Review;HP Officejet Pro X576dw Multifunction Printer

HP PageWide technology makes inkjet laser fast

A little over a year ago (February 11, 2013), HP released its first line of ready-made printers, based on the company’s new “PageWide” technology. At that time, the company manufactured two all-in-one (AIO), multifunction (print, scan, copy and fax) models and two single-function machines. All four models are comparable in capacity and price to similar prices of medium-sized multifunction laser printers. Today we take a look at the flagship model, the $ 800 list Officejet Pro X576dw multifunction printer, which in my opinion blows away its laser counterparts by hand, and if you shop, you can buy it for about $ 600 .

I first saw the printer in action at HP’s laser printer campus in Boise Idaho, where the company displayed a degraded version of the printer. I have seen the inside of many printers, but few as impressive as these. The ink nozzle array I am talking about in the next section contains literally thousands of nozzles.

PageWide Technology

PageWide devices differ from other ink jets because the printhead is stationary. Instead of driving row-by-row across the page, the pages pass under a panel of fixed ink nozzles in one quick pass. According to HP, the printer has the ability to determine when a nozzle is malfunctioning, and then compensate by doing the surrounding nozzles the faulty one’s duties. Sometimes the machine can not even self-repair nozzles.

PageWide has many advantages of over laser-class printing technology. In the Officejet X machines, the consumables (that is, the ink cartridges) are much smaller compared to laser toner cartridges, and according to HP, this AIO uses 50 percent of the energy used by middle-class laser class machines. In addition, since PageWide has fewer moving parts, it should last longer than standard inkjet printers.

Features

The Officejet X576dw comes with all the features you’d expect from an HP all-in-one printer, including a 50-page Automatic Document Documentation (ADF), automatic double-sided scanning, HP’s printer programs, a 4.3-inch screen graphics display and a large number of print channels for mobile devices, such as Wireless Direct, HP’s equivalent of Wi-Fi Direct. It also comes with a 500-sheet paper loader and a 50-page multiple or dominance card. And you can buy an additional 500-charge loader for about $ 200 MSRP. (For a description of the latest mobile printing features , see this About.com ” Mobile Printing Features – 2014. “)

Performance

Due to the PageWide mechanism, this AIO performs faster than all standard inkjet models, as well as most similar price range laser class printers. In addition, it prints photos better than all laser printers; Although it can not print borderless pages or photos, which is standard on laser printers, but most inkjets can print borderless images and documents. For a more detailed description of features and performance, check out this review.

Cost per page

While this Officejet X’s high-yield ink tank cost is comparable to the similar capacity laser machine toner cartridges, the per page operating cost, or cost per page (CPP). The standard yield patterns yield black and white pages for 2.5 cents and color prints for about 12.1 cents. However, purchasing the high-yield patterns will give you black-colored pages for 1.3 cents each, and color prints will go down to about 6.1 cents. Honestly, these are the lowest CPPs I am aware of for a printer in this price range, whether it is inkjet or laser.

Closure

Granted, not every business needs a $ 800 multifunction printer , but for those who do, it’s one of the best I’ve seen, and PageWide technology makes it the cheapest printer I know. (Again, if you are shopping, you can find it for about $ 600.) Print quality is all you can expect for a high-end HP printer. So far, HP has not produced smaller, lower-priced models based on this relatively new technology. However, Epson is reportedly ready to release a series of printers with similar technology, although I do not yet know what machine class the company planned.

 

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