Laser printers work fast, while inkjet printers create better photos -- but the HP Officejet Pro X576dw offers the best of both worlds. This inkjet printer uses a special "PageWide" nozzle that lays down ink faster (and cheaper) than regular inkjets.
Setup is a snap. This all-in-one printer is a breeze to set up and use, reviews say. It's fairly big and heavy (53 pounds), but once it's in place, you just slide in the four ink cartridges and you're done. Testers enjoy using the 4.3-inch color touch screen, and the menus are easy to follow.
The HP brand usually draws lots of owner complaints (particularly for tech support), but the HP Officejet Pro X576dw is an exception -- it gets consistently high ratings from users. Owners are especially impressed that this HP multifunction printer's inks really do last a long time, as promised.
"Amazing" speed, impressive quality. This printer flies through jobs. "The speed is amazing," raves one Amazon.com reviewer: "You can just hear it whipping off pages." PCMag.com clocks the HP Officejet Pro X576dw at an impressive 66 pages per minute on General quality. That slows to 44 ppm in higher-quality Professional mode, and 38 ppm in slick Presentation mode, but it still matches -- or even beats -- laser printers.
Quality is above average, too. Sharp black text and color graphics will impress clients, PCMag.com says, and even color photos look just as good as low-end drugstore prints. The X576 averages 26 seconds per 4-by-6 photo in that test -- pretty fast.
Everything a small business needs. There's no stapler -- but the HP Officejet Pro X576dw offers pretty much every other feature most small businesses will need in an MFP, reviews say. Its auto-duplexer will automatically print, copy, fax or scan both sides of the page, to save paper. The main paper tray holds a hefty 500 sheets, and there's a 50-sheet auto-document feeder on top (for scanning and copying a stack of pages) plus a 50-sheet multipurpose feed tray that flips down on the side.
The HP Officejet Pro X576dw has both Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections, so you can print wired or wirelessly from your PC or Mac. You can print directly from an iPhone/iPad/etc. too, using Apple AirPrint. Even if you don't have Wi-Fi, you can still print wirelessly, thanks to HP's Wireless Direct.
As good as a laser printer, the HP Officejet Pro X576dw inkjet MFP earns an Editors' Choice prize here. It's fast, full-featured and cheap to run, M. David Stone says.
Review: HP Officejet Pro X576dw MFP, M. David Stone, Feb. 11, 2013
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The HP Officejet Pro X576dw wins an Editors' Choice award here, too. William Harrel calls it "a slam-dunk winner for small businesses and workgroups," with its laser-like speed and low cost per page.
Review: HP Officejet Pro X576dw Multifunction Printer Review and Ratings, William Harrel, Feb. 11, 2013
CNET is impressed with the HP Officejet Pro X576dw, too. Like other reviewers, Justin Yu recommends it as a good alternative to a laser all-in-one printer.
Review: HP Officejet Pro X576dw Review: A Multifunction Printer Without the Jitters, Justin Yu, Updated Feb. 12, 2013
PCMag.com surveys its subscribers each year, to find out how well they like their printers. The HP brand falls toward the bottom of the list. It gets especially low marks for tech support and ink/toner costs. Brother printers are the perennial favorites.
Review: Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Printers, Ben Gottesman, July 31, 2013
With almost 40 reviews posted, owners give the HP Officejet Pro X576dw very high marks -- 4.7 out of 5 stars. Only a handful of reviewers are less than pleased.
Review: HP Officejet Pro X576dw All-in-One Printer, Contributors to Staples.com, As of March 2014
The HP Officejet Pro X576dw gets solid ratings here, too: 4 out of 5 stars. About 30 owners have posted reviews, and most are thoroughly happy with the multifunction printer's speed and printout quality.
Review: HP OJPro x576dw Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014