Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
The American company Hewlett-Packard is one of the most famous and recognized manufacturers of computers, components and peripherals in the world. HP brand printers take a significant position in the company's production volume. Based on the recommendations of our experts, the editors have prepared a special rating of the best printers produced by this technology giant. The ten-item overview is divided into two groups based on color printing: the first group – color printers (regardless of technology), the second – only monochrome laser printers.
- Rating of the best HP printers
- Best HP color printers
- HP Color LaserJet Professional CP5225dn (CE712A)
- HP Designjet T520 914mm (CQ893E)
- HP Color LaserJet Pro M452dn
- HP Color LaserJet Pro M254nw
- HP Officejet Pro 6230 ePrinter
- Best HP black and white printers
- HP LaserJet Enterprise 700 Printer M712dn (CF236A)
- HP LaserJet Enterprise M608dn
- HP LaserJet Pro M402dw
- HP LaserJet Ultra M106w
- HP LaserJet Pro M104w
Rating of the best HP printers
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Best HP color printers||1||HP Color LaserJet Professional CP5225dn (CE712A)||RUB 92 110|
|2||HP Designjet T520 914mm (CQ893E)||40 657 RUB|
|3||HP Color LaserJet Pro M452dn||RUB 19,251|
|4||HP Color LaserJet Pro M254nw||RUB 11,415|
|5||HP Officejet Pro 6230 ePrinter||RUB 4,090|
|Best HP black and white printers||1||HP LaserJet Enterprise 700 Printer M712dn (CF236A)||RUB 98,690|
|2||HP LaserJet Enterprise M608dn||RUB 41 405|
|3||HP LaserJet Pro M402dw||RUB 17,255|
|4||HP LaserJet Ultra M106w||RUB 9 490|
|5||HP LaserJet Pro M104w||RUB 6,080|
Best HP color printers
In this part of the review, we take a look at the group of printers that received the highest ratings from our experts. Specific models have been selected to cover the needs of a wide variety of users. Therefore, printers differ significantly in printing technology – inkjet and laser, format – from the most common A4 to large format, productivity and, accordingly, cost.
HP Color LaserJet Professional CP5225dn (CE712A)
Let's start traditionally with the most expensive model with ample opportunities. This is a color 'laser' capable of printing on A3 media (this is not the least that determined its high cost).
The dimensions of the device are 545x338x599 mm and it weighs 40.9 kg. Despite such an impressive size and significant weight, the device implies desktop placement. In operation, it consumes up to 440 W of power from the mains, in standby mode – no more than 4.4 W. In terms of performance, this model is roughly designed for the average office with an approximate production of about 75 thousand prints in 30 days. Actual speed is 20 prints per minute in any color. The first print is issued after 17 seconds. Duplex is automatically activated.
Color printing is based on a 4-color base model using an appropriate number of individual cartridges. The highest level of image quality in terms of resolution – 600x600dpi. The capacity of each color cartridge is comparable to the estimated 7.3 thousand pages, black – 7 thousand pages.
The dimensions of the trays are as follows: automatic feed reservoir – up to 850 sheets, standard – 350 sheets; output – up to 250 sheets; manual feed – up to 100.
Despite the large format and, accordingly, high cost, the presented model surprisingly does not shine with an outstanding electronic control part: a processor with a modest 540 MHz frequency; RAM-memory – 192 MB, however, it can be upgraded to 448 MB. However, such a technological profile cannot be considered a direct drawback, since redundancy in the processor and memory is not the rarest phenomenon that significantly affects the cost.
In this series, only a wire connection is provided – directly to a computer via USB or shared over a local network.
The software part of the printer includes PostScript and PCL support, adaptation to operating systems Windows – families, Linux, MacOS.
- large maximum format;
- fault tolerance;
- combination of speed and productivity;
- Complaints about driver issues causing Out of Memory error.
HP Designjet T520 914mm (CQ893E)
The second number in our rating is a model that is fundamentally different from all the others. It is a large format printer with an exceptionally large maximum working format – A0. Principle of printing – thermal, inkjet, full color.
Dimensions of the device are 1292x932x530 mm, weight – 27.7 kg. These dimensions imply installation on the floor. Consumes 35 W of mains power in operation. Noise normally should not be higher than 48 dB. There is also little noise in standby mode – 16 dB. The control panel is equipped with a 4.3 ”color LCD display.
The color image is formed by combining inks of four basic shades, each from a separate cartridge. Black ink – pigment, color – water-soluble. The quality of prints in terms of resolution – 1200×1200 dpi in color and 2400×2400 dpi in b / w.
