In keeping with this trend, HP is set to release its new line of printers over the next few weeks. One of the printers that will be introduced shortly is the HP PageWide Pro MFP 577 dw. This multifunction printer (MFP) has a whole host of functions and technological capabilities to keep users connected and make the printing process less painful.
Over the past few days we’ve tested and used the 577 dw as the main printer in our department to see firsthand what it has to offer.
- Great speed
- Good quality
- Fast two-side scanning
- Easy to use
- Many connectivity options
- Slightly off the orientation scanned copies
The HP PageWide Pro MFP 577 dw printer weights about 55 lbs and measures 20 inches wide, 16 inches deep and 18 inches high. It comes with a power cord, installation disks, installation guide, Ethernet cable and a box with four ink cartridges.
Due to the weight of this printer it is advisable to have two persons to help with the lifting and unboxing. It is recommended that a stable desk be used to place the printer on during setup. You should not move the printer after setup as this could damage the cartridges.
Unboxing and setting up the printer took approximately 30 minutes. Of this time, the printer utilized about 20 minutes to initialize the cartridges. It’s important that you allow this step to take place after inserting the cartridges as it will result in the best print quality, speed and reliability for the printer.
Setting up was fairly easy; just follow the instructions on the 4.3 inch CGD (color graphics) IR touchscreen display to select language, your country, date and time. A great set up feature is the option to select whether you want to self-manage the set up process or use the IT managed option. The IT managed option provides settings that might limit or change the printer’s capabilities. This is ideal for IT administrators.
Setting up of the cartridges was fairly easy as well. Simply follow the directions on the printer to match the colour of the cartridges. The printer has two trays, the side tray which holds up to 50 sheets for both letter and legal size paper. Tray 2 has the capacity for 500 sheets.
The 577 dw comes with both wired and wireless printing options. It includes a USB port for connecting to a computer, Ethernet connection for wired LAN, Wi-Fi and NFC. We’ve tested the wireless printing option only and it worked fairly smoothly. Just to add here, there is a timeframe of about 10 to 15 seconds that the printer takes to wake up after not being used for a short period of time. As such, upon sending a document to print you will need to wait that period of time for it to print.
This printer functions as a copier, scanner, printer and fax machine. We like the option of apps, which is available through the touch panel. With the apps function you can download and print forms like graph paper or calendar directly from the printer. Other options include private printing and the ability to connect to your Google drive account. The later option can greatly benefit small businesses that are using Google drive to store files.
In using this printer we were amazed at the quality of a photocopied document, finding no difference between it and the original. The option to scan an ID card without manually flipping the paper over to get the other side is a great addition to this printer as well.
The options to scan to email, network folder, sharepoint, USB or directly to a computer are also available. One downside we noticed is that scanned files from our computer are slightly off line. We like the single pass, two-sided scanning feature that can produce up to 46 impressions per minute. This is a great time saver.
Printing can be done from your computer, USB, smartphone or by using your NFC enabled devices. What stands out for this printer is the speed and quality of the prints. It averages about 70 pages per minute, thanks to its PageWide technology. The PageWide technology uses printheads so rather than moving across the page, like inkjet printers, the printheads are stationary and work similarly to laser printers by imaging and printing the entire page in one quick pass.
With security being top of mind today, HP has invested in its security infrastructure for this line of printer. Features include a password protected embedded web server for secure browsing via SSL, encryption and firewall configuration.
The bottom line, the HP PageWide Pro MFP 577 dw printer provides laser-like printing with high quality and energy efficiency. It is fairly easy to use and comes with a great set of features including fast two-sided scanning, security and connectivity options. The verdict: this is a good choice for medium sized businesses with a heavy print workload.
The HP PageWide Pro MFP 577 dw retails for $899.99 and will be available in Canada starting on April 4 at HP’s retail partners including Staples and Best Buy and other commercial partners.
Mobile printing capability
- HP ePrint
- HP Mobile Apps
- Google Cloud Print v2
- Apple AirPrint
- Android Plug-in
- Windows 8 and 10
- Windows 10 Mobile
Compatible operating systems
- Windows 10
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Mac OS X v10.6
- Mac OS X Lion
- Mac OS X Mountain Lion
- Linux (hplip.net)
Paper handling input
- 500-sheet input tray
- 50-sheet multi-purpose tray
- Plain paper (light, intermediate, mid-weight, heavy, extra heavy, prepunched, recycled, bond, other inkjet plain paper)
- photo (glossy, gloss, soft gloss, satin, matte, other inkjet photo)
- specialty papers (glossy brochure, matte brochure, tri-fold brochure, Hagaki, greeting cards, other inkjet specialty paper)
- Flatbed, ADF
- Scan file format
Scan File Type supported by Software:
- Bitmap (.bmp)
- JPEG (.jpg)
- PDF (.pdf)
- PNG (.png)
- Rich Text (.rtf)
- Searchable PDF (.pdf)
- Text (.txt)
- TIFF (.tif)
Scan resolution, optical
- Up to 1200 dpi
To learn more, check our video review.
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