The 2608A was marketed as a medium-speed printer for connection to HP systems. This highly-reliable dot-matrix printer had a maximum print speed of 400 lines per minute. In graphics mode, it printed a full-page of data in 18 seconds. The built-in acoustic hood made the 2608A quieter than most dot matrix printers of the day. Characters were printed in a 5 x 7 dot cell matrix. The 2608A came standard with an HP-IB interface and could handle multipart forms.