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HP Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise review: HP Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise

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The Good Funky design; Low running costs; Good quality black text and colour printing.

The Bad Not very quick; Poor photo printing performance.

The Bottom Line The HP Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise won't blow your socks off in terms of speed, but for an inkjet printer it produces good-looking black and white text and also has low running costs for colour and black and white documents.

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When it comes to producing crisp documents for work purposes, most people opt for a laser printer, thanks to its top quality text output. That technology, however, is still not great at producing finely detailed colour images. With the Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise, HP believes it has created an inkjet printer that has the text output quality of a laser printer, but all the colour reproduction benefits of an inkjet model. Priced at around £155, has the company succeeded in its aim?

Good looking

While most manufacturers opt for a dull black or grey finish on their devices, HP has instead gone for a much more visually interesting mix of white and gloss black. It makes the printer look a lot cooler than the competition, which may signal HP's intention to make this model popular among creative types, who will appreciate its colour printing credentials.

The HP Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise is a straight ahead black and white and colour printer. There's none of the scanning or copying extras that you'll find on multifunction models. Unlike most of the other models in the 8000 series, this one has a two-line monochrome LCD display. This is joined by a simple two-way control for moving back and forth through the menus and a couple of other buttons including a help key and cancel button. The controls may be limited, but as the menus are basic and it's easy to use them. Ink levels are displayed on the LCD screen as a series of bars.

Paper is fed into the printer and prints out into a tray that clips on top of the bottom paper feeder. It's a fairly straightforward system and works pretty well, although to load it with big reams of paper you sometimes have to remove this top tray. It holds a maximum of 250 sheets of paper.

The 8000 can be connected by USB and Ethernet. Unfortunately HP hasn’t included Wi-Fi support, but you can share it with multiple computers via Ethernet if you want.

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The ink cartridges fit into slots behind a flip out flap at the front.

Setting the printer up is pretty easy. It takes four ink cartridges -- one large black one and three smaller colour ones. These slot into sockets behind a flip down lid at the front, so the cartridges are always kept separate from the printheads. Once you've loaded the cartridges, you connect the two printheads into the main printing mechanism and then the HP Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise will print an alignment page. When that's completed and you've loaded the drivers on your PC from the installation CD-rom you're ready to rock.

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