Why do offices choose all-in-one (AIO) laser printers—that is, models that can print, copy, scan, and fax—over their inkjet counterparts? The two main reasons: Laser devices print faster, and they usually cost less over the long haul to print black-and-white pages in volume. The trade-off is that most inkjet AIOs print photographs much better than laser multifunction machines, and, of course, most color-capable laser devices cost considerably more than inkjets.
The rare device, though, can give you the best of both worlds: speed, economical consumables, and excellent photograph printing. And we just found that seldom-seen combination in one moderately priced AIO. Enter HP’s $299 OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus, one of the fastest, least-expensive-to-use inkjets we’ve seen in quite some time. Not only is it fast, but this model is loaded with features, such as a duplex-capable automatic document feeder (ADF), which allows you to scan, copy, and fax double-sided pages unassisted. It also has a great-looking, big 4.3-inch color touch screen.