Review: Retail Business-Class A4 Color MFPs – HP’s Officejet Pro X476dw is Best in Class

2014 Gold MedalAny office or company whose core business entails paper-based transactions with customers must own a color All-in-One or MFP that can quickly, reliably, and economically produce high-quality color prints. While there are many candidates, Wirth Consulting narrows the field to Business-Class A4 Color MFPs available from the retail channel.

 What is our definition of “Business-Class”?  It’s a device that includes network interface, automatic duplex printing, automatic document feeder for All-in-Ones/MFPs,  expandable standard media capacity that exceeds 251 sheets, and high-yield ink or toner capacity.

In this Head2Head Comparison, we compare 14 inkjet and toner-based systems from 11 vendors. Pricing ranges from $249.00 to $857.99 – and note that many models are heavily discounted. On the other hand, there is not as a significant disparity in feature sets as there is in Cost per Page, with inkjet candidates markedly more economical than their toner-based counterparts.

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Hewlett-Packard Officejet Pro X476dw

We determined that the Hewlett-Packard Officejet Pro X476dw with PageWide printing is Best in Class based on its following strengths:

  • Very low Cost per Page and Total Cost of Ownership compared to competitors in this class.
  • Very low energy consumption and noise output.
  • Very easy and low maintenance, including high-capacity ink cartridges (9,000/6,200 ISO pages).
  • Outstanding tested print quality, print speeds, and image permanence.
  • Internet connectivity, downloadable business apps, and a host of mobile and remote-printing solutions.
  • Support for HP management, deployment, and security solutions.
  • Supports a wide variety of printer languages and operating systems.
  • Eligible for HP’s Instant Ink Professional, a monthly subscription program under which ink is automatically shipped to customers. Customers pay a monthly fee for ink based on their monthly print volume, regardless of whether printed pages are black-and-white or color, or printed-page area coverage. Three plans are available; for instance, for $39.99 per month, customers can print up to 1,000 pages per month, which equates to 3.9 cents per page for black-and-white or color output, which is very economical compared to competitors’ Cost per Page in this segment.

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2 Responses

  1. Cornelis Hoeflake says:

    The report stated for the X476DW that it could do borderless printing. That is not the case as far as I know.

    • Terry Wirth says:

      Cornelius,

      You are correct. We verified this with HP just last week: The HP OJP X Series does not have borderless printing. However, the OJP 86XX Series does.

      Thanks for pointing that out. The information in the WYSK and H2H Reports has been changed.