HP provides a copy of ReadIRIS OCR software and a utility called LaserJet Scan, which simplifies scanning to files, e-mail and applications. The driver itself is fairly sparse, though it does offer scaling, watermarks and instructions for manual duplexing.
The LaserJet M1120 MFP is claimed to print up to 19ppm and in our tests completed the five-page text print, and the text and graphics prints, in 22 seconds, each. This equates to 13.6ppm, which is closer to the manufacturer's claim than many machines we test. A single page, 15 x 10cm photo print completed in 8 seconds, an excellent result for a printer in this class. Finally, a single page photocopy took 15 seconds, which is again a more than reasonable time.
Print quality from the machine is good, with well-formed characters down to small point sizes and no sign of stray toner. Greyscale patterns, used for reproducing coloured tints in originals also come through well, with little noticeable banding and a good range of dither patterns reproducing different tones. This is also true for printed photographs, which look clean and smooth, particularly at the device's top resolution, which is enhanced to 1200dpi.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for copies of greyscales. Using the flatbed scanner to produce photocopies works well for black text, but not for any greyscale material where shades of grey come through looking grainy and uneven, despite the scanner's 1200dpi native resolution. The scanner itself is a colour device, so can be used to scan photo prints, as well as working with the supplied OCR software.
There's just a single consumable in the LaserJet M1120 MFP, a drum and toner cartridge rated at 2,000, five per cent pages. A typical online cost of just under £40 for the cartridge gives a cost per print, including 0.7p for paper, of 2.81p. This is OK, but not as low as from some of its competitors, such as all-in-ones from Kyocera Mita.
For anybody who needs the extra functionality of an all-in-one printer, but has no need for colour print, this is a good personal device, which is convenient to use and produces high quality black print. It's not so good on photocopying greyscales, however, and the 2,000 page capacity of its drum and toner cartridge is not much more than from some inkjet cartridges. At the price, various ink-jet all-in-ones offer similar value and add colour into the value mix and though lower maintenance should be a good differentiator for lasers, it's not so obvious here.