HP LaserJet Pro 500 Color MFP M570dn review

The HP LaserJet Pro 500 Color MFP M570dn is a color laser MFP with very good graphics quality and relatively low paper capacity.
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The HP LaserJet Pro 500 Color MFP M570dn is a color laser multifunction printer that provides respectable speed, very good graphics quality, HP’s ePrint, and Web apps controlled through a color touch screen. It lags in paper capacity, its output quality for text and photos was a bit sub-par, and it has somewhat high running costs, but is still a solid and capable machine.

The M570dn prints, copies, faxes, and scans; it can fax either from its 3.5-inch color touch screen or from a computer (PC Fax). You can scan to a USB thumb drive, email, or a network folder. It has a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) for faxing, scanning, or copying multi-page documents unattended. It can scan at up to legal size using the ADF.

This MFP measures 21.2 by 20.3 by 19.7 inches (HWD) and weighs 90 pounds, too big to share a desk with, and you’ll need at least two people to move it into place. The M570dn has a 350-sheet standard paper capacity, split between a 250-sheet input tray and 100-sheet multipurpose tray. It has an automatic duplexer for printing on both sides of a sheet of paper.

The M570dn is ePrint enabled; HP assigns an e-mail address to the printer (which you can later customize), you can send documents to that address, and the printer will automatically print them out (as long as it’s connected to the Internet).

The M570dn offers USB and Ethernet (including Gigabit Ethernet) connectivity. I tested it over and Ethernet connection with a PC running Windows Vista. Drivers include PCL and HP’s PostScript emulation, though only the PCL 6 driver installs by default.

Print Speed
I timed the M570dn on the latest version of our business applications suite (using QualityLogic’s hardware and software for timing), at 7.5 effective pages per minute (ppm), a decent speed considering its rated print speed of 31 ppm—which should be about the speed you would get if you were to print text only. Our test suite includes text pages, graphics pages, and pages with mixed content. The Editors’ Choice Dell C3765dnf , rated at just 23 pages per minute for color and monochrome printing, printed out the same tests in its default duplex (two-sided) mode at 8.2 ppm, and 10.1 ppm in unofficial testing in simplex mode. We timed another Editors’ Choice, the Lexmark X548dte
at 7.0 ppm, and the Editors’ Choice HP Officejet Pro X576dw MFP , a laser-class inkjet, at 9.5 ppm.

Print Quality
Overall output quality for the M570dn was par for a color laser. Text was slightly below average for a laser, which nonetheless translates to very good—fine for any business use except those requiring very small fonts, like some desktop publishing applications, or documents like resumes that need to make a good visual impression.

Graphics were above average, just a step below top tier. They were of a quality suitable for printing out PowerPoint handouts—event to clients one seeks to impress—or for basic marketing materials. Though colors were generally bold and well saturated, there was some blotchiness in several darker backgrounds.

Photo quality was slightly subpar. A monochrome photo showed an unusually distinct tint (greenish) for a color laser, and most of the images had significant dithering in the form of dot patterns. Photos are fine for printing out images for in-house use, but I’d hesitate to use them for something like a company newsletter.

Running Costs
Cost per page came to 1.8 cents per monochrome page and 13 cents per color page. This compares with 1.5 and 10 cents for the Dell C3765dnf, 1.6 and 11 cents for the Lexmark x548dte, and 1.3 and 6.8 cents per page for the HP X576dw, for monochrome and color printing, respectively. The M570dn’s monochrome costs are slightly higher than the other printers here, the color costs even more so. (The HP X576dw, an inkjet that uses HP’s PageWide technology to have a printhead assembly essentially extend the entire width of a page, is in a league of its own in terms of color costs.

The Editors’ Choice Dell C3765dnf has similar output quality to the M570dn, with excellent graphics quality and slightly sub-par text, but lower cost per page and nearly double the HP’s paper capacity. The Lexmark x548dte also boasts excellent graphics quality, but with better text and photo quality than the M570dn, and much higher paper capacity. The HP Officejet Pro X576dw MFP isn’t a laser printer, but has laser-like qualities such as superb speed, a very low cost per page, and excellent text quality, while adding an inkjet’s great photo quality.

With some excellent color MFPs on the market, the HP LaserJet Pro 500 Color MFP M570dn may not stand out, but it has good speed, excellent graphics quality, HP’s ePrint and Web apps, and a maximum monthly duty cycle similar to the other printers mentioned here. It would be a welcome addition to many graphics-happy offices looking for a workhorse color printer.

Specifications
Print Duplexing Automatic
Printer Category Laser
Direct Printing from Cameras No
Maximum Standard Paper Size Legal
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Mono) 31 ppm
Type Printer Only
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Color) 31 ppm
Color or Monochrome 1-pass color
Technology (for laser category only) Laser
Connection Type USB, Ethernet

Verdict
The HP LaserJet Pro 500 Color MFP M570dn is a color laser MFP with very good graphics quality and relatively low paper capacity.
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