Hp Color Laserjet Pro M252Dw Review

Key Specifications

Review Price: £170.00Duplex print18ppm claimed đứng top speedMobile print from iOS và AndroidColour touchscreen controlUSB and Ethernet connections

What is the HP màu sắc LaserJet Pro M252dw?

The HP color LaserJet Pro M252dw is a small office or home office (SOHO) A4 colour tia laze printer with duplex printing, a colour touchscreen and compact form. It can be used over a wired network or wirelessly as with quick setup via NFC for some thiết bị di động devices.

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When we reviewed its predecessor, the HP LaserJet Pro 200 color M251nw SOHO colour laser, we gave it a good 7/10.

The new model, the more neatly named color LaserJet Pro M252dw, despite its similar number, has several significant upgrades.

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HP color LaserJet Pro M252dw – Design và Features

The case is brand new, sporting a slightly wedge-shaped, trắng finish with a dark grey inset on đứng top for the output đầu ra tray. A flip-up, 73mm colour touchscreen gives good control of the printer & can also be used to lớn display photo thumbnails or HP’s online apps. It’s nicely sensitive and supports swipes và touches.

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On the opposite side of the top cover is a socket for USB drives, protected by a rather flimsy-looking, spring-loaded flap. This is a more convenient position than the typical front panel socket.

At the bottom of the front panel is the main paper tray, which has a capacity of just 150-sheets. We’ve complained before that this capacity is too low for even a small office, where 250 sheets would be a better compromise. Even low-end inkjet printers offer this kind of capacity. There’s no option for an extra tray, either, though there is a single-sheet multipurpose feed, directly above the main tray.

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HP màu sắc LaserJet Pro M252dw – Drivers & Cartridges

The printer is compatible with HP’s own PCL printer language and with PostScript cấp độ 3 in emulation, so is equally happy connected to lớn a PC or a Mac. If you use its wireless connection, you mở cửa up a whole new field of direct and remote printing from a wide variety of devices, including those on iOS và Android platforms.

As well as being able to print via HP’s ePrint service, you can print directly from wireless devices & connect them using NFC tap-and-go, if they tư vấn this feature.

The four integrated drum & toner cartridges slot into a rack which pulls out from the front of the màu sắc LaserJet Pro M252dw, making it very quick & easy to maintain. Like the paper tray, we’d lượt thích to see a higher capacity lớn these cartridges, but now at least there are high-capacity versions of the colour as well as the black cartridges.

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HP color LaserJet Pro M252dw – Print Speeds

HP claims a vị trí cao nhất speed of 18ppm for the màu sắc LaserJet Pro M252dw, in both mono và colour print. We measured 8.8ppm on our 5-page mono text document, rising lớn a true 14ppm on the longer 20-page test. This isn’t bad for a colour tia laze in this price range.

Our five-page text & colour graphics document gave 8.3ppm và the 20-page document printed as a duplex kiểm tra – duplex print is now standard – gave a respectable 9.2 sides per minute. 15 x 10cm photos took between 14s from a USB drive, khổng lồ a rather laid-back 1 minute 12s from an game android smartphone.

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HP màu sắc LaserJet Pro M252dw – Print quality and Costs

The chất lượng of the prints is excellent on đen text, with crisp, dense characters và no sign of spatter. Solid colours are also just that: bright và with no banding and registration of black và colour is, in general, good.

Colour photos come through well-detailed & with good overall colours, though default settings make them slightly darker than the originals and some shadow detail is lost.

The printer is unusually quiet, with measured peaks of just 59dBA at half a metre.

Using the XL versions of the drum and toner cartridges gives page costs of 2.8p for black and 10.1p colour. These are both lower than the LaserJet Pro 200 màu sắc M251nw, with the colour cost being 2p per page cheaper. In comparison with other colour lasers in the same price range, it’s now highly competitive.

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Should I buy an HP color LaserJet Pro M252dw?

There are quite a few inexpensive colour laze printers around, including the Dell C1760nw và the Brother HL-3140CW. Both of these machines are noticeably cheaper than the HP offering, but the Dell is a lot more expensive to run, with a colour page cost of over 15p và neither machine offers duplex print. The Brother machine does have a 250-sheet paper tray, though.

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Verdict

There’s a lot to lượt thích about the HP màu sắc LaserJet Pro M252dw, from its smart looks to lớn its versatile wireless connection and duplex print. We’d like to see a higher capacity paper tray – or an option for a second tray – but other than that, it’s a very good choice for anybody who needs chất lượng black và colour laze print, without a high purchase cost.

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