HP Laser­jet Pro M15W

Meet the world’s small­est bud­get laser printer.

APC Australia - - CONTENTS - JIM HILL

The HP Laser­Jet Pro M15w is aimed squarely at the boom­ing mi­cro econ­omy and the le­gions of work­ers whose home is also their of­fice, be­cause HP’s lat­est laser­jet is not only the small­est in its class, but the cheap­est too.

The M15w may be a very ba­sic print-only mono­chrome printer with just one in­put tray that will only take A4 and a few smaller pa­per sizes. You won’t find fancy fea­tures like du­plex print­ing here and if you re­quire a flatbed scan­ner, then you should wait for the sim­i­larly styled HP Laser­Jet Pro MFP 28w.

What the M15w of­fers is a fast print­ing (19ppm), with the econ­omy and con­sis­tency as­so­ci­ated with laser­jet tech­nol­ogy, in a com­pact unit that takes up lit­tle more desk area than a sheet of A4. And while there are few fea­tures on board (there’s not even an LCD dis­play) it is equipped with Wi-Fi and is sup­ported by an ex­cel­lent smart­phone app, which makes in­stal­la­tion easy and adds func­tion­al­ity such as scan­ning and print­ing from the cloud.

The en­tic­ing price of $119 in­cludes a toner car­tridge, which alone costs $80, so your on-go­ing print cost works out to be low.

HP has de­signed the Laser­Jet Pro M15w for the mi­cro home of­fice and who would be­grudge such an un­ob­tru­sive printer on their desk at home? The two trays fold away neatly, so that the foot­print is only a lit­tle larger than a sheet of A4, and it stands no taller than the av­er­age smart­phone.

There’s no LCD dis­play and only three but­tons, which didn’t prove to be a dis­ad­van­tage. It makes no noise at all in standby mode, so this printer won’t dis­tract you while you’re work­ing. Ac­tual print­ing it is rather noisy, but it prints quickly, so it won’t an­noy you for long.

To keep the size and cost of the HP Laser­Jet Pro M15w to a min­i­mum, the fea­ture-set is also some­what min­imised. There’s only room for one pa­per tray, for ex­am­ple, and that’s lim­ited to 150 sheets of A4, or A5 pa­per, or ten DL, or C4 en­velopes. Other sizes can’t be fed in­side.

Thanks to a slick smart­phone app, the HP Laser­Jet Pro M15w is prob­a­bly the eas­i­est to in­stall, of any printer we have tested. Just turn the printer on and the app will lo­cate its Wi-Fi sig­nal and get it to join your net­work. Al­ter­na­tively, you can con­nect via Wi-Fi Di­rect, or the USB ca­ble.

The HP Laser­Jet Pro M15w printed promptly and re­li­ably through­out the test and churned out pages at least as fast as its quoted 19ppm, if not faster. A4 and A5 pa­per passes though so quickly that it’s al­most a sur­prise to see any­thing printed on it at all. Only DL en­velopes seemed to slow it down, be­cause they only just fit in the tray and rub the sides on the way through.

The shoe­box-sized HP Laser­Jet Pro M15w can print a thou­sand doc­u­ments con­sis­tently and quickly on a sin­gle toner car­tridge and costs less than many of its inkjet ri­vals.

“What the M15w of­fers is a fast print­ing (19ppm), with the econ­omy and con­sis­tency as­so­ci­ated with laser­jet tech­nol­ogy, in a com­pact unit that takes up lit­tle more desk area than a sheet of A4.”

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