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The HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless is a wireless all-in-one printer released by HP in 2009.

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Pros

multifunction - print, scan, fax or copy

5 agree

affordable

4 agree

touchscreen interface

4 agree

good print quality

4 agree

wireless connection allows users to place printer anywhere within wireless network range - not tied to a host PC or router

3 agree

large print cartridges

3 agree

has Ethernet, wireless, and USB interfaces

3 agree

automatic double sided printing

3 agree

scanner is fast

2 agree

has a web interface with lots of functionality; it can even estimate future ink usage based on the past

2 agree

nicer colour photo reproduction than a colour laser

2 agree

Can conveniently scan to a network file server

2 agree

cheaper to use than a colour laser printer

2 agree

Speed is simply ridiculous. Draft quality is much closer to normal on this printer than on most inkjets, so the speed is actually usable in real life.

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

When powered on, emits a high-pitched hissing noise

6 agree

double sided printing takes a very long time due to ink drying delay

4 agree

very noisy

3 agree

Automatic document feeder misfeeds paper too often

3 agree

scanner is slow

3 agree

automatic document feeder frequently chews/destroys input pages (as opposed to skipping pages or halting) when it misfeeds

2 agree

slower printer than it claims to be

2 agree

Often thinks the ink replacement cover is open when it is not.

2 agree

touchscreen is unresponsive and a hassle to use

2 agree

Fax modem often flakes out with Error 420 unless I reduce speed from 33.6Kbps to 14.4Kbps (on an ISDN line where non-HP machines work at 33.6Kbps without incident).

1 agrees

scanning via ADF is limited to 300dpi

1 agrees

says paper is out when it is not

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless is a wireless all-in-one printer released by HP in 2009. The all-in-one functions include print, copy, scan and fax, all of which can be done in color. As a printer, it is capable of printing 35 pages per minute for draft quality, and up to 11 pages per minute at laser comparable quality in color (15ppm in black) with resolutions of 1200 x 1200 dpi in black and 4800 x 1200 dpi in color. The scanner is a 8.5" x 14" flatbed ADF with an optical scan resolution of 4800 dpi, 48-bit bit depth and 256 levels of greyscale.  The copier can handle up to 1200 x 600 dpi, has reduction/enlarging settings of 25-400% and can print up to 99 copies at 34 copies per minute. It can fax at a rate of 3 seconds per page with a 300 x 300 dpi resolution of up to 125 pages.  Fax features include delayed sending, fax forwarding, junk fax barrier (with caller ID) and up to 99 speed dial memory. 

Printing is supplied by the 4 ink cartriges (black, cyan, magenta, yellow). There is a built in 384 MHz processor and 128 MB of memory, with 4 memory slots to load data. Standard connectivity options include USB 2.0, ethernet, PictBridge, RJ-11 fax and wireless 802.11 b/g with other HP print connectivity options. Automatic two-sided printing accessory, print cartriges, power cord, phone cord, USB cable, ethernet cable and required software included.