Let's consider the most important features of the device, which are important in the context of the purpose of large-format printers. Print speed can be illustrated with line graphs in b / w and color in A1 format in draft mode – exactly 70 prints per hour (or 35 seconds per page). Line printing accuracy varies within 0.1% with a line width of at least 0.07 mm. Carriers can be sheets (paper, photographic paper, films) with a width of 210 to 914 mm or rolls with a width of 279 to 914 mm with an outer roll diameter of up to 10 cm. The maximum carrier thickness is 0.3 mm, density is from 60 to 280 g / sq. meter. Photo printing is possible – there is a separate tray for the media. No stand provided.
The hardware and software part of the device includes the following features: wired and Wi-Fi connection; equipped with 1 GB RAM; AirPrint technology; availability of a web interface; availability of drivers for Windows, Linux, MacOS, iOS; no PostScript support.
- fault tolerance;
- wireless connection;
- quality of graphs, arbitrary images and photographs.
- not marked.
HP Color LaserJet Pro M452dn
Further in the rating, we will consider a more ordinary model – a color A4 laser with a very decent performance, which, according to conventional estimates, is enough to cover the needs of an average office – 50 thousand copies in 30 days.
Printer dimensions – 470x295x411 mm, net weight – 18.9 kg. The level of power consumption of the mains is up to 570 W during normal operation, while waiting – 17.6 W. The declared noise level is no more than 48 dB. Structurally and in terms of dimensions, it provides for desktop placement.
The quality of prints in terms of resolution – up to 600x600dpi regardless of the color mode. Duplex mode (2 sides) is activated on the fly. Actual speed is calculated at 27 prints per minute in any color. The first copy is issued after 8.90 seconds in b / w and 9.50 seconds in color. The color image is formed from four basic shades, each of which is supplied from a separate cartridge. The capacity of each cartridge corresponds to the conditional 2.3 thousand pages.
The system of feeding / discharging media in this series is organized as follows: a tank for automatic feeding with a capacity of 300 sheets; output place – 150 sheets; manual loading – 50 sheets. We recommend paper with a weight of 60 to 200 gsm. meter.
Key indicators of the technical and electronic part of the device: 256 MB of RAM, a processor with a core frequency of 1.2 GHz. Connection – direct via USB or shared via LAN. AirPrint is supported. There is a direct print function or via a web interface.
- simplicity of settings;
- availability of branded cartridges and ease of refilling;
- favorable price against the background of characteristics;
- elegant design.
- high quality 'pictures' only on new original (expensive) cartridges.
HP Color LaserJet Pro M254nw
Next in our rating is another interesting model of A4 color “laser” from Hewlett-Packard. In terms of estimated productivity, it is slightly inferior to the previous model – 40 thousand copies in 30 days, and already falls into the conditional 'small office' category. However, its price completely covers all these conventions, and the technical characteristics are quite at the level.
Printer dimensions – 392x247x435 mm, net weight – 13.8 kg. Obviously, with such dimensions, the installation is meant as a desktop one. In operation, it consumes up to 381 W of electrical power and produces noise up to 50 dB. While waiting, the power consumption is minimal – no more than 7.5 W.
A full-color image is formed according to the same principle as in the previous model – four basic colors, each from a separate cartridge. The capacity of the black cartridge corresponds to the conditional 1.4 thousand pages, of any color – 1.3 thousand pages.
The print quality in terms of resolution is up to 600x600dpi in both color modes. The speed of work in both modes is 21 copies per minute, the first print is issued after 10.70 sec in b / w and 12.10 sec in color. Duplex mode is automatically enabled.
Submission / delivery of media: reservoir for automatic paper feeding on 251 sheets; output – 100 sheets; manual feed – 1 sheet. Recommended paper for weight – 60 to 220 gsm. meter.
In terms of the electronic technical part, this model has both advantages over the previous one and weaker points. So, the RAM is half as much – 128 MB, the weaker processor is 800 MHz. But in terms of connection, this model has a noticeable plus – in addition to a wired connection via USB and a local network, connection is also possible via Wi-Fi. The native driver package includes support for operating systems Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS.
- there is a Wi-Fi connection;
- attractive price against the background of decent performance;
- ease of installation and operation;
- reliability and reliability.
- expensive original cartridges, difficulties with refilling.
HP Officejet Pro 6230 ePrinter
And completing the 'color' group of the ranking of the best HP printers according to the version is a super budget A4 inkjet printer, which is optimal for home use, as well as for a small office.
In terms of dimensions, this model is comparable to the above-described laser version – 464x145x385 mm, but in terms of weight – it is expectedly incommensurably lighter – 5.1 kg. In operation, it consumes up to 33 W, while waiting – 1.16 W. Placement – desktop. Printing technology – inkjet, thermal. Estimated productivity – about 15 thousand copies in 30 days. The input tray holds 225 sheets of paper, the output tray holds 60 sheets.
