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HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless

HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless

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.

Available to buy from IT247

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The Great Ink Cartridge Conspiracy

by Rich on February 2, 2010

A few years ago in 2007, a Boston man filed a class action lawsuit against the Staples office store in the United States. He accused them of colluding with Hewlett Packard to keep ink cartridge prices high. The lawsuit alleged that HP paid Staples $100 million in market development funds to refrain from selling less expensive third party cartridges. The ink cartridges that were a generic Staples brand are no longer sold in their stores. This forces the hand of the consumer to replace their cartridges with the most expensive manufacturer’s option.

Since printer companies make the bulk of their money with cartridge replacement as opposed to printer sales, companies do everything in their power to push cartridge sales. Some consumers have reported purchasing a new printer just to avoid the cost of expensive printer cartridges. Companies realize this and fluctuate the cost of the cartridges in order to effect consumer behavior.

The ultimate goal of the printer company is to lock consumers into purchasing the products from the manufacturer. If the accusation against Staples and HP is true, eliminating other options from the market is a great way to ensure consumers purchase the one option available to them. Some printer companies have gone even further in ensuring that their printers will lock a consumer into one brand of ink.

These companies are installing chips in their printers that enable only one type of printer cartridge to operate in the printer. These chips disable third party ink cartridges, making them useless. Some ink company representatives say this type of jockeying for market share is common. Many consumers believe it violates anti-trust laws.

HP continues to deny its involvement in anticompetitive practices. They are also accused of giving Staples a cut of each cartridge the store sells. Obviously, this would encourage salespeople to push HP cartridges over all other options. If salespeople can not be trusted to do so, Staples would need to take further measures to eliminate the competition for HP. If the arrangement were found to be true, it would seem as if Staples were working in conjunction with HP to defeat all competition.

There are ways to avoid the high cost of manufacturer printing ink. It may require a bit of research, but if you choose a printer that does not include the exclusivity chip, you can purchase refurbished cartridges or third party cartridges. There is some risk involved with either of these choices, but there are now enough reputable options that if you look hard enough, you can easily find a safe, inexpensive alternative.

Printer ink can be one of the most costly expenses a small business faces. Even those using a printer at home for personal use may find that it is one of their more expensive office expenses. If you are concerned that companies like HP and Staples are abusing their power, consider your third party ink options. This may be the most cost-effective measures a printer owner can take to fill their printing needs.

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The History of Hewlett Packard

October 22, 2008

Hewlett Packard was founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in 1939. Classmates at Stanford University, the two started their business in a garage in Palo Alto under the mentorship of a professor, Frederick Terman. Their first product was an audio oscillator used by sound engineers.  It was bought by Disney to develop their innovative [...]

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HP 336 Remanufactured Jettec Ink Cartridges Now Available

May 2, 2008

Jettec the award winning UK based manufacturer of ink cartridges have introduced the latest ink cartridge to be added to their product range the remanufactured HP 336 ink cartridge. The quality of Jet Tec products is second to none Jettec ink cartridges are not simply just refilled but go through a strictly controlled remanufacturing process. [...]

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