First Look: HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP
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First Look: HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP

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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.

-Hi. I'm Justin Yu with with your First Look at the HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf Multifunction Printer. This entry-level monochrome printer cuts a few corners on the price, but other features like a 35-sheet auto document feeder and an HP smart install feature make this device a worthy sidekick for your small business or home office on a budget. You get print, scan, copy, and fax functionality in one device along with wired networking, an auto document feeder on top, quick print speeds, and a dead simple set-up procedure. That's not bad for $200. Aesthetically, the M1212nf looks more like a consumer inkjet than your typical corporate laser printer. There's two cutouts on each side that make it really easy to move around, and it only measures a foot high and 17 inches wide. We're also big fans of HP's smart install feature that preloads the drivers for the printer directly on the device itself, so all you have to do once you un-box it is to plug into a wall, connect it to your PC, turn on the printer, and smart install will do the rest. The printer itself features a two-line LCD status to keep you informed along with three lights and a numerical pad below the screen with two buttons for starting a copy or fax job. The 100-sheet paper input tray protrudes from the front of the printer and you also get a 35-sheet auto document feeder on top above the scanner for scanning or faxing large stacks of documents. The LaserJet M1212nf performed admirably in our speed and quality tests, although the copy speed test did get pokey at times, tapping out of about six pages per minute, but aside from that, the printer actually came very close to matching HP's advertised 19 pages per minute claim. This one printed 15 to 16 pages per minute, but consistently. You can read the quality test results and the full review on, but that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin Yu. You just took a First Look at the HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf Multifunction Printer that sounds good to me.

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