HP Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One

Save Big Money with Low Per-Page Ink Costs

Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One Printer. HP

In the tradition of HP’s excellent Officejet Pro 8600 Plus, the company has recently released a new line of high-volume business printers that not only perform well and prints excellent-looking documents and photos, but it does so while delivering one of the lowest per-page cost of ink, or cost per page (CPP) I know of. The product line consists of three models ranging in price from $199.99-list to $399.99-list, with, of course, corresponding feature sets.

The subject of this review, the $299.99 Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One, resides smack dab in the middle, between the 8610 and the 8630.

For the $100 price difference between 8610 and the 8620, you get a slightly faster print engine (21 monochrome pages per minute (ppm) and 16.5ppm in color versus 19ppm black-and-white and 14.5ppm color) and a 35-page automatic document (ADF) feeder instead of a 50-page ADF. An ADF, of course, feeds documents to the scanner for copying, scanning, and faxing. You also get a larger, 4.3-inch touchscreen for PC-free printing and configuring the printer, rather than the 2.7-inch screen on the 8610. The 8620 also supports near-field communication (NFC), or “touch-to-print.” (For a description of NFC and some of the other mobile printing terms discussed below, check out the following About.com article: “Mobile Printing Features – 2014.”)

The $399.99-list Officejet Pro 8630 comes with all of the 8620 features, as well as an additional 250-sheet paper drawer (for a total of 500 sheets of paper capacity), OCR software, and an extra set of color (cyan, magenta, and yellow) ink tanks.

Depending on your needs, any of these three printers provides good value, and, as we mentioned, they’re designed to print a relatively large amount of pages each month, and the per-page cost of ink will save you big time, compared to several like-priced competitors.


Nowadays, most printers come with a wealth of connectivity options that allow you to print from all kinds of devices in many different scenarios.

In addition to Wi-Fi, the 8620 supports Ethernet (wired network), or you can connect it to a single PC via a USB cable. It also supports numerous mobile printing alternatives, including Wireless Direct (HP’s version of Wi-Fi Direct), Google’s Cloud Print, Apple’s AirPrint, HP’s ePrint, and, as mentioned, NFC. (If any of these mobile print options are unfamiliar, you can get descriptions in the following About.com article: “Mobile Printing Features – 2014.”)

In addition, you can print from or scan to a USB thumb drive. You set up and execute most of the abovementioned features, as well as initiate scans to and prints from USB drives, via the spacious and colorful control panel. Also included are HP’s printer apps, which allows the printer to interact with numerous sites on the Internet for downloading and printing content, as well as scanning to various cloud sites.

Cost Per Page (CPP)

Rated by HP to print up to 30,000 pages per month, the Officejet Pro 8620 is a workhorse. However, printing thousands of pages every month requires using lots of ink; on the wrong printer with the wrong ink cartridges, this can get quite costly. The good news here, though, is that the 8620 has one of the lowest CPPs I’ve seen in the inkjet printer market—or even the midrange laser-class printer market, for that matter.

When you use HPs “XL,” or higher-yield ink tanks for this model, black-and-white pages run about 1.6 cents each, and color pages run around 7.3 cents. Some other printers in this price range—including several laser-class machines—deliver black-and-white CPPs of well over 2 cents per page and color pages at as much as two to five cents more than the 8620. As you can see in this About.com “How to Estimate a Printer’s Cost Per Page” article, CPP differences like these can cost you a lot of money over time.

Output Quality and Conclusion

It’s difficult nowadays to find an HP printer that doesn’t print good-looking documents, as well as make respectable copies and scans.

This is especially true of the company’s higher-end, more costly models, and the Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One is no exception. The test business documents I printed looked superb, as did the photographs and graphics embedded in them. Photographs came close to drug store quality, and copies and scans looked very close to the originals.

Granted, $300 (or perhaps less if you can find it on sale) for an all-in-one printer these days is a big investment. But if your office prints, copies, scans, and faxes a lot of documents, considering its peppy performance, terrific print quality, and exceptionally low cost per page, the Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One provides exceptional value.

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