HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus multifuction inkjet printer

HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus review: This inkjet printer from HP produces A4 documents and photos quickly

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HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus
  • HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus
  • HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus
  • HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus

Pros

  • Fast draft printing, high quality Normal mode, good paper tray size and feeding options

Cons

  • Few ePrint apps for businesses

Bottom Line

HP's Web-enabled applications platform doesn't offer much in the way of extra value for business users at the moment, but as a medium-volume document printer the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus is a good choice nonetheless. This inkjet multifunction printer is also able to print high quality A4 photos, albeit slowly.

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The HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus is a multifunction inkjet printer aimed at small and medium businesses. It is able to print draft documents very quickly, and can produce high quality pages if you don't mind slower printing. It's also able to produce good quality photo prints.

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HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus multifunction inkjet printer: Design, connectivity and specifications

The HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus is similar to the cheaper Officejet 7500A in design, with a top-mounted scanner and bottom-feeding paper cartridge. Its colour touchscreen control interface is larger than the 7500A at 4.3in, with large icons and responsive input.

Single- and multi-computer offices are well served by the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus's diverse range of connection options. The printer includes USB 2.0 and Ethernet connections, as well as 802.11n wireless networking. A phone jack is included for connection of the integrated fax.

The HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus has a 250-sheet input tray and a 150-sheet output tray, equalling or bettering many inkjet and laser printers of a similar price point. Along with a 15,000 page monthly duty cycle recommendation, these figures mean the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus is suitable for any small or medium business, as long as it isn't too heavy on paper usage.

Automatic duplex means that for unimportant documents it's easy to cut down on paper requirements. A 50-sheet automatic document feeder makes digitising multi-page documents a simple task. All of these features are a welcome inclusion in a printer that costs under $500.

All of HP's ePrint features are enabled on the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus, including the option to set up an e-mail address that prints all documents sent to it. The range of applications available isn't particularly attractive for businesses — beyond the interesting possibilities of Google Docs cloud storage, the service is limited to printable sudoku and weather data at the moment.

HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus multifunction inkjet printer: Print speed, print quality and ink yields

If you want to quickly print pages, the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus rivals similarly priced colour laser printers when it is printing in Draft quality mode. We managed 31 pages over a minute when printing at the most efficient monochrome quality, and just under 30 pages in the first minute of colour printing. Text can seem undersaturated and a little fuzzy, but it's still easily legible at sizes of 8pt and above.

Like the Officejet 7500A, printing in Normal quality improves results dramatically. Text rivals entry-level lasers for clarity and we couldn't find any issues with saturation. Colour printing slows to 7 pages per minute, but monochrome production is still acceptable at 15 pages per minute.

We also used the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus to print a few A4 colour and monochrome prints. The black and white output isn't going to rival a dedicated photo printer like the Canon PIXMA Pro 9500 Mark II, but for most print needs it can produce acceptable quality A4 pages.

Four ink cartridges — HP 940 black, cyan, magenta and yellow — means that it's possible to change individual tanks without wasting any ink. HP's cartridges for the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus are more expensive than the HP Officejet 7500A, but they have significantly higher ink yields. You can buy a standard or extra large black cartridge for $39 or $54 respectively, with commensurate 1000- and 2200-page yields which translate into very low 3.9cent and 2.4cent per page ongoing running costs. Only extra large colour cartridge are available for purchase at $39 each, making a full set of inks $117. This means individual colour pages cost 2.7 cents each, and tri-colour pages cost 8.1 cents.

While its built-in applications aren't particularly inspiring or especially relevant to business users, the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus does well what a printer should do best — it can produce draft prints quickly as well as high quality documents and photos. If you need an all-in-one for your SMB, the Officejet Pro 8500A is worthy of your consideration.

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ELEANOR DIKANA

1

I HAVE THIS PRINTER AND HAVE HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT FOR ALMOST A WEEK NOW.

I HAD A PAPER JAM AND REMOVED IT, BUT I STILL HAVE THE PAPER JAM SIGN ON AND I CANNOT PRINT NOW.

I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING AS SHOW ON THE DEMO BUT STILL THE SAME.

COULD SOMEONE PLEASE ASSIST ME.

Roy Commerford

2

I am shocked & dissappointed with 940 XL cartridges & the entire concept , one cartridge is empty & the printer is useless , I use the printer infrequently but cartridges will regularly show low or empty , even when showing 1/4 remaining , print one small page & it's empty , where is the ink going ? , is there a problem with the unit HP Officejet Pro 8500A ? , I can no longer afford to use it obviously , I am not a business merely a retired person with minimal demand for a printer , a business would be sent bankrupt maintaining this system , are the cartridges full to their capacity ?? if all of the above is normal it is criminal & beyond belief .

Paul

3

How do I print in black only

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dea

0.5

1

Pros
colour quality, copy, fax
Cons
wireless and everything else
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Please do not buy this printer! Despite its captivating features, I have had several problems with it, especially with wireless connection which is too slow and weak: if you want to print big files you have to connect the printer to your PC with a USB cable. Quality is more or less satisfying.. but process printing stops everytime and is noisy. I have had too many technical difficulties that make me change this printer time and time again with the same model (the product was in warranty). Technical support phone line is great, but the last time I called the customer care for a problem, an assistant told me that HP would have replaced the product with a new one but I didn't have to ship back the defective printer because they had too many printers of this model in repair..

Rob Fearn

5.0

2

Pros
Performance/Price
Cons
None
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This system is fantastic, we haven't had an issue with ours - it's fast, reliable and cheap to run.

Richard

4.5

3

Pros
Everything
Cons
nothing
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I bought this printer 12 months ago and am very, very pleased with it. I have not had a paper jam which was the downfall of my last printer. This one scans to computer or memory stick, uses very little ink and has all the functions I need as a teacher planning lessons. I would recommend it for a small business.

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