HP still sells more inkjet all-in-ones than any other company by a healthy margin, and is careful not to disturb a winning formula. The Officejet 6600 is an evolutionary product, applying tweaks to an already good specification, though still with a couple of surprising omissions from its feature set.
It's another black box, but with enough curves on everything from its Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) to its touchscreen control panel to ease it into a home, as well as a more square-cut small office environment. The feed tray for its 35-page ADF has heavily rounded sides, so from the front it looks something like a stylishly-billed duck. The recess in the scanner lid lip is small enough to make it awkward to open.
Below the scanner, to the right, is a 67mm touchscreen, with dedicated touch buttons ranged around it. The screen is bright and the menus and icons well designed, giving a clear, functional control scheme, which is intuitive and quick to use. Below the screen, there are no memory card slots, nor even a front-panel USB socket. This is a shame, as the extra cost isn't great and the increased flexibility of being able to print from or scan to USB storage would have more than outweighed it.
The single paper tray has a good capacity of 250-sheets (half a ream), so you shouldn't have to refill it too often. The output tray, directly above it, has a pull-out extension, which makes the printer very deep when it's set up for printing. Rival machines set the print head further back, so the overall depth is kept smaller.
USB and wireless connections are supported, but much of the HP Officejet 6600’s print flexibility relies on a wireless link. The four individual ink cartridges slide and click into place easily, once you’ve folded down the printer’s front panel. Software comprises HP’s own apps, including OCR, and plenty more are available from the ePrint Center.
We tried downloading a daily puzzle page, which printed automatically at a set time each day, so you could, for example, pick up a puzzle sheet on the way out to a daily commute. Much of the content is US-based though, so watch out for spelling and cultural differences.