Looking for the right multifunction printer for your office can be a tedious task. With so many different brands to choose from, all with their distinct advantages and price points, it can be overwhelming, especially if you understand the importance of choosing the right machine.
Being a copier/printer vendor for 35 years means that you have a lot of knowledge when it comes to which print features certain organizations might be looking for. We work closely with many businesses to determine their budget, print volume, and desired functions, to make sure that they have everything they need for their business to be as productive as possible.
We’ve decided to compare two similarly sized multifunction printers, the Xerox AltaLink C8145 and the HP LaserJet Enterprise M776zs in order to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of both and give an accurate representation of features that businesses might be looking for. This way you can determine if one of these options is the right choice for you and know that you’re making an informed decision.
Basic Printing Stats and Specs
Basic stats and specifications include the simple performative features of each machine, specifically print speed and resolution. EPEAT refers to the environmental rating system of each manufactured device, and which countries the standards are met in.
Xerox AltaLink C8145 Specs
Xerox AltaLink C8145 Print Speed: 45ppm
Xerox AltaLink C8145 Print Resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi
Xerox AltaLink C8145 Max Media Length: 52” (1320 mm)
Xerox AltaLink EPEAT: US, Canada, EU
HP M776zs Specs
HP M776zs Print Speed: 45ppm
HP M776zs Print Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi
HP M776zs Max Media Length: 18” (457mm)
HP M776zs EPEAT: US, Canada, India, Australia
User Experience/Product Interface
Xerox’s AltaLink C8145 comes equipped with a 10.1in color touchscreen tablet, with the available and custom selected apps presented on the screen, as well as an automatic wake up feature, so that the machine turns on when users are nearby and turns off when they leave in order to conserve energy.
HP’s M776zs comes equipped with a 9in touchscreen and an 8in display area and comes with a similar feature called “Sleep Mode”, where the device automatically goes into a low-power mode after a certain period of time without usage. However, it does not automatically wake up when approached.
There are multiple scanning destinations available for AltaLink devices, including Email, FTP, SMB, HTTP, SFTP, HTTPS, and more. Additional features include:
- Embedded Optical Character Recognition (OCR) allows users to convert scanned images into PDFs with search functions that can recognize all text
- Direct scan to repositories such as SFTP and HTTPS without any additional software needed, keeping scan files secure even within the network.
- Preview function gives users the ability to zoom or add additional images, so they can make sure that what they want to scan is clear, aligned, and in the correct order.
- A “Scan To” option within the main screen that supports uploading to Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive without any third-party app solutions, and with Oauth2 support so users don’t have to log in each time.
The scanning destinations available on the HP LaserJet M776zs are slightly more limited and include only Email, SMB, FTP, and SharePoint. Other features include:
- Embedded OCR, allowing users to scan documents into searchable PDFs, Text, RTF, HTML, and CSV formats.
- Preview function so users can zoom, add images, and make sure their scans are set the way they want them.
- Native scanning directly to Microsoft SharePoint, but without Oauth2 support.
A big difference between the two is that HP does not have any way to scan directly into secure cloud repositories, which could prove problematic for organizations that are more security conscious.
When it comes to printing, Xerox AltaLink devices have a print resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi, and allow for printing directly from Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive without any additional third-party solutions required.
The Xerox AltaLink C8145 is capable of long-sheet printing, also known as banner sized (52”), and is compatible with a multitude of finishing options that the LaserJet M776zs doesn’t provide, such as high-capacity paper trays and any finishing options like staple or hole punch.
The HP LaserJet M776zs has a print resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, meaning that fine prints might not be as crisp or as high-quality as Xerox prints. HP allows for native printing directly from Microsoft SharePoint only, which means a more limited cloud repository selection.
The HP LaserJet’s max length is only 18” and does not allow for banner printing.
When it comes to security, Xerox’s approach is proactive, whereas HP’s is remedial. Both brands utilize features such as Whitelisting, Run-Time Intrusion, and Sure Start, but HP uses a program known as “Self-Healing”, where after an anomaly is detected, the device must reboot, reload, and then is able to continue normal operations. Xerox devices automatically reject anomalies, eliminating the need for Self-Healing. In other words, HP’s security fixes threats after they have already gained access, whereas Xerox’s approach is prevention.
The biggest difference in apps and productivity-enhancing technology is that apps come preloaded on Xerox devices, through the Xerox App Gallery. Apps on HP devices have to be installed and enabled by service providers and can’t be directly accessed by customers.
Most of the apps available on the Xerox App Gallery have some form of equivalent available on HP technology, except for key apps such as:
- Connect for Remark Test Grading App
- Proofreader Service App
- Connect for DocuSign and SignNow
- Connect for Oracle NetSuite
Cost is a difficult thing to predict and measure because prices fluctuate depending on certain things. Adding more finishers and upgrades to your printer will obviously increase the price, but there are also special promotions that some vendors run, pre-negotiated special pricing that you could qualify for, and then also the gradual price shift over time depending on the current market.
For more insight into pricing and costs, read our article How Much Does Leasing/Purchasing a Copier Cost?
Without including any form of service agreements or price-per-print, the MSRP price for the HP LaserJet Pro M776zs is $5,499.99. The average price for the Xerox AltaLink C8145 is $10,300. The M776 was introduced to the market in November of 2019 and the C8145 was introduced in July of 2020.
Price per print is an important thing to understand when making a copier or printer purchase, so to learn more about the top 6 things to consider before buying a copier or printer, read this article.
Which is Right for You?
Both the Xerox AltaLink C8145 and HP LaserJet Pro M776zs are impressive models, and capable of producing excellent print jobs and performing additional functions. But now that you’ve seen the in-depth differences between them, your decision will be a bit easier to make, and you’ll feel confident knowing you’re making the right choice.
If you have any additional questions or need help understanding which printer will best fit your needs, feel free to reach out to us at any time and an experienced business consultant will be happy to assist you. If you’d like to read more comparison articles, check out our Xerox vs. HP article as well as these others: