HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless review

5 Aug 2010

A solid home office choice where document printing is most important

HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless
Price when reviewed 
120
5

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.

HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £102
Price inc VAT £120
Performance 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5
Speed rating 6

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 4800 x 1200dpi
Integrated TFT screen? yes
Rated/quoted print speed 35PPM
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function yes

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page 3.0p
Inkjet technology Thermal
Ink type Pigment-based

Power and noise

Peak noise level 72.0dB(A)
Dimensions 494 x 479 x 180mm (WDH)

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time 1min 28s
A4 photo print time 3min 6s
Mono print speed (measured) 11.5ppm
Colour print speed 7.1ppm

Media Handling

Borderless printing? yes
Input tray capacity 250 sheets
Output tray capacity 150 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? yes
Bluetooth connection? no

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? yes
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? yes
Operating system Windows 98SE supported? no
Other operating system support Mac OS X 10.4.11 and above