HP Officejet Pro 8500 review

An excellent all-rounder, but quality comes at a price

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Our Verdict

Ideal for everything other than photos


  • Packed with features
  • Great text printing


  • Average photo printing
  • Expensive

You can't fault it for features. HP's Officejet Pro 8500 lets you fax or email documents directly from the printer, offers Duplex printing and can be connected to a network via Ethernet. The model here is wireless, enables Duplex scanning and has a 3.5-inch colour touchscreen.

HP has improved the paper feeder, with pages now pulled from the centre instead of the sides for fewer jams. You can add a second feeder tray if you wish. The 8500 boasts a 20% smaller footprint compared to predecessors, and measured against colour all-in-one laser printers, we're promised it's 50% cheaper to run and uses half the energy.

HP says its Officejet range isn't that ideal for photo printing, but the 8500 performed okay. It lacks the vibrancy of a dedicated photo printer and doesn't handle solid colours so well, but text printing is solid and clear, even at very low point sizes.

Our 20-page test document printed in one minute, 46 seconds using Preview's standard settings, which is excellent. It photocopies with clarity, though loses it a little on very tight parallel lines. Setting up a wireless connection is simple.

HP Officejet Pro 8500 is a good all-rounder that's packed with features. If you do a lot of photo printing it isn't for you, but for the home or small office it's ideal. At £300 it doesn't come cheap, so make sure you need all those features.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity250 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)35
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)34
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)35
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)34
Product FamilyOfficejet Pro
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameHP
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeLetter, Legal, Statement, Executive, Monarch Envelope, DL Envelope, Custom Size, Envelope No. 10, 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
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle15000 pages per month
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution2400 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution19200 dpi
Height331 mm
Width494 mm
Depth479 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Brochure Paper, Inkjet Paper, Photo Paper, Index Card, Transparency, Borderless Media, Envelope
Copier TypeFlatbed
Product Model8500
Product NameOfficejet Pro 8500 Multifunction Printer
Product LineOfficejet Pro
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Manufacturer Part NumberCB023A#BEV
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Print professional color documents for up to 50 percent less cost per page than lasers with HP Officejet inks. Speeds equivalent to a laser printer with up to 35 ppm black, 34 ppm color, Share your all-in-one easily and use resources more efficiently with wireless 802.11g networking.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Officejet Pro 8500 Multifunction Printer
  • Automatic two-sided printing accessory
  • 4 x Printhead (Black, yellow, Magenta and Cyan)
  • 4 x Cartridges (Black, yellow, Magenta and Cyan)
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Power supply
  • Power cord
  • Phone cord
  • Setup poster
  • CD-ROMs
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory128 MB
Weight (Approximate)12.70 kg