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HP Officejet Pro 8100
 
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$99.98 - $212.80
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Summary: A regular inkjet printer from HP. It has both Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking. Works with both Windows and Mac OS.
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Type: Inkjet printers
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Good Office Printer
8/13/2014
Pros
Easy To Set Up
Easy To Use
Fast Operation
Large Ink Cartridges
Cons
Large Footprint
Pricey Replacement Ink
Best Uses
Casual Printing
Double-sided Printing
Comment:
This is a well built printer that replaced a bargain basement HP. The ink cartridges are big, I got the XP black.<br /><br />I used to work in IT and was impressed by its quality. <br /><br />I use the printer for home use, but I print a lot of papers a month.<br /><br />I would download the latest drivers and programs from HP, rather than using the supplied disk.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Decent Inkjet with Some Serious Issues
8/8/2014
Pros
Auto Duplex Printing
Color Status Display
Easy To Set Up
Easy To Use
Fast Operation
Cons
Awkward Envelope Handling
Ink Dries Matte Finish
Large Footprint
Must Use Hp Photo Paper
Stinky Ink
Best Uses
Casual Printing
Double-sided Printing
Professional Documents
Comment:
I have multiple printers in my office, and this HP Officejet Pro 8100 is used only for high quality color prints, camera-ready black & white artwork on matte photo paper, printing custom business cards using the Avery pre-perforated business card sheets, and for printing small batches of custom printed donation envelopes for a charity. It replaces an Epson Workforce 40 which in my view is a better machine in most ways, but mine wore out and Epson does not make it anymore. I tried the HP 8100 as one of the few fast inkjets that is not an all-in-one machine.<br /><br />I like the integral color status display and the fact that it has separate buttons for different features, as opposed to the more common flashing LEDs and multi-purpose button or buttons most low cost printers have. I like the integral duplexer for automatic 2-sided printing. I like the easy way that the ink cartridges are accessed when it is time to replace them.<br /><br />However, this printer has some significant cons:<br />- Paper is pulled only from the paper tray. There is no way to manually feed paper or envelopes. To print an envelope, you need to remove the tray, pull out the normal paper, reset the sliding partitions, put in the envelope(s), replace the tray, print, then undo all of the above to return to normal printing. Inkjets with top loading trays are much easier to replace paper stock or to insert smaller items like envelopes.<br />- Based on my experiments (and HP even sent me a replacement printer to make sure that my first printer was not simply faulty), this 8100 can no feed photo paper from any main brand other than HP. Due to the 8100's paper path from the tray, the pickup roller works on the back side of the paper. Most photo papers have a smooth back side, and the roller cannot get a grip on it. The HP photo paper has a rough textured back side. These days, no printer should be designed to that it can only work with the printer manufacturer's own paper.<br />- The ink dries with a matte finish. Even if you print on glossy photo paper, the result is a matte finish photo.<br />- The ink stinks; it has a fairly strong and somewhat unpleasant odor that fill the room and the prints themselves stink of this odor.<br />- The 8100 bends the paper back on itself when pulling from the tray; this has been a characteristic of HP inkjets since the early days. This can present a problem with cardstock, including specialty papers such as the aforementioned Avery business card sheets.<br />- HP mentions in at least one place I saw that this printer is not recommended for printing on media that has surfaces that can peel off while going through the fairly sharp bend in the paper path. They mention not printing on a number of things, but one of real concern is sheets of adhesive mailing labels. A fresh label sheet is probably OK, but you have to be careful!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
For general small biz use - no problems
4/28/2014
Pros
Easy To Set Up
Easy To Use
Fast
Good Text Graphics
Highly Rated By Pros
Very Low Cost Ink
Cons
Mediocre For Photos
Only Blk 3 Color Carts
Won't Hold Ream Of Paper
Best Uses
Brochures
Correspondence
Double-sided Printing
General Biz Use
Personal Use
Reports
Comment:
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:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
The HP Officejet Pro 8100 is part of the Printers test program at Consumer Reports. The HP Officejet Pro 8100 Printers features and specs include Auto-duplexing, Can print if color empty, Memory-card reader, PictBridge, Networking, Individual color tanks, LCD viewer. In our lab tests, Printers models like the HP Officejet Pro 8100 are reviewed on Maintenance ink use, Text speed, 4x6 photo time, 8x10 photo time, Text cost (cents), 4x6 photo cost ($), 8x10 photo cost ($), Overall score, Photo quality, Power saving, Text quality, Graphics quality, Ink cost/month ($). Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the HP Officejet Pro 8100 based on personal experience. The user reviews of the HP Officejet Pro 8100 include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the HP Officejet Pro 8100.
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