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The Officejet Pro 8600 N911g is a really good printer by all stretches. I have used this printer for the past 2 months now and am impressed by this printer. I would say, as an introduction that it is the best printer asides from laser printers that I have ever used so far. It looks the part and performs to a very high standard. The printer does have some disadvantages but on the whole the Photosmart Pro 8600 meets my needs very well. My previous printers have not always printed out professionally enough and have had issues at some stage. My printer is colored black and rests safely on a small coffee table. The printer does not look too big and is fairly compact based on its performance. I have found it effortless to install new cartridges inside the printer lid/tray.On the top of the device there is a scanning area where you can scan documents. The installation of the printer was done through a CD which was easy to install, which enabled me to set up the printer and allows me to print wirelessly from my laptop.
Regarding the print speeds they vary as you can print simple pages quite quickly, but if you increase the resolution, for example the print quality then this will add to the wait for your pages to be made. On the whole I have found it useful in so far as that I can confidently print out drawings and pictures and know full well that what I am printing out creates a positive impression with myself as well as other people in my house.
A main feature of the printer is that when printing on double sides of A4 paper the machine feeds the paper to print on both sides automatically, so this is useful and time saving as you do not have to feed the paper manually.
The print quality is excellent compared to my HP Photosmart b110. On all occasions where I have printed documents the results are good.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 plus printer is a printer, a fax machine and can scan documents as well as be used as a photocopier and can print wirelessly from anywhere. Its design is quite good and from experience it can be seen that at the top of the device is where a small feed tray which is used for faxes, and if you lift the top up, you can then see the filter which can be used to scan documents. The middle part of the machine makes it really easy to install and replace ink cartridges. I have done small research which told me that it would cost about £60 to replace all of the cartridges (black, yellow, magenta and cyan colours, so please bear this in mind. Whilst the print quality is excellent the costs involved are high indeed. This might put some people off buying this printer.
At the bottom of the printer is a paper tray which can store a lot of papers. The machine at the middle has a small touch screen which displays the different uses of the printer as well as the wireless connectivity settings. On each side of the paper tray is the power button on the right and there are card readers. A sticker on the printer states that the paper tray can hold up to 250 sheets of paper and also that the printer takes 4 different color inks as mentioned earlier. Also the printer is energy star rated and also you can print wirelessly, using the HP e-print feature. The printer came with accessories such as the CD driver which was easy to install as well as a cable to connect the printer to enable sending faxes. The length of the printer plug cable to the power supply was not very long but it was satisfactory.
The advantages of the printer are that the colour printing is excellent and in my view the printing results speak for themselves. It is easy to get some glossy paper and experience quality prints as well as printing black and white documents. The disadvantages are the high costs of the ink cartridges. What I found a bit puzzling is that on the touch screen you can view the estimated ink levels but no indication regarding how many pages you can print off.
My conclusion is that this makes a good bridge between buying a more expensive laser printer which would do as good a job as this printer, but at the same time this is definitely in a different league as to say if you were buying a really cheap printer. The quality of the printing on the HP Photosmart 8600 plus is excellent. There is no blurry or blocky printing results. The printing quality in my view is smooth and clear. It is possible to increase the print quality settings and this can result in better quality printing. This is only possible by changing the settings. One more thing regarding the printer speed is that it can print around 20 pages a minute, but I once made a print on glossy paper and I adjusted the settings to the maximum resolution and it took a few minutes just to print out a photo. Generally the print speed of the HP 8600 N911g, is fast.
Costing around £280 is slightly an expensive purchase though it is an excellent addition to a home office or where intensive printing is required. The replacement cartridge costs are way too much