Review and Report: HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One Series
The new Officejet Pro 8600 Series uses the previous generation’s color touch screen with its icon-driven navigation, copy and scan preview, and QWERTY-style keypad for entering text, and also adds swipe operation to the Premium and Plus configurations. As with some smartphones, just use your fingertip to swipe the touch screen to scroll through options instead of having to locate and press adjacent up-and-down arrows.
The Officejet Pro 8600 Premium and Plus’s touch panel includes a 4.3” color touch screen (2.65” on the base configuration), several soft keys, and LED indicator lights. One new feature is an Eco mode (shown in the top center of the touch screen above). Just press the green Eco key, and you can schedule when the Officejet Pro 8600 turns on and off, as well as how quickly it reverts into low power-consumption mode. You can also make two-sided duplex the default for printing copies and faxes in order to conserve paper.
Web Connectivity and Mobile Printing
As with the previous Officejet Pro 8500A series, the new All-in-Ones also provide HP’s Print Apps, as well as mobile printing. Print Apps let you access Web content directly from the touch screen when the system is Web-connected). A key Print App is eStorage—from the touch screen, you can print your stored documents in a Google Docs or Box.net account. You can also use the Officejet Pro 8600’s scan capability to scan hardcopy directly to your account (instead of scanning the document to your PC and then uploading it to your account).
The Officejet Pro 8600 also supports HP’s ePrint, as well as Apple’s AirPrint. Another feature for mobile users is forwarding received faxes to your e-mail inbox, so that you never miss an important fax when you’re out of the office. This could also be used for security—if you receive faxes that you’d like to keep confidential (or just want to conserve paper), you can specify that received faxes are sent to a specified network folder or e-mail box, not printed and deposited in the output tray.