HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One Printer Review

The HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus is the successor to the Editors' Choice Award-winning HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless across the board inkjet we investigated in 2009. It gets a slight makeover- - all dark is the new white-and-dark - and adds to the effectively sweeping list of capabilities of its forerunner. With the $399 Officejet Pro 8500A, you can send print employments by means of email and furthermore straightforwardly from iOS gadgets. These two augmentations make the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus an extraordinarily adaptable across the board printer, however for occupied little and home workplaces, we lean toward the Epson WorkForce 840. It records for $100 not exactly the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus and gives comparable highlights and speeds and crisper content, all in a progressively minimized structure with twofold the paper limit.

Plan and highlights 

Like Johnny Cash, the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus comes wearing dark. Its look suits both home and office settings, however you'll need to clear some space for it. It's huge and cumbersome, gauging a weighty 28 pounds and estimating 20 inches wide, 17 inches down, and 12 inches high. The Epson WorkForce 840 is progressively minimized and 6 pounds lighter by correlation, and has two indented side handles that make it simpler to drag around than the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus.

A solitary 250-sheet input plate projects 4 creeps out of the front of the Officejet, while a 50-page programmed archive feeder (ADF) lives on top. The HP's ADF holds 20 a greater number of pages than the Epson WorkForce 840's, however the WorkForce 840 has two 250-sheet input plate. The ability to hold what might be compared to a full ream of paper is helpful for occupied workplaces, similar to the capacity to stock two distinct sorts of paper. Hewlett-Packard sells a different 250-sheet paper plate that interfaces with the base of the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus, yet that adds $79 to the bill. Finally, similar to any cutting edge multifunction printer, the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus highlights a PictBridge USB port just as a couple of multiformat media card spaces for printing straightforwardly from an advanced camera.

The HP's sufficient 4.3-inch contact delicate shading show makes exploring the print, duplicate, sweep, and fax works a breeze. The screen is bigger than on the Officejet 8500 or the Epson WorkForce 840, yet the WorkForce 840 encompasses its shading LCD with a bigger 7.8-inch contact board that gives extra route catches. The HP's whole touch board, then again, takes after an iPhone on its side and measures 6 crawls on the askew. At last, the two printers do excellent employments of giving a basic and clear menu framework for exploring the printer's numerous capacities. Be that as it may, HP makes it simpler than Epson to enter content with its full QWERTY virtual console; entering information like a remote secret key on the Epson requires looking through the letter set for each letter and is much the same as entering your initials for a high score on an old arcade game.

Exploring the menu framework to locate your ideal undertaking and settings is speedy, yet the underlying arrangement process for the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus isn't. It took 20 minutes for the drivers to introduce from the included CD before the printer was good to go. This is as an unmistakable difference to the rapid establishment we encountered with HP's new LaserJets, for example, the HP LaserJet P1606dn and the HP LaserJet M1212nf, which both component HP Smart Install in which the essential drivers are put away on the printer itself and consequently introduce when you interface the printer to your PC. After establishment, the printer takes over 2 minutes to heat up and perform different checks before it's prepared to acknowledge work. Interestingly, the Epson WorkForce 840 is set inside 15 seconds after you press the power catch.

Notwithstanding a direct USB association (like most merchants, HP does exclude a USB link with the printer), you can set up the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus on your system by means of Ethernet or Wi-Fi. We tried the Wi-Fi association and the procedure was simple; utilizing the printer's touch screen, we explored through a couple of arrangement screens to discover our system, immediately entered its secret word utilizing the virtual QWERTY console, and set up an association inside a moment. Macintoshes and PCs alike on our system had the option to see the printer without the need to introduce any extra programming.

When you associate the printer to a remote system, you can utilize HP's AirPrint highlight to print from any iOS gadget without an extra application. Utilizing AirPrint, you can print out a photograph from your iPhone photograph library by just picking the associated printer and hitting Print. You can't alter any print properties, in any case; our Hipstamatic test photograph printed with a bit missing on both letter-sized paper and 4x6-inch photograph paper.

