Review Price £86.28
HP LaserJet P1102w - Mono Laser Printer
One of the recent technologies to infiltrate the printer market is wireless. Where a Wi-Fi connection used to be included only on a limited number of models in a range and then in the more expensive, premium products, it's now becoming increasingly ubiquitous. HP's brand-new, £100 LaserJet P1102w has wireless, complete with a button to turn it on and off.
This printer has very modest dimensions, mainly because it's input and output trays fold out only when needed. The 150-sheet input tray folds down from the front panel and the paper stop slides out to the front. Cleverly positioned above the main input tray is a 10-sheet priority feeder for envelopes or special media, which is unusual in a machine at this end of the market.
The output tray folds out from the top panel, where it looks a little incongruous and a small paper stop flips up to help keep output documents neat.
The top panel has a textured black inset, while the surround is high-gloss black plastic, with a small control panel down the left-hand side, including indicators for wireless connection, errors and power and two buttons for wireless and job cancel.
The blue wireless indicator goes off when the printer switches to sleep mode, which is illogical, as the printer wouldn't wake to print if the link wasn't still active. Most wireless printers leave their connection light on, even when sleeping.
A small cut-out at the back of the left-hand side panel takes a USB cable and a temporary USB connection is necessary even if you intend to use the printer through Wi-Fi.
Lift the top cover and you have access to the small, discreet drum and toner cartridge, which slots down deep into the bowels of the printer. This is an easy-to-fit consumable, rated at 1,600 pages and is the only consumable in the machine.
HP provides 32-bit and 64-bit divers for Windows XP, Vista and 7, and for OS X from version 10.4. There's also a Linux driver available for download. There's not much other software.