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- Office Machine Type: copier / Fax / scanner / printer
- Office Machine Functions: Copier, Fax, Scanner, Printer
- Printing Technology: Ink-jet
- Media Handling / Max Original Size: Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
- Scanner Optical Resolution: 4800 x 4800 dpi
The Good: The 8600 Plus HP Office jet prints photos of professional quality and the documents with a great speed. It has got different connectivity options along with other exciting features like cloud printing, auto-duplexer and scanning bay with legal size.
The Bad: The sensitivity can’t be calibrated and touch screen should be pressed with force by finger to trigger the display roles.
The Bottom Line: If you have the right desk to put it on according to its large size, the HP 8600 Plus provides you with quick prints, is suitable for home and office and for photo enthusiasts who are looking for upgrade.
The product is the upgraded version of Pro 8500A Plus. The 8600 Plus, at $299, comes with enhancements of print speed, improved texture of display of touch-screen and the chassis that is sleeker than before. It is recommended for professional environments as well as home offices.
Its Different Features And Design
- Its Size And The Surface
Glossy veneer as on the previous version is no more there, instead matte paint, that looks quite modern, is used to conceal fingerprints and dust. The professional look associated to it is appealing but one should make a good space for its large body, which is 12.4 inch tall and 19.4 inch wide, to be put. There are indented handles, one on each side of the printer, so that moving around is easy.
- The Input Tray
250 sheets could be put in the tray which protrudes about 4 inches from the front of the printer and AD, at the top, can house 50 pages. A manual tray in centre console as in laser printer is not there in 8600 Plus which might be irritating for printing irregular media.
If you are one of those who print a lot of images and graphic documents, you should take advantage of the Premium step-up offer called 8600 Premium, which makes you available the capacity of extra 250 sheet tray and additional cartridge.
- The Printer’s Screen
Navigating the scan, print, copy is made much easier due to the 4.3 inch touch-screen. The size of screen is the same as Pro 8500A but comparing with WorkForce 840 by Epson, the LCD is surrounded by 7.8-inches touch panel, providing extra buttons for navigation. HP’s total touch panel is like that of an iPhone on the side and 6 inches diagonally. Both the printers perform their job appreciably when it comes to providing clear and simple menu system to navigate through functions. Due to the virtual keyboard QWERTY, entering text is easier in HP than in Epson. Also, because of the hard pad for registration below the screen, it is less likely that a button wil be mistakenly pressed. There isn’t any way to do any adjustments in the page of settings of screen, so one might get annoyed till printer itself gets this right.
- Connecting With Internet
The Wi-Fi connection could easily be used with Pro 8700Plus with an easy process. Once printer is connected to a network, HP’ AirPrint option could be used for printing from an iOS device and that too, without any extra applications. With AirPrint, any photo could be printed from iPhoto library. The Pro8500 Plus features the ePrint technology by HP also, through which one can send jobs to printer from a connected device by using the unique e-mail address assigned. But this convenient feature comes with some restrictions, one of which is connection with network.
In addition to the standard list of Fax, Scan, and Copy options on home screen, you will also get another icon named Apps. The apps include DreamWorks, Disney, Financial Times etc. that allow you to print new pages or colored pages. New apps could be installed ePrint site by HP.
It has 4,800-dpi resolution and is 8.5×14 inches when measured and can easily scan and copy legal and letter-size documents. The scans could be sent to a memory card, e-mail program or a PC.
The Printer’s Overall Performance
The printer has come with improved engine but compared to Workforce 840 by Epson, the black-text test for speed and the presentation are slightly better off in Workforce840.
The quality of print, with lines in the two colors and in black and white, and also the dark prints in grayscale, is excellent. Like WorkForce 840, Pro8600 also demonstrates impressive quality of photo prints with vivid colors and least blurring in text.
The Printer’s Service And The Support
The warranty for the printer is for on year, given by HP, that also includes the toll-free telephone round the clock and Webchat in the weekdays. The website by HP contains software’s, downloadable drivers and manuals etc. The device could be returned in 21 days once delivery is made.
Once again HP has presented a fast, dependable all-in-one device which is classy as well. With the convenient cloud printing, including AirPrint and ePrint compatibility, and connectivity features, the Pro8600 Plus is definitely a great performer in environments that require high-quality image prints and documents.