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4.0 out of 5 stars HP 8600+ vs Canon MX7600, 7 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: HP CM750A OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One (Print, Scan, Copy, Fax, Web) (Accessory)
I brought this to replace a Canon MX7600 which broke down.

Both were / are used in a small office capacity to:
1) scan documents and photos, both using the flatbed and autoduplexer.
2) print a variety of documents including graphics heavy pdfs and letters.
3) photocopy a variety of documents

1) Scanning
The auto duplexing function of the ADF works reliably and is quite quick. The PDF's produced are readable at 200dpi, in fact better than the Canon MX7600's ADF duplex scans at 300dpi. It's now easier to digitise old invoices and bills etc. that need to be kept for tax purposes.

I also tried to digitise my old photographs and found the scanner to be inadequate. Scans at even 600 dpi have poor detail and colour balance. They are worse than the cheap scan labs on the internet, and very much worse than a dedicated photoscanner. The HP drivers also force you to save as JPEG or PDF which is very limiting.

Overall for office use I would say the scan function on the HP 8600+ is adequate and the Canon MX7600 is poor.

2) Printing
For largely B&W office documents and letters the printer is fantastic. Text looks sharp and laser like. It is also really quick. However, it doesn't print graphics nearly as well. There is noticeable banding on solid blocks of colour, unless you choose best quality print settings. Even at best quality, the colours look "dotty". In contrast, the Canon MX7600 produces colours and graphics indistinguishable from professional prints. They are in a completely different league to the HP.

One major annoyance with the HP is that its fiddly to print envelopes. You have to take the A4 paper out of the print tray, put the envelop in, print and put the A4 paper back in again. It doesn't have a separate envelop feed mechanism.

Overall I would say the print function of the HP8600+ is good. The Canon MX7600 is excellent (this does have a separate envelop feed).

3) Photocopies are quite accurate, and look like the original document. Both printers are equal in this regard.

The HP8600+ would be a 5 star machine with better colour print quality and an envelope feed.
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