HP LaserJet M1132MFP - Print Speed, Quality, Costs & Verdict

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One of the reasons the printers and all-in-ones we test rarely meet the speed specifications their manufacturers give them is that those makers don’t include the warm up time required for laser fusers and scanning lamps in their speed calculations. Here, though, both components are said to be instant-on and this is reflected in the speeds we measured.


Although this is a modestly priced device, HP rates it at 18ppm and our five-page text document took 23 seconds, giving it a speed of 13.0ppm. On the longer, 20-page document, this rose to 15.8ppm, so we could see this machine reaching its rated speed on long print runs.


It does start to print within a few seconds of sending a job, too, something we rarely see on any all-in-one, especially a budget machine. A 15 x 10cm photo print on an A4 sheet took just 11s.

While the printer is close to instant-on, the scanner still takes a while to start each scan, with half of the 26 second copy time we measured taken up before the scan head started to move.


The prints the LaserJet 1132 produced are more than adequate for general SOHO (small office, home office) use and the default 600dpi resolution produces clean and well-formed text characters. Greyscale graphics are a bit on the blotchy side though, with black text hard to read on some of the darker greys. Our test photo print, at the enhanced 1,200dpi resolution, is better than many, with darker shades showing up well.


Copies of printed greyscales are pretty hopeless, though, with darker tones coming out virtually black, so overprinted text is unreadable. Even lighter greys are very blotchy, so you’d be best leaving photocopying for text-based documents.


The single-piece drum and toner cartridge is the only consumable in this machine and there’s a single version of it with a yield of 1,600 pages. It costs around £50, giving a calculated cost per page of 3.9p. Although this is quite high, it’s no worse than many of its competitors, most of whom are only a few tenths of pence cheaper than their inkjet siblings. Gone are the days when laser print undercut inkjet by a big margin.

Verdict


HP’s LaserJet M1132MFP is a good, general-purpose, personal laser all-in-one and its easy installation and comparatively fast print get it off to a good start. The good quality text and graphics print is marred by poor photocopying of greyscale materials, but running costs are no worse than average and the design of the machine is only spoiled by the lack of a cover for the paper tray.