Which all begs the question, why can’t it sign on wirelessly, too? If your hub is in an awkward place, or all the ports are used, it’s not that convenient to cable it up in order to install it. There is an answer though – security. If it tried to link into to a wireless network before being allocated an address the printer could sign up to your neighbour’s network.
Once the printer has an IP address, you run the driver installation on whichever PC or PCs you want to be able to print from and away you go. There’s still something of a sense of magic seeing pages being printed when there’s no visible connection between printer and PC. Practically, it means you can position the printer wherever you like and share it seamlessly with several computers.
Text prints, as is normal from HP, are very good. Dense black characters with crisp edges are the order of the day with little toner splatter to blur things. Graphics are also cleanly reproduced, though areas of tone are a little blotchy. This blotchiness is also apparent if you print photographic images, particular in skies and flesh tones, where you have continuous gradations of tone.
The LaserJet 1022nw is rated at 18ppm in draft mode and we saw over 10ppm in normal mode. Our text and graphics page printed in 13 seconds, giving over 4ppm, and this was the same for our photo sample. All these times are good for a printer in this class.
There’s just a single consumable in the LaserJet 1022nw, a 2,000 sheet toner and developer cartridge. The typical cost of this item gives a cost per five per cent cover page of 2p. This is a little higher than some mono lasers in this category, but still an acceptable rate.
What’s a bit more awkward is the cartridge’s page yield; 2,000, five per cent pages is not very much. Start printing graphics and that number drops considerably and even for personal use, you may find yourself changing cartridges more often than you would like. We’d like to see at least 3,000 pages, but better 4,000, on any laser printer which has pretensions to business use, even home office.
This is a neat and very easy to use mono laser printer, one of the first personal or home office lasers to have the convenience of wireless network connection. It provides fair print quality, is quick and is straightforward to maintain. Even in the home, though, the page yield of 2,000 pages per cartridge is low.