This model takes a very careful and thoughtful engineering approach to print quality assurance. So, there are five modes in total: draft, normal, high quality, photo printing and maximum resolution. In b / w mode, draft printing provides a resolution of 300x300dpi, high quality and photo printing – 600x600dpi, the highest quality – 1200x1200dpi. In full color, the first three modes, according to the manufacturer's official data, are in the 'Auto' mode, which implies optimal adjustment of the resolution, photo printing – 600x600dpi and the top-end mode – optimized quality 4800x1200dpi. The last 'outrageous' figure is the result of a complex imaging algorithm, not a pure resolution.
The layout of print speeds is as follows: draft – up to 29 copies per minute in b / w and up to 24 copies in color; standard ISO-printing – up to 18 copies in b / w and up to 10 in color; 2-sided automatic mode – up to 8 copies in b / w and up to 5 in color. The first print is issued after 16 seconds in b / w and after 18 seconds in color.
As for an inkjet printer, this model has quite remarkable electronics on board: a 500 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM. With the possibilities of connection paths, the situation here is the most attractive among all the models in the selection – in addition to wired methods via USB and a local network, you can also connect the printer via Wi-Fi and even FireWire. AirPrint is supported too. No PostScript support. There are standard drivers for operating systems Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS.
- affordable cost;
- high quality printing with flexible engineering approach;
- many connection methods, including wireless;
- installs 'entry' on all compatible systems.
- quite noisy.
Best HP black and white printers
Now let's move on to the second selection in our ranking, which was made up only of HP laser printers with monochrome printing.
HP LaserJet Enterprise 700 Printer M712dn (CF236A)
First of all, we will present the most powerful, productive and expensive model, the capabilities of which are laid down by the developers on the basis of the most intensive operation in large offices or at enterprises of operational printing. The most important point is the maximum format – here it is A3.
Device dimensions – 568x392x596 mm, net weight – 38.5 kg. Operating power consumption – 786 W, while waiting – no more than 22 W. The declared maximum noise level is 56 dB.
The printer is capable of printing at 1200x1200dpi quality. Speed - 20 pages per minute for A3 and 41 ppm for A4. The first copy is issued after 10.50 s. Duplex mode is automatically activated. The estimated cartridge capacity is approximately 17.5 thousand copies.
Media feeding and outputting of finished prints are organized as follows. The ADF is very large at 4,600 sheets, but this is the maximum capacity, and the recommended capacity is 600 sheets. The output section holds 250 sheets. Manual feed slot – 100 sheets.
An ARM Cortex chip with a core frequency of 800 MHz is used as a central processor. Standard equipment with RAM-memory – 512 MB, available upgrade up to 1 GB. Connection is possible directly to a computer / server via USB or to a local network via an RJ-45 port.
Other features of the model: PostScript support, direct printing, built-in web-interface, availability of drivers for operating systems of the family Windows, as well as for MacOS.
- huge auto-feed tray;
- capacious cartridge, no problems with refilling or analogs;
- large maximum media format.
- no pronounced disadvantages were found.
HP LaserJet Enterprise M608dn
The second number in this collection of ratings is another high-performance model for the large office. Estimated performance is more than impressive – 275,000 copies in 30 days. At the same time, the printer is more than half the price of the previous one, and the main factor of this is already the limitation on the A4 format.
The linear dimensions of the device are 431x380x466 mm, the net weight is 21.6 kg. In active operation mode it consumes up to 780 W of electricity, in standby – no more than 15.3 W. The nominal noise level declared by the manufacturer is not higher than 55 dB.
As regards the quality of the 'picture', this model has exactly the same capabilities as the previous one – up to 1200x1200dpi resolution. As for the print speed, in this case it is much higher – up to 61 copies per minute. The first print is issued after 5.40 sec. Duplex turns on 'on the fly'. The capacity of the cartridge corresponds to the conditional 11 thousand copies.
Media feed and output of finished prints are structured as follows: Automatic feed reservoir for 4400 sheets maximum; compartment for output – up to 1300 sheets; manual feed – up to 100 sheets. It is recommended to use paper with a weight of 60 to 199 gsm. meter.
The standard RAM-memory of this model is 512 MB and a very decent “gap” for an upgrade is also provided – up to 1536 MB. The processor is also quite serious – with a core clock frequency of 1.2 GHz. Connection methods – local network (RJ-45 interface) or direct connection to a PC via USB. Has its own web interface, AirPrint and PostScript support, direct printing. Native drivers allow you to install the printer on systems Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS.
