HP Officejet 6500 caters to the needs of small and micro-businesses. It is a comprehensive unit that offers color scanning, copier and fax facility besides color inkjet printing. It uses HP Thermal Inkjet print technology to print at a resolution of 4800x1200 dpi, and has standard internal memory of 32MB. The scanner has an optical scanning resolution of 2400 dpi. The input tray holds 250 sheets of paper, and the automatic document feeder has an intake capacity of 35 pages. The control panel includes separate function sections for fax, copy, scan and photo-printing. There's a full number pad for fax dialing with facility of 100 speed dial numbers stored. The HP 6500 has two slots for reading memory cards and printing photos directly from them. For network settings, it takes IP from DHCP automatically or can be set manually from the control panel as well. We tested the printer on an isolated network and found that the first page took 20 seconds to print. For printing normal color documents, it gave a 10 page per minute print speed. The print quality was good and with sharp text even for small fonts. While printing a borderless 4x6 inch photo in best quality mode on a high gloss photo-paper, it took 90 seconds. The quality of color photo print was excellent, except for grainings in some areas. For copying a single page, the time taken was 12 seconds, what was the same as that for scanning a document at default resolution setting.
Bottomline: A decent performer that comes at a competitive price, suitable for a small office.