HP Officejet Pro 8610 e-All-in-One Printer
Aimed primarily randomly offices, the HP Officejet Pro 8610 e-All-in-One ($199.99) provides a complete set of fundamental multifunction printer (MFP) features, plus a few extras, such as printing. Additionally, it delivers rapid speed and a low running cost along with a degree of output quality and paper handling making it a powerful choice for mild - to moderate-duty printing at a micro office or medium - to heavy-duty printing at a home office.
The HP Officejet Pro 8610 earns a little lower score for photo and text quality than the Epson WorkForce WF-3640, our Editors' Choice heavy micro-office colour MFP, and it comes at nowhere near the Epson printer for paper treatment. However, it delivers faster speed and a substantially lower promised cost per page, which is enough to keep it in the running to many offices.
The HP Officejet Pro 8610's basic MFP features include printing, scanning, and faxing, for example more than a network. In addition, it can work as a standalone copier and fax machine, and will both scan to and print out of a USB memory key.
The printer also offers mobile printing, together with the ability to print from iOS, Android, and Blackberry telephones and tablets. Connect it to a network by Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and you can print to it however a Wi-Fi entry stage. Set it up as a private printer with a USB cable instead, and you'll be able to print by linking directly from a mobile device with Wireless Direct--HP's equal to Wi-Fi Direct. Note that linking the printer to a system that is on the Internet also lets you publish though the cloud and take advantage of HP's print programs.
In contrast, the Epson WF-3640 boasts a second 250-sheet drawer and a guide feed.
For scanning, the HP Officejet Pro 8610 nutritional supplements its letter-size flatbed using a 35-page automatic document feeder (ADF) that can scan at up to legal size. Here again, that needs to be enough for most micro offices, however it's not a game for the Epson WF-3640's duplexing ADF, that may turn the page over to scan the second side.
Installation, Speed, and Output Quality
For the tests, I joined the HP Officejet Pro 8610 using its Ethernet port and installed the drivers on a Windows Vista program. I clocked the printer on our business applications suite (using QualityLogic's hardware and software for timing) in 5.9 pages per minute (ppm), which makes it a bit faster than the Epson WF-3640, at 5.4ppm.
Output quality is a little irregular, but it hits the most important notes for a business-oriented printer. Graphics and text quality are each at the top end of the range that contains the vast majority of inkjet MFPs. That makes the text acceptable for just about any business use, but not quite good enough for files, like a resume, which will need to appear completely professional.
Graphics output is more than good enough for PowerPoint handouts and such. With the ideal paper, many people would even consider it appropriate for advertising materials. Photographs are a step below level for an inkjet MFP, however, that is not a serious issue for many office usage.
1 other significant incentive for the printer is the low operating cost, at a claimed 1.6 cents for a monochrome page and 7.2 cents to get a colour page. The Epson WF-3640's cost per page is considerably higher, at 3.2 cents for monochrome and 11.4 cents for shade.
The Epson WF-3640's excellent paper treatment for both scanning and printing, and much better output for text and photos, keep it firmly in position as Editors' Choice. In the event you will need the greater text or picture quality or the paper handling-- especially for scanning and copying duplex originals-- it is the obvious pick. But if the HP Officejet Pro 8610 e-All-in-One's paper handling, text quality, functionality and photo quality are good enough for the requirements, its combination of fast speed and reduced operating cost, along with its long list of MFP characteristics, make it a potentially attractive option.
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