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: 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: 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
27 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. 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...