HP have come a long way since their first inkjet debuted on the market in 1988; the pricey introductory model was capable of single sheet printing at 2 pages per minute. 25 years later and the lowly Inkjet has rapidly upped its game.
In the past, Inkjets were always thought of as Laser’s poor relation but recent innovations have resulted in comparable prints speeds and costs per page, in addition to a whole host of wireless connectivity features, cloud services and enterprise management solutions. HP’s Officejet Pro are serious contender’s to the laser market but, I believe, the introduction of HP’s new Officejet Pro X will finally put the long debated Ink vs. Laser quarrel to bed.
Officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest desktop printer of its class, the HP Officejet Pro X prints up to 42 ppm colour in Professional mode and 70ppm in General Office mode, also achieving up to 22ppm in duplex mode. In fact, the X Series can print at twice the speed and half the cost of a laser printer.
The HP Officejet Pro X is specially designed for small businesses with busy work groups of up to 15 people in mind. I relished putting the HP Officejet Pro X476dw MFP – Multifunction printer through its paces. I found configuration was a breeze with the front positioned, tilting touch screen 4.3 inch colour graphics control panel, with its easy to use menus and keyboard.
The 500, highly detailed, colour test documents with embedded graphics flew through at rapid speed without a glitch for each colour mode: Presentation, Professional and General Office. It was pleasing to see the finished prints were clear, with sharp, laser-like text and vivid images, with almost no visual difference between the print quality of each mode. I was equally impressed by the duplex, copy and scan quality. One feature omitted is borderless printing which would have been a useful extra but not vastly important for most business needs.
The record breaking speeds are due to two new features, the first being PageWide Technology – unlike traditional inkjets, the printhead does not move, the paper is instead passed over the print head and the ink is transferred onto the page. The second new innovation is the paper pick up and feed action that minimises paper jams when high speed printing is in progress.
In addition the risk of blockage is minimised by 42,200 print nozzles, with additional back up nozzles on standby, in the event of failure. Another clever touch to avoid blockage down time is the specially formulated non-drying ink that remains fluid until it hits the page. In my test, high yield print cartridges were utilised, that print up to 9200 pages in mono and 6,600 pages in colour -working out at less than a penny per page for mono and less than 5p a page for colour. The cost of printing is reduced even further when you consider that the Officejet Pro X uses up to 50% less energy than colour lasers.
The 500 sheet paper tray comes complete with a handy little window so you can see how much paper is left, and above the tray, the printer design allows you to store another ream. For envelopes and compliment slips, HP have included an extra input tray.
As you would expect, the Officejet Pro X supports Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity, allowing direct print from mobile devices. You can also print directly from the touch screen control panel via cloud sites including HP’s own ePrint. HP’s app was particularly useful, allowing me to download and print content from the Internet direct from the control panel and includes 1500 business forms that are available at the touch of a button.
In conclusion, the HP Officejet Pro X lives up to the hype. Obviously a lot of painstaking research has been carried out to perfect the new technologies employed, and the results are a truly innovative Ink printer worth shouting about. If you’re looking for a high volume, cost effective office printer or MFP, that delivers laser-like quality prints at incredible speed, the Officejet Pro X is a market forerunner.
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