HP Officejet 6000 review: HP Officejet 6000

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 8.0

Average User Rating

0.5 stars 2 user reviews
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The Good Prints high-quality text and photos, fast print speeds compared with the competition, network ready.

The Bad No USB cord included, no LCD makes it difficult to troubleshoot.

The Bottom Line We like the simplicity of the HP Officejet 6000 single-function inkjet printer. The print quality meets HP's high standards, and it outputs full color photos at an impressive rate, but its lack of an LCD screen takes some getting used to. Nevertheless, the HP Officjet 6000 performed well and earns our recommendation as a great single-function printer.

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The Officejet 6000 is HP's latest offering in the single-function inkjet printer category. It doesn't have many of the bells and whistles of the popular all-in-ones, but what it lacks in features, it makes up for in print quality and speed. Topping out at a competitive 0.46 full-color photos per minute, there's no doubting the capability of the 6000, but it's missing a few critical features such as a USB cord, LCD screen, and media card reader. The Officejet costs an affordable $90, but you can get much more office functionality out of the Canon Pixma MX330, a multifunction printer with a built-in fax machine, copier, scanner, color LCD, and an auto-document feeder for only $20 more than the HP. Check out the Canon if you want the most features for your dollar, but if all you're looking for is a fast printer, you won't be disappointed with the HP Officejet 6000.

Design and features
There isn't a lot going on with the HP Officejet 6000 in terms of snazzy design. Like most of the printers in the Officejet line, the matte beige and black color scheme is designed to match the drab, unassuming palette of any office. Since it's only a single-function printer, the footprint is easily manageable at 18.03 inches long by 15.31 inches wide by 6.45 inches deep and weighs 10.56 pounds. The printer could've been a bit shallower, but a fixed output tray protrudes from the bottom and demands a little more space on the desk. While most single-function and even some all-in-one printers can only hold 100 pages, the robust input tray on the 6000 stores up to 250 sheets of plain paper at a time.

The printer comes with a removable paper output tray that installs on top of the fixed output tray and collects finished prints on their way out. You can also extend the output tray even further to corral longer prints. Just above the paper trays, you'll find a series of buttons and LEDs that control all the functions of the printer. From left to right, you'll see a power button, paper feed button, cancel button, and a network setup key. Also, the top right of the control panel features four LEDs that blink to indicate depleted ink levels. Unfortunately, you won't find a dedicated LCD screen on the printer: instead, you have to access all of the options, settings, and features through the driver. Since it's also lacking a media card reader and USB slot, the Officejet 6000 is unable to operate autonomously from the host computer. Finally, we're irritated to see that HP doesn't include the necessary USB cord. HP recommends buying its proprietary "hi-speed" cable for a lofty $20, but you can get one cheaper at your local electronics store or online.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Interface USB
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Printer Type Workgroup printer - ink-jet - color
  • Max Resolution ( Color ) 4800 x 1200 dpi
  • Max Speed 32 ppm
    31 ppm
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