HP Officejet 8600 Review
The HP Officejet 8600 is a fast office printer, but lacks detail.
It functions well as an office printer, but pictures are not so good.
Don't buy the HP Officejet 8600 if you plan on printing photos.
Using the included packet of colorlock paper will improve your color performance a bit, but you'll still be left wanting for more. Due to the fact that this printer is primarily used for office functions, you probably won't care so much about color accuracy, but the HP Officejet 8600 managed to limit its struggles to bright colors.
By reproducing 41.34% of the AdobeRGB color gamut, the HP Officejet 8600 has a somewhat narrow range of colors, but this should be sufficient for most documents—not so good for prints or photos, however. Comparatively speaking, this score is not good enough to compete with photo printers in any way.
Documents print out exceptionally fast.
The HP Officejet 8600 dawdles a little bit before printing to clean its heads and whatnot, but you won't die of boredom waiting. It scores fairly average marks here.
When you have a large print job, or need to get out the door quickly, the HP Officejet 8600 is the printer you want. Not only can it churn out document pages at a rate of 2.9 pages per minute on its highest quality setting, turning down the quality to "Normal" (which is still fairly good) will get you your document at a rate of 9.43 pages per minute. Impressive!
A decent contrast level, but nothing mind-blowing.
By producing a DMax measure of 2.46, the HP Officejet 8600 gives a fair level of contrast in prints, but ultimately it does not matter as much given the function of the printer. Should you elect to print graphics in your documents, however, they won't be terrible.
Because the HP Officejet 8600 is an office printer with a focus on document printing, details in pictures suffer. You'll notice that all the pictures in your documents 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.
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