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02-05-2013 03:27 PM
A lot of sour grapes in this feed. HP used to screw consumers on ink consumption and now sells excellent inks that last through reams. I am happy with the 8600 in all respects, EXCEPT FOR THE ENVELOPE FEED. I am sure that they are getting the design message. i look forward to the next generation HP. Besides, I can always print on my home network through my wifes HP 6500 that does have the side feed. As for this 8600, I wonder if they reprogrammed or redesigned for envelpopes to feed through from the right siude wall of the feed tray, would we need to worry about the slides? Maybe HP could respond to this discussion with some helpful discussion. Without comments from HP, this system really isn't worth much for real solutions.
02-10-2013 02:46 PM
I found a low-tech solution: Make a U-shaped very heavy cardboard "filler" to place on top of the paper that just snugs the envelope when centered at the back of the tray. I measured the "U" dimentions by removing all the paper and setting the tray for envelopes. For the cardboard, I used the backs of an old diary. The thicker the better. Use a ecto knife to cut the board. Just tried it - it works!
02-11-2013 10:29 AM
I just replaced my HP officeJet 6500 which I absolutely love but do to it stop printing Black because of some Ink injector assembly issue I thought it might be cheaper to just replace the printer with a newer one instead of going through the expense of trying to fix the old one. This bring me to my purchase of the HP 8600 Pro.
Like many of you I came to the problem of the envelope issue where on my HP 6500 I was able to just add the envelopes to the existing paper tray and the software would do all the work to print the envelop thus saving me the hassle of removing paper from the tray. However, there were occasional issues with jams and scewed printing on the envelop, especially when I used more than one envelope at a time..
Here is what I found as of this post. I pulled out the tray, removed half reem of paper and noticed there was a graphic of paper and evenlops on the inside bottom of the tray. Okay so its annoying to have to pull out paper and insert envelops no question. But then I thought here is the silver lining. I can put stackes of envelopes in tthe tray and print them all out at once instead of single feeding one in my hp 6500 (officejet) and look no jams now skewed printed addresses and in the end does save me time when I am printing more than one envelope.
I should be noted that I did not have to go into any printer settings or do anything special with word to get my envelopes to print. I simply went to the mailing tab, then the envelopes option and clicked print. It worked like a charm. Perhaps HP updated the printer software between the previous posts and mine I do not know. I using office 2010 full version and the printer is hooked up wirelessly.
In closing I would like to say for the price of $149.00, I do not think you can expect the full functionality of a high performance printer with a dedicated envelop tray without spending a little extra. It would be my guess if you had the second tray you could designate that as your envelop tray in the software one time and be done with it. Do not get me wrong, I am a little more than annoyed that I had to replace my HP 6500 OfficeJet because it decided it no longer wanted to print black, but with this new printer I can print from anywhere I have internet access and it does its own updates on the fly. So in the end I am happy with the new printer despite the situation.
Thanks for letting me share my experience with this particulare scenario.
02-11-2013 01:01 PM
See my low-tech solution in this discussion thread. Make a U-shaped very heavy cardboard "filler" to place on top of the paper that just snugs the envelope when centered at the back of the tray. I measured the "U" dimentions by removing all the paper and setting the tray for envelopes. For the cardboard, I used the backs of an old diary. The thicker the better. Use a ecto knife to cut the board. I glued the "U" to a heavy plastic sheet using Barge all purpose cement. Then just place you homemade "feeder sheet" on top of the paper in the tray with an envelope nestled in the "U". It works.
02-11-2013 01:23 PM
to print one envelop or as many as the paper tray will hold simply remove the current paper you have in there put the envelope in the tray and move the paper holders from the sides and the front of the tray to fit the envelop (the envelop will basically be held in place in the center of the tray. You do not need to day anything special after this at least if you are printing from word using the mailing wizard.
This worked for me just fine and to be honest removing the paper to put in a single envelope really isnt that bad is it?
02-11-2013 07:59 PM
You said ... "(....) and to be honest removing the paper to put in a single envelope really isnt that bad is it?"
Yes! It is that bad!!
To have to remove paper to print an occasional envelope is absolutely and emphatically an annoying and inconvenient pain in the proverbial you-know-what!!
I write a lot of correspondence, almost always to different addressees, so the "batch printing" of stacks of envelopes suggestion doesn't work for me, nor for many others who contributed to this thread.
The inability to accept and to print single envelopes on-demand among almost all of the available "replacement" (non-specialist) printers on the market at this time was the sole reason why I delayed retiring my decade-old HP DeskJet 660C printer - which never failed to print perfect DL envelopes, one at a time when needed. Goodness knows what HP designers were thinking when they compiled the "feature set" for this OfficeJet 8600!
My remaining option for envelope-printing with this printer was to buy an additional feeder tray (relatively expensive in relation to the cost of the basic printer!) and to dedicate it to envelopes. It works, of course, but I'll repeat the adjective I used in an earlier reply on this topic and say again that the absence of a single-envelope feed on this printer was a crazy design flaw.
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02-11-2013 08:16 PM
Perhaps with these forums the HP development team can integrate a solution to this "pain in the butt" issue.
HP, I challenge your team to resolve this issue in future products and perhaps come up with a solution for existing ones. I would suggest an insert for the tray to allow proper placement if various envelope sizes. I would do before someone else comes up with it for a cheap price.