Essentially a two-drawer version of the HP OfficeJet Pro 8210, the OfficeJet Pro 8216 ($179.99) is notably slower than its less expensive sibling, but overall print quality is markedly better. A single-function color inkjet business printer, it's comparable in features and capacity to the Editors' Choice Canon Maxify iB4120 Wireless Small Office Inkjet Printer, but it costs a little more. The 8216 and Canon iB4120 deliver similar running costs, but the former is eligible for HP's Instant Ink subscription service, which can save you a bunch on ink. While it doesn't quite live up to the Canon model's superior print quality, the OfficeJet Pro 8216 has many assets that make it an excellent alternative to a color laser.
Physically, the OfficeJet 8216 ($79.99 at HP UK) is identical to the 8210, except that it ships with a second 250-sheet paper cassette (for a total of 500 sheets) that you attach during installation. With the second drawer attached and the 150-sheet output tray extended, it measures 11.4 by 19.2 by 25.5 inches (HWD), and it weighs just over 25 pounds, making it about 3.5 inches taller and 3.4 pounds heavier than the OfficeJet 8210. Compared with competing models with two paper drawers (such as the Canon iB4120), this makes it about average in size and weight. Epson's WorkForce Pro WF-5190 ($79.99 at HP UK) (another Editors' Choice standalone inkjet) has an out-of-the-box paper input capacity of just 330 sheets, expandable to 580 sheets with an optional add-on cassette. The 8216's maximum monthly duty cycle is 30,000 pages, with a recommended monthly print volume of up to 1,500 prints, giving it about the same capacity as the iB4210 and a third less than the capacity of the WF-5190.Our Experts Have Tested 53 Products in the Printers Category in the Past YearSince 1982, PCMag has tested and rated thousands of products to help you make better buying decisions. (See how we test.)
You can connect the 8216 to your network over Wi-Fi or Ethernet, or attach it to a single PC via USB 2.0. Mobile print options consist of Wireless Direct (HP's iteration of Wi-Fi Direct), AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, and HP's own ePrint, which allows you to print via email. You can also print from USB thumb drives via the port located on the left-front of the chassis. In addition to HP's native PCL print language, the 8216 also emulates Adobe PostScript 3.0 for greater compatibility with desktop publishing and graphics design environments. Configuration and walkup tasks, such as printing from the cloud or a thumb drive, are handled from a 2-inch non-touch monochrome graphics display surrounded by several navigation buttons—Home, Back, Move Right, Up, Down, and OK—as well as Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and Help. Or you can configure and monitor the printer over your network from a Web browser with HP's Web Jetadmin Web app.
The 8216's second drawer comes in the box detached from the printer. You install it by simply aligning and placing the printer on top of it, which is fine, except that it's just as easy to uninstall the cassette as it is to install it—nothing holds the two components together, thereby making it too easy to leave the add-on tray behind when you pick up and move the printer. Granted, this is a rather common design, especially among laser printers, but the 8216 is so light that, unlike with its heavier color laser counterparts, you're more inclined to pick it up when moving it for cleaning (or some other reason). This isn't a big deal, but worth mentioning.4.5Outstanding $129.99See Itat AmazonRead Our Canon Maxify iB4120 Wireless Small Office Inkjet Printer Review 4.0Excellent $899.99See Itat AmazonRead Our Canon Pixma TS8020 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer Review 4.0ExcellentCheck Stockat AmazonRead Our Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5190 Review 3.5Good $169.99See Itat AmazonRead Our HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 Printer Review 4.0Excellent $583.48See Itat AmazonRead Our Canon Pixma MG5720 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Review 4.0Excellent $449.48Check Stockat AmazonRead Our Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6590 Review 4.0Excellent $315.33See Itat AmazonRead Our Canon imageClass LBP151dw Review 4.5Outstanding $399.00See Itat AmazonRead Our Brother HL-L5200DW Review 4.0Excellent $809.99See Itat AmazonRead Our Brother MFC-J985DW Review4.0Excellent $459.99See Itat AmazonRead Our HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile All-in-One Printer Review 4.0Excellent Read Our Samsung Multifunction Printer ProXpress C3060FW Review 4.0Excellent $1,969.84 See Itat AmazonRead Our Dell Color Smart Multifunction Printer S3845cdn Review 4.0Excellent$785.99See Itat Tiger DirectRead Our HP PageWide Enterprise Color 556dn Review
Otherwise, installation is straightforward. The software found the 8216 on our network right away, downloaded the latest version of the drivers from HP's support site, and checked for a firmware update without incident. The entire process, which included charging the print heads with ink and printing a calibration page, took no longer than 20 minutes. Since all the 8216 does is print, the only software you need is the print driver, but HP also includes plugins, including HP Dropbox, HP Google Drive, and Microsoft DotNet, for connecting the printer directly to a few cloud sites.