- extremely high speed;
- one of the best combinations of performance and cost;
- fault tolerance;
- powerful electronics.
- many users are sorely lacking in wireless connectivity.
HP LaserJet Pro M402dw
The rating is continued by a medium-sized A4 printer with more modest productivity indicators – up to 80 thousand copies in 30 days. However, in terms of other characteristics, the device is of a fairly decent level, and at a price more than half the price of the previous one.
Body dimensions – 381x216x357 mm, net weight of the printer – only 8.58 kg. Power consumption under workload – up to 591 watts, while pending – 6.1 watts. Noise declared by the manufacturer is not higher than 54 dB.
The print quality in terms of resolution is equal to the two previous solutions – 1200x1200dpi. The speed of production of prints – up to 38 copies in 60 seconds, the first is issued after 5.70 sec. Duplex mode is automatically activated. The toner cartridge capacity is based on an average of 3.1 thousand copies.
The supply of sources and the issuance of copies is organized as follows: an auto-feed tank with a capacity of 900 sheets (recommended – 350), an output slot with a capacity of 150 sheets; manual loading – 100 sheets. Recommended paper weights between 60 and 175 gsm. meter.
The standard RAM in printers of this series is four times less than that of the previous solution – 128 MB and is not subject to upgrade; but the processor is exactly the same in terms of power – 1.2 GHz core clock speed.
Communication with the printer is possible direct via the USB interface, via a local network (RJ-45 port), as well as wireless – Wi-Fi of the 802.11n standard. AirPrint is supported, there is its own web interface, direct print function, PostScript support. The manufacturer's driver package enables the printer to be used on systems Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS.
- powerful processor;
- affordable price with sufficiently high performance;
- picture quality;
- wireless connection.
- no pronounced disadvantages were found.
HP LaserJet Ultra M106w
The penultimate model in the list of the best monochrome printers from HP is a good A4 solution for small office with an estimated productivity of 20 thousand prints in 30 days.
The dimensions of the device body are 365x191x247 mm, the net weight is minimal and comparable with inkjet printers – only 4.7 kg. Maximum power consumption in operating mode – 380 W, in standby mode – no more than 1.7 W. Noise declared by the manufacturer is not higher than 51 dB. The speed of production of prints – up to 22 pages in 60 seconds, the first copy is issued after 7.30 sec.
In this model, we can already see a noticeable drawdown in image resolution – the maximum is 600×600 dpi. But that's to be expected given its affordable cost. What is extremely remarkable is that the printer is equipped with cartridges. There are as many as three of them with standard toner refilling. This is a more than noticeable advantage, but one point distresses. The DRUM chip built into the printer keeps its own count of printed copies and, after the nominal value has expired, it 'makes a decision' about the need to replace consumables, at a time when both the toner can still have an impressive volume and the imaging drum is almost in perfect condition.
The feeding / dispensing system is structured as follows: an auto-feeding tank with a capacity of 160 sheets; output slot – 100 sheets; manual loading – 10 sheets. Recommended paper is 60 to 163 gsm. meter.
The amount of RAM is the same as in the previous model – 128 MB and cannot be expanded. The processor is two times weaker – 600 MHz. Connectivity options include 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB wired. No network connection. PostScript is not supported, only PCL 5e. Compatible with the 'native' drivers with operating systems Windows, Mac OS, iOS. There is AirPrint support.
- three cartridges included;
- compact and lightweight;
- wireless connection;
- the toner is separate from the print head.
- The DRUM chip negates the advantage of having three cartridges as standard.
HP LaserJet Pro M104w
Completing this selection of ratings, and at the same time the whole review, is a budget A4 printer with a relatively modest performance – about 10 thousand prints in 30 days, which, nevertheless, is in great demand due to all other characteristics.
The dimensions of the device are 365x332x467 mm, the weight is as minimal as that of the model above – 4.7 kg. Working power consumption – up to 380 W, while waiting – no more than 1.7 W. At maximum load, it emits a noise of no more than 51 dB.
Many parameters of this model completely coincide with the previous one: resolution of prints – maximum 600×600 dpi; speed – up to 22 pages per minute; first print out after 7.30 s; organization of trays – 160/100/10 sheets; recommended paper 60 to 163 gsm density meter; memory / processor – 128 MB / 600 MHz, respectively; Wi-Fi and USB connection; AirPrint; no PostScript support; driver package for Windows, Mac OS, iOS.
Another point in which this model loses to the previous one is the nominal toner cartridge life. Here it corresponds to the conventional 1400 copies.
- attractive cost;
- compact and lightweight;
- wireless connection.
- there are complaints about problems with standard drivers.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.