HP LaserJet Pro M227fdw MFP

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We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the switch to white shades the new HP MFPs and this one, specif­i­cally tar­get at the SME seg­ment, looks equally el­e­gant. Also, there has been a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in weight and this one at 9.4 kg is ex­tremely com­pact to han­dle. The MFP fea­tures an in­tu­itive 2.77 inch color LCD touch screen with h a scan- to- drive op­tion that al­lowsws users to send dig­i­tal files di­rect to a USB drive, email or net­work fold­ers. We’ve worked on MFPs with 3- inch color screens, so thiss one feels a tad too small for big fin­gers. Some­times we even slid the screen around in­stead of the in­tended press of an icon. The rec­om­mended monthly page vol­ume in out­put is be­tween 250-2500 pages, to op­ti­mise de­vice per­for­mance. How­ever, the monthly duty cy­cle can be as high as 30,000 pages, which in­di­cates the ro­bust­ness of this MFP.

The right mix of fea­tures for an SME: The HP LaserJet Pro M227fdw MFP serves up plenty of fea­tures to as­sist in an SME’s work­load in ad­di­tion to HP’s stan­dard ar­ray of print, copy, scan, and fax func­tions. This de­vice bun­dles in triple con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions by way of Eth­er­net, Wi- Fi, and mo­bile print ca­pa­bil­ity, as well as dou­ble- sided print­ing, a 35 sheet au­to­matic doc­u­ment feeder for hands-free scan­ning. The touch screen does a good job of pro­vid­ing a sim­ple and easy way to nav­i­gate through var­i­ous func­tions. The 250 sheet in­put tray is de­cent enough to han­dle light to mod­er­ate duty work­loads as a shared printer in a small of­fice en­vi­ron­ment. The sup­ported me­dia types in­clude pa­per ( laser, plain, photo, rough, vel­lum), en­velopes, la­bels, card­stock, and post­cards.

Ex­cel­lent print qual­ity: Set­ting up the MFP is easy with both USB or Eth­er­net and the in­stal­la­tion took only a few min­utes. It printed 23 B/W A4 pages in a minute with first page out in just 8 sec­onds, post warmup. The text looked sharp, crisp and highly read­able even at small font sizes. The out­put qual­ity of doc­u­ments is good enough for any busi­ness use. There were is­sues with pages curl­ing very slightly at the edges, so maybe this as­pect needs a bit of an im­prove­ment. It copied 22 B/W A4 pages in a minute giv­ing the first page out in 8 sec­onds. The print qual­ity in copy­ing is also good. You can take a max­i­mum of 99 copies at a time with size ad­justable from 25 to 400%. The copy res­o­lu­tion is 600x600 dpi. The USB print fea­ture also worked fine and read­able for­mats such as .jpeg, .pdf, .doc, .tiff, and .png.

You can di­rectly scan to USB drive from this MFP, the for­mat be­ing re­stricted to pdf and jpeg. Scan­ning a B/W A4 page to a USB drive took 12 sec­onds and scan­ning to a de­sired net­work folder took 15 sec­onds in pdf for­mat. The touch screen is quite re­spon­sive and reg­is­ter­ing the de­sired in­put is does not take much of an ef­fort.

We tried the HP AirPrint fea­ture to print from an iOS de­vice with­out an ad­di­tional ap­pli­ca­tion and it worked fine. The pro­pri­etary HP ePrint fea­ture also worked well. You can also print di­rectly through your smart­phone with­out be­ing con­nected to a net­work, through the Wi-Fi Di­rect print­ing fea­ture. The MFP also has the NFC touch-to-print en­abled, so you can sim­ply tap the smart­phone to the MFP at the spec­i­fied sen­sor spot and get the job done. Bot­tom­line: A good fit as an MFP for SMEs hav­ing light to mod­er­ate re­quire­ments. It de­liv­ers high­qual­ity text and graph­ics, is fast in speed, and also pro­vides mo­bile print­ing sup­port.

— Adeesh Sharma

Price: ` 27,299/-

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