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00:42 – Hardware overview
01:04 – Toner cartridge and number of pages per cart
01:28 – Wireless networking
01:45 – Compatibility issues with iPhone / iPad and Chromebooks
01:59 – Android phone and tablet compatbility
02:16 – Power and USB connectors
02:20 – Printer setup
02:59 – Printing test
03:17 – Print speed
03:46 – Coverage and toner cartridge life
04:07 – Laser vs. Inkjet recommendation
04:23 – Conclusion and final thoughts
This printer is a great alternative to inkjet especially for people who are infrequent printers and don’t need color printing. Laser printers can sit idle for longer periods of time without having to go through a cleaning process that eats up expensive cartridges. Although the toner on this one costs about $53 to replace the printer itself is more efficient with consumables and is likely cheaper to operate on a per page basis.
Printing is fast and sharp as one would expect from an HP printer. It will connect to a wireless network to allow other computers in a home or office to also print to it.
My only gripe with this printer is that it’s not as easy to set up for Mac users as other current HP printers and lacks compatibility with iOS and Chromebooks. The Windows installation experience was a little easier than it was on the Mac.
Unlike many current printers iPhones and iPads will not see this as an available printer on the network. Additionally Chromebook users will not be able to print to it even if the HP Chrome extension is installed. An available plugin for Android phones and tablets does provide some compatibility for supported apps.
But if your plan is to primarily print from computers I think this is a good and affordable choice especially for infrequent printers who do not want to deal with an inkjet printer.
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