HP unveils “fastest” large-format colour and monochrome printing portfolio on the market

HP’s new PageWide XL Printers offer “the fastest large-format production printing available in color and black-and-white” said the OEM. Adding that the printers “do the job of two printers in one single device” HP said that the monochrome and colour models print at “breakthrough speeds up to 60% faster than the fastest monochrome light-emitting-diode (LED) printer.” The new printers will enable print shops, enterprises and others to produce computer-aided design (CAD) drawings – and will open new business opportunities with geographic information system (GIS) maps, point-of-sale applications and posters.

“Our large-format printing customers are continually exploring ways to improve productivity, streamline workflow and reduce costs,” said Stephen Nigro, Senior VP, Imaging and Printing, HP. “The HP PageWide XL Printers deliver what our customers have been seeking for years and will revolutionize the production printing market, offering affordable, high-quality black-and-white and colour output in a single device at the fastest speeds available.”

HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer.
HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer.

HP PageWide XL Printers are the first products introduced under the new HP PageWide sub-brand. Based on HP PageWide Technology, which currently powers HP Inkjet Web Presses, HP business printers (and will be scaled for upcoming HP 3D Multi Jet Fusion printers), the new printers provide low operational costs driven by “life-long” printheads, high ink efficiency and cloud-based support. The HP PageWide XL Printer portfolio includes:

  • The HP PageWide XL 8000 for high-end production printing at speeds up to 30 D/A1-size prints per minute as well as two 775-millilitre ink cartridges per colour with automatic switching and up to six rolls – more than 3,900 feet of media for sustained productivity.
  • HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer.
    HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer.

    The HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer and Multi-function Printer (MFP) providing small to medium-sized printers and enterprises mid-volume technical document production at up to 14 D/A1-size prints per minute as well as two 400-millilitre ink cartridges per colour with automatic switching – and up to four rolls of media to streamline work.

  • The HP PageWide XL 4500 Printer and MFP enabling cost and security-conscious technical work teams, including architects and engineers, to securely print up to 12 D/A1-size prints per minute in-house.
  • The HP PageWide XL 4000 Printer and MFP for technical work teams and copy shops to produce 8 D/A1-size prints per minute, helping teams increase on-the-job productivity.

The production printing market has traditionally been led by monochrome-only LED printers, said HP, requiring customers to also operate large-format inkjet colour printers to address colour jobs. The new printers consolidate workflow to deliver mixed B&W and colour prints in “half the time it would take to manually collate documents produced on multiple printers.” In addition, a full portfolio of scanning and finishing solutions enable users to build efficient end-to-end workflows. HP SmartStream software for HP PageWide XL Printers reduces time spent preparing and processing jobs by 50% said the OEM. It also reduces reprints with native PDF management powered by Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 and offers a true colour print preview with interactive HP Crystal Preview technology.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.