- Fast first page out
- Relatively fast duplex print
- Above average print quality
- Only simplex scanner
- No wireless connection
- Greyscale fills can be blotchy
HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf
Laser multifunction printers continue to grow in popularity and HP probably has the longest manufacturing history of any supplier. The LaserJet Pro M1536dnf MFP uses a relatively fast laser engine, complete with duplex print and builds it into a small footprint, but high-profile machine for the small to medium office.
There's not much striking about the design of the machine. All in textured and high-gloss black, it looks purposeful, but not particularly elegant. The 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) on the flatbed scanner has a cheery little quiff at its end, and token curves mark out the corners of all the paper trays.
The control panel is logically laid out and is set around a 2-line by 16-character mono LCD display. To the left is a numeric pad for fax dialling, with a set of four fax-related buttons to its left and then finally five quick-dial keys, which look like an afterthought, as they don't quite sit on the textured control panel. To the right of the display are five buttons for menu navigation and at the extreme right a further five handle copy functions.
The whole of the scanner section hinges up, unusual for a laser multifunction, and the cover to the laser printer section lifts up to give access to the combined drum and toner cartridge, which slots down deep into the middle of the printer.
The main paper tray is formed by the front cover which hinges down and HP provides a chunky, industrial-look paper tray cover, which also acts as a feed tray for the 10-sheet, multi-purpose feed. There's a power button to the left of the paper trays and at the back are sockets for USB, Ethernet, phone line and optional third-party handset.
There's no wireless option on this printer, but if you connect it as a network machine, you can sign up and use it with HP's ePrint system. Documents can then be e-mailed directly to the LaserJet Pro M1536dnf MFP, if that is your delight.
Drivers are provided for Windows, OS X and a wide range of Linux implementations and both Postscript in emulation and HP's own PCL6. ReadIRIS software is there for OCR and HP's own fax and scan utilities complete the suite.
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