanks, but replacing those when they run dry with HP’s giant XL tanks will give you A4 colour pages for just 3p each, making this a very cheap inkjet to run in the long term. We’d certainly opt for the Canon if you’re likely to print large quantities of photos, but the Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless has a lot in its favour for a home office.
Author: David Bayon
Good machine, software sucks
My various HP printers are good, but the accompanying software and configuration is as flaky as hell. What's the point of wired/wireless connections of every install requires connection through USB. And sadly I've had to re-install the software far too often. My replacement Canon printers are a breeze in comparison.
By petercobrin on 9 Aug 2010
Fine until they break
I like the officejets, I have quite a few K550 in school and went for these because they were cheap and had a 3 year warranty.
Currently I am sat on 5 printers all with the same printhead warning light... support is awful, fine they send replacements but they are refurbs which are bad too.
Won't touch HP printers again
By simcfc74 on 17 Sep 2010
Cleans printheads constantly
Every time this printer is switched on it takes 4 minutes to "clean the print heads". This is a totally wasteful procedure, wasting ink and time. Not at all mentioned in the review here on in the print version in issue 192. This is a major issue for users. Compare this with the old HP Deskjets which would power on instantly, not move the carriage or clean constantly and be ready to print in a few seconds. Does a quality, fast, frugal ink-consumption inkjet exist nowadays?
By isofa on 2 Oct 2012
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