We don't often test two printers from the same manufacturer consecutively, but with HP's OfficeJet 6000, it's interesting to compare it directly with the OfficeJet 6500 Wireless, covered earlier this week. That's because this is the single-function version of that Recommended all-in-one.
All-in-ones now far outstrip sales of single-function printers, so how does a simple printer stand up in this market? Its main selling points have to be simplicity of use, lower price...and smaller size.
This is a simple but stylish printer, finished in black and white with generous curves to all its corners. At first glance it appears to have a small footprint, but the output tray set into the lid of its main paper tray has to be extended, almost doubling its length, before you start printing.
Controls and indicators are simple, with indicators for the four ink tanks and buttons for paper feed, job cancel and Ethernet connection, as well as a power button. There's no duplexer to clip in at the back of the machine, though you do have to deal with the separate, black-block power supply.
Setting the OfficeJet 6000 up to print is straightforward, though it involves a lot of unwrapping. Each of the four ink cartridges has a twist-off seal, is shrink-wrapped and comes in a cardboard box and the clip-in print head comes in a separate plastic box. Once they're all installed, the printer runs through a one-off charging cycle which takes about 10 minutes, but it still makes various pumping and squeezing noises before and during print jobs.
Software installation is long-winded for a machine where no scanner or photo management software has to be installed and it's a shame you have to restart your PC to complete it. This shouldn't be necessary for a printer driver.