HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw review

A mono laser printer with a lot to offer

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We liked

The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw looks like a reliable workhorse and it doesn’t disappoint. As a laser printer, it really spits out paper at an impressive rate, but with amazingly little sound or fuss. The mechanism draws the paper through smoothly and we didn’t encounter a single paper jam during our testing.

The results look spectacular too, with each character printed with a delicate precision that’s simply beyond the reach of most inkjet printers. 

The interface is another win for HP because it uses an intuitive, smooth scrolling touchscreen in conjunction with slick software for your computer and your smartphone.

We disliked

Being a four-in-one MFP, this is a fairly bulky unit and you might be paying for features that you won’t use, like the fax for instance. It’s also a mono printer, so think carefully about what you’re likely to be printing on a daily basis.

If the price of the unit seems reasonable at £250 (around $320, AU$435), then you should be aware that HP toner cartridges are expensive: £86 (around $110, AU$150) for a replacement cartridge, to be precise.

Final verdict

It’s hard not to be impressed by the speed and quality of plain text documents as they quietly fill the out tray of the M227fdw. It seems to operate more swiftly and smoothly than most printers.

This LaserJet Pro manages to produce particularly fine print at high speeds, but remember that this is a mono printer. Also bear in mind that the scanner is somewhat limited by its 600 x 600 dpi resolution, and that replacement toner cartridges are expensive.

Jim Hill

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