HP Officejet Pro 8500 Conclusion

August 4, 2009 by Sarah Meyer Reads (31,565)


  • Laser quality prints
  • Wi-Fi, digital filing
  • Interactive control panel


  • Slow print speeds


The HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless All-in-One is definitely a useful machine; it offers users the ability to print, scan, copy and fax with multiple computers, one computer or zero computers. More importantly, it does all of these things well. But the real question is this: will the Officejet Pro 8500 replace your current laser print seamlessly? And can it really save you money?

My answer is maybe. The Officejet Pro 8500 can deliver laser quality prints but at much slower speeds than your typical laser printer. The Officejet Pro 8500 is much cheaper than any comparable laser printer and it could save you money on your energy bill but will that make up for the extra ink costs over the long run?  No doubt about it, inkjet cartridges aren’t as efficient as toner cartridges.

Here’s the bottom line: the Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless does many things well and it is very easy to use. I think it could be an excellent addition to a home office but if you want laser quality prints, laser quality speed, AND the laser cartridge cost per print, you may want to buy an actual laser printer.

The HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless configuration can be purchased on HP.com for $349.99.

The base model, the Officejet Pro 8500, is available for $249.99 but it does not include wireless networking, the legal-size scanner, touchscreen or direct digital filing.

The Officejet Pro 8500 Premier model is available for $439.99 with all the features found on the Wireless configuration but includes an additional 250-sheet paper drawer, a second set of color ink cartridges and creative software.

Not enough information to decide whether the Officejet Pro 8500 series is for you? Check out our full review coming soon!



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