HP shows off 'plug and print' driver installation for new laser jet printers

HP on Tuesday lifted the curtain on three new laser jet printers for small businesses, the first batch of HP devices to include the company's new "Smart Install" feature that eliminates the need for a separate driver installation CD. The HP team showed me this technology in a briefing last month. It streamlines the installation process down to one simple step: just plug a USB cable into the host computer and you're done--all the drivers you need to establish a connection are embedded within the printer's memory bank so there's no need for external media. Check out this video of the HP Smart Install in action.

HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn

HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn

  • Single-function laser printer
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Ethernet
  • Automatic duplexer (double-sided printing)
  • Auto-on/Auto-off technology

HP LaserJet Pro P1102w

HP LaserJet Pro P1102w

  • Single-function laser printer
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • Manual duplexer (double-sided printing)
  • Auto-on/Auto-Off technology

HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP

HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP

  • Single-function laser printer
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • Manual duplexer (double-sided printing)
  • Auto-on/Auto-off technology
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HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn

The Bottom Line: Fast, cheap, and compact, the HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn offers a winning combination of value and performance for home offices or small businesses in need of a monochrome laser printer. / Read full review

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HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP

The Bottom Line: The HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf is the company's cheapest monochrome multifunction laser printer. For the money, it earns our recommendation for its Smart Install feature and excellent value. / Read full review

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