HP LaserJet P1102w Review

2010-04-19 16:09:24

Published on 2010-04-19 16:09:24

HP's new LaserJet P1102w mono laser printer is aimed at home users and small workgroups. Its small dimensions making it perfect if space is of a premium. Setting up the printer is a hassle-free process, with the toner cartridge easily accessed by opening the lid of the printer.

Both USB and Wireless connections are offered. If you opt for the latter, you'll still need to temporarily connect the USB cable up so as to configure the wireless settings. Given that many homes and businesses now use the newer 802.11n wi-fi standard, it is disappointing to discover that the LaserJet P1102w comes equipped with only 802.11b/g. There's also no wired Ethernet option, which is still widelely used in offices.

HP has made an effort to keep the P1102w's power consumption down, and when in standby mode wthe printer drew only 2W, which is very low. From this standby mode, pages are still printed relatively fast, with the first page appearing after a short 7 second warmup. The LaserJet P1102w almost reaches HP's quoted printing speed of 18ppm once it gets going.

With the LaserJet P1102w being a monochrome printer, the only consumable you need to worry about is the black CE285A toner cartridge, but with replacement cartridges costing £65 and lasting 1,600 pages, printing costs are on the expensive side at 4.1p per page.

If you're looking for a low-cost laser printer with built-in wireless, the LaserJet P1102w is worth considering. It's compact, reasonably fast and has decent print quality. However, with Epson's excellent, albeit USB-only Epson Aculaser M1200 available for under £50 and offering far cheaper running costs, the LaserJet P1102w does start to look a little expensive.

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