The Bottom Line
- Excellent print and photo quality
- Built-in duplexer
- Long set-up time required
- Limited functionality
- Large footprint
- Color inkjet printer
- Automatic duplex printing
- Up to 15 pages per minute (black, at draft speed)
- 250-sheet input capacity
- Ethernet networking
- 250-sheet input tray
- 150-sheet output tray
Guide Review - HP Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise Color Printer
Print speeds were average at best. A four-page Word document took about 43 seconds (with first page out in about 19 seconds)--that's about the same as the HP Officejet Pro 8500A, and roughly average for the whole line. It was time well spent, at least--fonts were sharp and clear, and I there was no noticeable bleed into the paper. Duplex printing saves resources but wastes time, with the same Word document taking almost two minutes to print. Of course you can get closer to HP's claim of 15 ppm (black) by using draft mode--but that's not much help when you're printing something for the boardroom.
On the other hand, if your business calls for printing 4x6 photos, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the speed--about 39 seconds for an excellent photo. Color graphics looked excellent, and overall the print quality is very close to laser-like. So if you want to save time, go with a laser printer; if you want to save money, the Officejet Pro Enterprise is a better bet. That is, if you don't mind that there's only a single paper input for 250 pages. There are no slots for external media.
I do like the heavy-duty ink cartridges that come with this printer. They're much larger than consumer-oriented cartridges and very easy to install. HP says the black cartridge is good for around 1,000 pages, and the color cartridges for about 900 pages. Additional black cartridges retail for $25.99 on HP's site; the color cartridges for $19.99.
This printer does have a big footprint for a single-purpose printer; it's nearly two feet wide and 19.45-inches deep (including the duplexer and output tray). That's a lot of desk space for a printer that can't handle media larger than legal-size paper. It weighs in at over 17 pounds.