HP’s New All-In-One Printer: Ideal for Ecopreneurists

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Ecopreneurist has been testing out the HP Officejet Pro 8500, a brand new wireless printer from HP. This is one of the first jet printers we have seen that provides photo quality output. Given that this printer is significantly cheaper than laser printers, this “All-In-One” machine might just be the perfect solution for small businesses.

Now by “All-In-One,” we refer to four key functions that are part and parcel of every small business: printing, scanning, faxing, and copying. This means saving up to 50%  of the energy used to do all of these jobs individually.

If your needs match those of most small business, then investing in this printer could actually signal the end of long, frustrating and ultimately expensive hours spent at your local Kinko’s, where you are just one of a many other entrepreneurs lining up to get your bulk print demands met before your business deadline.

At first glance, the Officejet Pro 8500 is fairly big and bulky. It does not necessarily take up more space than other commercial printers but it is far from being the compact machine that you would envision when you examine the array of ‘sleek technology’ readily available on the market today.  But when you take into account all of the different things that you can achieve with this machine, then size no longer becomes an issue.

Two unique features for individuals and small office networks are the “Direct Digital Filing” and “Email” functions.  Once your computer is hooked up to the Office jet Pro, these two functions allow you to scan documents without any scanning software! Once scanned, you can file your document directly into shared  folders on computers within your office network.  Alternatively, you can send scanned documents as e-mail attachments. And all this can be done by hitting a button on the machine itself.

Then there is the connectivity with HP’s various small business resources (such as HP Creative Studio for Business and Marketsplash) that really enable entrepreneurs to make efficient decisions when it comes to customized printing. Most small business have batch printing needs; sometimes it is more efficient to do this in-house on your Officejet Pro 8500, and sometimes, it is much better for you to outsource the job to Kinko’s. It really depends upon the size of your job.

The printer retails at $399. It’s not the cheapest on the market but considering all that you can do with it, it really is worth the investment. Besides, it’s dual voltage, so if you are planning to set up shop in another country permanently or partially, then it will save you the hassle of buying new machines when you move. Not to mention the fact that laser printers are a huge step up in price.  We are currently investigating the environmental effects of this printer and will be blogging about them in the days to come.  Stay tuned.

Special Offer for Ecopreneurist Readers

Now for the good news. If you are interested in possibly purchasing one of these printers, then consider yourself in luck. HP has arranged a special offer for Ecopreneurist  readers to save 20% ($80) on the new HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless All-in-One.

Click here for the coupon code and terms and conditionsVisit here for more product informationCoupon code and terms and conditions: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/coupon_info.do?coupon_code=PR8975.

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