We compare two all-in-one printers and find out if either is a good fit for your office.
To test the printers, I took a PDF of du’s Sustainable Development Report which has a good mixture of photos, text, graphs and solid fills. The report is over 20 pages, but I printed the first ten. Tests were done for printing single sided as well as double sided along with black and color copies. Times were measured using the stopwatch on my iPhone.
||HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus
|Print Page 1
|Print full document
||2 minutes and 40 seconds
||3 minutes and 36 seconds
||1 minute and 49 seconds
||1 minute and 26 seconds
The above table shows an interesting mix of results and you can see that the HP printed the first page a lot faster than the Brother. However, that really depends on whether you are printing text or photos as the HP prints text a lot faster but was slower at printing photos. The total document printed faster on the HP because it had more text- which is probably true for most real world cases. Next up was the double sided test which had more pictures than text which is why you can see the Brother finishing it faster than the HP. However copying proved to be faster on the HP on both color and black.
Some points to note while printing- the Brother MFC-J5910DW took frequent breaks while printing with a “drying ink” status on the screen and in the ten page document, it added three empty sheets in the middle. Separately, when I tried printing from my iPhone through AirPrint, a single small photo took three pages and was split randomly. Needless to say, paper handling on the Brother MFC-J5910DW needs serious work.
On the HP, the printing and paper handling proved to me a fairly trouble-free experience with no blank sheets or print-splitting into multiple pages. The only issue I found was a bit of smearing when using the double-sided printing feature. I’m guessing the Officejet 8600 Plus did not allow enough time for the ink to dry in before sucking the paper back in and printing on the other side.
Coming to the print quality, I showed the output to four colleagues and everyone agreed that colored output and text quality was better on the HP 8600 Plus. However, grey scale pictures looked better in outputs from the Brother MFC-J5910DW. So deciding between the two All-in-one devices really depends on what you’re looking to print. I would assume that most people at work would want to print more text than anything else and the HP is faster and better. However, if you want an A3 sized print, then that is something that only the Brother can do.
Also keep in mind the Brother costs AED 749 while the HP will set you back AED 995- cartridges are priced similarly for both at around AED 70 for the black and AED 50 for color. While both are decent all-in-one devices, the Brother wasted a lot of paper in printing between blank pages and print over0rides, and is thus one that I cannot recommend. Unless you really want an A3, spend the extra AED 250 and get the HP Officeject Pro 8600 Plus.