HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw MFP
Styled more like one of its OfficeJet ink-jet machines, this HP laser all-in-one has rather ad hoc paper handling, with a fold-down 150-sheet tray and output to a fold-out "balcony" above. The 35-sheet ADF is comparatively bulky looking, but the neatly contained control panel is easy to use. The printer has wireless connection as standard, as well as USB and Ethernet. The print speed of up to 15.6ppm is reasonable for a machine at this price, though there's no duplex print. Print quality is good for text and greyscale graphics, though greyscale copies can be blotchy and hard to read. A page cost of 2.0p is fair for a sub-£200 all-in-one.
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HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf
Superficially similar to the HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw MFP, this machine has a couple of useful extras: duplex print and a cover for its paper tray. Oddly, though, there's no wireless connection, so it's hard to see where the higher price comes from. The control panel is full-width, leaving room for a well organised layout. Top speed, as measured, is 21ppm for single-sided pages and 13.5spm duplex. The print quality is good for text and reasonable for greyscales, though with some slight blotchiness. A page cost of 2.7p is also higher than its cheaper stablemate, so all in all its not that hot on value.
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One wonders about...
What protocols they support? What interfaces they have?
Re: One wonders about...
That's actually the most important question. Non postscript printers are a pain in the a*** to get running.
It needs to be mentioned that Kyocera often seem like a good printer for the price but you will be massively ripped off by their chipped toner cartridges.
They are chipped so your printer will only accept genuine Kyocera products and although they say that your cartridge will do X pages, it doesn't matter if you print a single letter on that page or even nothing at all, it will still count it as a page on the page counter.
I once opened a Kyocera cartridge that our Kyocera Mita FS-1020MFP had decided was empty and refused to print from.
I'm not joking....seriously....it was nearly full, but the chip made it a piece of junk.
And the cartridges are not cheap let me tell you.....
Bit of a rip off, I've decided to steer clear of Kyocera from now on.
Brother MFC-7460DN - £239 ? Ouch!
I purchased a MFC-7860DW about two months ago - for $250CDN.
It's the MFC-7860DN plus Wifi interface - you can D/L a free app to print and scan from iOS devices. Very happy.
Actually, I've had a few Brother printers over the years, they're great value. And work as advertised.
There’s a button for a direct screen print from an attached PC, which can be handy.
I have visions of someone walking past, pressing this button, and taking my screen print without my knowing now.