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Printer Review: Hp Laserjet M1212NF Multifunction Laser Printer

Printer Review Hp Laserjet M1212NF Multifunction Laser Printer

The HP LaserJet M1212nf is an entry level, monochrome multifunction laser printer. As such, don’t expect to find features outfitted with top of the line MFPs. The design may have cut a few corners in terms of function but remember, this is an all in one unit. And getting a basic printer, copier, scanner and fax bundled into one machine more than compensates for the lack of add-on, value features. As a matter of fact, users will find the M1212nf MFP a considerate officemate, not only for the dependable functions but also for its quiet operation that does not add to the office noise decibel reading. Read further below for a rundown of the features of this MFP.

Compact and Easy to Operate. The unit definitely occupies minimal space and to think that 4 devices are integrated into the machine only compounds the benefits of a low profile printer with a small footprint. Owing to its black matte finish and compact size, the HP LaserJet M1212nf actually looks more like an inkjet than a laser printer, as the latter typically comes in corporate colors of gray or beige.  Of course, the two-line, back-lit LCD control panel set on the front, as well as the easy to operate navigation menus, are user friendly features that cannot be overlooked.

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Many users will probably be disappointed with the absence of a USB or Ethernet cable right out of the box. Said accessories are sold separately. But then again, installation is made so easy with HP’s Smart Install application that initial set up can be completed in just 5 minutes. In the same way, setting up the printer into a networked environment is likewise trouble free.

Operates at Ample Print Speeds. The unit comes designed with practical print and copy speeds of 19 ppm (pages per minute) for letter size media and 18 ppm for A4 size media.  But what’s remarkable about the HP LaserJet M1212nf is that it operates on Instant-on Technology.  Outfitted with the innovative instant on fuser assembly, the first page out time is pegged at less than 8.5 seconds.

Produces Standard Print Quality for Outputs. Set with a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi (dots per inch), users can expect printed monochrome text and graphics to be of acceptable, professional looking print quality. Meanwhile, the bundled scanner’s optical and enhanced resolution is set at a maximum of 1200 dpi and 19,200 dpi respectively.

Loads Media Conveniently. The unit does not include duplex printing in its features but it is conveniently equipped with a 35 sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and a 150 sheet input tray. These therefore limit user intervention in the print and copy of documents within the tray’s set capacity.

Designed for Home Office and Home Use. Duty cycle specified for the HP LaserJet M1212nf is up to 8,000 pages while the recommended monthly volume is from between 250 to 2,000 pages. Given the recommended monthly volume, the MFP is therefore ideal for use in a home office environment where print jobs are far from between in a given month.

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The replacement cartridge supplied by HP is rated with a print capacity of 1,600 pages and retails at around $68. At this rate, printing cost per page (CPP) is a decent 4.2 cents per page. Not bad for a high financed home office. But the price tag of a cartridge is a bit pricey to a regular home user.  Getting a HP LaserJet M1212nf compatible toner cartridge can likely reduce the CPP in half.

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