Should I Buy a HP PageWide Printer or MFP?

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If you’re searching for a workhorse printer that won’t break the bank, look no further than HP’s PageWide printers. This line of state-of-the-art printer technology is the perfect balance of speed, value, and quality that fits nearly every office environment—no compromise necessary.

Even better? These devices use less energy than a laser or inkjet printer so you can feel good about conserving resources and cutting costs. Also, like every Enterprise series device from HP, PageWide printers are incredibly secure devices so you can rest assured that your company is safe from hackers and other threats.

What is an HP PageWide Printer?

Over ten years ago, HP envisioned a print solution where they could harness the best parts of an expensive, top-quality mass-production printer and re-engineer it into a new device that was attainable and affordable for the average consumer. As the innovators that they are, HP managed to do just that. They called this new technology their PageWide line of printers.

At most organizations, print quality has to be compromised due to the cost of true press quality printers. Instead, we send projects requiring the highest levels of quality out to be printed elsewhere.

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Now, imagine producing gorgeous, press-quality pages right in your office from the same device where you print your basic black and white pages. That’s essentially what the PageWide line of devices can offer your business.

No more spending precious time and money with professional print shops. Just think of those wasted hours spent sending over files and then either having to pick up the final products or wait for them to be delivered. With PageWide, you can create gorgeous, full-color pages at the office in seconds.

How Does an HP PageWide Printer Work?

HP PageWide technology was developed as an entirely new kind of ink-based printer. It’s nothing like an InkJet and nothing like a LaserJet either. Instead, it combines the best of both technologies to become its own thing altogether.

To get a very basic idea of how this works, picture one of those huge, mass-production presses that make high-quality prints for magazines like National Geographic or other major publications. Most people would love to have access to that level of print production in-house. However, its hefty price makes it out of reach for most businesses forcing us to use third-party print houses instead.

What HP did was take the concept of those large presses and combined it with the size and convenience of a smaller office model to create what they call ink-based digital printing. Each device has more 40,000 tiny, ink dispensing nozzles that are attached to one large, stationary printhead. As the paper pushed through the printer, the ink is dispersed to create sharp, crisp, press-quality images.

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Unlike a LaserJet or InkJet printer, a PageWide printhead stays stationary while the paper itself moves across the print head and lays the ink flat across the page. With no moving parts, the paper flies through the device extremely fast—up to about 70 pages a minute! Just five years ago, an office printer averaged about 45 pages a minute.

PageWide also succeeds as a versatile machine that’s great for companies looking to consolidate their office printers. Even if you only need high-quality prints occasionally, the device offers three different levels of print quality plus a black and white option. This will let users save on ink for basic print jobs and ramp it up for bigger projects.

An HP PageWide printer isn’t just more affordable than an InkJet or mass production-sized machine. It also offers a cost per page that’s 50% lower than a color laser printers’ CPP.

The Best of Both Printer Worlds

Before PageWide, most organizations had two office printer options: a low-quality yet affordable LaserJet, or a high-quality yet expensive InkJet. With the introduction of PageWide, consumers now have a fantastic option that meets perfectly in the middle. They’ll be able to print spectacular images in-house at a price that averages about half that of a LaserJet printer.

Boasting convenience, affordability, and quality, it’s easy to see why this technology has boomed in popularity. Though it hasn’t overtaken the usage of HP’s OfficeJet or LaserJet series in the workplace, I believe that the more people who try PageWide will wonder why they waited so long to switch.

All in all, HP PageWide is a wonderful solution for any company that prints color but doesn’t need to always pump out extremely high-end graphics.

Want to learn more about HP PageWide or see which print devices would fit best at your workplace? Schedule an appointment with the imageOne team today for a free, no-obligation consolation. We can’t wait to help your organization improve your print strategy so you can save time and money.