Review Price £430.00
Although you can buy a colour laser or inkjet multifunction printer for under £200, such a machine won't be suitable for intensive workloads. HP's LaserJet Pro 300 Color MFP M375nw, which must have one of the most convoluted model names yet devised, is a couple of levels above this and is suitable for colour and mono print needs in a small business.
This is quite a substantial machine, but with a smart black and white livery and a modular appearance to its touchscreen control panel, which sets the machine off in a smart, well-stated style. The controls are split between an 89mm touchscreen and a series of six, dedicated touch buttons, arranged in columns down either side of the screen. They are all quite responsive, though they're not gesture sensitive and respond only to firm presses.
The flatbed scanner, with a jauntily curved, 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), has extending hinges so you can easily scan bound originals, as well as single sheets.
Below the control panel is a single USB socket, which can be used for direct printing and scanning to file via a USB drive. The main power switch sits further down the panel, but the machine is good at suspending itself when not in use so, in most offices, it will probably be left turned on.
There's a single, 250-sheet paper tray at the bottom of the front panel, with a fold down and pull-out, 50-sheet multi-purpose tray directly above. An optional, second 250-sheet tray can be fitted under the machine. Even without this, though, at a weight of nearly 30kg, this isn't a machine you want to move around a lot.
At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet, but the HP LaserJet Pro 300 Color MFP M375nw also supports wireless networking and this gives access to extra facilities. These include direct print via AirPrint or Wireless Direct and remote printing via HP's own ePrint. We tried the last two from a Samsung Galaxy Mini and they worked without problem, though with little feedback, until the printer started to print.
Software includes ReadIRIS Pro and the cartridges are easy to install, as they all slot into a tray, which pulls out from the front of the machine. The photoconductor drum appears to be a lifetime component, as it's not quoted as a consumable and there are no instructions for replacing it.
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