HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw MFP review: HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw MFP

Performance
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.

Speed test (in pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Presentation (PPM)  
Black Graphics (PPM)  
Black Text (PPM)  
Samsung ML-2851ND
20.28 
21.8 
20.69 
HP LaserJet P1606dn
19.29 
22.5 
20.5 
Brother MFC-2270DW
18.15 
19.03 
18.64 
HP LaserJet M1217nfw
15.74 
15.34 
16.78 

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.

Conclusion
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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