HP Officejet 6500A Plus review

20 Oct

HP’s Officejet 6500A Plus is a highly featured version of the Vanilla Officejet 6500A. It gives Wi-Fi support and duplexer that lets you to print on both sides of a page automatically. The highlight is its cost. It will only cost you an extra tenner and you can buy this online from HP for £100.

Chunky design

The 6500A Plus looks similar to its lesser-featured sibling, housed in a big and bulky frame. It is certainly tall with 409mm high and its footprint is also large at 476x258mm. So it covers more space. The glossy black finish gives more stylish look than average business printer.

On the sloping panel, there is 6cm touchscreen and numerical touch-pad for dialing fax numbers. The touchscreen makes the printer easy to use. It is easy, especially, when the user is setting it up to work with Wi-Fi or want to quickly change the number of photocopies.

There is an automatic document feeder sitting on top of the scanner lid that allows you quickly copy or fax multi-page documents, the bottom of the printer is home to a 250 sheet feeder. Next to this, there is memory card reader that serves for Memory Stick Duo, MMC, SD and XD cards. Unfortunately, the printer lacks a PictBridge USB port.

Simple set-up

The set-up becomes so simple with the printer’s very straightforward, with its touchscreen, which guides you throughout the process on a step by step basis with evident instruction and handy animations.

It’s your choice to connect the printer either directly to the PC via USB or pin it into your network using a wired Ethernet Cable or Wi-Fi. It is best to utilize one of the networking options, as the advantage of the printer’s Web features can be taken.This includes support for HP’s ePrint service that set the printer up with its own unique email address, so you can email documents and photos to it from any Internet-connected device anywhere in the world. This email address can be used to sign up the printer with Google’s new Cloud Printing service.

The 6500A Plus supports Web Apps, that gives quick access to online datums such as Yahoo and Reuters news services of Disney and DreamWorks printouts. So a round-up of the day’s news or coloring materials for children.

Scanning and Copying

The automatic document feeder can handle maximum 35 sheets at a time. It lets the user to copy or fax multi-page documents without manually placing every sheet on the scanner’s glass surface.

The scanner has a resolution of 4800dpi and produces impressive quality results. The colour accuracy is also good. The printer is also reasonably quick when it comes in making photocopies.

Speed, Quality and Cost

The printer has a fair pace with the ability to complete 10-page text document in 1 minute 15 seconds. But it is not much fast when duplex printing is taken into consideration. It takes 3 minutes 40 seconds to print five double-sided pages of the text document, which is about a minute longer than other recent inkjet models. It pauses for up to 17 seconds after printing the first side to let the ink dry. This drawback obviously create a negative impact on its speed.

Even though it is created mainly for business use, the printer does a good deed of printing photos. It takes only 37 seconds to produce a 4×6-inch snap.

The 6500A Plus will also prove cheap to run over the longer term. It costs just 2p to print a black and white page of text, while a colour sheet works out at 4p. Both those costs are lower compared to that on a inkjet multifunction model.

The 6500A Plus is a great performer excluding the slow slide of duplex printing. It is much more impressive with its stacked features.

Source: reviews.cnet.co.uk

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