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The HP Laser Pro 1102W is a compact monochrome laser printer designed for the home office. It's purely a printer so it's a simple design. It has a main paper tray and additional sheet feed - handy if you're switching between plain and headed paper - and it has wi-fi connectivity.
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Review details
Test Date 1 September 2010
Reviewed using current test programme We improved our test programme in 2011. Scores for printers tested previously are not directly comparable to models tested since August 2011. No
Recently tested No
Tested for occasional printing cost Some printers use ink to clean their print heads. This increases the cost of printing if you print occasionally and turn the printer off  between uses. In September 2012 we introduced a test to determine the cost impact of leaving time between prints. Select 'yes' to view printers that have undergone the occasional printing test. No
Specification
Printer type Standard printer
Print Technology Laser
Colour or Mono Mono: Black and white printing only Mono
Print on A3 Whether the printer can print on A3 paper No
Suited to photo printing Printers listed include those from ranges designed for photo printing and models that include both a preview screen and option to print from memory card and/or cameras (via PictBridge) which are more popular if you want to print photos at home. Printers not labelled as 'suited to photo printing' here may still have the ability to print photos from a computer. No
Home office printer Laser printers, inkjet printers from ranges designed for office tasks and models with automatic document feeders. Yes
Dimensions hxwxd We measure dimensions when the printer is open and ready to use, including any extra space used by the solid part of the cable where it enters the printer. This is why our figures are often different, or larger, than those supplied by manufacturers. All dimensions are given in centimetres. 19x35x45
Separate Colour Cartridge Combined cartridges generally cost you more in long-term running costs that separate cartridges, particularly if you print photos. No
Does the printer have a preview screen? Printing photos from memory card is easiest with an LCD preview screen. No
Supported Operating Systems
Vista Whether or not the printer supports the Microsoft Vista operating system directly out of the box. You may be able to download an alternative driver from a freeware site but some printing features may be lost. NS means that the manufacturer has not stated if there is a driver avaialbel for this operating system. Yes
Windows 7 Whether or not the printer is compatible with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. For models tested prior to November 2009 we list whether a driver update for Windows 7 is available from the manufacturers' websites. Yes
Windows 8 Windows 8 compatibility of the printer at the time of testing. Models marked 'no' were not compatible at the time of testing and those marked 'not tested' were tested before Windows 8. For these printers, check the manufacturer's website to find out if a Windows 8 driver is now available. Not tested
Mac OS10 Whether or not the printer supports the Mac OS10 operating system directly out of the box. You may be able to download an alternative driver from a freeware site but some printing features may be lost. 'Not stated' means that the manufacturer has not stated if there is a driver available for this operating system. Yes
Connectivity
Bluetooth We only provide details for printers that have Bluetooth built in. Others may offer optional Bluetooth printing which will require you to buy an adaptor at an additional cost. No
Ethernet No
WLAN (WiFi) Yes
Printing photos
Prints via PictBridge No
Memory Card slots No
Additional Features
Integrated fax A fax feature is only available on selected all-in-one printers. Here we refer to printers with fax functions that use a phone line, not models that only have an eFax function. No
Automatic Document Feeder An automatic document feeder is useful for scanning or photocopying large documents. This feature is only available on all in one printers. No
Slide scanner No
Borderless printing possible Printers returning 'yes' for borderless printing can print a full size 6x4 inch photo and A4 photo without leaving a white border around the edge of the page. However, some cropping of the image is likely, so the very edges of the image my be lost. na
Auto duplexing If a printer has auto duplexing it means you can set the printer up to automatically print on both sides of a page. No
Double sided scan and copy No
Google CloudPrint Google CloudPrint lets you print wirelessly from devices over the internet via Google's cloud. Not tested
Print from smartphone Whether the printer claimed compatibility with the printer manufacturer's smartphone print app at time of testing. Not tested
AirPrint compatible Whether the printer claimed compatibility with Apple AirPrint at time of testing. Yes
What can it print on?
Maximum page weight (gsm) The maximum page thickness in grams per square metre (gsm) that the printer is compatible with. For models with a tray at the back of the printer and a second one underneath, the rear feed is usually one that takes thicker paper. Not recorded
Printing directly on to CD No
Print on transparencies Does the printer claim to be able to print on transparent sheets? Not recorded
Continuous print costs
10 Black text documents (£) The estimated cost of ten A4 plain black text documents. Prices are based on continuously printing  documents which doesn't take into account ink used by an inkjet printer to clean the print heads over time. Costs should be taken as a guide only. 0.41
Graphics (£) The estimated cost of one A4 colour graphics document (spreadsheet) for colour printers. Mono laser printers cannot print in colour - any price given here for mono printers will be for a black and white graphics print. Prices are based on continuously printing  documents which doesn't take into account ink used by an inkjet printer to clean the print heads over time. Costs should be taken as a guide only. 0.09
Cartridges used in testing
Black cartridge This is the black ink or toner cartridge we used in our tests. High capacity cartridges are used where available. 85A

HP Laserjet Pro P1102w

  • Launch date: Apr 2010
  • Type: Standard printer
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