PROS / It can print up to 30,000 pages per month.
CONS / It's not as fast as a laser printer.
VERDICT / The HP Officejet Pro 8610 is an excellent blend of wireless convenience, high-quality printing and industrial-level durability.
Editor's note: HP Officejet Pro 8710 is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review the 8710 when we next update the All-in-One Printer reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about the HP Officejet 8610.
The HP Officejet Pro 8610 is an all-in-one printer that uses inkjet technology. It lets you wirelessly print from a host of devices and is reliable even when used frequently. For its outstanding build quality and functionality, the HP Officejet Pro 8610 is our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner.
One of the most important things a printer can do is print quickly so that lengthy documents don't monopolize the printer. The Officejet Pro prints 19 black-and-white documents per minute, which is one of the best speed ratings among inkjets we reviewed. It also prints color documents at a rate of about 15 pages per minute, which is outstanding for an inkjet.
The Officejet Pro prints black-and-white documents at a resolution of 4,800 x 2,400 dots per inch (dpi), which is more than sufficient for producing clean, professional documents. It prints color documents at a resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, which will make your colored graphs and text look sharp and clean. The printer can print photos, although you'll want to use photo-specific paper for the best results. For professional-level photo prints, you'll want to buy a specific photo printer, although the Officejet Pro can produce photos at a high enough quality to satisfy most consumers.
One of the best features of this printer is its automatic duplexing. Duplexing occurs when the printer prints on both sides of a document. Some printers make you manually turn the page as the printer prints on each side, but the Officejet Pro 8610 turns the paper inside the machine. This can help your small business or your home maintain a responsible, environmentally friendly office, because you'll waste less paper.
Another reason we loved this printer is its high monthly duty cycle. A monthly duty cycle is a rating of how much work a printer can handle per month. This printer is rated at 30,000 pages per month, which makes it suitable for even midsize offices. This is the best monthly duty cycle of any of the multifunction printers we reviewed.
Scanning & Copying
This is a four-in-one printer, which means it can copy, scan and fax as well as print. It produces 13 black-and-white copies per minute and 11 color copies per minute. These are some of the best copy speeds available for a multifunction inkjet printer.
It has an automatic document feeder, commonly referred to as an ADF. The ADF is a paper tray that automatically feeds documents into the scanner. This allows you to fax or copy a multipage document without having to manually feed the pages into the scanner. An ADF is a must-have feature for an office environment.
This printer has a brightly colored touchscreen display that allows you to cycle through different menu options. One of the best features of the Officejet Pro is the ability it gives you to connect to it in a variety of wireless ways. When you connect it to the Wi-Fi network in your home or at your office, it shows up in the printer selection menu on your computer.
It also boasts Airprint capabilities, which means you can send print jobs to it from any of your Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads. Its paper tray holds 250 sheets, which is on par with the largest paper trays offered by small multifunction printers.
The Officejet Pro produces prints using four ink cartridges. Hewlett Packard has a program called HP Instant Ink, which is designed to save you money on cartridges. You subscribe to a plan that gives you a certain amount of pages per month for a monthly fee. Your printer then orders ink for you through the internet, so you receive fresh cartridges in the mail whenever your printer is running low. This is a unique feature among the printer brands we reviewed, and it is especially helpful for a small business or a home office.
Help & Support
Hewlett Packard offers a one-year warranty, as well as phone and email support. It also offers chat support, which can be especially helpful if you just have a simple question that you need a quick answer to. The support representative we spoke to was professional and friendly, and had above-average knowledge of the product.
The HP Officejet Pro 8610 is the best all-in-one printer you can buy because it combines home-printer convenience with office-printer durability. It does not have the speed of industrial laser printers, but this printer offers all the functionality you need at a reasonable price point.