"Good printer, took forever to install."3.0 starson by webserf
Pros: Decent print quality. Not the first choice for photos, but this is really more of an all-around printer for a small office. Rated it Good, because of confusing sales ploy, which does not allow all features in each version.
Cons: Took over 2 hours to install software and printer on an XP pro machine.
Base model does NOT have wireless networking ability and also does NOT have the larger LCD screen.
Separate Printheads is a huge negative which adds to lifetime printer cost.
Summary: MY main beef is that they have 3 versions of this printer, instead of giving this printer 3 different model numbers. Make sure your version has the features you want!WORST printer I've ever owned.
The idea is good, but overall this will never be more than a casual use printer for a small office. HP says it is capable of printing 15,000 pages a month, and then goes on to say you shouldn't print more than about 1,250. IT is a rediculous sales ploy to sell it as a 15,000 page a month printer and then tell the customer it really should not be used that way. WHY? Because the printheads are only capable of printing about 15,000 before being replaced at $90 each.
COST reality check... if you print 500 pages a month, you will easily spend $50 a month in ink. If you print only a handful of pages a month, then this will be a great printer for you, whilst giving fax and scan capability! The scanner is great and I use it a lot to scan and save documents that I don't need tp print.
Fax memory seemingly is only for inbound faxes, as my experience with outbound faxes does not scan into memory and then send the fax. This means you wait whilst a large number of pages is being faxed before taking the papers back to your workspace.
This printer comes in a base model that does not have the larger LCD screen or Wireless Capability.
Even though this review is mostly pointing out negative aspects of the printer, it does do a good job printing/faxing/scanning, and would be just fine for a home office that prints about 100-500 pages a month. More than that, I would highly suggest a more robust printer solution.
I hope this review is helpful!
Updated on May 27, 2011
After 2 years of trying to like this unit, I've given up.
IT has the highest, by far cost to use of any other printer I've owned.
The printer virtually shuts down if one of your ink cartridges are empty. Faxing stops. Scanning stops. Even though fax and scan are separate features of the printer, it will stop working until you replace ink. Horrible.
Also, it spends soooooooo much time and ink "self-checking", that I've been pressed to get more than about 200 pages of printed text out of it, even though it's supposed to print nearly 1,000 pages of standard text.
In 2 years, I've printed 1,800 pages, at a cost of over $500.00 in supplies, which included replacing the print-heads.
REMEMBER: if you buy a unit that is old stock, the print-heads and ink cartridges are designed to "time-out" on a certain date. This means you could buy a "New" printer, the ink of which will "deplete" before you even get use out of it.
Updated on May 27, 2011ZERO STARS. If I could change my "star" rating, I would give it a zero. As you may see, I've become so frustrated with the printer that I'm hoping to stop (or dissuade) at least one other individual from buying it, OR the next version of the 8500. To be honest, I'd stay AWAY from HP printers, as they do not easily accept CISS units for those who print a lot of volume. Chips cannot be reset, and the printers become bricks (no scan or fax) when any of the ink is depleted.