Provide professional office printing capability in a home office setting
Replace multiple devices with the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One printer
- Consolidates functions of multiple office devices to a single e-All-in-One to save space, money
- Provides wireless print capability from throughout the home
- Enables printing from notebook PC, Apple iPadÂ® and iPhoneÂ® with HP ePrint3
- Home office worker produces professional-quality documents
- Printer cuts costs with up to 50% less cost per page and up to 50% less energy use than comparable laser printers4
- Wireless, mobile capability supports printing virtually anywhere.3
Home working has been a hot topic on our blog in recent months and we’re always interested to hear what technology people find most useful in their home office. So when HP published a case study titled “Executive coach finds HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One is perfect fit for his home office” it certainly got our attention …
When John Epperheimer decided to close the majority of his business and simply work from home as a sole proprietor, he was faced with the task of equipping a home office that would keep him as productive as he had been previously— even after giving up his administrative assistant. A key element of his new home office: an HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One “The Officejet is a great match for my needs. It replaces four separate devices we had in our old office, and even adds the ability to print wirelessly and from my mobile devices,” Epperheimer says.
Career transition requires professional home office
Epperheimer has spent years in the field of career development. What he most enjoys is executive coaching, so he launched his company, Workpath Group, in 1999 to do exactly that. The company specialised in working with San Francisco Bay Area executives. Before he chose to scale back, the company had a core office staff of four full-time employees and some 250 contractors—most of them other executive coaches that Workpath Group placed with major corporations and non-profits.
But as he approached his mid-60s, Epperheimer decided it was time to pull back. “I’ve always gotten an immense amount of satisfaction from coaching one-on-one. I decided I wanted to focus on that and not have the headache of running the larger business.”
In making the transition to a home office, Epperheimer needed to be able to match the high-quality professional print output that his corporate clients were accustomed to. He also needed the functionality of other office systems—a copier, fax and scanner. But he didn’t want hardware spread out all over his much smaller home office.
Full office functionality and then some
Epperheimer had relied on HP LaserJet printers at Workpath Group before, so it was natural that he turned to HP again. He found the Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One is the perfect match to his requirements. It combines all the capabilities of his former office machines, and then some: up to 15 ppm black and 11 ppm colour printing,1 scanning, copying, a 4.3-inch colour touchscreen display, and support for wireless2 and mobile printing from virtually anywhere with HP ePrint.3 It costs up to 50% less to operate per professional colour page compared with laser printers, and uses up to 50% less energy.4 “This morning, I printed out two assessment reports for face-to-face meetings with executive clients,” he says. “They require full colour and range in size from 27 to 42 pages, so they’re significant documents. And they look very professional; the printing is crisp and the colour is excellent.” Workpath Group uses Original HP Officejet ink cartridges and office papers with ColorLok®™ technology for vivid colour and water-resistant pages.5 Epperheimer moved home from the office, but he’s not home alone. His wife handles Workpath Group’s bookkeeping and some administrative tasks, working from her own space at the other end of the house. She prints to the Officejet Pro e-All-in-One wirelessly.2
Easy to set up, easy to use
“The wireless capability is great, and surprisingly easy to set up,” Epperheimer says. In fact, he says he simply removed the printer from its box, followed the diagrams and instructions that were included and had it fully operational in a few minutes. He was pleasantly surprised to find that the Officejet Pro is equally easy to use, despite its wide range of capabilities. That’s due, he says, to the intuitive touchscreen display. “The interfaces on our old legacy machines were pretty primitive compared to this. With the Officejet printer, you can just walk up, touch the screen, and it will tell you everything you need to copy, fax or scan.”
The Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One also supports HP ePrint for mobile devices to print virtually anywhere.3 HP ePrint supports any mobile device with email capability—from Smartphones to notebook computers and tablets.3 Users simply email a file to the printer, and a hard copy printout will be waiting when the user arrives home. “I’m just learning how valuable ePrint can be for me,” Epperheimer says. “I’ve used it mostly as a reminder service for myself—to remind me of something I want to follow up on, or to be sure to put in a client’s file.” The Officejet Pro also gives Epperheimer the ability to print directly from a USB device or digital camera memory card.
Fit for an executive
Epperheimer says since getting his own Officejet Pro printer, he’s noticed that some of his executive clients have them in their corporate offices too. “They all seem very happy with the quality and speed, and like the confidentiality of having the printer and fax machine right in their office.”
Epperheimer was concerned that when he gave up his own office and staff, it would be difficult to maintain his high level of productivity. But the Officejet Pro e-All-in-One is helping him make the most of his workday as a sole proprietor. “The most significant thing I’ve learned is that my productivity will not decrease, which is amazing because I’ve given up some very good administrative support. With the Officejet Pro, I can work in my office or go sit on the couch with my laptop or tablet and still print. It’s like someone at HP knew exactly what I needed.”
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1 After first set of ISO test pages For more information, see www.hp.com/go/printerclaims. 2 Wireless performance depends upon physical environment and distance from access point. 3 Requires an Internet connection to the printer. Feature works with any connected Internet- and email-capable device. Print times may vary. For a list of supported documents, and image types, see www.hp.com/go/eprintcenter. And for additional solutions, see www.hp.com/go/mobile-printing-solutions. 4 Majority of colour printers <US $300 and colour laser AiOs <US $600 and printers, March 2011; For details: www.hp.com/go/officejet. OJ Pro ISO yield with highest-capacity cartridges based on continuous printing; see www.hp.com/go/learnaboutsupplies. Energy use based on HP testing. For details, see www.hp.com/go/officejet. 5 Not included. Please purchase separately.