HP Officejet 6000 Wireless first look

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Growing on the successful launch of the Officejet Pro series in March, HP released the HP Officejet 6000 series on Monday morning.

The HP Officejet 6000 line includes two configurations: the 6000 base model and the 6000 Wireless.  Both configurations feature fast draft print speeds up to 32 page per minute (ppm) in black and 31 ppm in color, individual ink tanks including a black pigment-based ink, and HP’s improved paper path found on the Officejet Pro series released in March.  However, the Officejet 6000 Wireless also features built-in duplexing and embedded wireless connectivity.

Today, we have a hands-on first look of the HP Officejet 6000 Wireless and, next week, we’ll have a review of the 6000 Wireless, the printer that Buyers Laboratory Inc. gave a reliability ranking of “Excellent.”


  • Print speeds: up to 32 ppm in draft black, 31 ppm in draft color
  • Print resolution: up to 600 dpi black, 4800 x 1200 dpi color
  • First page out: as fast as 20 seconds
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 7,000 pages
  • Built-in duplexing
  • Four individual ink tanks; pigment-based black, dye-based color
  • Wireless, Ethernet and USB 2.0 connectivity
  • 192 MHz processor with 32 MB memory standard
  • Automatic paper sensors, borderless printing

The Officejet 6000 Wireless is very similar looking to the Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless with a sleek black and gray design but a tad smaller and a little less fancy.  The single function printer is compact with maximum dimensions of 18.03 x 19.47 x 6.45 inches and weighs less than 11 lbs.

The top of the Officejet 6000 pulls open to reveal the inside of the machine for access to the print head and ink tanks.  The Officejet 6000 uses four individual inks: dye-based HP 920 magenta, HP 920 cyan, HP 920 yellow and pigment-based HP 920 black.  There is an option for high yield ink replacements: the HP 920XL cartridge series.

Since the Officejet 6000 is a pretty basic printer, the control panel is as well.  There are four buttons on the front of the device: power, print, cancel and wireless keys.  There are also four ink monitors to the right of this mini control panel that light up when the Officejet 6000 is running low on a particular ink. 

Below the simple panel, you’ll find the paper trays.  HP has improved the paper path so that the input and output trays almost seem like one drawer, feeding into each other with relative ease.  According to a recent Buyers Laboratory, Inc. study, the Officejet 6000 printed 7,000 impressions (the maximum monthly duty cycle) without a single malfunction or misfeed.

The 50-sheet output tray extends out and up to prevent documents from landing on the floor.

The 250-sheet input tray can handle several different types of media thanks to two adjustable paper clasps on either side; think envelopes, transparencies, 4×6 photo paper, cards, etc.

Users will find the USB 2.0 and Ethernet ports on the back of the printer along with the duplexing accessory.

The Officejet 6000 series will be available in June 2009.  The estimated retail value of the Officejet 6000 is $89 while the Officejet 6000 Wireless comes in at $119.



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