PosterBurner BlogHome

HP PageWide XL 8000 Demo Review

Created On: 4/30/2017

We had a chance to visit the Konica Minolta showroom recently to demo the HP PageWide XL 8000 printer.

The first thing you notice about the PageWide is the speed. It is fast. And the speed is not just an incremental improvement. It is revolutionary.

With most printers, the print head needs to pass over the paper in order to print that section. Some printers have used multiple print heads to reduce the amount of space each head will need to cover. With the PageWide, there are eight print heads and those heads don't have to move. This allows for lightning fast print speeds even at higher quality range.

While the PageWide does not market itself as an art level graphics printer – like the Canon Colorado 1640 poster printer - the results are very close to slower, higher quality printers. There is also word that a firmware update may resolve some of the issues that keep the printer from being a top level graphics printer.

The other notable feature of the PageWide is the seemingly easy maintenance. The print heads are designed to last for over a million or 1.5 million square feet. And when they do need to be replaced, it is a snap out and snap in operation.

Here are some pictures we took of the printer during our demo.

The target market for the PageWide XL is industrial or CAD posters. It also works great for posters that aren't viewed from up close, such as posters used for specials at supermarkets.

There is also a Colex Fotoba cutter that integrates with the PageWide that will cut the posters as they come out, so one could feasibly print and cut 100 movie size posters in a matter of minutes.

We look forward to re-evaluating the PageWide XL 8000 once they have a chance to upgrade the firmware to see if we can get graphic level quality prints.

Try us out now!

Holiday Shipping

Holiday Shipping Times & Cut Off We are currently able to ship all print types in time for the holidays, but the sooner you order, the better. Shipping companies are advising to ship packages for holiday delivery by December 15th. Many packages shipped after the 15th will still arrive in time for the holidays, but they are not guaranteeing it. While we do not have full control over the shipping and transit times, here is our best guess at the realistic cutoff dates. West Coast: Order by December 15 Central: Order By December 17 East Coast (Northeast): Order by December 20 East Coast (Central and South): Order by December 21