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HP Officejet Pro X576dw review

Simon Handby
6 Apr 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
657
inc VAT

It’s expensive, but this inkjet MFP for workgroups knocks the stuffing out of a comparable laser

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HP’s Officejet Pro X576dw is an inkjet multifunction peripheral for businesses. Like Lomond’s Evojet Office it uses stationary print heads, albeit HP’s own PageWide system rather than Memjet's technology. This device is lighter than it looks, uses far less power than a laser and generates much less heat.

HP Officejet Pro X576dw

Unlike a normal inkjet, which needs to wait for small heads to traverse the page, the wide head in the X576dw covers the entire page width while the paper flows underneath without pause. The speed boost is remarkable, and HP claims a 70ppm print speed at draft settings, which is fast enough to embarrass a departmental laser printer.

HP Officejet Pro X576dw

The Officejet Pro X576dw’s 792Mhz processor is pretty powerful, and it’s possible to use other functions, such as scanning to a USB stick, while the X576dw is printing; we didn’t spot any sluggishness when we tried.

Having experienced the ultra-fast Lomond Evojet, we were ready for astonishing print speeds, but we didn’t get them on our first try. The default Professional quality setting prioritises quality over speed, but the X576dw still completed our 25-page text test at 32ppm. Set to General Office, it managed the same test at 45.5ppm, including the time taken to spool the print job, which is an exact match for the Evojet. Timed over 100 pages, it printed at more than a page per second.

HP Officejet Pro X576dw Unique Print Settings

This printer uses unique print quality terms; what’s wrong with Draft, Normal and High?

The X576dw delivered our colour test at an impressive 22.5ppm, but at General Office quality it flew along at 34.3ppm – the fastest colour result we’ve ever seen. It also delivered one of the fastest duplex (double-sided) prints we’ve seen, printing 10 colour sides on 5 sheets in 33 seconds.

HP has paired the Officejet Pro X576dw with a quick scanner, too. A single mono or colour photocopy took just nine seconds. 10-page monochrome copies print in only 37 seconds, and colour in 45 seconds. This is astonishingly quick. Regular scans were fast, even over Wi-Fi, with a 300dpi A4 scan needing just 10 seconds. A 1,200dpi 6x4in photo scan completed in 46 seconds.

HP Officejet Pro X576dw Scan Settings

We’re not great fans of HP’s oversimplified scan interface, but it’s good enough for general office work

Copy quality was high, as was print quality, although there was a subtle pixilation visible at the General Office setting. Photographs lacked impact on plain paper, however, and HP didn’t supply any of its recommended ColorLok paper for us to test. Scans were sharp, with accurate colours and good dynamic range, although there were some visible artefacts.

Using HP’s 970XL black and 971XL colour cartridges, colour prints cost 3.3per page and black prints cost just 0.8p per page. The X576dw isn’t cheap to buy, but it’s extremely cheap to run. The X576dw might not quite match the print quality of a similarly expensive colour laser MFP, but its speed and low running costs are much better, winning it a Business Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Maximum native print resolution2,400x1,200dpi
Max optical resolution1,200dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A470ppm
Quoted speed, colour A470ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.01m 3s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.01m 46s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size517x517x399mm
Weight24.0kg
Noise (in normal use)68dB(A)
Duty cycle75,000 (max)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight300gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity550
Maximum paper inputs3
Maximum paper input capacity1,050
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Other inkjet features10.9cm colour touchscreen
Other inkjet optionsHP Three-year care pack with next business day on-site exchange, U6Z44E

Buying Information

Price£657
Consumable parts and prices£62 each
Price per colour A4 page3.4p
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)N/A
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com
Detailswww.hp.co.uk

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges4
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges4

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview11s
A4 document at 150dpiFail
A4 document at 300dpi10s
6x4in photo at 600dpi13s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi46s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.09s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.09s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.045s

Photo Features

PictBridge supportNo
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsnone
CD printingNo

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Max mono copy resolution600dpi
Max colour copy resolution600dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution300x300dpi