Printers: Compare features & prices HP Laserjet Pro P1102w review http://www.which.co.uk/technology/computing/reviews/printers/hp-laserjet-pro-p1102w/review/
The HP Laserjet Pro P1102w is a standalone mono laser printer - it can't scan or copy. It's reasonably affordable and prints graphics very quickly. It has wi-fi, so you can print to this standalone mono laser printer from laptops, smartphones, tablets and more. But what's the print quality like and is it cheap to run? We tested it to find out.
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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.
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.
Colour or Mono
Mono: Black and white printing only
Print on A3
Whether the printer can print on A3 paper
Aimed at 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.
Home office printer
Laser printers, inkjet printers from ranges designed for office tasks and models with automatic document feeders.
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.
Individual colour cartridges
Individual coloour cartridges can be change one at a time as they run out. A combined colour cartridge means that you will be throwing away three colours when one runs out, but they tend to be cheaper than individual colour cartridges.
Does the printer have a preview screen?
Printing photos from memory card is easiest with an LCD preview screen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ethernet is a wired method of connecting to your router or home network for printing from various devices on your home network.
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.
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.
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.
If a printer has auto duplexing it means you can set the printer up to automatically print on both sides of a page.
Google CloudPrint lets you print wirelessly from devices over the internet via Google's cloud.
Print from smartphone
Whether the printer claimed compatibility with the printer manufacturer's smartphone print app at time of testing.
Whether the printer claimed compatibility with Apple AirPrint at time of testing.
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.
Print on transparencies
Does the printer claim to be able to print on transparent sheets?
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.
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.
This is the black ink or toner cartridge we used in our tests. High capacity cartridges are used where available.