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HP Officejet 8600 Review

The HP Officejet 8600 is a fast office printer, but lacks detail.

April 23, 2012
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Introduction

Meet the HP Officejet 8600, an office all-in-one printer with a high print speed and several network options for you to share with your coworkers. It uses individual ink cartridges, which will waste less and save you money in the long run.The other aspects of the HP Officejet 8600's performance are fair, but don't expect ultra-fine detail. If you're looking for an office printer that can handle a larger range of print options than your standard LaserJet, you might want to give this a look.

Design & Usability

Through and through, this unit is an office printer.

What's an office printer without a bunch of connections? In addition to having the ability to be shared over a wireless network, the HP Officejet 8600 can also be connected to a computer via a USB cable. To handle the fax function, the printer has dual fax ports to support more than one line, and it also has a parallel port as well. On top of all that, the HP Officejet 8600 also allows you to buy apps for your printer via the WebOS store of HP's failed TouchPad tablet. While the tablet may have flamed out, the printers still have apps uploaded to the market to enhance your experience with the Officejet 8600 and others.

All of your main printer controls live on a capacitive panel (that includes the screen) on the front of the printer, and it functions well to the touch. When you navigate through different tasks or menus, the applicable buttons will light up and alert you to your options. To toggle an option on the screen, simply tap it with your finger, much like you would with a tablet or smartphone.

Tapping the icons on the display feels a lot more intuitive than mashing arrow buttons. Tweet It

The tiny display on the HP Officejet 8600 isn't all that spectacular in terms of resolution or size, but it does offer an updated experience necessary to make the printer a little more accessible to younger operators. You will find that tapping the icons on the display feels a lot more intuitive than mashing arrow buttons.

The HP Officejet 8600's ink cartridges are segregated to one dye per cartridge, removing the frustration of depleting one color of ink and being forced to toss out a cartridge that still has other colors of ink in it. Inside the packaging, you will find a cyan cartridge, a magenta cartridge, a yellow cartridge, and a black cartridge. Each cartridge slides and locks into a slot revealed after the printer is turned on.

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Features & Performance

The Officejet 8600 can print on a wide range of media.

The HP Officejet 8600 is incredibly easy to set up, save for the fact that there is no included USB cable, either leaving you to set up your printer via wireless home network, or forcing you to buy a USB cable. Once you take your printer out of the box, you'll need to remove all of the plastic coverings, as well as slide the duplex unit into the back of the printer itself. After you've plugged the Officejet 8600 in, running the drivers disc on your computer will guide you through the rest of the process painlessly.

The HP Officejet 8600 does a fairly good job of handling color gradients. Tweet It

The HP Officejet 8600 can handle many different sizes of media, but you must be sure to adjust your paper tray accordingly. If you do, you can print on 3 x 5, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 5 x 8, 4 x 10, 4 x 11, and 4 x 12-inch sheets, as well as envelopes. You can also use the duplexer for letter sheets and executive sizes.

Because the HP Officejet 8600 is an office printer with a focus on document printing, detail and color in pictures suffers. All of the prints from the Officejet 8600 are a little reminiscent of a pointillistic painting, or a comic book page, and that's no accident. Beyond that, though, the HP Officejet 8600 does a fairly good job of handling color gradients.

Conclusion

It's an office printer, so don't expect too much in the photo department.

As a strict office printer, the HP Officejet 8600 does a fantastic job of churning out print jobs like nobody's business, but the quality is a little bit lacking. For documents, that's totally fine, but don't expect your pictures or graphics to jump off the page or impress anyone.

HP Officejet 8600 is right at home in a modern office, specifically if there are many tech-savvy employees running around, as this printer can download apps and run them to increase its functionality and support for some of the more specialized office functions. If you're looking for an office printer for a small group, the HP Officejet 8600 isn't a bad bet at all.

If, however, you don't need an office printer, and you're just looking for something to fill the role at home and make the occasional photo print or two, we'd strongly suggest you look elsewhere. The HP Officejet 8600 is an office printer through and through, and isn't well-suited for that endeavor.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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