Here at the Cartridge Place, even though we are focused on providing ink refills and toner cartridge remanufacturing, we are frequently asked to make a printer recommendation so here is our review of the HP8600 Series printers.
This series of ink printers are one of the most popular models over the last year. They are being marketed to small offices or home offices with relatively heavy-duty print needs. Touted as an alternative to a laser printer because the ink tanks are high capacity, and with claims of 2,300 pages for the 950XL black and 1,500 for 951XL colour cartridges @ 5% coverage, these ink tanks are among the largest in the market at the moment and they work really well for refilling.
The common question is, “Will I get this many prints?” It depends how much coverage you have on each page. Below is an example of what 5% coverage looks like. These two paragraphs placed on an A4 or Letter-sized sheet of paper make up 5% coverage:
“For the purpose of cartridge yield measure, almost all printer manufacturers base their black ink/toner cartridge yields on 5% coverage. This means only 5% of the whole page is covered with ink or toner. 5% coverage implies basic type with no bold characters, no graphics and no pictures.
CMYK toners for color laser printers and copiers base their cartridges yields on 20% to 35% coverage (5% to 7% per color). In reality, if a document had a 100% fill, there would be 400% coverage. Tri-color inkjet/toner cartridges base their page yield on 15% coverage (5% per color).”
(Taken from this blog)
HP offers three different models as listed below
- HP Officejet Pro with AirPrint $149.97
- HP Officejet Pro Plus Wireless with AirPrint and ePrint $329.74
- HP Officejet Pro Premium with AirPrint and ePrint $429.46
If you are wondering what AirPrint and ePrint is, here are the explanations
AirPrint is an Apple technology that helps you create full-quality printed output without the need to download or install drivers. AirPrint is built in to many printer models from most popular printer manufacturers. Just select an AirPrint printer on your local network to print from your favorite iOS or OS X app. AirPrint printers are available for these devices when using the latest version of iOS available for them:
- iPad (all models)
- iPhone (3GS or later)
- iPod touch (3rd generation or later)
ePrint is a printing technology developed by HP wherein their new generation of printers will now be able to print documents and images via an email system instead of the usual route of using basic computers. With the ePrint-enabled printer, users will be able to instruct the device to print by means of an email address tagged to each printer. This means that ePrint printers must be connected to the internet or “in the cloud” for them to be able to do the printing task. Working in the same concept as sending email messages, users simply type the email address of the printer and he/she can print documents right away.
These models are quite hefty for an inkjet printer measuring 11.8 by 19.4 x 18.9, with the 8600 being slightly smaller. All models have a 250-sheet paper input capacity and auto-duplexing and a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) on top. A feature missing from the 8600 which is available on the 8600 plus is direct email sending. With the 8600 you have to scan and email via an email client on a computer.
Text output is above par for an inkjet, photos are good while graphic output is below par. The printhead is in the printer and the ink cartridges are just tanks, therefore, you may have to perform frequent printhead cleanings to get the best quality print. This is a common issue with this model, and with other HP models using ink tanks. Printhead cleaning is very simple. Choose the tools menu from the touchscreen and scroll to print head cleaning.
If you are looking for a unit that you will connect to your computer with a cable but you would still like to AirPrint, then the basic model would be a good choice. With the same print, copy, scan and fax capabilities as the higher models and 32ppm prints in black and colour, this unit would more than suffice for a home or home office. You can also scan or print from a memory card or USB stick. The touchscreen is a little smaller though, measuring 2.65” vs 4.3” for the Plus and Premium models.
All in all this is a workhorse printer with large ink tanks, lots of functionality and great quality printing for everyday business or home use.
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Until next time,