There is now a laser printer for the eBay merchant, the HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color MFP M275nw. Well OK, you could use it for other things, but the key feature of this machine is its scanner, which is really more of a rostrum camera. Most flatbed scanners have a focal length of a few millimetres and are only really suitable for scanning paper originals, but this machine can handle objects up to around 150mm high. HP has incorporated it into a small business, colour laser all-in-one and we’re not completely clear of the logic to this.
The scanner looks quite a bit different from the norm, as for a start it isn’t integrated with the laser printer engine. The scanner head, which is an 8Mpixel camera with LED flash lamps set either side of it, is mounted on a folding arm which sits about 200mm above the scanner tray. The tray is a single, white sheet of plastic, which is removable for when you need to change the printer’s toner cartridges or photoconductor drum.
Below the tray and to the left is an 89mm touchscreen, with dedicated touch buttons down either side. This is on a ratcheted support, so it can sit at any of seven angles, but you do have to press the touch screen quite hard to operate on-screen buttons and this can ratchet the screen down, which is annoying.
Many colour lasers have a front panel USB socket, not just for secure printing, but for scanning to PDF or jpg files in a USB drive. Given the novelty of the scanner, which might well be used for direct scanning, it’s surprising there’s no such socket on the machine.
There are USB and Ethernet ports at the back, though, and the machine will also link wirelessly, with fast, single button set-up, if the router supports WPS. HP has built ePrint and AirPrint protocols into the machine, so it can be configured quickly to print across the Internet and directly from Apple devices.
The printer comes with its cartridges and drum pre-installed, so set up is quick and the supplied software works well with the scanner, so you can quickly create a series of scans from the tray.