Product snapshot: HP OfficeJet Pro X printer

The fastest printer in the world, according to the Guinness World Records

HP has a new range of office inkjet printers out, and they’ve got something worth mentioning — ridiculously fast print speeds.

The printer line-up is called OfficeJet Pro X. There will be four Pro X printers available in Australia - the HP OfficeJet Pro X451dn and X551dw single-function printers, and the HP OfficeJet Pro X476dn and 576dw multifunction models.

The OfficeJet Pro x576dw.
The OfficeJet Pro x576dw.

HP claims twice the speed at half the cost — half the cost of a laser printer, and twice the speed of a regular inkjet printer. The printers are based on HP’s PageWide technology, and the company says we should expect print speeds of up to 70 pages a minute &8212; that’s over a page a second, which should make running off log print jobs a simple process.

HP’s PageWide technology moves the paper around in the printer, while the print-head remains stationary. This is a much quieter process than a regular inkjet printer as well as being faster. It also means the printer is able to deposit all four pigment inks — black, cyan, magenta, yellow — at once for a more consistent print.

Even the cheapest OfficeJet Pro X printers can have 50,000 pages put through them in a month, although HP suggests a more conservative 500 to 3,000 sheets is recommended. The printers are compatible with HP’s ePrint, Apple’s AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and HP’s ePrint Mobile apps.

The OfficeJet Pro X551dw.
The OfficeJet Pro X551dw.

A 500-sheet A4 paper tray means you can load an entire ream of paper at once — no need to store excess sheets somewhere where they can be crumpled or damaged. You can also buy an additional 500-sheet input tray to store a second entire ream of paper. The printers can handle up to 300 sheets of paper on the output tray at once.

All four models have built-in Ethernet networking, but the premium single- and multifunction models also have 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Every Pro X printer has an automatic duplex feeder that lets you print on both sides of an A4 page.

HP’s OfficeJet Pro X printer series is now shipping worldwide. The cheapest single-function, the OfficeJet Pro X451dn, is $599, and the cheapest multifunction is $799.