A New Printer from HP

HP Officejet Pro 8600 PlusI sorry to report that after a little over two years, my Kodak ESP 9250 suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.  Ink was no longer flowing to its printhead, and as much as I dislike our disposable society, I did not feel that I could justify the extensive surgery that was required to restore its health. Because Kodak had discontinued consumer printers, my multifunctional device was an orphan.

After extensive research, I chose to adopt an HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus. I also considered its bigger brother,  the HP7110 Wide Format, for its larger scanner, but in the end the smaller size and 2-sided scanning and printing capabilities of the HP 8600 won out. Costco had the printer available for $174.95, and Office Max matched their price so I got it there.

Like most other consumer printers, my new printer was born in China. I hope it likes its new home. So far it is working well and I am happy with my choice.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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10 Responses to A New Printer from HP

  1. That’s an impressive looking baby, Mark!

  2. Vanessa says:

    Congratulations! I hope your printer adjusts well to it’s new home. I had an HP printer that I got a little more than 7 years ago and the paper tray broke about 3 weeks before the end of the warranty. They attempted some troubleshooting, then just sent me a new one, which suprised me. The one I had must have been discontinued, becasue they sent me the next model up, which had wireless capabiltiies. Whee! My only complaint is that the ink cartridges expire, and the printer is very finicky about them.

  3. Sandy says:

    I have helped a business with 2 of the printers—buy the extended warranty–worth the cost–think about $15—they overused for a few things and warranty replaced—awesome service from HP.

  4. Chris Resch says:

    Does it have some way to print your pictures from your digital phone?

  5. Terri Clifton says:

    I purchased this printer several weeks ago to replace my beloved Canon Pixma but ended up returning it two days later after discovering that it will not feed cardstock from the bottom paper tray and it does not have a rear feed tray.

  6. Midge Gravelese says:

    My hp 7200 bit the dust this past weekend. Maybe yours and mine should be buried together !! Thanks for the input. I have been dragging my feet to even look. Mine is short of two years old.

  7. Kris Young says:

    I have had this printer in my home office for about four months, and I love it. Really pleased. It replaced an older model HP that died.

  8. Lyn says:

    How is the photo quality?? I have an HP Photosmart that is on it’s last legs!!

    • Mark Mizen says:

      I really don’t know about photo quality. I use Costco to print my photos. I bought this printer as a general printer for home use. I will let you know if I get a chance to print a few photos. A couple of people have commented that the printer may have difficulty accurately reproducing colors.

      • Lyn says:

        That would be great!! We don’t have a Costco near us. Now that CM isn’t print I will have to look at other options for the majority of photo printing. Thank you!!!

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