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First Look: HP Laserjet Pro

Erin Bennett tries out the HP Laserjet Pro M277dw multifunction laser printer.

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HP Laserjet Pro M277dw

The size of this printer surprised me, it took up half my desk! Connecting the printer to the WiFi network required installing HP software on my PC first – it comes with a disc or you can download it from HP’s website. To print from mobile devices, you’ll need the HP ePrint app. Once the software was installed, it was easy to find the printer on my WiFi network.

It has a USB port on the front and NFC (near field communication) connectivity for NFC-enabled devices, both of which let you print without needing a network.

Colour and black prints were clear and crisp, even when printing pages with text and graphics. However, its scanning of glossy magazine covers could have been better as the resulting images had slightly dull colours. Overall, it was fine for everyday use.

The 3-inch touchscreen was a good size, and its viewing angle could be adjusted. It has lots of features and delivers clear prints so, if you don’t mind its less-than-ideal scanning, it’s a good choice for a home office – if you have the space.

Essential specs

  • Minimum dimensions (WxDxH): 420 x 417 x 322mm
  • Dimensions with trays out (WxDxH): 420 x 1002 x 578mm
  • Weight: 16.3kg
  • Media types: Paper, photo paper, envelopes, labels, cards and transparencies.
  • Features: USB printing, fax, WiFi, WiFi direct, NFC, can scan to email, folder or USB.
  • Price: $449

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