Certainly this is a good price fo an "all-in-one" print-FAX-scan combo. If there is anything to watch out for, it will be the capacity of the ink cartridges to output the the number of copies that HP claims the cartridges will. It will be VERY interesting to see how ink cartridges hold up. I just did a run of 35 color copies, after printing less than 10 others total on the wireless 6500. The cyan cartridge that was nearly full before this print run (the cartidge was one that came with the printer) was pretty much down to a 2% or 3% ink level. I am hoping that this HP 6500 does not become a classic ink hog. There are many features of this printer-fax-scan combo that aren't necessarily highlighted in the HP literature. One such feature is--in addition to wireless networking--the availability of a 10/100 ethernet port (sure, you might expect a wireless port or an on-board RJ-45 ethernet port, but not both). The 12 ppm color speed is not as fast as advertised, but if I'd wanted that speed, I would have bought a laser model. The color is comparable to (if not a bit nicer than) a color laster printer. Again, I DO have a concern that ink cartridges are well below advertised capacity. I've bought a set of the extended capacity color cartridges (different from the "standard capacity" cartridges shipped with the 6500), but understand, please, that some of the virtues of this machine are, at best, "optimistically" over-stated. The faxing options are numerous. I had desktop FAX'ing at my last place of employment and I loved it (even though FAX'ing is a legacy technology, for certain). Desktop faxing is a virtual use of FAX servuces from within a PC's documents out to a FAX card in a server chassis or a networked FAX device on a network, which then sends the "FAX document" over a telephone network to another FAX machine. Really, the FAX card or machine is treated like a printer driver. As opposed to taking a paper document and feeding it into the FAX machine to send, in desktop faxing, you can tell the FAX print driver to "FAX" from within any document from any computer on a mutual network out to the 6500 which will then send it over the PSTN (public switched telephone network; i.e., your phone company) to another FAX machine. You have both FAX options on this machine, from any computer on your home network (as long as you install the HP software package on each computer that is appropriate for your computer's operating system). I am running Win XP, Vista, and Win 7 systems on different computers, and can FAX and receive FAX'es, and print FAX'es from all machines). Desktop FAX'es received by the 6500 are also delivered to a folder on the networked PC that the user designates. The FAX received is in .tif (tagged image file format), and can be printed, archived, forwarded to others as e-mail or IM attachments, or deleted. Of course, good old-fashioned paper faxes can be sent and received, too on this HP 6500 Wireless printer. So, keep your expectations nominal, and this printer will both serve you well and offer some other surprising values.
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