HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 Family Review

Good: Very excellent per-page operating costs in black and color, eligible for HP's Instant Ink cartridge program, strong processor and memory.
Bad: Not intended for medium or large businesses, ledger-sized printing not available, additional 250-sheet optional input tray only available on the OfficeJet Pro 8740.
Bottom Line: Scalable family of all-in-ones with strong features for small businesses.
Intended Users:
OfficeJet Pro 8700
Small businesses
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
24ppm (ISO)
20ppm (ISO)

Product Overview

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8700 All-in-One Family are new entries in HP’s all-in-one inkjet lineup. They all support standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing features. They also have a print speed of 24ppm (ISO) in black and 20ppm (ISO) in color (37ppm in draft mode for both black and color).

There are three members of this family, which are the:

  • The OfficeJet Pro 8720 ($300), the base model that has a 600MHz processor and 256MB of memory
  • The OfficeJet Pro 8730 ($350), which includes a 1.2GHz processor and 512MB of memory
  • The OfficeJet Pro 8740 ($400) that includes an additional 250-sheet tray and standard PostScript printing language.

All three devices include a 4.3″ color graphic display (CGD) touchscreen that displays three buttons on the control panel (Home, Help and Back). First-print-out-time is 10 seconds in color. The monthly duty cycle is 30,000 pages.

More details of these devices are in our Features section below.

The OfficeJet Pro 8700 family is ideal for small businesses with either low- or high-volume printing needs that’s looking for an affordable device. They are scalable devices with strong features and excellent per-page operating costs.


As mentioned above, the OfficeJet Pro 8720 includes a 600MHz processor and 256MB of memory that’s not expandable. On the other hand, the OfficeJet Pro 8730 and 8740 has a 1.2GHz processor and 512MB of memory.  All three devices support HP’s proprietary PCL printing language, whereas the 8730 and 8740 supports PostScript. All three devices support USB, Ethernet and wireless connectivity. Mobile printing is also standard – users can download the HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint or the Android OS Enablement Printing apps.

All devices include a 250-sheet standard paper tray that supports up to legal (8.5″ x 14″) sized printing. There is also a 50-sheet automatic document feeder and a 150-sheet output tray. Maximum paper capacity is 250 sheets for the 8720 and 8730. However, the 8740 supports an additional 250-sheet tray as an option, which brings the maximum capacity to 500 sheets. Automatic duplexing is standard. Although the monthly duty cycle is 30,000 pages, HP recommends a maximum range of 250 to 2,000 pages a month.

The scanning function supports Contract Image Sensor (CIS) technology. Users can scan to email and to fax, as well as to Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft DotNet. File formats include JPEG, Bitmap, TIFF, PDF and searchable PDF.

Some of the faxing features include 100-page memory, PC and digital fax, delayed sending and fax forwarding.

Users have the choice of purchasing standard-yield or high-yield replacement ink cartridges. For our purposes, we’ve calculated the cost per page of the high-yield cartridges, which are 2.1 cents for black and 8.1 cents for color. The OfficeJet Pro 8740 provides additional cost-per-page savings if users purchase the 3,000-page-yield black ink cartridge – 1.7 cents for black and 7.7 cents for color. That’s especially remarkable as color per-page costs for inkjets have been in the 10 to 15 cent range in the past.

The OfficeJet Pro 8700 family supports HP’s new Instant Ink plan where users can have their replacement ink cartridges delivered to their door. There are three monthly plans based on printing frequency: Occasional printing ($2.99 a month), Moderate printing ($4.99 a month) and Frequent printing ($9.99 a month). Users don’t have to order replacement cartridges – the printer alerts HP on the status of the ink and users receive new cartridges before ink runs out.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?


The OfficeJet Pro 8700 family is not intended for medium-sized and large businesses. Ledger-size printing is not available. Also, only the OfficeJet Pro 8740 all-in-one includes the additional 250-sheet input tray and only as an option.


Hewlett-Packard (HP) has a motto of “engineering experience that amaze” and “reinventing everything”. It also believes in helping make people’s lives easier in work and play. It has a strong office equipment portfolio that not only includes printers, scanners and all-in-ones, but also desktop and laptop computers, tablets and business solutions. It also sells document management software, such as HP TeleForm and HP LiquidOffice.

HP’s products are typically sold on its site as well as in stores, such as Office Depot, Best Buy and Staples.

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Nothing but an Ink Scammer

on 2017-07-31 21:40:03

Their ink system is a fraud. I have had this printer for 3 months. I print roughly 20 pages a week, all in black and white. "Black Ink Only" is selected in the driver software. Today, I ran out of black ink. I replaced the ink. Once the new (Black) ink was installed, a message displayed that the cyan and magenta cartridges were "depleted" and had to be replaced to use the printer. After replacing these two, another message displayed saying the Yellow cartridge was depleted and had to be replaced to use the printer. Since I owned the printer, I have not printed a single page in color. HP is scamming its customers to boost its ink sales. I am seriously considering a fraud action against HP.