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HP Color LaserJet 8500 Specifications

Please click on part numbers to check price & availability of a particular model. 8500: C3983A
8500N: C3984A
8500DN: C3985A

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Above—CLJ 8500 series printer shown with optional 2000 Sheet Input Tray (C4781A).

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If your company needs a color printing solution, but you haven't yet found a networked color laser up to your standards, you'll love the new HP Color LaserJet 8500 Series printers.

These printers are ideal for all your departmental color printing needs from marketing to CAD, creative and finance. They quickly and economically print up to 12- by 18.5-inch output on both sides of the page, and can print on a wide variety of media including glossy and card stock. This makes them ideal for marketing proposals, slide presentations, brochures and more. Best of all, they're easy to support and maintain.

The only difference between and 8500 and the current model called an 8550 is the CPU speed on the formatter. The 8500 uses a 133 MHz CPU the 8550 uses a 200MHz CPU. Both use Adobe PostScript 3 and PCL 5c. Color pages print at 6 ppm and black and white pages at 24 ppm. An 8550 formatter can be used to upgrade an 8500 to be an 8550. The 500-sheet paper cassette is fully adjustable to all commonly used Domestic and International paper sizes: LETTER, LEGAL, A4, B4, 11x17, and A3. There is also a 100-page multi-purpose tray that can be used for other sizes of paper.

The basic HP ColorLaserJet 8500 can be upgraded to be the same as an 8500N, or 8500DN with accessories also available from us . For example, The 8500N comes with the popular J3113A 10/100 JetDirect network print server card installed, which can be purchased for the 8500. See table below for specific model specifications. See also our accessories page or click the JetDirect EIO Card category link below to see what we have i n stock.

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OEM Imaging Drum Kit

OEM Transfer Kit

Print Speed Black, Best Quality 24 ppm
Print Speed Color, Best Quality 6 ppm
First Page Out 53 secs color, 38 secs black
Processor 133 MHz
Duty Cycle, Pages Per Month 60,000
Paper Trays, Std. 8500: 3
8500N: 3
8500DN: 4
Paper Trays, Max. 8500: 3
8500N: 3
8500DN: 4
Input Capacity, Std. 8500: 1,100
8500N: 1,100
8500DN: 3,100
Input Capacity, Max. 8500: 1,100
8500N: 1,100
8500DN: 3,100
Output Capacity, Std 600 sheets
Output Capacity, Max 3,100 sheets
Envelope Input, Max. 10
Envelope Feeder No
Duplex Printing 8500/8500N: Optional
8500DN: Yes, automatic
Media Sizes, Std letter, legal, tabloid
Media Sizes, Custom 3.9 x 7.5 in to 12 x 18.5 in
Media Types Paper (copier, recycled, glossy, coated, laser), lables, envelopes, transparencies, cover, card stock
Media Weights 16 lb bond to 80 lb cover (60 to 216 g/m)
Media Handling/Document Finishing 8500/8500N: Multiple input trays, optional auto-duplexer
8500DN: Multiple input trays, auto-duplexer, opitional 8 bin mailbox
Memory, Std. 8500: 32 MB
8500N: 32 MB
8500DN: 64 MB, 2.1 GB HD
Memory, Max. 256 MB
Memory Slots 8
Memory Technology Advanced Compression Technology
Typefaces 136 Adobe Type 1, plus 45 HP FontSmart
Connectivity, Std. 8500: IEEE 1284-compliant bidirectional parallel, 2 open EIO slots
8500N/8500DN: IEEE 1284-compliant bidirectional parallel; 2 open EIO slots, HP JetDirect card for fast Ethernet 10/100Base-TX in 1 open slot, 2.1-GB disk
Connectivity, Opt. HP JetDirect 600N (EIO) internal print servers
Prints Color Yes
Print Quality, Black Best 600 dpi
Print Quality, Color Best 600 dpi
Technology, Black Print Resolution HP ImageRET 2400
Print Languages, Std. Adobe PostScript 3, Enhanced HP PCL 5c
Print Languages, Opt. None
Automatic Language Switching Yes
Automatic I/O Switching Yes
Automatic Network Switching Yes
Printer Management HP Web JetAdmin
Drivers Included Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0; Mac OS 7.1 and above; OS/2; AutoCAD
Warranty Six-Month warranty from The Printer Works
(W x D x H)
8500/8500N: 26 x 28 x 42 in
8500DN: 26 x 27 x 49 in
Weight 8500/8500N: 223 lb
8500DN: 270 lb
Warranty Six-Month warranty from The Printer Works

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