Summary: The HP 8250 is a paradox.........it is both good and bad. It has tons of features, has excellent print speed and overall does a fair job of printing text and photos. However, I like so many others have had more than my share of problems with this unit. I too experienced the problem with paper not feeding. I roughed up my rollers a little and took care of some of that. I then had to play with the configuration to set paper defaults, etc.
Inconsisently says "out of paper" and is an ink hog but good quality
8 November 2010
Summary: Does a great print job for text and photos. Dont dowload all of the software - hogs up your system. Drinks ink faster than any other riter I have owned (going back to 1995). Also, inconsistently says Out of paper - so I take the paper out and put it back in and it works. Also, make s grinding noise sometimes. Large footprint, too. They dont make printers like they used to. Waiting for it to die so I can buy a wireless one.
Summary: Fast, good color results, fun to use printer with great features but my photos are less than perfect. They show the grainy dots because the printhead nozzles are simply too far apart. You will see better quality in other HP photo printers. (If photo quality is your bottom line, you might check out the HP8450. Awesome results but for cost of ink, I would keep that model for photo lab only but that's my thought just to help make a point.
Summary: This printer does pretty nice photos and every day printouts. Either way, we don't print a lot, but have been satisfied with the quality. The problem is the constant "Device Maintenance" that seems to run after almost every two or three pages/photos and every time we reboot the computer. In addition, when we reboot the computer or simply turn on the printer, the printer insists on printing a couple of test pages with garbage at the top.
Print quality good (with HP paper), but ink expensive!
Greg Krebs, Amazon
8 November 2008
Summary: I must first disclose, that this is my first in-depth experience with printing color photos in significant volume. I am using the HP Photosmart 8250 for a work project, and cost of printing is not a major issue, as my employer is demanding near photo quality. Personally, I have always been a "gray-scale" fan for my own personal ink jet use, and if given a choice, I would use our color laser printer for printing the photo brochures that I am printing on this HP 8250...
Summary: It worked well for my light-duty use for the 16 months: good quality prints, even ink coverage, fast. But last June I got my first "ink system failure" error message. I was able to clear it with about 4 hours of effort (using a patch downloadable from the HP website). Now, 5 months later, the error is back, and 8 hours of effort has not been enough to fix the problem. The HP customer care rep's advice was to 'buy a new printer.' I have no choice but to take that advice.
Summary: This printer literally sits on the same shelf as an Epson 3810 and Canon ip6600D. I also have a Epson RX500 somewhere else. So, I'm making direct comparisons here. The picture output, color, sharpness, contrast, etc. is outstanding. I found that the colors on the prints are pretty faithful to my monitor (HP f1905 on sRBG color setting).
Summary: Well the first 60 pictures were great, and I was pretty happy with the printer (in spite of the difficulty loading paper) Then I went to install a new ink cartridge but was instead greeted with the message "Ink system malfunction, the printer will no longer print" I contacted HP and they told me it was defective and to take it back to the store.
Summary: This is really a great printer for photos and other projects but the problem lies with the ink cartridges. They are always running out! I thought the price was amazingly cheap for all the features on the printer now I know why. Its the ink. You have the buy the cartridges individually but you might as well buy several sets or you will find yourself rnning back to the office supply store.