Week 3 with The HP OfficeJet Pro 8600

This week, the Hewitt-Packard (HP) Officejet Pro 8600 printer has been sitting in its space, keeping quiet and just doing its job. So now, it's time to see how well and what quality it produces when printing some promotional material for a business.


Printed reports.
(Credit: Mike Price)

Well, this was a straightforward task for the printer. It was quick and quiet.

Promotional materials

OK, the first thing to start off with was a business card. What I couldn't find was up to what thickness card/paper the HP 8600 would take. I had some 180gsm cards around, so I thought I would give it a go. Presto — business cards. I also printed our company wallpaper on 80gsm and 180gsm paper/card. What I noticed here was that due to the high volume of black ink, the 80gsm paper became quite wrinkled, whereas on the 180gsm, the print quality was fantastic. The print quality in both cases was very good, but heavier paper improved the evenness of the black.

Business cards.
(Credit: Mike Price)

The evenness of the colours is good, as can be seen in the yellow on the maps.
(Credit: Mike Price)

Sample flyer.
(Credit: Mike Price)

I also downloaded some templates from HP, to see how they would print. These were just printed onto standard 80gsm paper, and, as I hope you can see in the photos, they have come out very well.

Remote printing

When we first set up the printer, it was automatically configured for remote printing, and of course we gave it a shot. It worked like a charm. The idea is that you can do something out in the field, say, take a photo, and then send it directly to the printer via email; why, I am not quite sure, but you can. The email address is a little obscure. More on that in a moment. So, basically, take a photo, send via email to xxxxxxx@hpeprint.com and out pops the printed photo. Easy. On day one, after trying it, we disabled the feature.

This week, we thought we should try it again. So, on my way into the office, I took a photo and sent it via email from my phone to the xxxxxx@hpeprint.com address. When I arrived at the office, I turned on the web services on the printer, and expected my photo to print out, but it didn't. Why? Quite simple, really; if you turn off web services, then the email address is not longer valid. Every time you re-enable the web services on the printer, you get a new email address, where you need to email the photos to. It basically just creates a temporary email address.

If you register, you can set any email address you like at the hpeprint.com domain, as long as it's available, of course.

What I found was that even after registering, if you disable web services on the printer and re-enable them, you have to go through the whole registration process again, or just use the obscure email address that was generated after turning on web services. I thought that after you had registered, the emails may just queue up on your self-defined email address, waiting for the printer to reconnect.

I also had a play with the apps on the printer. There is a content-on-demand service you can use. For example, there is a seven-days menu that you can print out directly from the printer. You can also schedule that a menu be printed every week automatically. There is also new content, kids' content and a host of other services. All of this is controlled at the printer. An interesting addition to a printer, I guess.

So that was week three.

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