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HP Laserjet Pro M252dw Wireless Color Printer, Amazon Dash Replenishment Ready (B4A22A)
|Printer Output Type||Color|
|Printing Media Type||Envelopes, Paper (plain), Transparencies|
About this item
- Original HP Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence are specially engineered to help your printer work faster and produce up to 28% more pages, Automatic two-sided printing
- Safeguard data and easily manage devices with a suite of essential security and management features.
- Print quickly-this printer wakes up from sleep mode and prints faster than any other printer in its class
- Print with just a touch of your NFC-enabled mobile device. Seamlessly manage the flow of information to and from your devices, using efficient HP Jet Advantage business workflow and printing solutions. Increase printer and data security, and stay connected to your work with wired and wireless capabilities.
- This HP Printer is compatible with Windows 10 (printer driver update may be required)
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In today’s fast-paced business environment, you need technology that can hit the ground running. This compact printer, combined with Original HP Toner with JetIntelligence, helps meet the needs of your business—and is ready to work when you are.
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Here goes a recommendation:
1. If you're using OSX, do not install the official HP drivers. Instead, just connect the printer to your network using the LCD screen, go to System Settings and add the printer. Your Mac will auto-detect it and use the default AirPrint drivers which have very good results. These drivers perfectly allow you to choose monochrome-only prints and duplex mode, along with many paper types.
2. After installing the drivers, open the Colorsync App, select your printer and choose Color. The Factory Color Profile for the printer is sRGB, but prints tend to be quite washed out with it. Click on the Current Profile arrow and change it to Adobe RGB.
3. If you work with Photoshop or similar programs, save your projects in RGB mode (sRGB color profile is my choice). Most of the Inkjets and Laserjets are calibrated to receive RGB data, even if they use CMYK inks. Saving projects in RGB usually gives me greater color precision, and with this printer it's no exception. If you find better results otherwise, be sure to tell me!
Some reviews say that colors of this printer are off, but with the setup above, they look impressive to me. The dark parts of your pictures tend to get slightly darker, which might hide some details, but this is something I have always faced with HP Laserjets. The toner is glossy and reflects light slightly, which is something I appreciate. If you run the printout through the printer one more time (by printing an empty page, for example), the intensity of the glossiness is greatly increased.
I have no problems printing cardboards through the front tray and paper curl is minimal. If you are printing cardboards, be sure to select Heavyweight Paper before printing. This decreases the speed of printing, and increases the heat, making the toner adhere better. Some reviews also say that the only way to change paper type/size is via the LCD, but this is untrue. The paper type/size selection via LCD is only applied when you print a document directly from a pendrive (which you can plug directly into the printer).
Also, this printer allows you to calibrate it's printing alignment, in order to center the page in the paper. This is especially useful when you're doing duplex printing, making the front and the back faces of the page align properly. Another unexpected functionality it has are built-in templates for graph paper, notebook paper and checklists, creating these for you in no time, without the need to turn on the computer.
UPDATE: As mentioned above, HP Laserjets tends to slightly darken the dark parts of your pictures, which might hide some details. If you are using Photoshop, you can fix this problem by adjusting the picture shadows before sending it to the printer. Just click on Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights tool, and set the Shadows amount to 20%. This will slightly brighten only the dark parts of your image without distorting the colors, and they will now print perfectly, with amazing results!
Simple brochure shows plugging the printer in, loading paper and then turning the printer on.
When the printer is turned on you are taken through the basic setup steps (Language choice, IT managed or Self-managed) on the color LCD panel. Since mine was in a home network setting, I chose "Self-Managed."
Actually loading the paper is not shown until after plugging in and turning on, however it should precede setup, since when making the decision between IT Managed or Self-Managed, selecting the "Print Information" softkey on the LCD screen will printout details between the two choices. Obviously, you will not be able to print out those details without paper loaded.
I knew I wanted to set up wireless printing on my home network, so I went to "Network Setup" and then chose Wireless Network and was taken through locating my home network from the list of detected networks nearby. Choosing my network then popped up a password box and a soft keyboard on the built-in LCD screen. Default is lower case letters; pushing "ABC" key toggled upper-case letters which remained upper-case for my Xfinity Router. After struggling to setup another HP LaserJet Pro wireless printer (CP1525nw) on this same network, I can now say that THIS M252dw printer IS THE ONE to hook-up to your Xfinity Modem (In my case, the 1st Gen VOIP/Internet/Public HotSpot Arris TG862G modem).
So now the printer is on my wireless network, but not connected to my Windows 7 computer.
