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Business inkjet printers have improved over the years, with newer models bringing speed and print quality comparable to laser printers. Two popular business inkjet models are the HP PageWide Pro 477dw and the Epson WF-C5790. Both are color printers that print, scan, copy, and fax. The HP PageWide Pro 477dw has a faster print speed rating and costs much more than the Epson WF-C5790 color inkjet printer. However, the Epson WF-C5790 keeps up in common printing scenarios despite its lower speed rating and is an outstanding bargain. Here’s a look at the differences between the HP PageWide Pro 477dw and the Epson WF-C5790.
The HP PageWide Pro 477dw all-in-one color inkjet printer is quite a bit larger than the Epson WF-C5790. It uses pigment inks and a “page wide” printhead. Rather than the printhead moving back and forth across the page, the page wide printhead is stationary, resulting in a fast print speed of up to 40 pages per minute. However, the printer uses thermal inkjet technology, which means there’s a warmup period of between 6.5 (black) and 7 seconds (color) before printing begins and the first page is output.
The pigment inks come in high yield ink cartridges with an ISO page yield rating of up to 10,000 pages for black and 7,000 for color. With a print resolution of up to 2,400 dots per inch, the HP PageWide Pro 477dw produces professional quality color documents.
The HP PageWide Pro 477dw uses traditional ink cartridges with high yield ink cartridges available (up to 10,000 ISO pages for black and 7,000 for CMY composite). It is designed for monthly print volumes from 750 to 4,500 pages.
You can print to this office all-in-one printer over the office network (wired or wirelessly), from mobile devices, and via the cloud. The HP PageWide Pro 477dw has advanced security features.
The Epson WF-C5790 business inkjet printer is a “heat-free” solution offering fast first page out, low energy consumption, and a print speed of up to 24 ISO pages per minute. It is also Energy Star qualified. Like the HP PageWide Pro 477dw, the Epson WF-C5790 is an all-in-one business inkjet printer that prints, scans, copies, and faxes. Epson PrecisionCore Heat-Free Technology powers this printer, resulting in precise ink droplet placement, fast print speed, high resolution, and professional quality, high resolution documents.
The Epson WF-C5790 uses DuraBrite Ultra pigment inks that are packaged in Epson’s Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) ink packs with ISO page yields of up to 10,000 pages. The standard model is $299 and comes with starter ink packs. The “Supertank” model, comes with two years of ink (starter packs plus 2 T902XXL packs (black) and 3 of each color T902XL packs) in the box and is priced at $899.
What’s interesting about this pricing model on the Epson WF-C5790 Supertank model is that buying the equivalent amount of ink actually costs more than the cost of the Supertank version.
2 x T902XXL = $170.35 x 2 = $340.70
3 x T902XL (of each color, so you get 9 packs) = 96.60 x 9 = 581.40
The total value of this ink is $922.10 and the Epson WF-C5790 printer by itself is $299.99, totaling $1222.09 if purchased separately. With the Epson WF-C5790 Supertank costing just $899, buying Supertank version like getting a discount on the ink, getting the printer for free, and saving $300.
The Epson WF-C5790 has a higher print resolution than the HP PageWide Pro 477dw of up to 4800 dpi, resulting in exceptional print quality and longevity. The recommended monthly print volume is up to 2,500 pages.
The Epson WF-C5790 supports PCL and PostScript, has advanced security features, and is open-platform ready. It is a wireless, network printer with mobile and cloud printing.
As noted earlier, the Epson WF-C5790 at 24 pages per minute has a fast first page out, which comes into play when doing a side-by-side speed comparison with the HP PageWide Pro 477dw at 40 pages per minute. With many office print jobs being just a few pages at most, the Epson WF-C5790’s performance keeps up with the HP PageWide Pro 477dw’s as shown in the video below.
See the speed of these two printers side by side: