Pros

  • Fast printing speeds
  • 2.5-inch color LCD for previewing photos

Cons

  • Text looked slate gray and blotted
  • Glossy photos looked oversaturated

At A Glance

Fast at printing photos, the 8250 offers extensive software, but photo print quality was lower than on the other models.

Manufacturer’s Description

The world's fastest photo printer - 6 individual ink cartridges for realistic photos and rich text.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number Q3470A#ABA
Requirements
Operating System Compatibility
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows XP
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
SD card SD Card

Performance

PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Good
Print quality: Color photo Good
Print quality: Grayscale photo Fair
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 5.7   ppm
Performance
5 x 7 Photo (secs) 28.83
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 42.98
Color Output Quality Poor
Three-Page PowerPoint Document (secs) 79.6
Output Score, Color Photo, Best Quality Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Color-Best) Good
Output Score, Line Art, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-LineArt-Default) Fair
Output Score, Color Graphics, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Color-Default) Poor
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 105.52
Output Score, Text, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Text-Default) Good
Color Photo (secs) 19.31
One-Page Grayscale Graphic (secs) 20.28
Tested Photo Speed (formerly pf-PCWPhotoSpeed) 2.1
Output Score, Grayscale Graphics, Best Quality Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Grayscale-Best) Fair
Color Photo, Normal Settings 19.31
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 2.1
Color Photo, Best Quality Settings 28.83
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 2.5
Line Art Output Quality Fair