HP cites the printer's monthly duty cycle (maximum pages per allotted time) as 8,000 pages with a recommended volume of 250 to 2,000 sheets. A replacement toner cartridge for the LaserJet M1217nfw costs $68 and lasts approximately 1,600 pages, which factors to a budget-friendly 4.2 cents per sheet. A common practice with office printers is to include an "introductory" laser cartridge that doesn't reach the standard capacity to push the initial hardware cost low, so please note that the introductory cartridge included with the M1217nfw will run out faster than the average replacement. Large offices looking for a shared workhorse will need to spend more for a more robust machine, with a higher duty cycle, higher-capacity toner, and lower cost-per-page figures.
The HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw displayed consistent results across CNET Labs' three monochrome speed tests: text, graphics, and presentation. The 15- to 16-page-per-minute (ppm) range comes impressively close to the 19 ppm figure HP claims.
Compared with the recently reviewed single-function mono lasers such as the Brother MFC-2270, the HP LaserJet P1606dn, and the Samsung ML-2525W, the M1217nfw brings up the rear by 3 to 5 pages per minute. Given its low price and impressive set of features, the HP LaserJet M1212nf still puts up a good fight in lab testing, although impatient users will find shorter wait times with the competing lasers.
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The HP'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 HP LaserJet P1606dn. Some banding in grayscale graphics is evident as well, but nothing that would prevent you from using the M1217nfw to create professional materials for your business.
Service and support
HP backs the LaserJet Pro M1217nfw with a standard one-year warranty, which includes 24-7 toll-free phone support and live Webchat 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, the LaserJet Pro M1217nfw 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 and wireless networking, an ADF, quick print speeds, and a dead-simple setup procedure, amounting to a very reasonable value for $250.
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