Multifunction Color Laser Printer: A Review of the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus Wireless E-All-In-One

When it comes to purchasing a multifunction color laser printer, a lot of buyers consider firstly the brand of the product. And one of the best and most popular brands that first come to mind is HP. If you’re looking for an HP all in one printer, then the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus Wireless e-All-in-One is a great choice for you. It may not be a real laser printer, but it definitely delivers just like one. And you even get to save more from just using an inkjet printer to produce fantastic printouts. This review will cover everything you need to know about this product.

Design

This device has a nice and presentable aesthetic that is different from most laser printers with dull and large appearances. It is also smaller, since it is an inkjet printer, but it functions just like a multifunction color laser printer. It has the dimensions of 19.76” x 16.45” x 11.14” and a weight of 25.4 pounds. The black body makes the device remain looking good despite constant weathering and abuse.

There are several buttons on this printer, and each of them has its own specific function, making it easier to operate and navigate the device. The 2.36” CGD touch screen display is very useful for better monitoring the activity of the device, especially during copying, scanning, and faxing. It is also both wireless and wired network-enabled so you can share it with several other computers. This is especially beneficial for businesses that make use of many computers. There’s no more need to buy a printer for each of them.

Printing and Other Functions

As an all in one device, this model can print, copy, scan, and fax. As a printer, it has a lot of great features which make it preferable over other models. It can print as fast as 35 pages per minute for black documents, or an estimated 1.70 seconds per page. For colored documents, the average is 34 pages per minute or 1.76 seconds per page. It’s even faster than a laser printer. The resolutions produced by the device are excellent – 1200×1200 dpi for black documents and 4800×1200 dpi for colored documents. The printer features automatic duplex printing which is essential for business, especially those who produce brochures, pamphlets, and flyers for their advertisements and other business-related activities.

Not only is this good for printing documents, it is also great for printing photos. It can print borderless up to document sizes up to 8.5” x 11” or 216 x 279 mm. It also supports printing using several kinds of removable storage media such as memory cards, USB flash drives, and PictBridge cameras.

The copier has a speed of producing copies the same as printing, and you can reproduce up to 99 copies in a single sitting. You can also reduce or enlarge your documents from as small as 25% to as large as 400%.

The scanner has two input types – ADF and flatbed. The flatbed scanner can read documents of up to 8.5” x 11.7” maximum size while the ADF can read up to 8.5” x 14” maximum size. The scanner resolution can only produce 4800 dpi from optical scanning; no enhanced scanning is available.

The fax machine has a capacity of storing 100 incoming pages in a single transaction, and you can save up to 75 numbers in the memory for speed dialing.

Other Features

The device also has available Real Life Technologies for editing your pictures easier, so you won’t have to use other software to make your pictures more beautiful before printing them. It is also Energy Star qualified so you not only benefit from using the device, you also help preserve Mother Nature.

The major drawback of this device, though, is its difficult installation which a lot of buyers have found extremely frustrating for an HP product. If you plan to buy this online, be careful where you buy and, and if you buy it in a store, test it first before getting it. It would help you a lot and also save a lot of hours trying to find a way to make the printer operate in your home.

Conclusion

For its functionality and excellent quality, you can definitely compare the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus Wireless e-All-in-One to any multifunction color laser printer. But what makes it better is that it’s much cheaper, and it saves more ink as compared to a laser device. I highly recommend this model to all those individuals who are looking for a great all in one printer with wireless functionality, excellent printing quality, and a very affordable price.