Review – HP Officejet Pro X576dwOctober 30 - 1pm
The HP Officejet Pro X576dw claims to be faster, quieter and cheaper to run then your current colour laser MFP. So, what makes it stand out?
The X576 is a inkjet Multi Function Printer which claims to offer up to 70ppm printing speed, outstripping your regular laser printers and colour printing at approximately 50% of the cost of laser printing.
It is easy to setup on both a wired and wireless network and has an ePrint mobile function that allows you to print from any device, so you can print your emails or documents from your iOS, Android or Windows mobile device.
You can also print by just emailing your printer’s unique address. Printing speed lives up to the hype with pages shooting out, without that smell of toner we’ve all come to love!
Connectivity is good with wireless, wired and USB available, while it also possesses fax connectivity, if you’re still in the dark ages (or your customers are).
Scanning is quick and can be full colour (or ”color” according to HP’s menu). The X576dw comes with a touchscreen control that is very intuitive and simple to use.
It does have some extras that leave me scratching my head as to their use in a business printer. With apps such as colouring books, gossip apps, sudoku and scrapbooking, I’m wondering how vital they are.
This printer is a heavy beast however.
By the sheer weight, HP must have crammed an awful lot of technology in it. In the era of compact devices, you won’t have to worry about someone walking out the door with this printer. I was hoping that inkjet would lead to a smaller footprint for modern printers.
- Fast inkjet printing at half the cost of colour laser printers
- Amazing connectivity
- Eco saving application allows scheduling of operation and power saving
- Not a laser printer!
- It’s as big as a colour laser
- Usefulness of apps
- $200 to replace a cartridge (x4 cartridges)
With printers becoming disposable and the consumables being where the money is, printer companies are cramming more ways into their printers to speed the use of that ink up. Not always with the most useful of applications.
At $1149 RRP it’s a damn good printer that will do everything of it that a SME could want (and a bit more beside). With the X576dw’s speed, quietness and power, HP have shown they’re masters of the printer business. But in today’s tough business environment, there’s nothing that blows the competition away.
Score: 3.5 / 5