The HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus is an updated version of the Pro 8500A Plus multi-function printer. The model gets a major performance makeover from its predecessor. Versatility of printers has become a criterion while purchasing printers for home or office needs. HP has focused on convenience with an improved engine to cater to your business needs. Let’s delve in to see the features and how HP has fared with this exiting new model in their 2015 printer lineup.
- Improved printing speed
- Professional quality photos and documents
- Cloud printing support
- Multiple connectivity options
- Sluggish touch screen sensitivity
- A rather large footprint
Design and Features:
The Officejet Pro 8600 Plus printer sports a matte finish which looks classy and efficient, ready to fit into any kind of office decor. The designed is improved from its predecessor which had a rather boring design. Although the chassis is sleek, at 12.4 inches tall and 19.4 inches wide, the printer requires a fairly decent amount of space to sit and work, something that might irk some small business workers operating out of small offices.
The printer is designed for ad-hoc home use and regular document work at office. It does not have a manual feed tray at the center to feed other media such as cardstock or non-standard sheets. It has a 50 page automatic document feeder (ADF). A premium version of the 8600 Plus comes with a more utilitarian 250 sheet tray. If your office printer is humming out a lot of pages on a day to day basis, you should definitely choose the 250 sheet feeder.
The premium model comes with a set of ink cartridges and a 50-sheet pack of HP Glossy Brochure paper. The premium model is also a wise choice if you will need to print photo quality or high gloss pages.
The printer has a large 4.3 inch display which lists the standard functions such as print, copy, fax and scan. It also acts as an interface that provides access to photo edits and ePrint. The large screen is a big plus and offers excellent touch ergonomics in terms of space, but, sometimes, you have to really push hard to get the action registered. Typing using the QWERTY on-screen keyboard during setup is however surprisingly smooth and convenient.
You can connect the printer to your office network either through Ethernet or Wi-Fi. In standalone setups, it can be connected through a direct USB connector. Once you are connected to a wireless network, you can print photos from your iPhone or iPad using HP’s AirPrint feature.
The printer also supports HP’s ePrint technology. With this technology, you can send print jobs to the printer using an assigned e-mail address. The device of course must be be connected to your printer network.
The HO Officejet Pro 8600 printer renders excellent print quality on par with more expensive laser printers. The gray-scale printing is pretty impressive that you will never have to worry about poor quality when you are trying to save on ink costs. Photo printing is really impressive. This can make for a very high quality home photo printer if you can afford the price tag.
The printer boasts of a 4800 dpi resolution which results in sharp images while scanning and photocopying. You can send your scanned documents to a network folder, PC, or memory, choices that will be much appreciated by almost everyone using a printer or copier.
The all-in-one inkjet printer has a decent printing speed of 20 pages per minute for black and white copies. Color copies are printed at 16 pages per minute. Photo printing averages around 3 pages per minute.
The good thing is that the high speed printing does not impact the print quality. The printer outputs resolutions of 1200 x 600 dpi for black and white copies. The color copies are printed at a resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi. As you can imagine, photo prints look vibrant and like studio quality pictures when you print them.
The copying speeds of this multi-function printer are also worth a worthy mention here. It can copy around 13 black and white copies per minute and 12 color copies per minute, speeds that are impressively quicker than most other printers capable of offering the same quality of prints.
The HP Officejet printer can take hefty loads without any annoying stalls or glitches. The machine is robust and is designed to take a workload of 25,000 print jobs a month. That is almost about 850 pages a day. It is highly unlikely for you to run into a problem with this printer when it is maintained well. And, if in case you do, you can always rely on HP’s tried and tested support line, with representatives always on standby, ready to get your printer working again.
It comes with a standard one year warranty that includes 24/7 phone support. HP also offers email support.
To sum it all up, the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus is a very reliable multi-function inkjet printer that has excellent printing speed and fantastic quality outputs. The price is on the higher side but there is also plenty of value for money if you need efficiency and quality in your print jobs. With convenient connectivity and accessibility options, the printer is an ideal choice for small offices, if they can afford the rather bulky table space.
Compatibility with cloud printing features such as ePrint and HP’s AirPrint makes it one of the most sought after printers in the market. If you are looking for a quality office printer and are not pinching your wallet, this is an easy buy.