The HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One Printer is an inkjet multifunction printer with fax, scan, and copy capabilities. It features HP's ePrint remote printing and printing apps, and is one of the few printers to support Apple's iOS AirPrint technology.

Setting up the HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One Printer was a breeze. The four individual ink cartridges are easy to install and you can connect via USB 2.0, Wi-Fi or wired ethernet. The Officejet 6500A Plus has a small but helpful 2.4in LCD touchscreen that aids in selecting number of copies, faxing options, and setup of the printer's ePrint features.

HP's ePrint lets you download and use printing apps. Apps range from kids' colouring pages to scanning documents directly to your Google account. ePrint also allows you to print remotely, using the email address that HP assigns your printer. And although we experienced so-so service when testing the ePrint service on the Photosmart C310A, the service was much more reliable this time.

Also, if you have an Apple iOS 4 device (iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch) on the same Wi-Fi network as the HP Officejet 6500A Plus, you can use AirPrint to print documents and photos from your iOS device.

In our speed testing, we found the HP Officejet 6500A Plus to be an average performer, with text speed of 6 pages per minute, 1.5 pages per minute in our PDF test, and 0.4 pages per minute in our photo test prints.

Our print quality tests showed that for a business printer, text was only of fair quality, with surprisingly 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 bit oversaturated. Photos also lacked the depth and shadow detail found in prints from HP's Photosmart printers, which feature extra inks formulated to enhance photographic images.

Our test scans were of good quality, with slight banding in our line-art test page and dull, flat-looking colours in our photo scans.

The inks are reasonably priced below the average in both the standard and high-yield sizes. The printer ships with a special 'setup' version of the standard size, which comes with a little extra ink to account for what's used during printer initialisation. The high-yield sizes are impressively cheap.

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HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One Printer: Specs

  • Inkjet printer/scanner/copier/fax
  • 250-sheet tray
  • automatic document feeder
  • duty cycle 7000 pages
  • 2.4in touchscreen colour display
  • ethernet
  • USB
  • Wi-Fi
  • supports Memory Stick PRO Duo/MultiMedia Card (MMC)/SD Card/SDHC Card/xD-Picture Card
  • mono print speed (claimed) 32ppm
  • colour print speed (claimed) 31ppm
  • flatbed scanner
  • horizontal optical scan resolution 4800
  • vertical optical scan resolution 1200
  • fax resolution 300dpi
  • fax page memory capacity 100 pages
  • maximum power draw 36W
  • standby power draw 5.5W
  • Energy Star-compliant
  • 1-year warranty
  • 476x450x258mm
  • 8.3kg
  • Inkjet printer/scanner/copier/fax
  • 250-sheet tray
  • automatic document feeder
  • duty cycle 7000 pages
  • 2.4in touchscreen colour display
  • ethernet
  • USB
  • Wi-Fi
  • supports Memory Stick PRO Duo/MultiMedia Card (MMC)/SD Card/SDHC Card/xD-Picture Card
  • mono print speed (claimed) 32ppm
  • colour print speed (claimed) 31ppm
  • flatbed scanner
  • horizontal optical scan resolution 4800
  • vertical optical scan resolution 1200
  • fax resolution 300dpi
  • fax page memory capacity 100 pages
  • maximum power draw 36W
  • standby power draw 5.5W
  • Energy Star-compliant
  • 1-year warranty
  • 476x450x258mm
  • 8.3kg

OUR VERDICT

The HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One Printer was an average performer in both print speed and quality, with noticeably fuzzy edges in its text printing. However, if you’re looking for an inkjet all-in-one that supports Apple’s AirPrint and HP’s ePrint services, the HP Officejet 6500A is worth a look, if only because such printers are so few and far between.

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