I grew up surrounded by technology. Even back in the 1980’s when I was a kid, I remember using the likes of a computer, games console and talking on my trusty CB radio. Many an evening and weekend was spent typing in code to my trusty Sinclair ZX81. It was an amazing time, but we did not have the likes of smartphones …Read More
A few weeks ago I shared with you my first thoughts of the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477. You may be wondering why the first couple of words in the title of my review are “Geeking Out” … after all, surely this is just a printer, why so much enthusiasm?
For those of you who have followed my channel and this website for the past ten years, you will know about my background. If you are new here, my career has covered being a computer engineer, using printers purely as a back office tool. A couple of years later I developed my graphic design skills and business, during which time I enthused over large format and complete print solutions. Fast forward to today and apart from a few really cool printers I have reviewed, my complacency set this category of product into “functional” rather than “exciting” category.
I must admit that this has now changed. The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 has been like a breath of fresh air and made me want to take more time over the documents I produce. The speed for general documents is lightning fast. When printing out a nice business presentation, I was amazed at the print quality. The actual resolution of this model is 600dpi, which can be enhanced up to 38,400dpi. Add to that the fact that the M477 is Pantone® calibrated, you can really achieve great looking prints. I took some time to compare the results with some inkjet and other laser printers here at Geek HQ and I must admit that the HP toner seems to sit a little higher on the page and gives a crisper more engaging result.
Another feature that really impressed me is the paper handling. In previous years I would often turn to an inkjet printer with a straighter paper patch for using thicker materials. The M477 handles up to 200gsm card and even glossy finish photo papers. With the right paper selection, the resulting prints are quite simply amazing. If you reprinting photographs to frame, the trained eye would suggest you use a dedicated photo printer, but in my opinion the photographs I printed look amazingly realistic. It is worth noting that there are two models of this printer, both the M477fnw and M477fdw feature wireless connection, plus USB 2.0 and gigabit ethernet for wired connectivity. The M477fdw that I have here offers automatic (rather than manual) two-sided printing, which is a cost conscious environment is a great feature to have.
Looking back at when I first unboxed this multi-function wonder, I was pleased at how compact the footprint is. HP packed a lot of features into the M477 by placing the output tray, scanner, document feeder and 4.3-inch colour touchscreen display, above the main body of the machine. This adds so much more functionality and some features that I have really enjoyed using. Whilst I won’t specifically talk about the fax and scan-to-email functions that I have not used yet, I will share my experience of the copying and amazing User Interface. Everything is driven by the large touch screen, with really cool icons and a well designed UI. Accessing the various setup menus, which you rarely need to do, is simplicity itself. Checking your toner levels through to performing a copy of a full colour document is a breeze. It is very fast to scan and print out a colour accurate copy too. This is a feature I use a lot, often producing an additional copy of a document and then scanning it to my Mac to annotate or sign and then attach to an email. All of this was very efficient and increased the speed of my workflow too.
The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 is a very well thought out piece of kit. The build quality is excellent and the quality of the documents I have been printing hasten again got me enthusiastic about graphic design. Oh and did I mention that I can print direct from my phone to the M477 … pure geek out time again!
This article is sponsored by HP. Views and opinions remain my own.
In today’s fast paced, technology driven world, nothing ever stands still. We live in a time where we can share our thoughts and passions with the rest of the universe at the push of a button. It is even possible to reach out to companies, celebrities and CEO’s of big corporations that were never imaginable before. With so many opportunities at our fingertips, creativity and opportunity really is at an all time high.
When we look back at the first mobile phones, they were at best portable, often having the size of a household brick. Over time gadgets got smaller, the race was on to create the thinnest tech. Computers changed the lives of so many, but the introduction of laptops changed the way so many work. Fast forward a few more years and 3G connectivity allows us to keep on working and communicating whilst away from our desk, albeit with some compromises on functionality and/or performance.
If you are a blogger or business person looking for something that will deliver a great typing experience, I don’t think you will be disappointed. The key action is pretty sweet and the keyboard is backlit too, for those late night sessions. Alongside this you get a precision multi-gesture trackpad too, which really helps with multitasking and getting things done with minimal fuss.
On the other hand, if you are a visual creative, working with photographs or perhaps a video creator like myself, you will appreciate the virtually borderless InfinityEdge display. This is available on the whole range in Full HD, QHD+ and even 4K Ultra HD resolutions. Being able to edit in such a high resolution is a real pleasure. If colour accuracy is important to you, opting for the XPS 15 means you get 100% minimum Adobe RGB, so you get the most accurate colour. This is important, especially if you are delivering work to your clients that appreciate consistency across screen and printed media.
With different screen sizes and specifications to suit everyone, even a 12-inch 2-in-1 option with detachable keyboard, there really is something here for everyone. Awesome build quality, coupled with the ultra-portable size, means there is no excuse now. We can work from places that no longer tie us to one location and therefore there are no limits on what our creativity can achieve.
This post has been made possible by Dell, all opinions remain my own.
As a busy content creator there are certain tasks that I always strive to make easier. To me, easier often equates to more enjoyable and the happier I am, the more creative I become. Throughout my years of running my own business, I have used many different printers and just recently HP gave me the chance to check out their Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477.
I like to keep a tidy office and more specifically for Geek HQ that means a crispy clean studio for presenting my videos and a functional and well thought out editing room. To keep the creative juices flowing it is essential for me to have unnecessary gadgets hidden away. All my cameras are neatly stored in a sturdy waterproof case and accessories in cupboards and drawers. Even the myriad of memory cards that I have accumulated over the years are neatly tucked away in little boxes inside a drawer under my main editing screen.
Part of my plans for 2016 is to really get my main storage areas organised too. As you can imagine running an evolving channel and website, plus two other businesses, sees a lot of products coming in and out of Geekanoids HQ. To help with this, I now employ three colourful storage cupboards and have successfully arranged my lens filters, review products and business supplies into the various compartments.
In my workspaces I employ the same triangular layout that is often associated with kitchens … you know, the sink, preparation area and cooker which are meant to all be easily accessible by simply turning around this imaginary triangle. The same applies to my technology. Sitting at my desk is akin to being at the controls of a starship. Keyboard and trackpad at hand and to the right of me I have my notes and supplies cupboard. A quick turn to my left and I can access my memory card reader, essential for the amount of video I produce. A little further to the left is the spot for my printer.
On first unboxing the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 I was very pleased to see that for such a well specified printer, the footprint was nice and compact. This is down to some neat design decisions, placing the paper output above the main body of the printer and the control panel and document feeder above that. The design is pretty snazzy too, with a clean white finish which makes me super happy as it fits in with the rest of my kit. Placement was super easy too, thanks to the built-in wireless connection and the gigabit, yes gigabit!!! ethernet that I opted to use.
HP really is looking to reinvent the office with their advancements in printer technology and their new LaserJets are packed to the brim with things that certainly make me geek out. For starters, speed is of the essence and the M477 delivers impressive mono and full colour pages at up to 28ppm. In addition to this I have experienced some reliable and paper saving two-sided prints. Part of this speed is down to HP re-engineering their toner to melt at a lower temperature. This equates to faster printing and a lower electricity bill too.
So, whilst it’s early days in my experience of the M477, so far it has been a real pleasure. I can honestly say that integrating this within my workflow was super easy. The modern looks and awesome touchscreen colour display make me geek out a little more every time I use it. Now it’s time for me to get back to work … stay tuned though, as I will update you in a few weeks with a look at some of the features and that all important quality assessment.
This article is sponsored by HP. Views and opinions remain my own.