HP introduced its PageWide print technology in 2015 for large format printers and Web presses. That same technology will soon be available for the small business market, bringing industrial printing capabilities to the office, says HP in an official announcement released Tuesday.
The release was part of an HP Inc. announcement that included introduction of the company’s new additions to OfficeJet Pro and LaserJet Pro families.
PageWide is a scalable print head technology that purports to make printing faster, provide professional color, reduce energy consumption and increase page-per-minute (PPM) print productivity at a cost that is up to 50 percent less than previous models.
“We’re reinventing printing for every business — large or small,” said Enrique Lores, president of Imaging and Printing for HP Inc. “Traditionally vendors have spoken about ‘Good, Better, Best’ where most customers have to compromise, but today we are promising ‘Best, Best, Best’ allowing our customers to determine the right print solution for their business, not their budget.”
HP offers four printers as part of the new PageWide technology lineup:
HP PageWide Enterprise Color Series
The HP PageWide Enterprise Color series is designed for small to medium-sized businesses that require larger printing capacity.
The series includes the PageWide Enterprise Color 556 and PageWide Enterprise Color MFP 586 models, each of which prints up to 15,000 pages a month, with a print speed of up to 75 pages per minute.
Both printers are expected to become available in May. The PageWide Enterprise Color MFP 586 will retail for $2,799.99 and the PageWide Enterprise Color 556 for $1,249.
HP PageWide Pro 500 Series
Unlike the enterprise version, the 500 series is more in line with what many small businesses actually need, in terms of print capacity and price. It includes the PageWide Pro 552 and PageWide Pro MFP 577 models.
The Pro 500 series features include:
- Double the amount of print capacity of earlier models in this class, which means the printer will require few resupplies;
- A customizable front control panel that includes the ability to move icons so that those used more frequently appear first;
- Print speeds of up to 75 pages per minute;
- Two-sided simultaneous scanning capability;
- Fixed-imaging system (only the paper moves, not the machinery);
- Lower cost per page;
- Lower energy consumption;
- Mobile printing with Android devices using near field communication.
The PageWide Pro 500 series is expected to be available in April, starting at $699.
HP PageWide Pro 400 Series
The HP PageWide Pro 400 series is the little brother to the 500 series and includes the PageWide Pro 452 and PageWide Pro MFP 477 models. At 55 pages per minute, print speed is slightly slower than the 500 series. Otherwise, it has the same feature set and capabilities, says HP.
The PageWide 400 series is expected to be available in April, starting at $499.
HP PageWide 300 Series
The HP PageWide 300 series includes the PageWide 352 and PageWide MFP 377 models. These are entry-level machines that print up to 3,000 pages a month, with print speeds of up to 45 pages per minute. They also come with less paper capacity than the other models, listed above.
The series is expected to be available in June, says HP. No pricing is listed in the announcement, but it is reasonable to expect the printers will cost less than the 400 series models, due to reduced capability.
The new PageWide printers will be sold at retail outlets and through select channel partners.
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