HP OfficeJet Pro 8025/8028/8035 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Updated Oct 14, 2020 at 11:16 am
HP OfficeJet Pro 8025/8028/8035 Picture
6.9
Family
5.6
Small/Home Office
5.7
Student
5.7
Black & White
7.4
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025/8028/8035 is an adequate all-in-one inkjet printer for family use. It has a compact size that doesn't take up a lot of space on a desk or table. The printer's photo printing quality and color accuracy are decent enough for casual photos. Its flatbed scanner and high scan resolution make it easy to save fragile family photos, and it also has an automatic document feeder for scanning multi-page documents. However, it lacks duplex scanning capability, so you have to manually flip over double-sided pages yourself. Unfortunately, this printer has an extremely low black ink yield and often needs replacing, which increases costs. On the upside, its color cartridges perform slightly better, especially when printing photos.

Our Verdict

6.9 Family

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 is an adequate printer for family use. It has decent color accuracy and photo printing quality, but there's some banding in the grayscale, and fine details are sometimes hard to spot. On the upside, it has a flatbed scanner with a high scan resolution, which is ideal for scanning old photos and documents. Unfortunately, the black ink cartridge has a low yield and needs replacing often.

Pros
  • Faster at printing colored documents.
  • Decent photo printing quality and color accuracy.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photo size paper.
5.6 Small/Home Office

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 is a disappointing printer for home or small offices. Its cartridges have a very low yield and often need replacing, making it expensive in the long run. It's slow at printing the first page of a document, and subsequent pages aren't much faster. That said, it can print colored documents much faster. It has an automatic document feeder for processing multi-page documents but lacks duplex scanning capability, meaning you have to manually flip each page over yourself.

Pros
  • Good design and build quality.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Extremely low black ink yield.
  • Disappointing cost-to-print ratio for black ink.
  • No duplex scanning.
5.7 Student

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8028 is a disappointing printer for students. The black ink cartridge has a low page yield and often needs replacing, which increases expenses. However, high-yielding cartridges are also available. It has a flatbed scanner for scanning books and photos and an automatic document feeder to quickly scan long, multi-page documents. That said, this printer supports a Wi-Fi connection and is fairly compact, which is ideal in a small dorm.

Pros
  • Faster at printing colored documents.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Extremely low black ink yield.
  • Disappointing cost-to-print ratio for black ink.
  • No duplex scanning.
5.7 Black & White

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8035 is a disappointing choice for printing in black and white. Its black cartridge has a low page yield and often need replacing, which increases costs. On the upside, there are high-yield cartridges available should you need them. It's rather slow at printing black-only documents, and while it has an automatic document feeder for processing lengthy paperwork, it lacks duplex scanning, so you have to flip over double-sided pages yourself.

Pros
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Good design and build quality.
Cons
  • Extremely low black ink yield.
  • Disappointing cost-to-print ratio for black ink.
  • No duplex scanning.
7.4 Casual Photo

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 is decent for casual photos. Its photo printing quality and color accuracy are decent, although finer details are harder to spot. That being said, it can print photos in under a minute, which is quite good, and it can print on glossy photo paper.

Pros
  • Automatic document feeder.
  • Good design and build quality.
  • Decent photo printing quality and color accuracy.
Cons
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photo size paper.
  • 6.9 Family
  • 5.6 Small/Home Office
  • 5.7 Student
  • 5.7 Black & White
  • 7.4 Casual Photo
  1. Update 10/14/2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8028 has a good design. Its plastic body is sturdy, and there's good access to paper jams from the top of the printer. The front paper tray isn't easy to open or close, which can be frustrating. Likewise, the scanner lid can come off its hinges if you lift it too much and expose the wires, making it hard to realign if you want to close the lid. The scanner lid must also be closed to access the ink cartridges, and the printer doesn't notify you when it's running low on ink. On the upside, the scanner lid lifts slightly to accommodate larger or bulkier items like books.

Design
Dimensions
Height 9.2" (23.3 cm)
Width 18.2" (46.2 cm)
Depth 14.8" (37.5 cm)
Weight
17.2 lbs (7.8 kg)

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8028 is a compact printer, well-suited for small spaces. It's a rather tall printer, which limits where you can place it as opening the scanner lid can easily be obstructed.

8.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
3.3" (8.3 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The HP 8028 has an excellent color touchscreen. Due to its vertical tilt, the screen is easily visible, whether you're sitting or standing. The touch buttons are also responsive and provide audible feedback.

Note: The manufacturer's specs indicate a 6.6cm display screen, but this was measured edge to edge. We measure the screen diagonally.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • HP 910 Instant Ink starter cartridges
    • 1x Cyan Instant Ink cartridge
    • 1x Yellow Instant Ink cartridge
    • 1x Magenta Instant Ink cartridge
    • 1x Black Instant Ink cartridge
  • Power cable

5.2
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
HP 910 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
6.77 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
128 prints
Color Cartridge Model
HP 910
Tested Color Page Yield
10.99 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
233 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8028 has a poor cartridge system. The black cartridge runs out of ink quickly and often needs replacing, which increases costs over time. On the upside, the color cartridges last slightly longer, and there are high yield cartridges available should you need them.

