HP Officejet 6500A review: HP Officejet 6500A

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The Good Fast print speeds; Good print quality; Low asking price; Cheap to run.

The Bad No Wi-Fi;. No duplex printing.

The Bottom Line Good printing quality, low running costs and a very reasonable price tag make this an excellent choice for those looking for a budget home office multifunction printer. It's worth noting, however, that Wi-Fi and duplex printing are available on the Plus version of this model for just an extra tenner.

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Despite its low price tag, HP's Officejet 6500A packs in plenty of features. This includes an Ethernet port, colour touchscreen, automatic document feeder and fax support. That's an awful lot of features on a model that can be bought online for just £90. So is it an ideal budget machine for a home office?

Large chassis

The Officejet 6500A is a big beast of a machine, standing 409mm tall with a footprint of 476x258mm. Nevertheless, the printer's piano-black finish looks pretty classy, even if it does tend to show up fingerprint smudges.

The scanner lid houses an automatic document feeder that lets you automatically scan or fax multi-page documents, and it can accept up to 35 pages at a time. The bottom of the machine is home to a paper in-tray that can hold up to 250 sheets, which should be enough for most home office users. Paper is fed out into a telescopic tray that's formed from the lid of the paper feeder, and this feels relatively robust.

The 6500A's 2.4-inch touchscreen makes the printer very easy to use, and to the right of this screen there's a numerical touchpad for dialling fax numbers. There are no dedicated quick-dial buttons, but you can set up quick-dial numbers via the touchscreen.

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