New advances in print technology are released by printer manufacturers every few months. Pagewide technology is a relatively new innovation from HP, and although it delivers on speed and performance, the total cost of operation may not add up for some. In this article we will explain how Pagewide technology works in a HP OfficeJet® Enterprise Color MFP X585, and do a bit of cost analysis on that model as well.
Pagewide technology is remarkably different than the standard inkjet printer technology most of us are used to. We’ve all seen an inkjet printer in an action; the printhead scans across the page from left to right to create a print, releasing microscopic ink droplets on the page along the way. With Pagewide technology, HP has created a stationary printhead that is designed to print across the entire page in a single pass. Single pass printing is much more accurate than the typical inkjet, and considerably faster too. The HP Officejet Pro X series boasts page speeds of up to 70 ppm, a Guinness Book World Record! Speed and accuracy shouldn’t be the only two deciding factors when it’s time to purchase a new printer model. Our cost analysis may put a slightly different perspective on the technology, especially when you factor in the total lifetime cost of owning and operating the printer.
Independent research company the Buyer’s Lab conducted a reliability test on the HP OfficeJet Enterprise Color MFP X585, concluding that the machine was capable of printing up to 200,000 pages without failure, an impressive number for any printer. If you compare that page count against the actual cost of HP brand ink it takes to reach that total, the price of reliability might be a concern. Staples is currently selling the printer for $1,436.79 and each machine requires a black, cyan, magenta and yellow cartridge. The standard black cartridge goes for $113.99 and offers 10,000 prints. Each color is sold for $97.99 and offers 6,600 prints per cartridge. Factor a little math into the price point and 200,000 prints will end up costing you quite a bit. If you just print in black ink, you will end up spending $2,279.80 on ink alone, almost twice the cost of the printer. You can get the same amount of prints and comparable results for far less when you choose a compatible alternative cartridge. LD Products offers the same amount of ink for just $699.80, a mere fraction of the genuine brand cost.
|HP OfficeJet Enterprise Color MFP X585||Page Yield||Genuine HP Brand Cost*||Compatible Brand Cost*|
|HP 980 Black Standard Yield Cartridge (D8J10A)||10,000||$113.99||$34.99|
|HP 980 Cyan Standard Yield Cartridge (D8J07A)||6,600||$97.99||$34.99|
|HP 980 Magenta Standard Yield Cartridge (D8J08A)||6,600||$97.99||$34.99|
|HP 980 Yellow Standard Yield Cartridge (D8J09A)||6,600||$97.99||$34.99|
The next time you are in the market for a new printer, consider the entire cost of the printer into the purchase. Cartridge price should be a major deciding factor because that is where you will be investing the majority of your money, once you get past the initial sticker price. New technology is great but it’s easy to get distracted by features and lose sight of buying basics like operating cost. Keep that in mind and you should be well on your way to finding a printer that suits both your needs and your budget.
*Savings based on price comparison between remanufactured/compatible cartridge prices and printer brand (OEM) cartridges effective as of February 13, 2016 on www.LDProducts.com. OEM names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated with, and do not endorse LD Products.