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Hewlett Packard HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless Printer Review
HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer Review

The HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless printer has been rumored to be one of the fastest Inkjet's currently on the market, and we at Printer News were anxious to find out for ourselves. We are pleased to report the single function printer lived up to it's billing for speed; and print quality was good also!

One of the first things you notice about the printer when removing it from its box is that it is very large. Stronger black and white colour plastics have been used in its construction; making it look more like an office machine. As the printer is controlled by a PC or Mac there are only three buttons on the top fascia, wireless / cancel / resume. The wireless button either prints the network settings or turns WiFi on or off. The bottom paper tray holds up to 250 A4 sheets and also acts as an output tray.

Being a single function machine the HP Officejet Pro 8000 does not include a scanner or copier. There is also no fax capability or memory card ports. It does however have a duplex facility that is partly responsible for the large desk footprint. Duplex printing is slow; to be expected on Inkjet printers due to drying time.

When comparing the Inkjet against a LaserJet machine, print speeds are as quick, but print quality is not quite as sharp. The advantage it does have over its LaserJet competitors is its lower running costs. The Pro 8000 uses HP940 Ink cartridges which contain a generous amount of Ink for modern day standards. HP940 Ink tanks come in standard (around £10 each), or XL versions. To reduce running costs it is possible to use compatible printer cartridges; but be aware that they come without a microchip. You have to transfer the chip from a genuine HP cartridge and stick it to the compatible one. Although levels will show low or empty, the printer will allow you to continue printing. The compatible versions are available for around £12 per set!

In summary the HP Officejet Pro 8000 offers a pure printing solution to home/small office users, but occupies a large desktop footprint and lacks multi-function capabilities. The printer can be cheap to run if using compatible cartridges, but changing the chips can be a fiddle! You may feel that the fast print speed and decent text and graphics quality compensate for the negatives; however there could be better alternatives available for the same money?

* Windows 7 users may need to download printer software from HP website instead of using provided CD.

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