HP 177fw Colour Laser Printer review…good enough for photos?

I was tired of expensive inkjet cartridges drying out between colour prints, and I wasn’t pleased with my old Samsung C1360 colour laser printers ability to print photos. They were flat, blocky and awful. So when it finally died I researched alternative small footprint (i.e. shelf friendly) colour laser printers. You can read the reviews elsewhere of apps, wifi, toner costs etc, all the usual stuff. I wanted to see how good it was! There was almost nothing photographically online to look at, just a few written reviews, and nothing on Youtube. And the various office stores had no printed photos to intelligently compare. But I liked the description of the HP 177, although slow, that didn’t bother a small volume user like me, and the photos were supposed to be good. Even better, its price had dropped. Well I was really impressed by so many things, a great scan feeder (use Vuescan to operate it, way better than the native HP app), superb home networking to other computers, iPhones and tablets, but the photos are outstanding. In this video I compare the photos against the original jpeg, and a high quality print off a Canon Pro-100, the gold standard of artist quality inkjets. The photo quality is terrific, and for the price and features, this is a great value for any small home/office network.

Comments

stv pls says:

printer is too close to side wall

izri1 says:

Great review. I have always thought that laser printers were absolutely horrible when it comes to printing photo’s. But your video shows your used laser is absolutely ok.
I am searching myself for a good laser printer wich does good photo printing. Is the printing resolution the most important or are there more things i have to watch when searching for laser printers that do good at photo printing?

1981Danne says:

Thanks for the review. Very easy to understand the photo quality of laser printer with your video. I think I go for a laser printer when it´s time to buy a new printer.

Chad Donald says:

have you had any problems with this printer in regards to the cartridge carousel? If you had a choice of this printer and the HP M277dw, which one would you buy?

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