Speed/monthly volume
  • Print speed black (draft, letter): Up to 35 ppm
  • Print speed, black (normal quality mode): Up to 19 ppm
  • Print speed color (draft, letter): Up to 34 ppm
  • Print speed, color (normal quality mode): Up to 19 ppm
  • Print speed, black (best quality mode): Up to 5 ppm
  • Print speed, color (best quality mode): Up to 3.5 ppm
  • Print speed, laser comparable, black: Up to 15 ppm
  • Print speed, laser comparable, color: Up to 11 ppm
  • Monthly duty cycle: Up to 15,000 pages
  • Processor speed: 384 MHz
  • Recommended monthly print volume: 250 to 1250 pages
  • First page out (black): As fast as 15 sec
  • First page out (color): As fast as 15 sec
Printing Specifications
  • Print technology: HP Thermal Inkjet
  • Print resolution, black: Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Print resolution, color: Up to 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi color (on HP Advanced Photo Paper, 1200 x 1200 input dpi)
  • Resolution technology: Scalable Printing Technology
  • Ink cartridges: 4 (1 each black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
  • Paper handling: Paper tray(s), standard: 1
  • Paper tray(s), maximum: Up to 2
  • Input capacity, standard: Up to 250 sheets
  • Input capacity, maximum: Up to 500 sheets
  • Output capacity, standard: Up to 150 sheets
  • Output capacity, maximum: Up to 150 sheets
  • Duplex printing (printing on both sides of paper): Automatic (standard)
  • Document finishing: Sheetfed
  • Media sizes, standard: Letter, legal, statement, executive, 3 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 5 x 8 in, 4 x 10 in, 4 x 11 in, 4 x 12 in, 8 x 10 in, envelopes (No. 10, Monarch, DL)
  • Media sizes, custom: 3 x 5 to 8.5 x 14 in
  • Media types: Paper (brochure, inkjet, plain); photo paper, envelopes, cards (index), transparencies
  • Media weight, recommended: 20 to 24 lb
Memory/print languages/typefaces
  • Memory, standard: 128 MB
  • Memory, maximum: 128 MB
  • Memory slots (4 slots): CompactFlash Type I and II; Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro; Secure Digital (SD), High Capacity Secure Digital (SDHC), MultiMediaCard (MMC); xD-Picture Card; Conditionally supported: Secure MMC(encryption not supported); MagicGate Memory Stick (encryption not supported); Only by adaptor: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Micro (adapter not included, purchase separately); Reduced-size MultiMediaCard, RS-MMC/MMC mobile/MMCmicro/miniSD/microSD (adapter not included, purchase separately)
  • Print languages, standard: HP PCL 3 GUI
  • Typefaces (2 built-in): Courier, Letter Gothic; No scalable fonts
Scanner specifications
  • Scanner type: Flatbed, ADF
  • Scan resolution, enhanced: Up to 19200 dpi
  • Scan resolution, optical: Up to 4800 dpi
  • Bit depth: 48-bit
  • Levels of grayscale: 256
  • Automatic document feeder capacity: Standard, 50 sheets
  • Scan size, maximum (flatbed): 8.5 x 14 in
Copier specifications
  • Copy resolution, black: Up to 1200 x 600 dpi
  • Copy resolution, color: Up to 1200 x 600 dpi
  • Copy speed, black (copies per minute): Up to 35 cpm
  • Copy speed, color (copies per minute): Up to 34 cpm
  • Copy reduce/enlarge settings: 25 to 400%
  • Maximum number of copies: Up to 99 copies
Fax specifications
  • Fax transmission speed (seconds per page): 3 sec per page
  • Fax resolution, black (dots per inch): Up to 300 x 300 dpi
  • Fax memory: Up to 125 pages
  • Fax broadcast: 48 locations
  • Fax delayed sending
  • Fax forwarding
  • Junk fax barrier(requires Caller ID)
  • Polling
  • Distinctive ring detection
  • Speed dials, maximum number: Up to 99 numbers
Connectivity
  • Macintosh compatible
  • Connectivity, standard: 1 USB 2.0, 1 Ethernet, 1 PictBridge, 1 RJ-11 fax, 1 Wireless 802.11 b/g
  • Connectivity, optional (Print only): HP Jetdirect en1700 IPv4/IPv6 Print Server J7988G; HP Jetdirect en3700 Fast Ethernet external Print Server for network-capable Hi-speed USB 2.0 peripherals J7942G; HP Jetdirect ew2400 802.11g Wireless and Fast Ethernet External Print Server J7951G; HP bt500 Bluetooth USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter Q6273A. HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit (Americas: Q6236A, EMEA, APJ: Q6259A); HP 2101nw Wireless G Print Server (Americas: Q6301A, EMEA, APJ: Q6302A); Apple AirPort Express; Apple AirPort Extreme
  • Print drivers, standard: HP PCL 3 GUI
Dimensions/weight
  • Product Dimensions: 19.45 x 18.86 x 13.03 in
  • Product weight: 28 lb
Post Review
Barry K. Nathan
06/20/2009 09:44

My basic opinion of the OfficeJet Pro 8500 wireless, based on the different functions:

Scanning: Haven't tried yet.

Copying: Seems good, but it's too soon for me to issue a verdict either way.

Printing: Fantastic! Perhaps it's not the best choice if quality is everything and speed/time is not an object, but if speed is even the tiniest consideration, this is a fantastic choice -- compared to, say, some Canon inkjets (like the Pixma MP530, which I also have), it's a subtle quality loss for a severalfold speed increase. I've seen this printer exceed 23 PPM on actual color print jobs.

Faxing: Terrible for more than light usage. The automatic document feeder and fax-modem both present problems here. In terms of frustration and wasted time/effort, the two problems compound each other; either one alone wouldn't be an absolute killer. I guess it's OK for light or emergency-only use.

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