What’s so Special about HP PageWide Inkjet Technology?

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If HP PageWide Inkjet technology sounds “new” to you, just know that it’s actually been used to print over 100 billion pages and counting.

Here’s why it has become so popular over the years compared to competing technologies like Color LED (Laser):

  1. Its color printing speeds are 47% faster than Color LED (up to 30 D/min vs. up to 16 D/min).
  2. There’s no warm-up time, which allows it to print the first page out 11x faster than Color LED (within 20 seconds vs. at least 4 minutes ).
  3. It has a simpler process, providing better ink drop accuracy and less defects (it only requires 1 step vs. 7 steps for Color LED).
  4. It provides finer details, smoother grayscales, and more vibrant colors than Color LED.
  5. There are zero physical contact points, which removes the chance of getting paper jams when printing. This means low maintenance requirements and lower running costs for you.
  6. It reduces the cost of Color printing to that of printing Black & White.

HP PageWide Inkjet isn’t “NEW” technology. Since 2009, it’s been used with inkjet web presses for commercial printing. It was then applied to business printers in 2013, where it achieved breakthrough speeds. In 2015, large format printers finally caught on to its benefits, followed by HP 3D printers in 2016.

When it comes to energy consumption, HP PageWide Inkjet printers run up to 40% more silently than Color LED does, which is crucially important in shared office settings. They’re also better for the environment, with significantly less heat generated and 10x lower power consumption.



Color LED Printing is Complex

Color LED (Laser) printers require 15+ contact points between the printer and the paper, and all of them must work in perfect synchrony to create a successful print. A failure in any of the steps creates a visible defect on the paper such as vertical white lines, background noise, or a “ghost” of the previous image.

Resolving these defects requires system maintenance. The excessive contact wears on the printer’s components, decreasing the life of the equipment and degrading its performance which leads to expensive repairs.

The printing process requires 7 steps, each of which increase your likelihood of encountering issues and defects. Here’s how it works:

  1. The photo-sensitive drum is electrically charged.
  2. An LED array is used to charge specific areas of the drum, creating an image.
  3. Toner particles are attracted to the charged areas and transferred to the paper.
  4. Toner is then “melted” into the paper’s surface using a fuser, which can be done via radiant heat or a heated pressure roller.
  5. Excess toner is cleaned from the drum with a “toner cleaning blade.” It is then put in either a waste toner bottle or sent back into the toner supply to be used again (along with all the paper dust).
  6. The electric image is erased with “another charge.”
  7. Lastly, the drum is charged again and the process starts over.


HP PageWide Inkjet Printing is Simple

Inkjet systems are simpler and require fewer moving parts.

For example, HP PageWide XL printheads stack together on a single stationary printbar that spans the whole page. The entire page is printed in one pass, enabling very high printing speeds. Throughout the process, the PageWide XL printhead remains stationary, with the paper being the only moving component.

This design allows for sustained, high-speed printing and easy replacement by the user. This low maintenance operation translates into lower running costs.



As you can see, HP’s PageWide Inkjet technology beats the Color LED competition where it matters most: print speeds, color accuracy, color printing costs, energy costs, and maintenance expenses.

It didn’t reach 100 billion pages printed just by luck: the smooth and efficient low-friction printing process gives power users the peace of mind they need to complete big projects with confidence.

What other qualities would you like to see in a high-volume printer? Let us know in the comments.

If you’d like to have a faster, more efficient, and more accurate workflow with lower maintenance costs, contact our printing specialists at 800-243-1414 to ask a question, request a quote, or receive a product demonstration today.


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