Reviews and Problems with HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus
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A great all-in-one for a great price!
2 weeks ago
Summary: My second 8500 from HP (the first was injured in a cross-country move, though it limped along for another year and a half before it need to be replaced). When purchased my first 8500 almost 4 years ago, I was skeptical about how long it would last. For the price, I found that it is by far the best you could get: it faxes, scans, prints (double-sided), and copies. For someone with a small home business, it is perfect.
Summary: Look online to see how many resolvable problems this printer system has... It's awful. Paper jam errors. Fax Errors. Works for a couple of mouths then stops. Won't print black ink if color wells are empty. on and on.
Summary: I find myself often fighting with the printer cartridges; it says low on ink when it isn't (cover the bladder with tape--really?); I'm afraid to get the printer cartridges refilled locally, as there are "expiration dates" programmed into the cartridges, it often just won't print; it takes 10+ to load. The only plus side is the scanner is reliable.
Summary: I've had several HP printers in the past .... no problems. This 8500A under light use is a big disappointment. I would go on but can find NO redeeming qualities. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.
Nightmarish color reproduction. You won't find worse. Shame on you, HP!
K. Brubaker, Amazon
24 February 2014
Summary: The printer is easy to set up and use, but the color quality is just awful. AWFUL. Prints on photo paper are dark and somewhat clouded. Color prints on paper are unbelievably bad, even with very high quality paper. Seriously, I thought that some of my ink cartridges were empty, and replaced them. Even with fresh ink the pictures have banding, and the colors couldn't be farther off. Blond hair turns hellish red, black hair becomes white. It's nightmarish.
Summary: This is a good all-in-one until it breaks. The ink is significantly more expensive than most printer ink. I'm not sure why. And the printer seems to run the "cleaning printheads" operation more than other printers. This operation uses a significant amount of ink, and some paper. This trait was annoying, but not a deal-breaker. Fast-forward to a couple weeks ago. I spent about $140 on xl cartridges hoping I wouldn't need to buy ink for at least 4-6 months.
Summary: This is a total piece of crap printer. I am getting rid of it this weekend and will absorb the cost of the already bought cartridges. Every few print or copy cycles this machine whines and squeaks and goes thru an unstoppable cleaning print heads cycle that cant be stopped then an alignment etc etc etc. Do yourself a favor.
Summary: Brand new out of the box, it does not work. After hours of battling the thing (following instructions to perform cleanings and alignments that always fail) and over $100 worth of ink, I gave up on trying to get it to work. I am pretty sure the print head needs to be replaced, at a cost of $65. The warranty on the print head is expired, though it has never successfully printed a page in its life, only burned through ink performing "maintenance" procedures.
I rarely write reviews but this printer is pure hell
Paul R. Cavanaugh, Amazon
9 January 2014
Summary: After a year and a half of struggling with this printer, I am finally ready to throw in the towel. This is by far the worst HP product I have ever bought and it is also the worst printer I have ever owned by any manufacturer. Had I written this review a few months after I bought the printer, my opinion would be quite different. It starts off doing a good job, however starting at around 6 months various aspects of the print mechanism begin to fail.