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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Print quality good (with HP paper), but ink expensive!
Greg Krebs, Amazon
28 February 2006
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.
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...
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.