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HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus review

A Speedy inkjet multifunction printer featuring HP's ePrint technology

Our Verdict

Feature packed and capable, but certainly not cheap.

For

  • Print via email
  • Very fast printing
  • Great photo printing
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Packed with features

Against

  • Dull default-quality photo printing
  • Only one paper tray
  • No rear sheet feeder
  • Expensive
  • Takes a while to set up

HP's Officejet range is built for those who need fast printers. A. HP Photosmart does a better job of high-end photo printing (but as our tests proved, the Officejet is no slouch as an image printer), but if you plan to print large documents or share it in a small office environment where people do a lot of printing, you really need an Officejet.

This particular top-of-the-range, all-in-one A4 Officejet can print, scan, photocopy, fax and print from the web using HP's new ePrint technology. HP claims its print speeds rival those offered by a laser printer, but cost around 50 per cent less.

The Officejet Pro 8500A Plus uses HP's ePrint technology, enabling you to print from any device that can send an email, with no additional software required.

It's easy to use. Just attach a compatible document or image to an email, and send it to your printer's unique email address. It's very useful for house guests, or for visitors to your office. Compatible documents include PDFs, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files, plain text and images saved as JPG, TIFF, BMP, PNG and GIF. It's fairly painless to set up, and works very well.

You can connect the printer to your computer through USB 2.0, or to your network using Ethernet or Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. It uses four pigment-based ink tanks, holds 250 sheets in its paper tray and has a 50-sheet automatic document feeder.

It supports popular memory card formats and printing from a USB stick, or directly from your camera with PictBridge. Duplex support means you can print on both sides of the paper, too.

Being an Officejet, the 8500A Plus is very fast, printing our 20-page black-and-white test document in one minute, 30 seconds. A top-quality A4 photo print took four minutes, 35 seconds, which is also very good.

But fast speeds are not at the expense of quality. Text printing is consistent, solid and clear, with no misaligned or bleeding characters. It could be a little darker, but you'd have to be very fussy to complain.

High-quality photo prints on proper photo paper give rich, precise colours and well realised flesh tones. Our greyscale colour ramp did a great job of distinguishing almost-black and almost-white shades, though a little banding was evident.

Default quality photo prints on standard photocopier paper look a little subdued and suffer from banding, but they're serviceable enough if premium quality isn't required.

The Officejet Pro 8500A Plus isn't the cheapest multifunction inkjet, but you're getting a lot of features for your money. Our only real complaint is that there's only one paper tray and no rear sheet feeder for letterheads or photo paper, but you can add an optional second paper tray if you wish.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity250 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
ISO Color Print Speed (ppm)11
ISO Mono Print Speed (ppm)15
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)35
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)34
Product FamilyOfficejet Pro 8500A
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameHP
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeLegal, Letter, Statement, Executive, DL Envelope, Monarch, Envelope No. 10, Custom Size, A4, A5, A6, B5 (JIS), Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Statement - 216 mm x 140 mm, Executive - 267 mm x 184 mm, 76.20 mm x 127 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, 127 mm x 203.20 mm, 101.60 mm x 254 mm, 101.60 mm x 279.40 mm, 101.60 mm x 304.80 mm, 203.20 mm x 254 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, Monarch - 98.30 mm x 190.50 mm, Envelope No. 10 - 104.14 mm x 241.30 mm, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, B5 (JIS) - 176 mm x 250 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle15000 pages per month
Recommended UsePlain Paper Print
Maximum Fax Resolution300 x 300 dpi
Optical Resolution400 dpi
TouchscreenYes
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
EthernetYes
Maximum Copy Resolution1200 x 600 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity500 sheets
Height307.8 mm
Width501.9 mm
Depth471.9 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Thick Paper, Premium Paper, Inkjet Paper, Photo Paper, Bright White Paper, Presentation Paper, Matte Paper, Transparency, Special Media, Greeting Card, Brochure Paper, Glossy Paper, Hagaki Card, Card Stock, Envelope, Flyer Paper
Product Series8500A
Colour Depth24-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelA910G
Product NameOfficejet Pro 8500A Plus A910G Multifunction Printer
Product LineOfficejet Pro
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberCM756A#B1H
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Officejet Pro Plus 8500A e-All-In-One Printer also faxes, scans, copies and prints from a mobile device, using HP ePrint. Use business apps and the easy-to-use 4.3" color graphic touch-screen to print from the Web without a PC. Connect to your network wirelessly or with built-in Ethernet, or to your PC with Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Print 35 black/white pages per minute with up to 1200 x 1200 dpi and 34 color pages per minute with up to 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi. Copy speed matches print speed. Copy function also offers 1200 x 600 dpi, 25 to 400 percent copy scaling and multicopying up to 99 copies. 24-bit flatbed scanner includes optical scan resolution of 4800 dpi and 8-1/2" x 14" maximum scan size. Printer also features 128MB memory, 250-sheet input tray, 35-sheet automatic document feeder, borderless printing, memory slots, 100-page fax memory, 75 speed-dial numbers, auto redial, junk fax barrier, and color faxing. Energy Star qualified.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Standard Memory128 MB
Transmission Speed3 sec/page
Weight (Approximate)17.16 kg