HP makes fairly modest speed claims for the Officejet 6600, with 14ppm for black and 8ppm for colour. Under test, our sample produced a maximum of 13.0ppm on the 20-page sample, which is pretty close, but only 4.6ppm for colour. In real terms, though, both these figures are good for an inkjet.
When testing draft print, which looks nearly as good as normal mode and would be fine for most documents, the printer occasionally spent up to 32s chuntering around, before starting to print the first page. This is a long time for pre-processing.
A single page colour copy form the flatbed took a spritely 31s and a five-page black text copy from the ADF completed in 56s, also quite quick. 15 x 10cm photos took around a minute from both PC and Android smartphone sources. HP’s ePrint Home & Business app on our Samsung Galaxy Mini was easy to use and prints quickly via any ad hoc wireless link, as well as via the Web.
It’s surprising there’s no duplex facility on the Officejet 6600, a feature which is becoming standard on many inkjet all-in-ones, even those not geared to the home office. The savings in paper costs are not to be sniffed at.
Prints we obtained from the machine were good. Clear, crisp black text with no signs of fuzziness or head misalignments, bright, dense colours with excellent registration of black text over colour fills and clean inverted, white-on-black. Photos, usually a strong element of HP print, are a bit less nuanced than normal, with stronger colours than necessary in some natural shades and loss of some dark detail.
The ink cartridges are available in standard and XL versions and using the higher-yield consumables gives page costs of 2.8p for ISO black pages and 6.2p for ISO colour pages, including 0.7p for paper. These are competitive for a machine at this price and the separate colour cartridges mitigate ink wastage.
The HP Officejet 6600 is a good, SOHO all-in-one, which prints quickly, produces excellent plain paper prints and is economical to run. However, the lack of both duplex print and, at a minimum a front-panel USB socket, have to count against it, as some of its main competitors include both.