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HP Photosmart 8250

“After minimal printing I got "Ink System Failure" and...”

Written on: 26/09/2008

After minimal printing I got "Ink System Failure" and there doesn't appear to be a resolution except buying a competitors product that works properly for a reasonable amount of time… Read Full Review

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HP Photosmart 8250

“The machine worked well and looks good, the cost of...”

Written on: 12/12/2007 by george1956 (1 review written)

The machine worked well and looks good, the cost of ink was reasonable but when this machine breaks, it is for keeps. It cannot be repaired. So, watch out - I suggest get something else… Read Full Review

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HP Photosmart 8250

“The quality of photo can be very good but since...”

Written on: 08/10/2007 by connollystar (1 review written)

The quality of photo can be very good but since changing from XP to Vista it fails to print 8 out of 10 times and keeps asking me to get more updates which I download time after time.
Have to say I have now given up and looking for a new printer… Read Full Review

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HP Photosmart 8250

“Since writing my initial review, I must now add some...”

Written on: 05/06/2007 by Reaction (21 reviews written)

Since writing my initial review, I must now add some important notes.

After about 6 months, the printer started to display an "Ink System Failure" message, which sounds horrendous but is completely false. HP provide a number of laborious so-called 'fixes' on their website. I have carefully tried them all, but am still left with a printer that does not work when first switched on. Now, every time I wish to use the 8250, I must first run a small program to 'clear' the false error message, after… Read Full Review

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398940_Gmd's Response to Reaction's Review

Written on: 06/09/2008

I wish I had the procedure or program to clear the "Ink System Error." I had a chat session with HP and they suggested buying a new printer. Of course it won't be an HP. I know the firmware problem should clear but I haven't found the solution. I really like the photo print capabilities of this printer. I just did not use it for about 18 months. Maybe the ink dried in the heads but I don't know because HP hasn't given me the ability, with this error stopping all prints, to try to print. I have new HP 02 cartridges and have never used any other ink. I did note when printing documents, before the printer stopped working, that they had a slightly faded or weak look compared to my Lexmark printer. My warranty long ago expired and that is fine. That being the case, HP has real gall disallowing me the use of my printer. One article on the web indicated that using another ink could cause this error FOREVER. Although I only used the correct HP ink, It is NOT HP's priviledge to dictate what ink I use in MY printer. There hardware is great but their software/firmware, design and attitude, not to mention support, are beyond terrible I feel. I also have an HP Scanjet 4890 scanner and an HP 4315 All-In-One. The All-In_One is about the only thing that works fairly well. No support anymore for the 4890 - probably because the driver was unbelievably bad. The 4315 driver won't coexist with the 4890 driver. And we know where I am with the 8250. The 4890 kept me from buying an HP computer when I bought my last laptop. Jerry D.

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Reaction's Response to Reaction's Review

Written on: 21/03/2009

This isn' the only HP printer I hvae had problems with! Our big LaserJet 5si at work is a disaster, with constant (false) paper jam messages and other assorted errors that don't seem to go away despite professional maintenance. In my opinion It is far worse than the supposedly identical predecessor it replaced. HP quality is going down hill rapidly from my viewpoint.
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<br/>My Canon Pixma ip4500 (which replaced the rubbish HP 8250) has been utterly faultless from day one. It's quicker to start up, cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, quieter in operation, includes duplexing as standard, and doesn't throw spurious errors. No contest!

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441224_The Guy Looking At Printer Stuff's Response to Reaction's Review

Written on: 16/02/2009

I wouldn't let falty printers like this particular one discourage you from buying, I am a production manager at a company that refills ink cartridges. In my experience hp has been the most reliable printers and cartridges. We must test every cartridge and everyday I use around 10 hp printers.

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HP Photosmart 8250

“If you buy this HP PhotoSmart 8250 printer from the...”

