HP has a big opportunity in the low cost colour printer market. It wants to promote the use of inkjet printers in small business, while not hurting sales of its low-end colour lasers. The HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer shows what the inkjet side of the equation can do.
This is a substantial machine for an inkjet, housed in a black and white case, all broad radius curves and chunky shapes. There's a big, fixed paper tray at the front, which can take up to 250 sheets of A4 paper. Pages make HP's traditional 180-degree turn before ending up on top of this tray, once you've pulled out a paper support.
The printer uses a substantial print engine which separates the ink tanks from the print heads. The tanks slot it behind a cover to the right of the paper tray and the four colours have high yields of 2,200 black pages and 1,400 colour ones.
SB and 10/100 Ethernet links are provided at the back of the machine, though you need to buy the HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless Printer if you need a WiFi connection. Software is basic, with a web print utility and a driver, but handles all that's necessary.
HP claims speeds of up to 15ppm for black print and 11ppm for colour in laser print mode.
Black text print is never going to be quite up to the crispness of toner, but the HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer does pretty well and there's very little sign of ink spread, which can make it look fuzzy. Colours are strong and, although the printer isn't geared to photo print, it does a very good job, certainly much better than from any colour laser.
You will be hard pushed to find a colour laser under £500 that will get close. This is a great alternative, particularly if much of its workload will include graphics or photos.
Product: HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer
RRP ex VAT: £91