Reviews and Problems with HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus
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Not built to last.
S. Brown, Amazon
12 September 2014
Summary: First off, I do have to give HP one major prop on this printer: It does achieve it's low-per-sheet ink cost. But that hardly matters if you have to throw it out entirely after 3 years, because it's completely broken down. That's what happened with mine: After three years of light use, it had accumulated numerous minor malfunctions, and finally stopped printing black ink altogether.
What a piece of crap. I swear this is the last HP Printer ...
Dave S, Amazon
7 August 2014
Summary: What a piece of crap. I swear this is the last HP Printer I will ever buy. The software package I think is the main culprit You have to turn it off and on every time you want to use it and it takes forever to boot. Seems to use a lot of ink too. Way to slow and expensive. Support sucks too.
Summary: While this printer will print a nice image and good text, you will spend 5 years of your life waiting for it to align, clean and jiggle the print head....50 times, until all of your ink is used up. To add insult to injury you cannot print Black only. Well, you can select Black ink only, but no matter what you do, it will consume all colors and you will be out of color ink even though you didn't print any color images.
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: It was like the last 2 HP printers I have owned. 2 years and they are shot with only light use. Printing became very poor and diagnostics said nothing was wrong although I suspected the printheads which are replaceable separately at a cost of $130. For the same money I bought a brand new highly rated Epson all-in-one. I am done with HP.
Summary: I have owned this thing for about ten months. Starting about 6 months after I bought it the print heads started clogging. I have bought two new print heads and they are now starting to clog again. I would not buy this model again.
Summary: Well, the first set of ink cartridges lasted a pretty long time and the prints looked good. The replacements cartridges (genuine HP) have run down very quickly. Also, after a year the print heads are regularly clogging and using up ink running the cleaning cycles. My previous HP printer didn't hold up well either. I won't be buying a 3rd.
Summary: The good first: when it prints, it is fast and looks great. It's also wireless, scans, and all of those features work great. That's why I'm not giving it a 1-star. The bad: I print a few pages a month with this printer, it is not in heavy use. And I almost never print in color. But every month when I try to print something, it goes through a 15-minute "cleaning print head" cycle that you can't get out of, so if I'm in a hurry I end up abandoning what I was trying to...
Summary: I can't add anything new to what people have already said about this printer. I can only share my frustrations while I sit here waiting on this frustrating piece of junk to go through the start up cycle. It's always something with this printer. I just wanted to print out my airline boarding pass this morning and now 30 minutes later it's still not complete. After the initial start up cycle, I'm told to replace yet another ink cartridge.
Summary: I purchased this printer in Nov 2011. I was extremely happy with its use as a home/home office printer. The HP ePrint worked fine. In month 14, just 2 months out of warranty, the printer turns up with a blue screen of death and an error code. HP offers an exchange for the 8600 model equivalent for $189.00. Searching the code online, I see that this is a frequent problem for these HP printers. Had they offered a trade in for $100, I would have been extremely happy.