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HP Officejet 8600 seriesIf you can find a desk to accommodate its large size, the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus all-in-one printer serves up top-shelf output quality at rapid print speeds, suitable for offices, home users, and photo enthusiasts hunting for an upgrade.
Hey. I'm Justin Yu, associate editor for CNET.com. This is your first look at the Officejet Pro 8600 series printers from HP. There's 3 separate models in the line 2 of which I have here. Now, that can be really confusing if you see all 3 of them on the shelf but I'll do my best to explain the differences. So we'll start with the cheapest model in the line, that's this guy, the $200 Pro 8600 e-All-in-One. So this one anchors the flagship series with a 2.65-inch colored touch screen, cloud printing and a sleeker chassis from the previous. There's a 250 sheet input trail on the front and the price point also nets you a 50-page auto document feeder on top here that makes it really easy to drop in and stock documents for scanning or copying. Now the e in the moniker e-All-in-One refers to all 3 printer's ability to connect to the web through an ethernet cord or by wifi. All 3 models are also compatible with Google Cloud Print as well as Apple Air Print which also makes it really easy to set up a wireless connection with your wireless network or iOs devices. Now, the 8600 printers also give you remote printing by way of what HP calls e-print, each device some shipped with it's own unique e-print e-mail address that lets you save through your contacts list and then you can use that address to send print jobs from any web connected device. That works really well for articles and photos that you see on your phone while you're traveling that you'd really like to have waiting for you when you get home. So here's what the 3 devices start diverging though. For an extra $100 bucks more, you can step up from the Officejet Pro 8600 to the Officejet Pro 8600 Plus that gives you a slightly larger 4.3-inch touch screen that will definitely need once you start swiping through the HP e-print center app store. The home screen on the control panel has an additional icon that this one doesn't have. It's labeled apps and that lets you add new icons to your display just like you want on an iPhone. There's plenty of apps available for quick snack bites of news, weather, arts and crafts as well as printable games for the kids. You can also automate those apps to download content and print them out at the same time everyday if you're a fan of their functionality. Now, the big guy in the lineup, not pictured here is the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Premium e-All-in-One. I'm starting to feel like a host on the Home Shopping network but that fully-featured model nets you an additional 250 sheet paper tray and additional set of ink cartridges and a 50-sheet pack of Premium Glossy brochure paper along with the 4.3-inch touch display, the apps and e-print like I've already mentioned but no matter which one of these printers you picked, you will be definitely satisfied with it's print quality, the print speed and reliable performance that I actually recommend for personal use as well as for businesses. It's breathe of connectivity options and Cloud printing ensures it's longevity in the marketplace and it's compact full print relative to the features won't really take of that much room on your desktop. Now, you could check out all the details for all 3 printers on CNET.com but that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin Yu. You just took a first look at the HP Officejet Pro 8600 lineup. Thanks for watching.