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HP PageWide Pro 447dw review: The best inkjet MFP for small offices

Simon Handby
4 May 2016
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HP PageWide Pro 477dw
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
377
inc VAT (as of 4th May)

The PageWide Pro 477dw comprehensively beats competing laser MFPs

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Specifications

Technology: Thermal inkjet, Maximum print resolution: 2,400x1,200dpi, Maximum optical scan resolution (output bit depth): 1,200x1,200dpi (24-bit), Dimensions (HxWxD): 463x530x407mm, Weight: 22.15kg, Maximum paper size: A4/legal. 

HP's PageWide Pro 477dw is a multifunction peripheral (MFP) for a small office or workgroup. While its looks and specification suggest it's a laser device, it's actually an inkjet with a trick up its sleeve. In regular inkjet printing, the paper must be stepped through to allow the print heads time to traverse the page. Here, there's a full-width print head, meaning that the paper doesn't need to stop moving, thus making print times a lot quicker, with HP claiming up to 55 pages per minute (ppm) in black or colour.

Although it's broadly laser-sized, the 477dw is almost attractive, particularly when it comes to the dark, right-hand panel that swoops over to form its 300-page output tray. Underneath there's a covered shelf that's ideal for storing a spare ream of paper, while at the top there's a huge colour touchscreen and a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF).

This can capture both sides of an original document in a single pass, speeding up double-sided scanning, copying and faxing. You can load a ream of paper in the main tray and feed another 50 sheets from the multipurpose tray on the left, provided you've left enough room to get it open, of course.

HP PageWide Pro 477dw Printer assist

^ The Printer Assist software brings the main admin and maintenance options together

Send a print job and there's a bit of whirring before a bat-cave-like flap motors open, and pages start flying out at an improbable rate. I timed just seven seconds between starting our mono text test and the first page plopping into the output tray. The entire 25 pages completed in 43 seconds, a rate of 34.9ppm. Timed over 100 pages of text at the fastest 'General Office' setting, I measured 44.8ppm. While that's a way short of HP's claim, it's faster than anything this side of a well-specified workgroup mono laser printer.

Photocopies were similarly quick, with a single A4 copy needing just 11 seconds in black or colour. A 10-page ADF copy was despatched in 34 seconds in black, or 44 seconds in colour. Timed over a wired Ethernet connection, the 477dw proved a remarkably quick scanner: it completed each of our 150, 300 and 600 dots per inch (dpi) tests in eight seconds or less, and only needed 27 seconds to capture a 6x4" photo at 1,200dpi.

Normally when you buy an inkjet, there's a trade off between speed and quality, but at its default 'Professional' setting, the 477dw delivers excellent prints. That said, I'd recommend you budget for high-quality papers, as colours were a little drab and there was a small degree of bleed through on our thin, cheap test stock.

HP has admittedly tweaked its TWAIN scan interface recently, adding an effective auto-exposure that helped produce good quality results, but I was still unhappy to see artefacts in 600 and 1,200dpi scans, as this suggests they have been sharpened. There's no option to disable this, either.

HP PageWide Pro 477dw scan interface

^ HP has improved its TWAIN scan interface lately, but I’m still not a fan

Still, the 477dw delivers high speed and great quality, and it also has low running costs, starting with a peak power consumption of just 58 watts. You can buy a 10,000-page black cartridge and 7,000-page colour cartridges, using which a page of text and graphics will work out at around 5p. With higher speeds, lower costs and comparable quality to laser rivals, the 477dw beats them at their own game. It's a Best Buy.

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Hardware
TechnologyThermal inkjet
Maximum print resolution2,400x1,200dpi
Maximum optical scan resolution (output bit depth)1,200x1,200dpi (24-bit)
Number of colours (cartridges)4 (4)
Maximum number of colours (cartridges)4 (4)
Quoted photo durability (source)Not stated
Standard interfacesUSB, Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n, USB host
Optional interfacesNone
Dimensions (HxWxD)463x530x407mm
Weight22.15kg
Duty cycle (pages per month)50,000 maximum, 750-4,500 recommended
Paper handling
Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight300gsm
Standard paper trays (capacity)2 (550)
Maximum paper trays (capacity)4 (1,550)
DuplexYes
3550
Photo features
Borderless printingNo
Direct (PC-less) printingUSB, wireless direct
Memory card supportNone
Supported operating systemsWindows 7 or later, Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Linux, Android, iOS
Other features10.9cm colour touchscreen
Buying information
WarrantyOne year onsite
Consumable parts and prices973X black cartridge (10,000 pages ISO/IEC 24712) £94. 973X cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges (7,000 pages each ISO/IEC 24712), £90 each
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge(s)3,000 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)1,500 pages (ISO/IEC 24712, composite yield)
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT4.8p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (colour part)3.8p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (mono part)0.9p
Detailswww.hp.co.uk
Part codeD3Q20B

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