The HP LaserJet M211dw caught my eye for one very good reason: Affordable laser printing while not packing other stuff such as a scanner bed that I don't really quite need. What surprised me was how compact the printer was. I'm used to big-ish laserjet printers in the office, so the smaller M211dw definitely raised an eyebrow.
- Black and white prints only
- 29ppm (single-sided)
- Dual-band Wi-Fi, LAN, USB
- Apple AirPrint, Wi-Fi Direct printing
The smaller size of the M211dw means you'll mostly be printing A4 and below only. But in a home office or a smaller office? That's all you need. The compact form factor also means it's easier to find a spot for it, compared to say, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9010 All-in-One Printer. Setting it up is easy too, because it comes mostly ready to use. You'll just need to remove all of the tape, put in the power plug and tray, and you're all set.
Like other newer HP printers, you can use your phone to quickly set up the M211dw. The HP Smart app makes it easy. It detects the printer waiting to be set up, then you just sign the printer up to your Wi-Fi network. You will also need to verify that you're next to the printer, too. Then you can basically get printing right away. The app can also show you how much toner you have left, too.
If there's one thing that this HP printer does well, it is the fast printing speed. I printed 10 single-sided pages in about 37 seconds — though this test included some pictures as well. It did take about 8 to 10 seconds to start up, so if you take that away it's about 3 seconds or less per page. For 10 double-sided prints, it takes a bit longer, at about 46 seconds total. That's still about 3.8 seconds per double-sided page, after factoring the initial start up. The toner cartridge, the HP136A, lasts for around 1,150 pages and cost about S$72. That puts it at around 7 cents per page. This is a bit expensive, especially when compared to inkjets. But the print quality is sharp and crisp.
At S$199, the HP LaserJet M211dw is fine if you're looking for a home office printer. It's quick to print two-sided pages if that's what you print often. I do want to point out it's a bit more expensive per page compared with inkjet printers. The compact size is definitely something to consider as well. There's also a non-wireless version you can get for cheaper at S$165. Get it from HP's online store.
Note: Review unit provided by HP.
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