HP Officejet 6500A Jack of all Trades

May 16, 2011
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Prints, Scans, Faxes and Copies and Network Ready


The Bottom Line: I highly recommend this printer to everyone looking to buy a machine that will do all that this machine can do.

A while back were looking to setup a remote location for our business and it needed to be able to handle all of the tasks that a small office needs it to do. This includes faxing and scanning as well as printing and of course copying. This way we did not have to spend a lot of money in four different machines.

We have been using mainly HP brand printers for quite some time, so it we just went out to HP's web site and looked at all of the models that are currently available. After comparing all of the features of those models, we decided on the HP OfficeJet 6500A.

This review of the HP OfficeJet 6500A will discuss the main features and benefits of this all-in-one printer. By the time you get to the end of the review you will be able to make an informed decision on whether or not that this machine is right for you.

The HP OfficeJet 6500A is great machine that is designed to replace a whole room full of hardware that your typical small office uses on a daily basis; copier, fax machine, scanner and printer. The HP OfficeJet 6500A is also perfectly suited for a home office or just a regular family setting. It is time to get to features and benefits of the HP OfficeJet 6500A. By the time you get to the end of this review you will have plenty of information so you can make an informed decision on whether or not this printer will fit your needs.

HP OfficeJet 6500A

The main selling point for the HP OfficeJet 6500A has to be the ability of the printer to multitask. This means that it can do many things other than just print files that you send to it. The 6500A can also Scan Copy and Fax documents and images. By using the built in flatbed scanner and ADF (auto document feeder) you can scan a single page up to 35 pages at once. To accomplish scanning and faxing you have to use the number and function buttons on the operator panel. You can store over 100 fax numbers into the memory of the printer and it will produce up to 100 copies of a single original document.

Another selling point of the HP OfficeJet 6500A is that it has a built-in network adapter so it will allow the printer to be shared by several users without it having to be attached to a dedicated computer. This makes it very useful in a small office or even home environment. The network setup is very easy and all you have to do is follow the menu on the small color LCD display on the control panel. If you are not needing to use the network adapter you still use the USB port and cable (not included) to connect it directly to a nearby computer.

According to HP's website the HP OfficeJet is capable of printing documents up to 8.5 x 14 inches and can print black and white prints at 32 pages per minute and color prints as fast as 31 pages per minute. However, since the complexity of each print job is different it is really difficult to say exactly how you’re your printing will done. The fact that ability of the printer to print high quality results will vary dramatically based on the quality of scanned document or saved picture being sent from either a computer on from a memory card put into one of the card slots. The print engine inside the HP OfficeJet has the capability of creating fantastic quality prints thanks to its 4800 x 1200 printhead design. The closer together the small dots of ink are on the page the crisper the picture looks.

The last of the major selling points for the HP OfficeJet 6500A is the capability of printing without it having to be connected to any computer. This is accomplished by printing directly from a memory card using the color LCD display on the front of the printer. By sliding in your compatible memory card into the correct memory slot you can print any document you have saved on the card. One of the options you have is to make simple corrections to the image file by selecting the proper options on the menu screen. Once you are ready you simply select print and it will begin printing.

My Final Thoughts

I was really impressed with all that the HP Officejet 6500A printer was able to do for us. It fit the bill perfectly for the place we needed it to go. It handled all of the basic office machine functions all by itself; copy, scan, fax and printing. The speed of the black and white printing means that the copy and faxing along with the printing was accomplished very quickly. The setup of the faxing function was quite simple through the operator panel.

An extra bonus is that it can read several different types of memory cards, this way they can walk up and print images from their cameras memory card. The ADF (auto document feeder) is a great benefit since there will be times when they need to fax a large file and they simply pop the stack of papers in the feeder (max. of 36 pages) and punch in the fax number or select from one of their preset numbers and click ok.

With all that this machine can do you cannot go wrong and I highly recommend this printer.

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