Written on: 19/10/2006 by simonfitzuk (1 review written)

If you buy this HP PhotoSmart 8250 printer from the aforementioned outlets, after 1 month they pass you off to HP rather than deal with in-house. Do not accept this under any circumstances and look at the Sales of Good Act (Faulty Goods). Mine had an out of paper error message after about 20 pages of printing so on returning to Currys they gave me a phone number and said HP would pick it up and repair/replace. Fine except the phone number was only meant for Currys staff so you are then given… Read Full Review

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“I bought a HP Photosmart 8250 Printer on 1/10/05...”

Written on: 23/02/2006 by m240036 (1 review written)

I bought a HP Photosmart 8250 Printer on 1/10/05 following great reviews in various magazines. After 4 months of light use, the ink system completely failed. I phoned HP as it was still under their 12 months manufacturer's warranty, and they confirmed it needed to be replaced. I was told they would send me another printer within 1 week, but it would be a secondhand re-manufactured replacement unit (not new), as that's their warranty policy! Unbelievable!! Buy a new piece of HP kit, it goes… Read Full Review

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HP Photosmart 8250

“First of all the good points... I purchased a HP...”

Written on: 15/01/2006 by brian wright22 (2 reviews written)

First of all the good points... I purchased a HP PhotoSmart 8250 digital photo printer from PC World on Boxing Day for £74.99 (two day sale). Normal selling price £149.99. The photo quality is much better than my previous HP printers.(HP720 & 959). Do not use HP Photo paper! It's much better using Jessops Photo inkjet 260grams or Epson Ultra glossy photo paper. The finished prints are very close to Photographic paper.

I have already had it changed for a new replacement, because although the… Read Full Review

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Brian Wright22's Response to brian wright22's Review

Written on: 17/01/2006

Please note this is a continuation of my first posting that was missed out.
<br>Error message on lcd display. Paper too small, choose a larger paper size. In fact the paper in the tray is A4 and the printer settings are set to A4.
<br>Another problem has been the inability of the printer to recognise the Duplexer thet is fitted to the rear panel.
<br>At the moment HP are being very helpful and have agreed to replacing the printer and the Duplexer. I will report the outcome. At the moment the paper trays are very reluctant to drag in any paper consistently.

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Brian Wright22's Response to brian wright22's Review

Written on: 23/05/2006

After using my HP 8250 photosmart for 3 months I can now give an extended comment on my experience with this printer. The overall quality of printing is excellent and with care on the type of paper the printing can match the photo lab results.

There is one problem I would like to draw other users to be aware of. This is when purchasing ink supplies. HP are selling a custom PHOTO Value Pack of Customised 363 Series ink cartridges and 150 sheets of 10x15cm photopaper for £28. As it says on the packaging "Each Cartridge is designed for 150 10x15cm photos".

I have purchased three of these so called value packs and have found that the Cyan light, Magenta light cartriges empty after only printing about 60-70 10x15cm prints. I have raised a case number about this problem with HP both on their web and technical phone help and they have not been very sympathetic towards my complaint that the statement on the packaging does not give the results that is stated. I have actually requested some complimentary light ink cartridges so that I can print the quantity of the supplied HP paper supplied

That is and I quote "SIX CUSTOMISED HP363 Series ink Cartridges each designed for 150 photos 10x150".
I have found that the consumption of the light magenta and light cyan is at least double the amount
of the cyan & magenta.

We all know that different pictures will require more or less ink to one another but the statement on the packaging is purely not correct and HP have not addressed the problem to my satisfaction.
Any other comments would be welcome. Brian Wright.

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HP Photosmart 8250

“For normal everyday business letter printing duties,...”

Written on: 06/12/2005 by Reaction (21 reviews written)

For normal everyday business letter printing duties, the HP PhotoSmart 8250 is very fast. For photo printing it is also very fast, but most importantly produces exceptionally high quality prints. The six separate ink cartridges, with extra large black, mean that running costs are kept to a minimum. For a mid-range printer, it seems a bit silly that they included the expense of a multi card-reader on the front (CF, SD, XD, MemoryStick), since I'm sure most people spending this much on their… Read Full Review

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