The HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus delivers professional-looking output at rapid speeds. Text, graphics and photos are generally crisp and bright. Experts love this printer, but some owners aren't quite sure.
Easy setup for most users. Setting up the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One printer is "a breeze," one reviewer says, whether you use the Internet, Wi-Fi or a direct USB connection. You do, however, have to supply your own USB cable. The 4.3-inch color touch screen provides a simple interface to the printer, though one reviewer found that he had to "aggressively" press the screen to activate the display, as there's no sensitivity control. The menu is well-organized and easy to navigate, and it accesses all the functions of the printer, including HP's web apps.
Though little is said in professional reviews, owner reviews do turn up some issues. At Amazon.com, several users report that the printer struggled when asked to feed heavy-weight paper or photo stock, though others report no problems or easy work-arounds.
Fast and professional-quality output. There's no doubt that the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus is one of the fastest inkjet multifunction printers in its price range, both in printing and in scanning. In PC World's challenging print test, the Officejet Pro 8600 Plus printed a high-resolution full-page photo on glossy paper at above-average speed.
The editors at CNET say, "You could easily mistake the excellent print quality of the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One for output from a laser printer." Other reviewers and users agree that, in general, the output from this printer is professional-quality with crisp and dark text and graphics, even in smaller text sizes. The Pro 8600 Plus is also a consideration for those who print photos, as the photo quality is clear, with bright, vivid colors. However, photos printed on plain paper, rather than photo paper, tend to look washed out and slightly yellowish.
High-end features in a low-cost printer. Although large and heavy at more than 27 pounds, the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One has two indented handles on its sides that make it easier to move. Its matte-finish case helps hide dust and fingerprints.
Along with the standard print, copy, fax and scan abilities, the Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One offers a wide range of other features, including an auto-duplexer, a 50-sheet automatic document feeder and a legal-size scanning bay. This printer comes preloaded with web apps that let you print pages directly from the Internet. You can print from any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, etc.) over Wi-Fi using Apple's AirPrint feature. HP's ePrint feature lets you email documents directly to the printer from any device, anywhere in the world.
This thorough test covers 74 all-in-one printers, including the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus. Editors rate the printers in an easy-to-read chart (with a dozen subratings for quality, ink use, etc.) and pick the best buys. Subscribers add their own reviews, which are essential to help judge real-life use.
Review: HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
M. David Stone awards the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus 4.5 out of 5 stars and an Editors' Choice award. He says the printer's high-quality output is more directly competitive with low-end color laser printers than with other inkjets. He especially likes the 50-sheet automatic document feeder that also duplexes.
Review: HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One, M. David Stone, Dec. 12, 2011
The editors of CNET recommend the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One as a dependable workhorse printer for office environments. They say it "serves up top-shelf output quality at rapid print speeds," for both documents and photos. But about 40 users give it only 2 stars, on average.
Review: HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One Review, Justin Yu, March 6, 2012
4. PC World
Jon L. Jacobi praises the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus for its range of features and easy setup. This is one of the fastest inkjet multifunction printers he's tested, and he likes HP's ePrint service that allows for remote printing from a mobile device.
Review: HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One Printer Review: Features and Speed Aplenty, Jon L. Jacobi, Dec. 9, 2011
With more than 1,850 customer reviews, the HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One averages a very high 4.4 stars (out of 5). Negative reviews are posted, too; the most common complaints are that the printer is big and hard to set up.
Review: HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One Printer, Contributors to Staples.com, As of March 2014
Owner reviews here are mixed. Of more than 600 owner reviews, about half award the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus a full 5 stars. These users find the Pro 8600 Plus reliable and love all its "bells and whistles." However, many are less pleased, often citing paper-handling and wireless connectivity problems.
Review: HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One Wireless Color Printer with Scanner, Copier & Fax, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014