It is easy to see why the HP Officejet Pro 8610 was once rated the best all-in-one printer that you could buy. Using inkjet technology, the printer allows you to wirelessly print from a host of devices and offers remarkable reliability even when used frequently. It is therefore a shame that the HP Officejet Pro 8610 is now difficult to find outside of auction sites or third-party sellers, but if you can lay your hands on one, you are unlikely to be disappointed.
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 when this printer was widely for sale. It also prints color documents at a rate of about 15 pages per minute, which is outstanding for an inkjet.
Black-and-white documents are printed at a resolution of 4,800 x 2,400 dots per inch (dpi), which is more than sufficient for producing clean, professional documents, while color documents are printed 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, and this printer was rated at 30,000 pages per month, which makes it suitable for even midsize offices.
The HP Officejet Pro 8610 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 also has an automatic document feeder (ADF) - a paper tray that automatically feeds documents into the scanner, that allows you to fax or copy a multipage document without having to manually feed the pages into the scanner.
The HP Officejet Pro 8610 has a brightly colored touchscreen display that allows you to cycle through different menu options, but one of its best features is the ability to connect to it in a variety of wireless ways. When you connect 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.
Its paper tray holds 250 sheets, which is on par with the largest paper trays offered by small multifunction printers, and 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.
Should you buy the HP Officejet Pro 8610?
The HP Officejet Pro 8610 was the best all-in-one printer you could buy when it first appeared, thanks to the winning combination of home-printer convenience and office-printer durability. While it never offered the type of speed available through an industrial laser printer, if you're looking for an all in one printer with a wide range of functionality - and if you can manage to find one for sale - the HP Officejet Pro 8610 is unlikely to let you down.