The HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless inkjet printer is similar to the top-rated HP Officejet 6000 Wireless (*Est. $80), only the 8000 model is designed for heavier-duty office use, with a thicker plastic case, slightly faster printing speed (according to the specs) and the ability to print a maximum of 15,000 pages per month (versus 7,000 for the HP Officejet 6000 Wireless). Both printers accept print commands wirelessly, and both include an auto duplexer so you can print on both sides of the paper. Both crank out text-only documents snappily in some tests, although nowhere near HP's promise of more than 30 pages per minute -- more like six to 12 pages per minute. But some real-life users complain that the HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless takes forever to spit out a page, with a lot of herky-jerky "alignment" acrobatics beforehand. Other users say the printer runs out of ink too quickly -- a common complaint about HP printers that prompted a class-action lawsuit, which Hewlett-Packard settled for up to $5 million in late 2010. Finally, although experts say photo quality is OK, they agree you'll get sharper, more vivid colors -- and faster prints -- from Canon printers like the Canon Pixma iP4820 (*Est. $80).
Experts at ConsumerReports.org, PC World and PC Pro test the HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless printer and compare it with other inkjet printers. However, some real-life problems apparently don't show up in these tests: ConsumerReports.org reports on a class-action lawsuit that accuses the printer of wasting ink, and owners also complain of paper jams and other reliability problems at Amazon.com.
Editors here test and compare nine inkjet printers, including the HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless. They rate each model's print quality (photo, text and graphics), speed, cost per print and more.
Review: Regular Printer Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of May 2011
Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay up to $5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming that HP inkjet printers said they were out of ink when they weren't, or used color inks when printing black-and-white pages, ConsumerReports.org says. A link shows all affected models, including the HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless.
Review: HP Inkjet Printer Lawsuit Reaches $5 Million Settlement, Daniel DiClerico, Nov. 17, 2010
3. PC World
With print quality rivaling a color laser printer -- and very cheap inks -- the HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless earns a spot on PC World's list of the best printers. Testers say it's built with thicker plastics than the cheaper HP Officejet 6000 (also one of the site's top picks). Text prints crisply and very quickly, but photos and graphics take longer, and photos tend to be rich but dark with orangey flesh tones.
Review: HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless Printer, Jon L. Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio, March 29, 2010
4. PC Pro
Despite a rough start to this test (the printer refused to recognize Windows 7 until testers spent a long time downloading a driver), British magazine PC Pro gives the HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless 4 stars out of 6, making it one of the site's top-rated standalone inkjet printers. Fast, high-quality document prints are its strength; photos take longer and aren't as sharp or vivid as those from the rival Canon iP4700. If you use HP's extra-large ink tanks, overall ink costs are cheap, according to the review.
Review: HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless Review, David Bayon, Aug. 5, 2010
The HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless printer gets mixed reviews from users posting here. About 40 percent give it 4 or a perfect 5 stars, but another 40 percent give it the worst possible rating. Complaints vary -- some say it prints sluggishly and jams up, while others say the wireless doesn't work and the printer wastes ink.
Review: HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless Printer, Contributors to Amazon.com