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The HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One is a part of HP's Officejet e-All-in-Ones (eAIO) and ‘ePrinting' series. It's a one-stop solution offering a whole range of functions – Print, Scan, Fax and Copy – a good, old-fashioned MFD. The HP Officejet 6500A Plus e All-in-One is mainly targeted at the SOHO segment. Let's see how well it does. The HP Officejet 6500A is a glossy black printer measuring at 18.75 x 17.72 x 10.17 inches. Though considerably light for its dimensions at 8.23 kg, the printer has a sturdy build quality. The glossy black exterior gives the printer a very upmarket but clich'd look. As long as the MFD doesn't attract dust or cleaned regularly, it will look classy in your home or office's desk. A 2.3-inch resistive touchscreen is built into the front panel of the HP Officejet 6500A Plus MFD. To the right of the screen are alphanumeric touch sensitive buttons with backlight. These keys light up only when in use, but at other times remain dark. The only physical key on the printer is the power button and is present to the right of the alphanumeric keys. The Officejet 6500A Plus' 250-sheet input tray has a very robust build, whilst the output tray's a bit flimsy. To the left of the output tray is the multi-memory card reader slot.
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? 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.
HP's Officejet 6500A Plus is a more feature-rich version of the vanilla Officejet 6500A. It adds Wi-Fi support and a duplexer that allows you to automatically print on two sides of a page. Best of all, it will only cost you an extra tenner, as you can buy this printer online from HP for £100. The 6500A Plus looks identical to its lesser-featured sibling, so like that model it's housed in a big and bulky chassis. At 409mm high it's certainly tall, and its footprint is also large at 476x258mm, so it'll take up a fair amount of space in the average sized home office. Nevertheless, the glossy black finish makes it look more stylish than your average business printer. On the sloping panel at the front you'll find the 6cm touchscreen, as well as a numerical touchpad for dialling fax numbers. The touchscreen really helps make the printer easy to use, especially when you're setting it up to work with Wi-Fi or want to quickly change the number of photocopies. Sitting on top of the scanner lid there's an automatic document feeder that lets you quickly copy or fax multi-page documents, while the bottom of the printer is home to a 250-sheet feeder. Next to this you'll find the memory card reader that caters for Memory Stick Duo, MMC, SD and XD cards, but sadly the printer lacks a PictBridge USB port.
The HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One ($199 direct, 3.5 stars) inkjet MFP offers a wide range of all-in-one functions, easy setup, and user-friendly interface. It lets you print content using HP Web apps without needing to connect to a computer, and through HP's ePrint you can e-mail documents directly to it for printout. For its wealth of features, coupled with solid output speed and quality and no significant flaws, the 6500A earns the Editors' Choice for a moderately priced MFP for a small or home office (or dual-purpose printer for home and home office). The 6500A is the successor to the HP Officejet 6500 Wireless ($199.99 direct, 3.5 stars). Along with some minor improvements, such as a better display, the most significant change is that the new model is part of HP's e-All-in-One line. That means it the can print documents using HP's Web Apps without needing to connect to a computer. The apps provided include everything from the ability to print coupons to business forms to coloring-book pages with Disney characters. As an e-All-in-One model, it also gives you HP's ePrint feature, which lets you print via e-mail: You e-mail an image to a printer-specific e-mail address that's provided by HP, and the printer will output it, even if the printer's in your office and you're halfway around the world.
Moderately priced model offers solid performance, features, and print quality, with few compromises. HP's Officejet 6500 Wireless color inkjet multifunction printer (MFP) finally offers some serious competition to the Pixma MX700 and other Canon models that habitually dominate our chart rankings. The two machines are comparable in speed and price (at this writing, $199 for the HP and $180 for the Canon), but the Officejet 6500 Wireless wins hands-down in design and in ink cost per page. In our speed tests, the Officejet 6500 Wireless printed plain text at a speed of 11.7 pages per minute (ppm), and its color output was as fast as 3.2 ppm--faster than average, though far short of HP's advertised engine speeds of 32 ppm for monochrome and 31 ppm for graphics. Photos looked smooth and detailed. Some colors fell on the dark side of the natural range, and flesh tones often appeared orangey. Scans happened slowly and lacked some crispness, but the color balance was generally good. The control panel looks busy, but grouping buttons by function prevents confusion. A two-line, 16-character monochrome LCD shows menu options and messages.
If you want a wireless all-in-one for business use, the HP Officejet 6500 is a solid choice. It’s fast, attractively designed, comes with reasonable ink prices, and, with the exception of photos, delivers decent print quality. Next to the Kodak ESP 7, the Officejet 6500 is one of the more attractive business all-in-ones you can buy. Its black finish and neon green accents, while not for everyone, keep it looking modern (much more so, certainly, than dull silver-and-black models from Canon, Epson, and Lexmark). It has a one-line OLED display as opposed to an LCD screen, which saves space, but also means the user has to press the navigational arrows more often to scroll through menus. Uniquely, there’s a quality button that allows you to toggle between three settings that prioritize speed and quality (we tested with the middle setting, which strives to find a balance between the two). All of the paper, including photo sheets, are meant to be loaded on the tray at the bottom of the Officejet 6500. We wish this tray retracted into the printer, as it does with the ESP 7. A dedicated photo tray would have been nice, too, but we only saw this on the ESP 7.
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