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HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus Multifunction Inkjet Printer (CM750A)Printer Barn dedicated Printer specialists
The HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One is designed for micro/small business users wanting low cost, premium-quality color from a web-connected all-in-one with mobile printing and network options and a range of productivity features. Its basic functions include printing, scanning, and faxing, including over a network, as well as working as a standalone copier, fax machine, and email sender, and letting you scan to a USB key or memory card. The printer connects by WiFi or Ethernet (as well as USB), it supports Apple AirPrint for printing from iThings over Wi-Fi, and it can print through the cloud using HP's ePrint, which lets you assign the printer an email address and then send documents as attachments for printing. The OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus also offers such photocentric features as the ability to print from a memory card or USB key and the ability to show images before printing on its 4.3-inch color LCD. Also worth mention is the legal-size flatbed, which can come in handy in any office, and the touch-screen interface with well-designed menus for the printer control panel. You can also use the touch screen with HP's Web Apps. The OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus is a high-volume printer, hence, it's on the big side. At 12.4x19.4x25.4 inches, it takes up more than its share of room; it will require its own dedicated perch. Setting it beside you on your desktop probably won't work. At 27.8 pounds, it's not all that heavy for its size. The printer's sides feature two indented handles that make it easier to carry around, although you won't want to move it on a daily basis. Setting up the Officejet Pro 8600 Plus is a breeze with any of the three supported interfaces: USB, ethernet, and Wi-Fi. The 4.3-inch LCD is great: It’s easy to enter passwords for wireless setups; the menus and settings are well-organized; and you get access to HP's numerous Web apps. The contextually lit navigational controls that flank the LCD are less thrilling, as they require an unintuitive, annoyingly long touch before responding. The OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus also has a built-in print duplexer for printing on both sides of a page and a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) that also duplexes, so you can copy from single or double-sided originals to your choice of single or double-sided copies. You can also scan, fax, or email both simplex and duplex documents. It offers reasonably high paper capacity as well, with a 250-sheet input tray, which should be enough for most home, micro, and small offices. The OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus is one of the fastest inkjet MFPs, with speeds that range from 13.2 pages per minute (ppm) for text and mixed text with monochrome graphics, to 4.6 ppm for half-page photos on plain paper, and 2 ppm for half-page photos on glossy paper. For a high-resolution, full-page photo printed on glossy paper, it managed a just-above-average rate of 0.56 ppm. Scans are quite quick as well. Print quality is quite good: Text is crisp and dark, and simple graphics look quite good. On the other hand, photos look a bit yellowish and washed out on plain paper, though they are much better on HP's own photo paper. Copies, both monochrome and color, are good, although color scans lean toward the dark side. An area where HP has made an effort to bring down cost of ownership is with its ink. Starting with how HP engineered the device itself - to support four cartridges for black, cyan, magenta and yellow -means that each color can be replaced individually and only when necessary. (Installing the cartridges was very simple, as well.) Overall, The HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One is fast, it prints and reproduces good-looking documents, and it provides a wealth of convenience and productivity features for the price. If you need speed, volume, and no-nonsense performance, not to mention a terrific per-page operational cost, this workhorse should top your list.