HP OfficeJet Pro 8216 Printer
For reasons we can't explain, the HP 8210 ($79.99 at HP UK) printed our monochrome text document significantly faster than its two-drawer sibling, but, conversely, the 8216 churned out our color test documents containing photos and graphics somewhat faster. That said, HP rates both machines at 22 pages per minute (ppm) for black prints and 18ppm for color pages. The 8216 printed our 12-page monochrome text document at 17.4ppm, compared with the 8210's 23.2ppm, and the Canon iB4210's ($79.99 at HP UK) 20.8ppm. We tested the aforementioned Epson WF-5190 with a different set of documents and hardware, thereby making comparisons to it here impractical.
When we combined the times from the previous test with the results from printing our much more complex Acrobat, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, the 8216 turned in a time of 10.5ppm, beating the 8210 by more than a page per minute on this portion of our tests. Granted, both models' print times plummeted by more than half during this part of the regimen, but (due primarily to the complexity of our color test documents) that's not unusual. The Maxify iB4210 managed only 7.5ppm when printing our entire suite of test documents.
While none of these business-oriented printers are photo printers, many small businesses and workgroups need to print photographs now and then. To that end, the 8216 churned our 4-by-6 snapshots at an average of 13 seconds, which is quite fast, rivaling or beating its direct competition as well as several photo-centric inkjets, including the Editors' Choice Canon Pixma TS8020 ($79.99 at HP UK) .
The HP 8216 not only turned in different print times than its less-expensive sibling, but it also printed better. As we saw with the 8210, the 8216's text came out looking superb, with crisp, highly legible type down to the smallest size we test (4 points), making text output suitable for nearly all business applications.
Where we saw some chronic banding in dark backgrounds and gradients printed on the 8210, the 8216's Excel charts and PowerPoint handouts were, while not perfect, much better. What little banding we did see was barely noticeable. Photos, too, looked good, with vibrant colors and highly detailed imaging. Still, we think the Canon iB4120's print quality was slightly better.
HP OfficeJet Pro 8216 Printer
Since the 8210 and the 8216 use the same ink cartridges, their running costs are about the same. Using HP's advertised prices and page yields for the highest capacity ink tanks, we calculated the black cost per page at 1.7 cents and color pages run about 7.7 cents each. These numbers are very close to what we saw for its competing models.
If, however, you opt for HP's Instant Ink subscription program, you can get significantly lower running costs for your color pages. With the highest tier subscription, which runs $9.99 per month, all pages, both black and color, will cost you 3.3 cents—a great value if you print predominately in color. In addition, HP has been running a promotion for the past few months offering the first three months of Instant Ink for free, a $30 value. A caveat of the Instant Ink program, though, is that it's only good for your first 300 pages; after that, pages run $1 for every additional 25 pages, or 4 cents per page. That's a lot to pay for your monochrome pages, but, again, if most of what you print is color, that's still more than 3 cents per page lower than competitors. If you print 1,000 pages each month, an additional 3 cents per page will cost you $30, or $360 per year, almost enough to buy two OfficeJet Pro 8216s per year.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 8216 is a competitively priced standalone inkjet printer that prints well at reasonably low running costs, especially if you subscribe to HP's Instant Ink monthly subscription program. Otherwise, the Canon Maxify iB4120 Wireless Small Office Inkjet Printer and Epson WorkForce WF-5190 deliver slightly lower running costs. All three models print quite well with output suitable for most business applications. The 8216 also supports PostScript, as does the WF-5190, but the former has a higher paper input capacity out of the box, making the the HP model a better value overall.4.0Check Stockat AmazonMSRP $179.99View More
The HP OfficeJet Pro 8216 is competitively priced for a single-function inkjet designed primarily for low-volume print environments, and its print quality is on par with its closest competitors.
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