One of the best kept secrets of HP’s selection of inkjet printers is its Officejet Pro range. Inexpensive and with refreshingly low running costs, the Officejet Pro 8000 is now available in an extra version, called the Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise. This is intended for office use and comes with 128MB of internal memory and a PostScript Level 3 interpreter as standard.
It’s a big machine, in black and white, with plenty of broadly curved panels to try and soften its looks. There’s a large, detachable duplexer sticking out the back and a big, corded power block that will need to kick around under the desk. All a bit messy.
The head and cartridge system is much neater. The two print heads, one for cyan and magenta and the other for black and yellow, clip into the carrier and are connected by small tubes to the four high-capacity ink cartridges. The XL versions of these are good for 2,200 black pages and 1,400 colour, so nearly in the laser league. They plug in at the front, behind a hatch which folds down, left of the paper tray.
That paper tray can take up to 250 sheets at a time, but there’s no multi-purpose tray, so you have to remove the plain paper if you want to print photos.
The control panel is simple, with a 2-line by 16-character backlit LCD and eight buttons covering navigation and control. USB and 10/100 Ethernet connections are provided at the back.
Setup of the PCL 6 and PostScript Level 3 drivers is straightforward and there’s ink monitoring software, too. Support is provided for Windows and OS X, as usual, and Linux drivers are available at www.hplip.net.