The HP Officejet Pro 8100 is a regular inkjet printer with both Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking. It works with both Windows and Mac OS. Individual cartridges for each color let you change only the ones that are empty. The capacity of the main paper tray is 250 sheets, a generous size. The printer has no photo preview display.
About This Brand
HP continues to have the largest market share in this category. With a plethora of products announced throughout the year, its offerings satisfy all types of consumers.
Features & Specs - HP Officejet Pro 8100
Memory-card reader Indicates whether the printer has a built-in memory-card reader. If so, this feature lets you print image files from a digital camera's memory card without using a computer. You can also transfer the files to a computer.
LCD viewer Printer has a built-in LCD screen for viewing and editing images from a memory card. The screen is small, usually only 1 to 3.5 inches, and editing capability is very limited.
Individual color tanks Some inkjet printers use a separate tank for each color. Others have tri-color cartridges with three colors in one. Individual tanks let you replace only the color that runs out rather than tossing a tri-color cartridge that may have some ink left.
Individual color tanks
Can print if color empty Can still print (usually in black and white only) if color ink cartridge runs out. May require changing a setting.
Can print if color empty
Auto-duplexing Can print automatically on both sides of the paper.
PictBridge This feature allows direct printing (without the use of a computer) from any brand of digital camera to any brand of printer.
Networking The ability to connect to a home network for printing from a computer either via an Ethernet or a WiFi connection. Ethernet is the common wired network and WiFi is the wireless format commonly found in laptop computers.
My Canon (great text, graphics, photos) died. Studying up on printers led me to buy this HP Officejet Pro 8100 because of low ink costs and fine non-photo printing at relatively high speed. Setup - no problems, quite easy. Use - satisfactory. I have no need to print envelopes (I use a label printer). I would have preferred an 11x17 printer with these features and quality, but .... Printing is so fast, incl. when duplexing, that the ink doesn't dry fully before the next sheet is printed, but no smearing. I give it 3 1/2 stars.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Auburn, WA
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Clunky Process to Print Envelopes
I used to own an HP Deskjet 6940, a really solid printer that did me well for 8 years. It suddently died, so in a pinch I ran out and purchased the HP Officejet Pro 8100 because it seemed to be highly rated on such sites as Best Buy and Office Depot. I've had it less than one week and am very disappointed in the process you have to go through to print envelopes. The old 6940 had a slick separate port for printing envelope stock; all you had to do was to insert an envelope, and you were ready to print. The 8100, on the other hand, represents a step backward in that you have to pull out the paper tray, remove all of your paper stock, insert your envelope(s), reset the guides, and replace the paper tray before you hit the print button. Totally clunky and a step backwards for what should be a very simple function that the 6940 did very well. I'm considering returning this 8100 for this reason.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Slovenia, Europe
Don't buy it!
Fast Bw Printing
Poor Config Options
Poor image quality
For Bw Printing Only
I've bought this printer and I use it for one year... it's bad printer and you should buy it for printing B&W documents only. You also don't have a lot of configuration options. It's my last HP printer that I bought (I'm so disappointed)...