Officejet 6500A Plus review
The HP Officejet 6500A Plus is an inkjet multifunction printer with fax, scan and copy capabilities.
It lets you print remotely, download and use HP’s printing apps and supports Apple’s iOS AirPrint technology for printing from iPods, iPads and iPhones.
Setting up the device is a breeze. The four ink cartridges are easy to install and you can connect via USB 2.0, WiFi or wired ethernet. We ran into an issue where, when connected over USB, the printer stopped responding after a Mac restart. However, if we used the drivers downloaded through Apple Software Update instead of the drivers on the included CD, the issue went away. HP is looking into this.
The Officejet 6500A comes with HP’s ePrint technology so you can print to it from an iPad or iPhone
The 6500A Plus has a 2.4in LCD touchscreen that aids in selecting the number of prints, choosing faxing options and the setup of the ePrint features. ePrint also lets you print remotely, using the email address that HP assigns your printer. If you have an iPad or iPhone you can use AirPrint to print documents from your iOS device.
In our speed tests, we found the 6500A to be an average performer, with a text speed of six pages per minute (ppm), 1.5ppm in our PDF test and 0.4ppm in our photo test prints. Our print quality tests showed that for a business printer, text was only of fair quality and had fuzzy edges. Our PDF graphics pages showed good colour quality, but again we found soft edges. Photos had a ruddy cast and colours were a little oversaturated.
The inks are reasonably priced. The 6500A ships with a Setup version of the standard size, which comes with a little extra ink to account for what’s used during printer initialisation. The options include a £12, 420-page black (0.35p per page) and a £7, 700?page cyan, magenta and yellow (1p per colour, per page).
If you’re looking for an inkjet all-in-one that supports Apple’s AirPrint and HP’s ePrint services, then the Officejet 6500A is worth a look, if only because such printers are so few and far between. However, it was an average performer in both print speed and quality, with noticeably fuzzy edges in its text printing.