Notwithstanding AirPrint, the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus additionally includes HP's ePrint innovation, which empowers you to send occupations from any associated gadget to the printer utilizing the extraordinarily doled out email address. You can discover this location utilizing the control board (Wireless > Web Services > Display Email). It's an advantageous component, no doubt, however it accompanies a couple of limitations. For one, the printer must be on and furthermore associated with your system. For another, it can't print Web pages, in spite of the fact that you can basically reorder the content into a report as a workaround.

Alongside the standard Copy, Fax, and Scan choices recorded on the home screen of the Officejet Pro's control board, you get a fourth symbol marked Apps. Our test unit came preloaded with 21 applications that let you print new pages from outlets like the Financial Times, Yahoo, Reuters, and USA Today. Others from DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, and Disney let you print shading pages, paper plane layouts, and different specialties. You can introduce extra free applications, yet you should do as such from HP's ePrint Center Website in the wake of making a record. The specialty pages were a hit with this present commentator's children, yet we question numerous business clients will discover them valuable.

The standard level bed scanner/copier estimates 8.5x14 inches, which means it can output or duplicate letter-and legitimate size archives. With its 4,800-dpi goals, checked and replicated archives look fresh and sharp, and you can send outputs to a PC, a memory card, a system organizer, or an email program.

HP transports the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus with two printheads you should introduce, alongside the standard four ink cartridges (dark, cyan, red, and yellow). The expense per page figures are low, especially when you compute them utilizing HP's high-limit XL cartridges for a superior arrangement. The dark XL cartridge costs $35.99 for an expected 2,200 pages, which works out to just 1.6 pennies per page. The three shading XL cartridges cost $25.99 each for an appraised 1,400 pages, for a sensible expense for each page of 5.6 pennies. In correlation, the Epson WorkForce 840 costs more to refill XL cartridges at 3 pennies for each page for monochrome printing and 7.2 pennies for shading.


The HP Officejet Pro 8500A Pro turned in almost indistinguishable scores to the first Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless. It was somewhat quicker on our content, shading illustrations, and photograph speed tests and marginally more slow on our introduction speed test, yet neither of the printers' content scores transcended one page for each moment. Contrasted and the Epson WorkForce 840, the Officejet Pro 8500A Pro offers nearly a similar content speed at about 12 ppm, yet it prints shading illustrations quicker by almost 1 ppm and accomplishes about twofold the photograph print speed, at 1.5s ppm contrasted and the Epson's 0.86 ppm.

The HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus demonstrated speedier than the Epson WorkForce 840 on our output and duplicate tests. The 8500A Plus checked a 10-page shading record at 6.14 ppm versus 5.59 ppm for the Epson, and it duplicated 10 pages of monochrome content at 7.12 ppm versus 5.48 ppm for the Epson.

As far as print quality, be that as it may, the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus will get the job done for office and home use, yet we should give the edge to the Epson WorkForce 840. We saw the yield of the two printers one next to the other and found that the WorkForce 840 delivers marginally crisper content with more splendid tones and progressively striking shading. It nearly resembled the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus utilized a lot of ink in printing content, especially at littler textual styles that added to obscured edges.

Administration and backing 

HP backs the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus with a one-year guarantee that incorporates 24-hour without toll specialized help. Moreover, the HP Web website offers online classes, FAQs, driver downloads, and fundamental investigating trips.


The HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus has a high sticker price and some tentatively helpful highlights. Home clients aren't probably going to exploit the fax usefulness, while most business clients would cheerfully exchange the AirPrint and ePrint highlights for an extra paper plate. On the off chance that your financial limit takes into account a to some degree luxurious across the board printer buy, we suggest avoiding the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus with its pointless highlights for the Epson WorkForce 840, which offers more paper stockpiling and better quality yield in a littler bundle.

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