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HP LaserJet Pro M175NW review

Is this low-cost printer a false economy?

Our Verdict

For

  • Cheap to buy
  • Small and compact

Against

  • Mediocre performance
  • Tricky to set up

Laser printers offer three key advantages over the more common inkjet: high print speeds, cheap running costs and stellar text quality. Unfortunately, HP's LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP M175nw printer, scanner and copier fails to excel in any of these areas.

It's far from fast. Our 20-page test document took over five minutes to print – a poor result considering a HP Officejet inkjet printer can manage it in less than two.

Nor is it cheap to run. With 1,200-page black toner costing £55 per cartridge and its three 1,000- sheet colour cartridges £59 each, a text printing costs almost 4.6p per page and colour prints over 20p. This is expensive for a laser printer.

We've no complaints about the quality of its text printing, but it's nothing you couldn't achieve with an Officejet or a Canon pigment-black inkjet. It isn't suitable for photo printing either.

Setup can be problematic. The installer software used to connect it to your Wi-Fi network doesn't run in Lion and is flaky in Snow Leopard. Chances are you'll have to do it manually, which isn't easy if you're not used to Wi-Fi networking. It also lacks a card reader, has only manual Duplex and a two-line mono LCD screen.

On the positive side, it offers Ethernet and USB, has a small footprint, and offers AirPrint, ePrint and direct wireless printing. Even so, there's little reason to buy it over a similarly featured inkjet MFD.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLaser Multifunction Printer
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity150 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
USBYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)17
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)4
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)17
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)4
Product FamilyLaserJet Pro 100
Maximum Print Resolution600 x 600 dpi
Brand NameHP
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingManual
Media SizeLetter, Legal, Executive, Monarch, Envelope No. 10, A4, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, Executive - 267 mm x 184 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 127 mm x 203.20 mm, 215.90 mm x 330.20 mm, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle20000 pages per month
Recommended UsePlain Paper Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
EthernetYes
Maximum Copy Resolution300 x 300 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity150 sheets
Height337.8 mm
Width442 mm
Depth421.6 mm
Media TypeBond Paper, Brochure Paper, Colour Paper, Glossy Paper, Letterhead, Photo Paper, Plain Paper, Preprinted Paper, Pre-punched Paper, Recycled Paper, Rough Paper, Transparency, Label, Envelope, Card Stock, Postcard
Product Series100
Colour Depth30-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelM175NW
Product NameLaserJet Pro 100 M175NW Multifunction Printer
Processor Speed600 MHz
Product LineLaserJet Pro
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Manufacturer Part NumberCE866A#B19
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Produce professional-quality color at the office, and easily print, scan and copy, using HP's smallest color laser MFP. You can count on HP to deliver innovations that make it easy to print from any mobile device and to reduce energy use.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Standard Memory128 MB
Weight (Approximate)16.20 kg