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This Officejet Pro’s control panel, shown in Figure 7, is quite simple.

HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer ReviewFigure 7: The control panel.

There are four lighted indicators on the left for the status of the ink cartridges. On the right are three elongated buttons for the wireless network, job cancel, and paper feed. The network button toggles the wireless on and off if you press and hold. If you press it quickly, it prints out network settings. A blue light above the network button indicates the status of the wireless connection, either on or off. We love having a “job cancel” button which saves paper and frustration when you accidently start a big print job. The only other button is the round on/off button.

At the front of the printer, shown in Figure 8, is the 250-sheet input tray which sits underneath a 150-sheet output area. A thick black plastic tray covers the input tray and becomes the place where the output rests. In order to get this tray into proper position you must angle it down at the back catching the two protruding latches, shown in Figure 9, before resting it down. If you simply place it on top of the input tray, as one might do, it can fall off during printing. This happened to us during testing and the tray broke making it unusable.

HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer ReviewFigure 8: The input and output area.

HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer ReviewFigure 9: The top of the paper tray.

In Figure 10, you can see the duplexer protruding from the back of the printer. You can also see the USB socket, the Ethernet connection and the plug for the external power supply.

HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer ReviewFigure 10: The back of the printer.

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Sandy Berger, respected computer authority, journalist, media guest, speaker, and author, has more than three decades of experience as a computer and technology expert. Her eight books include: How to Have a Meaningful Relationship with Your Computer, Your Official Grown-up's Guide to AOL and the Internet, Cyber Savers –Tips & Tricks for Today’s Drowning Computer Users, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Better Living through Technology, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to the Internet, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Gadgets & Gizmos, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Health & Wellness, and Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Travel. Sandy’s newspaper column, magazine articles, feature stories, product reviews, and computer tips can be found at her website, Compu-KISS.