Low purchase price. Good overall print quality. Instant Ink eligible. Multiple connectivity options.
Noticeable banding when printing dark gradients. Lackluster colors in images.
- Bottom Line
The HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 Printer's price is reasonable for a single-function inkjet designed for use in low-volume print and copy environments, and it prints well enough for typical business use.
One of a fairly small group of moderately priced single-function color inkjet business printers, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 Printer ($129.99) delivers a basic feature set, a good range of connectivity choices, and solid if unspectacular output quality. While other color inkjets offer more features (the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5110) or better output quality (the Canon Maxify iB4020 Wireless Small Office Inkjet Printer), the 8210 comes in at a somewhat lower price and should be fine for low-volume use in a small or home office.
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Design and Features
Like most HP printers, the 8210 has a two-tone chassis (black and dark gray) that is stylish and attractive. Measuring 8 by 19.5 by 16.5 inches (HWD) with the output tray extended, and weighing slightly under 19 pounds, it's not really too big for most desktops, and it's quiet and well-behaved—no rocking or vibrating.
Connectivity options consist of Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and USB, as well as Wireless Direct, HP's equivalent to Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer protocol for connecting to the printer without either it or your mobile device being connected to a local network. (Our testbed PC consists of Windows 10 running on an Intel Core i5 CPU, and we connected to the printer via Ethernet.) HP's ePrint mobile app helps with connecting to cloud sites like Google Cloud Print, and printing emails and attachments.
The management for many of these services—as well as walkup (or PC-free) tasks, such as printing from a USB thumb drive or the cloud—is handled from a 2-inch monochrome graphic display. This non-touch display is surrounded by standard navigation buttons, making operating this print-only machine easy enough. As for paper handling, the 8210 has only a 250-sheet input tray, with no override or multipurpose tray for envelopes and other off-size media. To load and print these types of items, you must first empty and reconfigure the tray.
HP rates this OfficeJet at 22 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white pages and 18ppm for color prints. When printing our lightly formatted (Word) text file, the OfficeJet Pro 8210 actually churned out the pages slightly faster, at 23.2ppm for black-and-white. When printing an aggregate of the aforementioned text file, as well as several business document files containing embedded graphics (charts, graphs, tables) and photos, the speed dropped to 9.3ppm. That makes the 8210 the fastest among the admittedly small sample of color inkjets we've timed so far with our new test suite.
Print quality is seldom an issue on HP printers, and it's not here. While there's nothing particularly striking or outstanding about this printer's output, it's more than passable for most home- and small-business-oriented environments. For the most part, text looked very near laser quality, even down to about 4 points, although decorative fonts started becoming less attractive and harder to read between 6 and 8 points. Decorative type is used mostly for headlines and larger type in general, anyway.
Graphics quality isn't terrible, but we did see far too much banding in most gradients containing dark colors, dark grays, and blacks. Hairlines, on the other hand, looked clean and well delineated. Photos weren't bad for a business inkjet. Everything looked reasonably detailed and accurate in our test prints, but colors were somewhat lackluster. If you're looking for something to print your keeper memories on, the 8210 isn't your best choice, but it does a good job of printing images embedded in larger layouts, such as business reports or flyers. Overall, this OfficeJet prints just fine for most business scenarios. That said, the Canon iB4020 did better than the 8210 in both graphics and photo quality.
If you use the highest-yield ink cartridges (3,000 pages black and 1,600 pages color), the black cost per page is about 1.7 cents and color pages cost about 7.7 cents each. The Maxify iB4020 and WorkForce Pro WF-5110 come in at 1.6 cents per monochrome page and about 7.2 cents per color page. Black-and-white pages, of course, are printed by most small businesses far more often than color pages. The 8210 has a maximum monthly duty cycle (the number of pages HP says you can safely print each month) of 30,000, and a recommended monthly page volume of up to 1,500 sheets. If you actually need to print tens of thousands of pages per month, you would be better off choosing a color model with a lower per-page cost, such as HP's own PageWide Pro 552dw. It costs a few hundred dollars more, but if you need to print in high volume, you'll quickly make up the difference.
If, on the other hand, if all you need to print is a few hundred pages each month, this OfficeJet should serve you fine. Depending on how many pages you generally print, you can even save a bit on running costs by enrolling in HP's Instant Ink program, through which your printer monitors your ink supply and automatically orders new cartridges as needed. Instant Ink is a convenient choice for families and small offices that print 300 or fewer pages each month.
Compared with competing single-function inkjets, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 is a capable machine with a competitive running cost and a relatively low purchase price. It is attractive, built well, it's reasonably fast, and it prints well enough for at least non-critical business documents. Its lackluster photos, for instance, might make you want to consider using something else for brochures and other promotional material. Also, if you'll be using it for PowerPoint handouts, stay away from dark gradient fills to avoid somewhat heavy banding. It doesn't have the range of features of the Epson WF-5110, or the Editors' Choice Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5190, which is the WF-5110 with PCL and PostScript drivers added. Still, the 8210 is a good overall single-function printer for its price.
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