If you need a fast monochrome laser printer with bags of other features including scanning, copying and faxing, the HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf looks good on paper. Priced at around £210, it also includes support for duplex printing as well as an Ethernet port, so you can plug it into your network and share it among multiple computers around your home.
Don't choose it for its looks
Printers are never exactly things of beauty, but the M1536 is uglier than most. It's all odd shapes and awkward angles and because all those features need to be crammed into the chassis, HP has had to make it quite a tall machine (it measures 373mm high), even if its footprint (at 441x343 mm) isn’t all that big by multifunction standards.
The control panel at the front includes a two-line, monochrome LCD display along with a host of dedicated controls for scanning and copying, as well as a numerical keypad for entering fax numbers. There are also quick dial buttons on the far left of the panel that allow you to instantly recall commonly used fax numbers. Despite the limited amount of information that can be shown on the screen at any one time, the printer's menus are smartly laid out and as a result are easy to navigate around using the directional pad.
Sitting on top of the scanner there's a automatic document feeder that can accept up to 35 sheets of paper. This allows you to automatically copy or fax multi-page documents without having to manually feed in sheets to the scanner one at a time. It can be a great time saver when used in busy home offices.