The HP Officejet 8000 Pro Wireless Inkjet Printer is a mid-range inkjet printer, aimed at home and small office users and designed to be an alternative to the cheap, low-end colour laser printers that have become readily available over the last few years. With a price tag of around the £100 mark, it is one of the more expensive inkjets available but still cheaper than a laser.
The first thing we noticed when setting up this machine was it does have a fairly large footprint and a fair bit of weight behind it, so you will need a large space on a sturdy surface for placement. Despite being large it does score high on the aesthetics front with its curved edges, meaning that it will blend into any space in which it is placed.
Set up is very straightforward. It is a single function printer so the software is simple, just the print driver and an internet print utility. Setting the wireless functionality up will take a little longer but the guided installation makes this a breeze. Once installed and switched on, the printer will begin its initialisation process. Maybe it’s just us, but this seemed to take a long time. At least 20 minutes passed before we could use it, and during that time it printed several test pages which to us seemed unnecessary and could have been condensed into one single sheet. The control panel is very intuitive and using the machine is as simple as can be.
Installation of ink cartridges which equally as simple. A front opening door allows the cartridges to simply slot in, and a top opening flap allows easy insertion of the print heads. The machine takes the HP 940 ink cartridges, which are also available in an XL version for black, cyan, magentaand yellow. While the HP 940s aren’t the cheapest cartridge, they certainly have a capacity that justifies the cost. It does have replaceable print heads though, which will need periodically changing and thus adding to the running costs. That said, it is still far cheaper than running a colour laser, and at the end of the day that is the target this printer is aiming for.
Once we began actually printing, the machine really sold itself to us. The speed comes very close to that advertised, 35ppm and 34ppm for black and colour print in draft mode and 15ppm and 11ppm for the equivalent in normal mode. Quality is not compromised either, with text and graphics being produced at near laser quality, and photographs printing at a quality that current laser printers could never hope to achieve. Another feature that impressed us is the fact that the machine comes with a duplexer, meaning that it can print on both sides of the paper. Most inkjet printers do not have this feature, and some low-end lasers lack it to.
In conclusion, the HP Officejet 8000 Pro is a fantastic printer for it’s price. If you are looking for a simple home printer for the occasional photos and the kids homework etc, then this may be overkill and too expensive; there certainly are cheaper inkjets available. But if you want quality photographs and high volumes of text with forking out for the high running costs of a laser, then this printer is a top choice.
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