Conclusion: The HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One is a well-rounded inkjet MFP, combining a wide range of features (like wireless printing) and good paper handling with solid text and image quality.
Pros: Automatic duplexer. Easy setup and usable interface. HP Web apps and ePrint functionality.
Cons: Though solid, its speed and output quality were unexceptional. No slot for USB key.
Summary: The HP Officejet 6500 Wireless strikes an impressive balance of performance, ease of use, and features at an aggressive price. It's robust enough to support a small office with moderate output needs, and it's easy to install and use, with excellent software support. A cheaper version is available, without the wireless capabilities.
Summary: On the one hand, the $159 HP Officejet 6500 offers fast wireless speeds, good print quality when it comes to documents, a high-capacity paper tray, and an attractive, relatively compact design. However, it's noisy, and its photo quality doesn't hold a candle to Canon or Kodak's. We'd sooner recommend the Kodak ESP 7 ($199); although its missing a fax machine and isn't quite as fast, it still offers decent speeds--not to mention strong photo quality and inexpensive...
Pros: Attractive design, Fast speeds, Users can toggle between quality and speed using a button, Built-in duplexer, High-capacity paper tray
Cons: Subpar photo quality, Noisy, No CompactFlash support
Conclusion: To its credit, HP posts "laser quality speed" ratings of 7 pages per minute for monochrome and color printing that are more realistic than the usual fantasy maximums cited for inkjets (in the 6500's case, 32 and 31 ppm for black and color, respectively). In our stopwatch tests using a USB 2.0 connection, the Officejet landed solidly in the middle of the multifunction inkjet category.