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HP Officejet Pro 8000 review



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HP Officejet Pro 8000


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Review Price £83.99

Don't confuse the OfficeJet Pro 8500, HP's big, heavy-duty office inkjet all-in-one which we reviewed a few weeks back, with its OfficeJet Pro 8000, which is a big, heavy-duty office inkjet printer. Although it uses the same engine, it's a third of the price and is intended as an alternative to the current tranche of cheap colour lasers aimed at home and small offices.

With large-radius curves breaking up an otherwise boxy look, the OfficeJet Pro 8500 shares the modern black and white styling of its bigger counterparts. Its single paper tray extends from the front of the machine and paper makes a 180-degree turn during printing and exits out onto the tray's lid, once you've extended a long paper support.

The control panel is about as simple as it can be, with four indicators for the ink status of the cartridges and four buttons for networking, job cancel, paper feed and power. At the back is a plug-in duplexer, supplied as standard, and sockets for USB and Ethernet connections, as well as HP's usual external power supply. Supplying a black block PSU is no doubt an advantage for HP, but just adds to the clutter under a customer's desk.

Our review printer was supplied with partly-used ink tanks and print heads and unusually, these had all been removed from the printer before dispatch. We were expecting to have problems with the ink system due to air bubbles, but were pleasantly surprised that once all the consumables were plugged back in place, the printer did a quick recharge and printed flawlessly throughout all our tests.

HP's ink system uses separate, high-yield ink tanks and each print head deals with two of the four ink colours: there's one for black and yellow and one for cyan and magenta. The high-yield ink tanks slot in at the front and offer capacities of 2,200 black pages and 1,400 colour, close to the capacities of typical colour lasers in the same market. Unfortunately, also like many colour lasers, this machine is supplied with ‘introductory' cartridges, with capacities of around half these figures.

Because it's a single-function printer, the software is comparatively simple, with just an Internet print utility and the driver. Both install easily and the driver is reasonably well-specified, with facilities to print multiple pages per sheet and print edge-to-edge brochures.

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Daniel 2

April 21, 2009, 9:03 pm

Hmmm. I've been contemplating one of these, but in the end went for the Samsung CLP-315 (no wireless). Retailing at aroun 𧴰 the Samsung is a tad more expensive (although if you purchase until the end of May you get a 㿊 cashback from Samsung on its colour lasers. So we are essentially talking about the same price here).

HP usually disappoints me in the long run. Many of its accessories are proprietary (power cables, etc.), thus they come with the usual HP price tag.

The other big problem—for me at least—comes with all inkjets. I usually use my printer in bursts, with quite some time in between actual print outs. Ink dries on the cartridge. Although this issue has been 'overcome' by self-cleaning routines, those self-cleaning sessions tend to waste quite some ink.

I just think that an inkjet pretending to be a colour laser replacement (therefore mostly appealing to office use), which retails at around the same price and still comes with most of the inkjet problems, is not really an alternative (unless you need to print photos. But lets face it, most offices don't do that.)


April 21, 2009, 9:56 pm


Well, after battling with the extortionate cost of replacement cartridges for IJ printers. I bought a colour laser and never looked back. IJ printer do fill a market( particularly for me in printing photos) but at a cost- as in cheap printer to lure you in then trap you with ink costs. Caveat Emptor!!

Martin Daler

April 21, 2009, 10:06 pm

Like Daniel, like most home users I guess, my inkjet (Canon IP5200R) gets used in short bursts. It's never dried out, never gone wrong, but it drinks ink, which I too assume all goes into the sponge, not on the paper. When I see print costs of about 5p per colour page I can only wonder - is this actually measured in the real world? Or is there some element of calculation, based on quoted yields and the like? I know mileage varies, but inkjets the manufacturer figures, like their print speeds, are just simply made up by a monkey on a keyboard!

Daniel 2

April 22, 2009, 3:49 pm

Just one more thing. I know that Simon mentioned that in his review, but I still think it needs emphasising: This beast is HUGE. Like in Mt. Everest. I honestly think that these machines come with their own birth certificates and a name. "Thank you for purchasing an HP printer. Say hello to Denholm, your personal OfficeJet."


September 3, 2009, 1:10 pm

My reason for looking at inkjet for the office is the amount of energy they DON'T use; around 35watts for IJ compared to up to 850W for laser. Save the planet and all that. Under our till point, the laser belches out heat like a small radiator, which is really uncomfortable in the summer. Nice in the winter though :) If you don't need photographs then you could even use compatibles and save lots, and with the money saved from running an extra heater, it would pay for the ink anyway.

Philip Gibbons

November 10, 2009, 10:25 pm

Like several of the others who commented, I use a printer fairly lightly and sometimes not at all for several days. This rules out all Epsons as every one I ever had got bunged up.

I have a HP Business Inkjet 1100 which is slow, noisy and the size of Hampshire. It works perfectly even after a week off. After years of not cleaning anything there has been no build up of waste ink, no blocked heads (which it still reports as perfect) - just keeps on working. I ain't replacing it. However, I do need another one but you can't buy them any more and HP cartridges are getting hard to find too.

The 8000 looks to me like a descendant of the Business Inkjet: reliable, clean and slow suits me fine so I am buying one. I am also expecting better print quality due to the pigment inks. Looks like just the job.


June 4, 2010, 4:10 am

i have been using color laser at home for the last 3 years. then i bump into a huge amount of articles explaining that laser printers cause very serious health problems.


people might believe them or not, what i am sure about though, is that there is no reason to take risks at (least at) home when you can buy a printer like the hp8000


November 3, 2010, 7:59 pm

My husband bought one of these so that I could print out good quality photos. Unlike in this article, at Standard quality there were fine lines in the pictures. These went away when I used Best quality. Unfortunately what hasn't gone away is the black rubbing off, even weeks after printing the picture. I am using Novatech's glossy photo paper, and reviews of this paper and this printer on other sites suggest that it should work fine. Let's just say I am underwhelmed. My daughter is even less impressed as she is doing photography at college and can't print any of her work out at home.

My Printer Ink

March 2, 2015, 11:58 am

I have used thig printer, HP has equipped its print system with both a timer and a page counter of 5000 then started playing into sleep mode and do not perform the printing jobs as before. HP designed this ink system primarily to sell print cartridges (at an enormous profit)

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