HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus review

A Speedy inkjet multifunction printer featuring HP's ePrint technology

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Verdict

HP officejet pro 8500a plus

The Officejet Pro 8500A Plus is expensive for an A4 inkjet, but given the feature set, it isn't overpriced. Its ePrint function has clearly increased the cost, so if printing documents by emailing them to your printer from any email-capable device doesn't interest you, a cheaper HP Officejet might be better suited to your needs.

We liked

The feature set is excellent. HP's new ePrint service is surprisingly easy to set up and use, and will prove especially popular with those who need to print from mobile devices.
Print quality is very good. Although default-setting plain-paper photo prints are weak compared to a HP Photosmart printer, photo-paper prints and text documents print very well. It's fast, too.

We disliked

Once again, if you're not interested in ePrint, you could save a few quid by buying a different Officejet printer. It's a pity there's no sheet feeder at the rear of the printer so you could print an envelope or photo without opening the paper tray. We wish was a second paper tray out of the box too, but you can add one as an optional extra if you wish.

Verdict

The Officejet Pro 8500A Plus is a feature-packed and capable printer. There are cheaper options, but if ePrint sounds attractive and you're prepared to spend a little more, this model won't let you down.

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