HP Officejet 6500 Printer Review

The HP 6500 printer is discontinued, but there is a great alternative

Picture of an HP OfficeJet 4650 All-in-One Printer with a photo printing from it
HP OfficeJet 4650 All-in-One Printer and Instant Ink. HP

The Officejet 6500 Printer was introduced in 2009, and since then, the office-centric printer market has changed significantly with the introduction of new business lines from all the major printer makers since then, including HP.

Speed and Resolution

The HP 6500 printer can do it all. Like other all-in-ones, this printer can print, scan, copy, and fax.

According to HP's spec sheet, it can print up to 32 pages per minute monochrome and up to 31 pages per minute color. Color print resolution is up to 4,800 x 1,200 dots per inch.

Photo Printing

The HP 6500 printer can print borderless photos up to 8.3 x 23.4 inches. It offers PictBridge support and memory card support for:

  • Secure Digital
  • Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
  • MultimediaCard
  • Secure MultimediaCard
  • Reduced-Size MultimediaCard (RS-MMC)/MMCmobile (adapter not included, purchase separately)
  • MMCmicro/miniSD/microSD (adapter not included, purchase separately)
  • xD-Picture Card
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick Duo
  • Memory Stick PRO
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo

Scanning, Faxing, and Copying

Optical scanner resolution is up to 2,400 dots per inch (dpi) on the HP 6500 printer, and software-enhanced resolution is up to 19,200 dpi. Documents up to 8.5 x 14 inches can be fed through the automatic document feeder and ones up to 8.5 x 11.7 inches will fit on the flatbed.

Fax transmission speed is three seconds per page with the HP Officejet 6500, and resolution is up to 300 x 300 dpi. The printer can store up to 100 pages in memory.

The HP 6500 can make as many as 31 copies per minute color, and 32 pages per minute black. Images can be scaled from 25 to 400 percent. There is a 250-sheet paper input tray.

Extras and Downloads

Networking is standard with the HP 6500, with a built-in Ethernet connection. The printer is Energy Star qualified. HP offers free recycling of its print cartridges through Planet Partners.

If you need product manuals or drivers for your HP 6500 printer, you can get them through HP's website.

An HP 6500 Alternative

Nowadays, there are plenty of reliable Officejet models to choose from, and HP has a printer that it says is fast, economical, and eco-conscious—it uses as much as 40 percent less energy than a laser printer, according to HP. This printer, which is comparably priced to the 6500, is the Officejet 4650.

Not only does the HP 4650 printer come with a wealth of modern features, such as automatic two-sided printing, Wireless Direct (HP's Wi-Fi Direct equivalent), as well as HP's popular Printer Apps for printing content from well over 100 providers, content such as games and puzzles for the kids, forms, legal contracts, and a wealth of other business content is available, too.

Finally, the Officejet 4650 supports Instant Ink, HPs ink delivery program that provides incredibly low per-page ink costs, or what we call the cost per page (CPP). With Instant Ink, you can print color documents and photographs for around 3.3 cents per page, which really is a fraction of the cost on most other printers.