HomeTechnologyPrinters/ScannersPrinter / Scanner Reviews and RecommendationsHP Officejet Pro X551dw Color Printer Review

The HP Officejet Pro X551dw Color Printer which is in the $599 list of HP is our subject today. This is an inkjet printer which is single functional and is built around HP’s PageWide new technology: fixed printhead. As mentioned in this article: “Alternative Printhead Inkjet Printers”, the same as laser-class machines, inkjets with fixed printhead can image the whole page in the memory, and then can print that page in just 1 quick pass, instead of one row each time. So this technology can help you save a lot of time.

Sometimes, everything you need maybe a good color printer which sits there for months and years, churning out excellent-looking business presentations, drawings, and documents—efficiently and quickly. Historically, when printing quality and speed were important, businesses which are at small-size as well as medium-size (we call them SMBs) has counted on LED machines (also called true laser or laser-class). However, these days, the inkjet technology has developed. We have fixed printhead which allows our printer makers (Epson and Hp, for example) to create the new generation of inkjet printers that can rival entry-level as well as mid-range laser-class printers. They are competitive due to their quality, speed, and their CPPs.

Detailed Review of HP Officejet Pro X551dw Color Printer


Maybe this X551dw is one of the fastest inkjet printers. This machine is also quicker than most of the entry-level as well as mid-range laser-class printers available. You know, HP calls it “The world’s fastest desktop printer.” Although it is quite big, its speed is so outstanding that it won’t let you down.  70ppm (pages/minute) is an ideal number which is far more attractive than most of other inkjet machines and laser-class ones out there.

HP Officejet Pro X551dw Color Printer Review Buy

HP Officejet Pro X551dw Color Printer Review Buy


Because it is a high-volume machine with a 75,000 page maximum monthly duty cycle, it is quite big. It is 26″x26″ and around 38 pounds. Your office may need to arrange a steady perch for this X551dw due to its big size. But don’t worry because this printer can connect to your network via Ethernet or even Wi-Fi. (You know, Wireless connectivity seems to be an expensive option when it comes to a laser-class printer, so this X551dw is designed to replace.)

Print Quality

This X551dw, like other high-end printers of HP, can typically print great-looking business presentations as well as documents. And because this is an inkjet, you also have your photos printed with exceptional quality. However, like other laser-class printers, this X551dw can’t print borderless pages, which is very useful when you need to produce professional-looking photographs or you have to make booklet covers, brochures, and other kinds of documents which look more polished. You may think that this inability to print borderless pages is the inherent drawback to the technology fixed printhead, but Epson has recently introduced the WorkForce WF-7610 All-in-One Printer, which is PrecisionCore-based, using fixed printhead inkjet and that machine can print borderless pages ( up to  13″ x 19″ )


As with most of other laser-class as well as multifunction printers of HP, you need to configure the printer itself and then initiate PC-free printing from this X551dw’s touch screen. The screen is 4.3″, colorful and very easy for you to use. Various printer apps of HP are included in PC-free option. You can also print from your USB drives.

Moreover, many alternative options of mobile printing are also supported. Some of them are: Wireless Direct (it is Wi-Fi Direct, but it’s HP’s version), Apple AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print. In addition, via the service ePrint of HP, this X551dw also allow you to directly print to this printer from any Internet connection. NFC is the only feature that is missing on this printer. It is a modern technology which allows close-proximity printing. You can get more information about NFC in this article: “Mobile Printing Features – 2014”.

CPP – Cost Per Page

Monochrome pages cost you around 1.3 cents/page and color ones cost you around 6.1 cents (in case you use the highest-yield ink cartridges of HP). These numbers are exceptionally low, especially for pages with color —often about 3-5 cents/page lower than most of the other laser-class printers and high-volume inkjets on the market.

You know, CPP – cost per page may be the most importance when you are choosing a printer which need to satisfy high-volume printing need. When printing in large number, the CPPs difference can cost you a huge amount of money. You can click here for details: “When a $150 Printer Can Cost You Thousands”. The good new is that this X551dw delivers one of the lowest CPPs compared to other inkjets out there.


$600 is a huge investment on printer. But if you need a high-volume machine which can manage a large number of color pages every month, this is one of the great choices. There a few machines in this price range can be more efficient and can satisfy you like this Officejet X551dw.

You can click here for more information:  Officejet Pro X551dw.



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