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HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless All-In-One Printer


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Jack of all Trades, Master of Most

  • Mar 12, 2009
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The Bible cautions against serving two masters, a lesson of truth the product designers of HP have tried to avoid with some but not complete success. 

First the good news, the printing function is outstanding. Copies in black and white or color are crisp and clear. HP claims that this printer's cost per copy for color copies is less than those of a color laser printer. Absent a cost/benefit study few working lawyers are prepared to do, I cannot confirm this, but it seems possible. 

On the copy side, two-sided color copying is a great feature. Again the results are superb, but the scanning/printing time is slow. 

The scan quality is very good, but scanning times are totally unacceptable. When you have a fifty page document feeder, the expectation is that the scan will be fairly quick. It is not. It is somewhat less than a page per minute but that means nearly 45 minutes to scan a document into a pdf. Scanning for OCR is faster, and the resulting test is quite accurate, but whether that is a function of the scanner or sophistication of the user's OCR software cannot stated with any certainty by this reviewer. 

The Printer has fax functions, but they have not been reviewed since it has not been connected to a telephone line. 

It has been tested as a wireless device, however, using the built-in 802.11g communicator. Wireless printing has many practical advantages, not the least of which is the elimination of ugly wiring. One other obvious advantage is that multiple computers can use the device as a network printer. 

While it is not a perfect device, it represents great value for the money. It performs near the top of the class on most functions. That makes it a clear best buy in my book.

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