In between the personal desktop laser printer and the freestanding workgroup device sits a range which may effectively be called SOHO (small office, home office) lasers. They’re quicker when compared to the entry-level machines, usually about the 20ppm level, and usually have got duplex print built-in as standard. HP’s brand new LaserJet Pro P1566 is located within this group, having a performance appropriate to stake a claim inside the small business market, also.
All decked out in grey plastic, however with an industrial appearance, the machine fails to quite understand whether it is a permanent printing fixture or not. There is no discrete paper cassette, rather it will take as many as 250 sheets stacked on the inside of its front cover.
There’s a clip-on cover, so that you can keep the unit open without getting the paper messy. The extension on the output tray at the top of the device is likewise intended as a permanent installation and won’t fold in if you are not using the appliance. As much as 10 sheets of special-purpose paper can be loaded, making use of the paper tray cover as the feed surface.
The control panel includes four LEDs, with regards to power, data, error conditions and also low toner. There are two push buttons so that you can feed paper as well as terminate a print job. Behind are sockets for USB and also Ethernet, even though this particular unit does not have any wireless capability as standard but you may add a wireless server.
Lift up the top cover and you have the means to access the single-piece drum and toner cartridge, which slots in very easily.
Drivers for Windows as well as OS X are supplied on the CD and Linux as well as UNIX drivers are obtainable via download.
HP boasts speeds up to 25ppm for the P1606dn, but our five-page text print provided a rate of 13.6ppm. The 20 page text print, however, raises this to 21.4ppm, while the 5-page text and graphics print split the difference at 17.7ppm. A 15 x 10cm picture with an A4 sheet required seven seconds in order to print.
These rates are very good and they are partially as a result of the extremely brief wake-up period before printing begins. HP boasts its ‘instant-on’ fuser allows first pages to emerge in seven seconds and we wouldn’t argue with this.
Duplex print is likewise quick, with exactly the same 20-side document printing to 10 pages in 1:24, a rate of 14.3 sides per minute. This is fast enough to put the appliance to duplex by default and make consequent paper savings.
Print quality is usually excellent. Black text is sharp as well as heavy and no indication of toner spatter. When it came to line graphics, though, we did notice a few irregularities along trailing edges of horizontal lines. These were inconsistent, certainly not appearing on every page, and could have been a teething condition.
Greyscale fills are really good, with a decent variety of greys without any indications of banding. Black text over grey turned out nicely, also and our test photographic print appeared very good, with a lot of shadow detail, in addition to finely reproduced objects within the foreground. The printer’s increased 1,200dpi resolution is actually the default with regard to this type of print, yet won’t slow the printer down whatsoever, so far as we were able to gauge.
There is actually just one consumable with regard to this specific device, a 2,100-page HP LaserJet Pro P1566 printer toner cartridge.
The HP LaserJet Pro P1566 posseses an all-around performance making it really worth thinking about should you happen to be within the SOHO category.
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