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HP Officejet 8500 Pro Multifunction Printer


HP 8500 Officejet Pro  
  • A4 Multifunction Inkjet Printer
  • Scanner, Copier, Fax
  • 35ppm Mono Draft Quality Print Speed
  • 34ppm Colour Draft Quality Print Speed
  • Up to 4800x1200 Optimised dpi Resolution
  • 250 Sheet Input Tray
  • Duplex Unit
  • Memory Card Slots, PictBridge
  • Networked, USB
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HP Officejet 8500 Pro Multifunction Printer

The HP Officejet Pro 8500 All-in-One is designed for micro/small business users wanting an energy-efficient, network-ready all-in-one capable of delivering premium-quality colour and black-and-white at an exceptionally low cost per page.

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HP Officejet 8500 Pro Multifunction Printer Reviews and Questions


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  • Question by:
  • Mr Roberts

Can you confirm whether this can scan directly to create a pdf?

Our Comment:

Unusually, HP haven't provided this information in its entirety. According to the User Guide for the printer, you can scan in either JPEG, PDF or OCR - although what is not clear is if you can scan in all three functions without installing the supplied scanning software. HP say that you can use "basic scanning features" without installing software - but they do not indicate what they consider to be "basic" scanning features.

So, in answer to your question, yes, you can scan directly to pdf but you may have to install additional (included) software.


Review good all round printer
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  • Andy
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  •  3.5 stars

I had a laser printer which was a mistake and I had forgotten how fast ink-jets were. This is a fast printer and clear to use and set up. The ink usage so far has been good and the quality of print is first class.


Review Good allrounder
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  • John
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  •  3.5 stars

The first printer was faulty, not a good start but HP replaced it with a new printer without a problem. Since then its just done what it says on the tin. I like it.


Review Relatively expensive but brilliant
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  • Paul Thomas
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  •  4 stars

This printer seems to do everything you would want.Good print quality,wireless,copier, duplex and scanning and of course fax - if anyone really uses this ! It has a very comprehensive menu which takes a while to set up - assuming you want to use all the functions but one I particularly like is that you can set up to scan and send the scan directly to your Email address ( or someone else's) very simply. It is quite a large and heavy machine so I guess it's built for durability.I cannot comment on print speed as this really hasn't ever bothered me if a printer can shave off 1 sec/copy. The on screen database is useful in telling you the amount of ink left in each cartridge so you don't get caught out and also, usefully tells you how many sheets you have printed - then you get a shock ! A word of caution though - when buying the printer always buy additional cartridges. The ones included are demo and don't last long. The LCD touch screen is also useful but take care as it is easy to touch the wrong selection but the menu is easy to use and move around. All in all an excellent printer and, at this low price, great value


Review All in all pretty good!
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  • John Leach
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  •  3.5 stars

I tossed up between a colour laser all-in-one and the HP8500 and eventually went with this because of its cheaper price and promise of lower than usual ink costs. It has worked pretty well in wireless mode: I haven't done any accurate costing on ink but it seem to get through carts at a pretty reasonable rate. I've only used HP original carts, as apparently HP printers don't like cheapo compatibles. A set of four costs around £60. The scanning and OCR features are excellent, I haven't used it as a fax, and the copying seems fine. My only quibble, as with just about every other printer I've owned, is the paper feed: there is no definite point at which the paper 'feels' loaded properly - you just kind of dump it in the tray, but if you push it in too far it gets jammed and/or sends several sheets through at once. Inkjet labels have to be fed in one sheet at a time, and when the paper supply gets low it will often jam, although jam-clearing seems to be pretty easy. Initial set-up takes something approaching an hour, and it often goes through a laborious chorus of creaks and groans cleaning itself before printing or when first switched on. I'm not that thick but the instructions both on-line and on-screen are not the easiest to understand. But it has never seriously let me down, and all in all I'd recommend it as a good alternative to a laser.


Review Almost there - a poor printer with worse support
  • Review by:
  • Gregg
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  •  1 star

I bought the 8500 wireless MFP with a second paper tray. When I set up the print shortcuts the driver would only remember apparently random parts of the paper and tray assignments so I had to set them up for every print. On this printer that is particularly long-winded to do because the driver defaults to US sizes. I corresponded with HP email support for a week without success before being handed on to a second agent who started asking the questions I had already answered a week previously. I then wiped my PC and reinstalled Windows XP from scratch - still no difference. Then I phoned HP telephone support and spoke to a polite chap in South Africa who didn't know the answer and would ring me back. A week later when I had received no return phone call I telephoned HP support again and got through to the same office. Understandably I didn't get the same person, but the person I was talking to couldn't tell from the notes who I had previously spoken to. This individual said it wasn't the first time he had heard of the issue, but HP's software developers didn't believe the problem existed. He then asked me to help them by downloading a diagnostic utility from their website and sending them the results. He would then telephone me the following week when they had looked at the issue. That was four weeks ago and I've still heard nothing. This printer has an issue and it appears HP support is either unable or unwilling to identify and fix it. Printware quickly replaced the printer (but only with an HP support number, although HP support said they didnít need it) but the replacement has the same issues. The first printer made a high-pitched squeal whilst idle but thankfully the second one is silent. The ink costs on this printer are most attractive but the black ink smudges terribly Ė even days later and using the sample Colorlok paper included in the box. If you print an envelope and it gets wet whilst being delivered the way the ink runs is just plain bad. The printer is a duplex printer but what you wonít read in the specifications is that the print margins for duplex printing are much larger than those advertised for single sided printing. This wouldnít be so bad except the print driver shrinks the page to fit it within the larger margins. So when we print our letter and letterhead together on a duplex print, the letterhead is shrunk and doesnít match the invoice that was printed single-sided. Unusable! Also (yes another issue), if you print direct from a memory card it will only print to tray 1, even if tray 2 is set as the default, and tray 1 is locked. However, tray 2 will only take plain A4, so if you print envelopes they have to live in tray 1. This printer feels like it was rushed to market with insufficient development time. HP appear now to have remedied the paper feed errors the early 8500ís had, but there is still so much to be done. It promises so much and ultimately canít deliver.


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