Note: This printer uses Instant Ink, a smart cartridge system designed by HP that monitors your printing habits so that it can send you replacement ink automatically for a monthly fee. It's optional, but if you decide to cancel your subscription while you still have this ink installed, your printer will stop working with your Instant Ink cartridges.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The HP 8025 has great scanning features. Its flatbed scanner is great for bulkier or more fragile items such as old photos or fabric, while the feeder is more suitable for paper documents like forms. The scanner lid's hinges lift for scanning thicker items like books or fragile photos. However, the lid is prone to coming off its hinges, and it's hard to place back correctly. The automatic document feeder (ADF) is an additional feature that makes it easy to scan multiple documents in a row. While the flatbed isn't large enough to scan legal documents or tabloid pages, it's more than enough for scanning typical letter format items.

Printing
6.5
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
18.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
34.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.148 US$/print
Color Printing
0.150 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.398 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8028's cost per print is only okay. Its low black page yield leads to more frequent replacement of the black ink cartridge, increasing the cost significantly the more you print. The color cartridges have a better page yield but are also more expensive, making the overall cost-per-print almost identical overall. If you don't want to worry about having to purchase your next cartridge, you can sign up for HP Instant Ink. For a monthly fee, HP monitors your ink usage and sends new cartridges when one is running low.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridges for servicing tasks, so you will likely still need to replace them eventually.

7.0
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
10 PPM
Color Document
6 PPM
Photo Printing Time
53.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
12.7 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
225 pages

The HP 8025 has decent printing speed. Both black and color documents can take a while to print. Photos, on the other hand, are quick to print. The input tray holds 225 sheets, so you shouldn't need to refill it too often.

7.3
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.62

The HP 8025's color accuracy is decent enough for most casual uses; however, those who require more accurate colors might not find this printer suitable for their needs.

7.2
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

This printer has decent printing quality. While the colors are vibrant, it lacks fine details, and shadowy areas aren't well-defined. There's also some banding in the grayscale. These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

If you're looking for a printer that can print higher-quality photos, check out the Canon PIXMA TS6320.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8035 has an adjustable paper tray that can support most popular paper formats.

Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The HP 8035 is a wireless printer that has great connectivity options. It can connect via Ethernet, USB, or Wi-Fi, and it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. Unfortunately, it lacks Bluetooth support, and there's no external storage support for USB flash drives or SD cards.

7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8028 uses the HP Smart app, available on both Android and iOS. You can print and scan both photo and PDF files from your phone, as well as manage your ink subscription.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025, and it has two variants, the OfficeJet 8028 and the OfficeJet 8035. The 8035 printer is the exact same printer but uses a subscription ink service. The Pro 8028 also uses a subscription ink service but is a Costco exclusive. We expect our tests to apply to all variants of this printer.

Compared to other printers

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8028 is an adequate all-in-one inkjet printer. Unlike the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740, the 8025's cartridges have a low page yield and need replacing often. It's a rather slow printer, and it doesn't have duplex scanning, meaning you waste more time flipping double-sided documents over manually. For a faster alternative with better scanning features, consider the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015.

For other options, check out our recommendations for the best office printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best printers with cheap ink.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 is a better overall printer than the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025. The 9015 has a better cartridge system, it supports duplex scanning, and its cost-per-print is more affordable. It also has a much quicker printing speed, better photo printing quality, and it has external storage support. On the other hand, the 8025 has slightly better color accuracy.

HP ENVY Photo 7855/7858

The HP ENVY Photo 7855/7858 is better for family use than the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025. The ENVY Photo has a slightly lower cost-per-print for black-only documents and it's able to print these same documents a bit quicker. It also has better color accuracy as well as photo printing quality, and it has Bluetooth and external storage support. Conversely, the OfficeJet Pro feels better built, and its display screen is better as well. Although its cartridges don't yield a lot of pages before they need to be replaced, its three separate color cartridges yield more than the 7855's one tricolor cartridge.

HP ENVY Photo 7155

The HP ENVY Photo 7155 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 are similarly performing printers with different strengths. The ENVY Photo 7155 is more compact, which is suited for small spaces, and it has a slightly lower cost-per-print for black-only printing. It also has better color accuracy, and there's external storage support. Conversely, the OfficeJet Pro 8025 feels better built, its cartridges can yield more pages, and it also has an automatic document feeder. It's also slightly quicker at printing out black-text documents, and it has an Ethernet port.

Brother HL-L2390DW

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 are two very differently designed printers. The Brother is a monochrome laser printer with an excellent toner cartridge system which helps to keep its overall cost-per-print very low. Its print speed is much quicker too, and it has a better companion app. However, the HP is a color inkjet printer, so it has better color accuracy and photo printing quality. It also has an automatic document feeder as well as an Ethernet port.

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