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Printer Primer, HP PageWide Pro 452dw
April 23, 2016
To this point, we have covered several of the new office-centric OfficeJet inkjet devices that were announced by HP back in mid-March, including the OfficeJet 8710, the OfficeJet 8720, and the OfficeJet Pro 8740, all of which represent some of best solutions for office printing on the market today. Today we shift gears slightly and look at one of the new HP PageWide units that offers ultra-fast print speeds thanks to an innovative print head that spans the entire length of a sheet of paper, the PageWide Pro M452dw. The PageWide Pro M452dw is a single-function inkjet printer with speeds of up to 40 ISO ppm (or as fast as 55 ppm for draft mode) and first page out times of under 7 seconds. It also features a 2" monochrome LCD touchscreen for navigating machine menus and functions that keeps users and companies working as efficiently as possible. Given its PageWide printing capabilities, it does not have the smallest footprint (max. of 31.6(W) x 27.3(D) x 14.9(H)), it is as compact as possible.
Designed with the needs of small businesses and workgroups in mind, the PageWide Pro 452dw offers several different ways for users to connect and print. At its core, the unit has all the options you would expect including USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi which allow you to connect easily and print from your laptop or desktop. The true strength of this printer, however, lies in its wide assortment of mobile printing options. As with virtually all HP printers, the PageWide Pro 452dw works with HP’s native ePrint solution which makes mobile printing of documents as easy as attaching a file and sending an email. Through the interface, users have access to a collection of HP Mobile apps which help power business processes and streamline workflow. Those with Android-powered mobile devices can take advantage of built-in NFC (near field communication) connectivity or Wi-Fi Direct both of which make it very simple to print without using a wireless router as an access point. For iOS and Windows users on the other hand, the printer works with AirPrint and Windows Mobile OS respectively, and all users can take advantage of compatibility with Google Cloud Print 2.0. Lastly, the device is certified by the Mopria Alliance, a group dedicated to finding a common standard and experience for mobile printing.
As a PageWide unit, the greatest attributes of this unit are likely found with its paper handling. In addition to the fastest in-class print speeds, the PageWide Pro 452dw boasts a large, standard input capacity of 550 sheets. That number is split between a 500-sheet capacity main input tray and 50-sheet capacity multipurpose tray which can be used for heavier media. With a 300-sheet capacity output bin, there is no need to worry about pages spilling out on the floor when you are not around. If you need even further input capacity, for an additional $199.99 another 500-sheet capacity input tray can be added, providing over 1,000 pages of input capacity. Automatic two-sided printing is also a standard feature of this unit, helping reduce paper waste by printing on both sides of a single sheet of paper. The PageWide Pro 452dw has a recommended monthly print volume is between 750 and 4,000 pages and the maximum monthly duty cycle is rated for up to 50,000 pages.
In terms of ink, the PageWide Pro 452dw uses specially formulated PageWide cartridges built to handle the demands of high-speed printing. There are four individual cartridges including a black, cyan, magenta, and yellow which are available in either a standard or high-capacity version. Standard yields are rated for up to 3,500 pages for black and 3,000 pages for each color. The high-yield versions provide more than double their standard counterparts with up to 10,000 black pages and 7,000 color pages. At these higher capacities, the total cost per page is driven down to at or below those expected with laser printers, providing another reason to consider making the switch to inkjet.
Currently the HP PageWide Pro 452dw is available from HP for $499.99. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the HP website.