Laser printers don’t have the glamour they once had, but they’re still the doyens of nearly all small businesses. As such a new mono laser for from HP is definitely worth a look. The main thing about the ‘nw’ variant of the LaserJet 1022 is that it has 802.11g wireless networking built in. This means anybody with a home or office wireless network can print to the 1022nw without any physical data connection.
There’s nothing particularly surprising in the design of this printer – its cuboid case has only slightly curved edges to make it easier on the eye. Unfold the tray from the front cover and you can load it with up to 250 sheets of plain paper. There’s a smoked plastic cover which clips on top to keep dust off the paper and also to provide a multi-purpose feed, which can take up to 10 sheets of special media.
On top are two buttons, three indicator lights and a special blue light at the back to indicate a live network connection. The buttons turn the printer on and off-line and cancel a current job. At the back are sockets for a local USB 2.0 connection and 10/100 Ethernet. Most people paying the extra for the ‘nw’ version of this printer will be using it wirelessly, though.
The single-piece toner and developer cartridge slides into place under the top cover in a very easy obvious and positive way. It could hardly be easier to fit.
HP claims setting up the wireless connectivity is very easy, because it’s automatic. We can confirm this. We followed the simple instructions, and had the machine connected up and recognised within a few minutes. This statement doesn’t tell you the whole story, though.
If you’re connecting the printer into an infrastructure network (rather than an ad hoc set up), you have to connect it to your switch or hub via a network cable, before you start. You can then switch the printer on and wait for an IP address to be assigned to the printer, which you can check for by printing out a settings sheet. Finally, you disconnect the Ethernet cable and can then use the printer fully wirelessly.