The HP Officejet 6000 uses HP's 920 series ink cartridges. The top of the printer pops open with a latch on the side, revealing a compact bay for individual black, cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges. In addition to the standard cartridges, HP also sells extra-large models that we use for the highest potential cost-savings in the following cost per page analysis. According to the HP Web store, the XL black cartridge costs $32 and lasts for 1,200 pages, and the three-color cartridges cost $15 each for 700 pages. By our calculations, you'll pay 2.7 cents for a page of black and 2.1 cents per page of color, which is a bit less than the average cost by today's printer standards.
After putting the HP Officejet 600 through the usual speed tests, we found that it outpaced the competition by a large margin in both photo and graphics speeds. We're particularly happy with its capability to produce 3.54 pages of our color graphics document per minute, since the next printer in line is substantially slower at 1.79 pages per minute. In fact, the only test that the 6000 didn't place first was the text speed test, where the Lexmark Z2420 achieved a crowd-pleasing 11.13 pages per minute. Still, the HP settled comfortably into second place with an admirable 7.38 pages of text per minute.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|Photo speed (one sheet)||Color graphics speed||Text speed|
Per usual, HP comes through again with the exceptional print quality we've come to expect from the brand. Our full color graphics document printed on HP's Premium Presentation Paper came out bright and clear. Specifically, we noticed the extreme clarity of facial colors and construction, and while we did see a few jagged edges and minor wicking, we agree with HP when it says that the 6000 can produce near "laser-quality" text. In fact, the photos we printed out produced more accurate and pleasing images than many of the multifunction printers we've tested, even ones that cost hundreds of dollars more than the 6000. We should note that this printer is definitely office-oriented, so don't expect the highest quality prints (some of the photo elements were washed out, for example), but you won't be disappointed if you plan to use it more for text, with the occasional snapshot printout.
Service and support
HP backs the Officejet 6000 printer with a standard one-year warranty that covers parts and labor. You get toll-free phone support from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday for no extra cost and the benefit of HP's Total Care package that includes an online learning center, FAQ, and a comprehensive support forum. You can also extend the warranty an extra two years for $35 or an extra three years for $50.