HP Officejet Pro X576dw Multifunction Printer

HP's PageWide technology makes inkjets laser-fast

HP Officejet X576dw Multifunction Printer. HP

A little over a year ago (February 11, 2013), HP released its first line of office-ready printers based on the company’s new “PageWide” technology. At that time, the company produced two all-in-ones (AIO), multifunction (print, scan, copy, and fax) models and two single-function machines. All four models are comparable in capacity and price to similarly priced midrange multifunction laser printers. Today, we’re looking at the flagship model, the $800-list Officejet Pro X576dw Multifunction Printer, which, in our opinion, hands down blows away its laser counterparts, and, if you shop around, you can purchase it for around $600.

We first saw this printer in action at HP’s laser printer campus in Boise Idaho, where the company had a dismantled version of the printer on display. I’ve seen the inside of a lot of printers, but few as impressive as this one. The ink nozzle array, which we talk about in the next section contains literally thousands of nozzles.

PageWide Technology

PageWide devices differ from other inkjets in that the printhead is stationary. Instead of traveling row-by-row across the page, the pages pass beneath a panel of fixed ink nozzles in one rapid pass. According to HP, the printer has the ability to determine when a nozzle is malfunctioning, and then compensate by having surrounding nozzles do the faulty one’s duties. Sometimes, the machine can even self-repair failing nozzles.

PageWide has many advantages of over laser-class print technology. In the Officejet X machines, the consumables (that is, the ink cartridges) are much smaller compared to laser toner cartridges, and, according to HP, this AIO uses 50 percent of the energy used by midrange laser-class machines. In addition, since PageWide has fewer moving parts, it should last longer than standard inkjet printers.


The Officejet X576dw comes with all of the features you’d expect from a high-end HP all-in-one printer, including a 50-page auto-duplexing (unassisted two-sided scanning) automatic document feeder (ADF), HP’s printer apps, a 4.3-inch touch graphics display, and a slew of mobile device print channels, such as Wireless Direct, HP’s equivalent to Wi-Fi Direct. It also comes with a 500-sheet paper drawer and a 50-page multipurpose, or override slot. And you can buy an additional 500-sheet drawer for about $200 MSRP. (For a description of the latest mobile printing features, see this article: “Mobile Printing Features – 2014.”)


Due to the PageWide mechanism, this AIO performs faster than all standard inkjet models, as well as most similarly priced midrange laser-class printers. In addition, it prints photos better than all laser printers; although it can’t print borderless pages or photos, which is standard on laser printers, but most inkjets can print borderless images and documents. For a more detailed description of features and performance, check out this review.

Cost Per Page

While this Officejet X’s high-yield ink tanks cost is comparable to like-capacity laser-machine toner cartridges, the per-page operational cost, or cost per page (CPP). The standard yield cartridges deliver black-and-white pages for 2.5 cents and color prints for about 12.1 cents. However, purchasing the high-yield cartridges will give you monochrome pages for 1.3 cents each, and color prints go down to about 6.1 cents. Frankly, these are lowest CPPs we are aware of for a printer in this price range, be it inkjet or laser.


Granted, not every business needs an $800 high-volume multifunction printer, but for those that do, this is one of the best I’ve seen, and the PageWide technology makes it the most inexpensive-to-use printer we know of. (Again, if you shop around, you can find it for around $600.) Print quality is everything you’d expect for a high-end HP printer. So far, HP has not manufactured smaller, lower-price models based on this relatively new technology. However, Epson is reported to be readying a release of a line of printers with similar technology, although we don’t know yet what class of machines the company has planned.