The HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf displayed consistent results across CNET Labs' three monochrome speed tests--text, graphics, and presentation. Surprisingly, the 15- to 16-page-per-minute (ppm) range comes impressively close to the 19-ppm figure HP claims.
We haven't reviewed a mono multifunction laser in a while, making comparisons a bit tricky here. Against recently reviewed single-function mono lasers such as the Brother MFC-2270, the HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn, and the Samsung ML-2525W, the M1212nf trailed the pack by 3 ppm to 5 ppm. Given its low price and that much of it goes toward additional functionality instead of, say, a faster print engine, the HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf put on a good show in labs testing.
The LaserJet Pro M1212nf's copy speed, however, was a pokey 6 ppm. Slowing the copy process further were the two paper jams we experienced during testing.
We ran an anecdotal text-speed test with the printer set up on our Ethernet network and found it printed just as fast as when connected to our test bed via USB.
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The M1212nf's text and graphics quality are acceptable--text is crisp and legible down to 2-point font, but not quite as deep black in some smaller fonts as the P1606dn. Some banding in grayscale graphics is evident as well, but nothing that would prevent you from using the M1212nf to create professional materials for your business.
Service and support
HP backs the LaserJet Pro M1212nf with a standard one-year warranty, which includes 24-7 toll-free phone support and live Web chat during weekdays. HP's Web site also contains downloadable drivers, software, and manuals; e-mail tech support; FAQs; and a troubleshooting guide. You can return the product within 21 days of delivery.
As HP's cheapest multifunction laser printer, the LaserJet Pro M1212nf boasts a smart feature set and a compact design that will meet the needs of small offices on a budget. You get print, scan, copy, and fax in one device, along with wired networking, an ADF, quick print speeds, and a dead-simple setup procedure. Not a bad value for $200.
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