When you’re looking for a new printer, whether it be for your office or for your home, you’re going to have to choose between lots of options with varying pros and cons. The first big decision is this: laser or inkjet?
Laser printers are great because they are known for their speed. If you’re a high-quantity printer, you’re probably going to lean towards this option. Plus, laser-printed text is always sharp and clean. And for the eco-friendly purchasers, you’ll even waste less with toner replacements as ink cartridges tend to run out quickly and need frequent replacement.
On the other hand, Inkjet printers are great for printing images. Colors blend together better, the machine warms up quickly, and the upfront costs are way lower than those of a laser printer. Your machine will be lightweight and can use any range of paper types, even iron-ons and photo paper. Plus it will have fewer paper jams than a laser printer.
But don’t we all want to have our cake and eat it, too? Sometimes you can’t have the best of both worlds in life. When it comes to printers, however, you can with the HP PageWide Pro 552dw. How so?
The Middle Ground: HP PageWide Pro 552dw
It’s a unique breed of an ink-based printer that beats its competition out by a landslide. It’s faster than any inkjet printer and even many laser printers. How does the HP PageWide Pro 552dw do it?
Imagine you are painting a wall. You could paint it by yourself, slowly moving from left to right until your whole wall is covered. That could take all day. Or you could fill the room with friends – if you have them all simultaneously paint their portion of the wall, your room will be painted in almost no time!
That’s the genius behind PageWide technology. The print head covers the entire width of the paper so instead of having to move from left to right, it can print a whole strip of paper in one instant. This gets you 55 ppm (pages per minute), as opposed to the typical 13-15 ppm for inkjet printers, and 21-42 ppm for laser printers.
On top of that, when it comes to ink for this printer, you get more for your money. Sometimes owning an inkjet printer can make you feel like you are practically donating your money because it “runs out” so quickly. But with the HP PageWide technology you’ll get an average 17,000 pages with black ink, and 13,000 pages with color ink. That is almost quadrupling the average for laser jets, which tend to yield more pages than inkjets.
For more information on how the HP PageWide Pro 552dw beats out the competition, read the study by BLI (Buyers Lab).