HP PageWide Pro 577dw MFP Unboxing Deep Dive Report

Introduction

Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently announced its new PageWide Pro series that replaces its HP OfficeJet Pro X (OJP X) printers and multifunction printers (MFPs). These single-function printers (SFPs) and MFPs use HP’s PageWide technology where the printhead extends across the 8.5” side of the paper and results in quicker and faster print speeds than what you’d normally see from an inkjet device. HP is leveraging its PageWide technology by announcing a new brand simply called PageWide that fits between the lower end OfficeJet Pro inkjet and its LaserJet families.

Photizo Group (Photizo) was interested in understanding how this new product compared to previous generations, and requested that HP send its new HP PageWide Pro 577dw MFP for a closer look. As part of this exercise, Photizo conducted an initial product unboxing, including: initial setup; evaluation of design and features; printing, copying, and scanning performance; and print, copy, and scan output. Our goal was to provide an overall assessment of the product in a typical office environment.

Executive Summary

This deep dive report covers our first impressions of the HP PageWide Pro 577dw MFP. We derived information in this report using “unpacking” or “unboxing” analysis.

  • Based on the overall assessment, Photizo believes the 577dw is a game-changer due to outstanding speed points, ease of installation, cost per page calculations, industrial design, and above average print quality.
  • The unboxing was quite easy (although a little longer than expected due to initialization time) using a helpful 10-page installation guide.
  • HP uses what it calls “off-axis technology” which greatly enables increased ink storage capacity.
  • The software installation was interesting in that we were directed to the web to download the HP Essential Software package and did not utilize the CDs that came with the unit.
  • The key design elements have resulted in high print quality, speed, and reliability. We have printed over a ream of paper without any pick or jam failures.
  • HP included some thoughtfully designed enhancements such as an enhanced output stacker, newly redesigned ADF, duplex scanner, and a new modern color scheme.
  • There were no concerns with the print testing. Copy testing had a slight color change. Scan tests demonstrated some skew. Print quality tests showed the value of pigment.
  • Cost per page of 2¢ (black) and 10¢ (color) for the original PageWide cartridges. High yield cartridges provided a cost/page of 1.4¢ and 7.23¢ for black and color. For the extra high yield cartridges that have not been priced yet, we estimated the cost/page could reach 1¢ for black and under 5¢ for color.

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