HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus Review

By on February 21, 2011
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A printer with an App Store.

Good: Web apps, an email address, AirPrint and direct scanning and emailing of documents
Bad: Paper handling for non A4 sized papers
Price: AED 1445
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Once you get over the sheer number of features that the HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus supports, you can get down to its print quality and speed. I found the printer’s speed to be average as far as inkjet printers are concerned which is a bit slower than using laserjet. I didn’t conduct any timer based tests, but I could tell that as the HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus replaced my Samsung Color Laser Jet. HP claims the speed of the HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus to be at 19ppm at normal mode for both black and color 15/11ppm in high quality mode.

Quality-wise, their is nothing to complain. In fact, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus printed color pictures better than my Samsung LaserJet. The ink dries really fast as well reducing any chances of smudging and HP claims that the HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus can last you longer than an average toner on a laser. I didn’t get a chance to test this out as that would have involved quite a lot of printing but the following is a screenshot of remaining ink after printing 70 pages which included a mixture of full paper sized pictures, lots of documents, some presentations and some test/demo pages.

Generally, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus worked quite well but there were a few things that could be easier. For example, I had to struggle every time I used an paper size that was not as wide as an A4- such as 4×6 or 3×7 photo papers. The printer would not recognize any paper and I had to keep on removing and shoving the papers back in until it finally did so. Also, double sided printing of ID cards on a single page is a supported feature that I have yet to figure out.

Priced at AED 1,445 (US$395), the HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus is a tour-de-force as far as printers are concerned. The number of features it supports makes owning a PC connected to it purely optional. With web apps, an email address, AirPrint and direct scanning and emailing of documents, I don’t think that can compete with the 8500A on features. Add to that the good quality of printing and the reduced ink usage and you have one heck of a printing device. I say printing device because calling it a printer would be an insult to the HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus.

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