The HP Smart Tank Plus 578 is a multifunction color inkjet printer with an automatic document feeder that is called “without cartridges” because it has ink tanks on board.

At first glance, the printer is a classic printer. However, there are transparent slots on the front that allow you to see the ink level of the four reservoirs.

As with other ink tank printers, the installation of this Smart Tank includes filling the tanks. In the case of HP, it is also necessary to install the printheads, but access is not very easy.

However, we appreciate the printer’s alignment process, which corrects any misalignment by scanning a test page printed by the printer itself.

So the user hardly has to do anything other than place the test sheet on the scanner glass. The printer is quite large (44.9 x 37.3 x 19.8 cm).

In addition, you need about 10 cm more above, 10 cm more behind and 20 cm more in front of the HP Smart Tank Plus 578 printer to feed and release the paper.

The printer’s only 100-sheet paper feeder is at the rear. We would have preferred a paper cassette on the front of the printer, less prominent and would have prevented the sheets from being left out in the open.

The automatic document feeder has a capacity of 35 sheets and the paper output tray has a capacity of 30 sheets. The control panel consists of a 5.89 cm (2.2”) monochrome touchscreen.

The latter, not tiltable and with mediocre viewing angles, is much too small to navigate comfortably. Above all, this touchscreen is quite responsive to touch and can therefore be difficult to use.

Physical keys to navigate between menus would have been much more practical. The printer delivers fast scans and copies.

For example, it takes just 7 seconds to scan an A4 document at 100 dpi black and white and 10 seconds to scan a 10 x 15 cm photo at 300 dpi in color.

Copies take 8 seconds for a monochrome document and 17 seconds for color. Unfortunately, the quality of the renderings isn’t quite there. The copies remain legible, but the loss of quality is noticeable.

For the rest, the connection is kept to a minimum with the mere presence of a USB-B port. The HP Smart Tank Plus 578 also manages Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct printing. Unfortunately, an automatic two-sided mode is missing.

HP Smart Tank Plus 578 Manual PDF

Download HP Smart Tank Plus 578 manual for Windows and macOS

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Download HP Smart Tank Plus 578 User Guide

The guide below contains all the tutorials from beginning to advanced guide to using your printer.

HP Smart Tank Plus 578 User’s Guide
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