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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb 10, 2012 / 17 Shevat, 5772

'Pro' printer from HP for a professional (home) office

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hewlett Packard continues to refine and even perfect the small-office/home office/cubicle printer, especially when it comes to the inkjet side of things. Unlike color laser printers, which are very nice but also have a fairly high cost for consumables, inkjets are often half as expensive in per-page printing costs, with little discernable difference in output quality.

One of the firm's most recent inkjet offerings, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus has the features a small office user might savor, along with a stylish appearance, wireless connectivity and - most important - stunning output, and on both sides of a page, if desired. It can also send and receive faxes, and act as a copier or scanner.

With a list price just one cent under $300, the unit is currently available online from HP, and some resellers, for $70 less until the end of March. At $229.99, the 8600 Plus represents a good value, I believe, if you need all of its capabilities.

For many, if not most, users, the most important thing is output: how does the printed page look? The answer here: stunning: text is sharp, colors are vibrant, and, yes, it's fast, going from a press of the "print" command in a word processing program to a finished page in 20 seconds. And, that's with a wireless connection to the printer, no less.

Indeed, the printing is so fast that the momentary sounds of the print heads moving into place and the paper moving through the printer as ink is applied are just that - momentary. You do hear the sounds, they are somewhat noticeable, but the speed means you won't hear them for very long. To me, that makes what noise is produced a worthwhile tradeoff for the relative savings and features you get versus a similar laser, such as HP's LaserJet Pro 100 MFP 175nw, reviewed here six months ago. Though that laser printer's list price of $349 was attractive, the cost of supplies for that laser was a different story.

Compare: the Officejet Pro 8600 has all of the features of the LaserJet Pro 100, but for more than $100 less right now. Per-page monochrome printing costs about 1.6 cents per page for the Officejet, versus 3.5 cents for the LaserJet. In your first year of use, you'll probably spend a lot less for ink with the Officejet than you would on toner for the LaserJet, again, with no discernable loss in quality.

Setting up the printer is a relatively straightforward affair: remove the packing materials, insert the ink cartridges, add paper and connect to a computer. Connections can be made via a USB cable, an Ethernet or a wireless network.

HP claims wireless installation can be done without resorting to any cables; a spokesman said he's seen it done. In my test, it took a direct connection from an Apple, Inc., iMac via a USB cable for initial setup; once completed, wireless printing was a breeze.

Even more impressive, to this reviewer at least, was the two-sided printing feature, something also known as duplex printing. Snap the duplex module in the back of the printer, set your word processor or other program to print on both sides of the page, and it's automatic. No more trying to figure out how to reposition a batch of already printed pages to handle the "other" side, just set up the job, and click on "print." Call me a nerd, but I like this feature a lot.

With the included feeder and installed HP software, I could set up a scan using the printer's touch-sensitive control panel; on the Mac it also functioned with Apple's Preview software. But, as with the LaserJet Pro 100, scanning via Adobe Acrobat Pro wasn't an option. As Meat Loaf once said, "Two out of three ain't bad."

Overall, the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus is a tremendous machine that will repay owners with reliable service, great printing, and a range of scanning and copying features. You can't ask for much more, and at the current price of $229.99, you won't easily find a better value.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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