DO NOT BOTHER with "Windows Update" to locate the specific drivers for this printer. Trying on two different computers, I do not think they exist on the Microsoft network. Just load the included CD into your CD/DVD drive after selecting "Have Disk" on the printer driver selection page and "Browse" to your CD drive, then select the autorun.inf (or probably you will see just autorun) click OK or Open and the Windows installer selects the correct driver for your system, installs it and you are ready to print a test page to confirm setup and HALLELUJAH!! the Test Page pops out in about 10 seconds.
This printer is FAST FAST FAST.
The set-up was accomplished on two computers, one a 9 year old DuoCore INTEL, and the other the last Core 2 Duo Pentium 8700 Intel, both running Windows 7 Premium and Ultimate respectively. Aging computers, aging operating systems FAST FAST FAST printer!!!
The color printing engine is the HP ImageREt 3600* which has been used for years by HP. As with any laser printer, photo printing is not great (maximum resolution is 600x600), but is certainly acceptable for general use or school projects.
If you are like me and have spent hours reading reviews, looking at TOTAL cost of ownership over years, considering off-brands (if you are an HP guy like me), then DO NOT BE AFRAID!! Buy this printer!
o Wireless setup was almost instantaneous on an extremely difficult Xfinity Modem/Router
o It duplexes in the machine (no more opening paper drawer and dropping printed pages in to be printed on the other side)
o On the computer, printer set-up is extremely easy and quick (9 year old granddaughter did the 2nd computer)
o *Print quality is what you would expect if you have owned HP Color LaserJet 3600, 3800, 4700, 1520, 2520, or 4730mfp series printers
o Direct printing via iOS (iPhone); just select the printer in Settings/WiFi
o Color LCD screen (backlit) is MUCH easier to read than 2 or 3 line Matrix screens like on the CP1525
o JetIntelligence toner cartridges supposedly give 28% more prints per cartridge
o Almost double capacity toner cartridges available (X series)
o This printer comes with a FULL Black toner cartridge
o Weighs half as much as my CP1525, and is about half the form factor (Same size as the Canon Pixma it replaces)
o Firmware update directly from the built-in LCD screen
o Color cartridges are sample cartridges with 700 possible color copies available
o Weight savings translates into a flimsier feeling printer. Maybe fine - time will tell
Highly Recommended !! If you read my other reviews, you know I am extremely critical. There is way too much junk being sold to today's consumers. This printer erased all the memories of HP idiosyncrasies when setting up and installing their printers. After 30 years, I am used to them, but I prefer to have things work now and quickly! The chase to bend technology to my will no longer holds the appeal it did even 15 years ago.
I know this - I will NEVER go buy a new inkjet cartridge because mine has dried out from disuse; nor will I have liquid ink flow over my desk and onto my white carpet because the ink sponge is saturated (HP); nor will I ever see an error message "Ink Spitoon Almost Full" and call Canon to find out that they expect me to throw my still functioning Pixma printer in the garbage because the ink spitoon is not a part which can be serviced.
LASERJET, BABY !!
Finding an acceptable ~$200 fast laser printer today is somewhat difficult. My initial impression is that I am glad the used CP1525nw I had purchased for the grand children didn't work out, because that experience took me to this printer. Highly Recommended at this point. I will update this review as time goes by.
I hope this review might help you in your decision regarding which printer to buy.
Update - after a year of use for 1 adult and 2 children, I stand by my review. Windows 10 is trying to throw me a curve, but I expect to prevail even though the HP website is slow slow slow. The printer could not log into the update server, but I was able to sign onto support.hp.com and download firmware updates to my computer which were then sent to the printer. I am using the HP Support Assistant to update drivers on a new Lenovo E560 Thinkpad. The support assistant wants to replace Microsoft's drivers with new PCL6 and M252 Printer series Full Software. Fingers crossed!!
So 2 hours later, I have fixed my "out of paper" error, updated drivers for Windows 10, and updated the printer firmware to version 20160331 which was made available along with one 9 months older (go figure) on 04/21/2016. Go to support.hp.com/us-en/drivers and let HP identify your printer (slow) or just input M252nw in the enter my HP model number box!
A final note: since upgrading to Windows 10 this printer has popped a "Load Tray 1 to print" message or out of paper, even though there WAS paper in Tray 2. Here is the answer I just posted to the HP forums:
I just had a problem where ANY printed page popped an "out of paper" error and asked me to load tray1 for printing. It turns out that tray 2 needs to be elevated about an eighth of an inch as you slide it in or it will not be properly "seated" in the holding frame. It is a minuscule difference from correct and just sitting below the printer, that a visual check will likely not discern the difference. When you insert Tray 2 correctly, the roller will immediately turn about a half turn letting you know it is ready to pull paper from Tray 2! This drive me crazy for several hours. The good news is I have new firmware for the printer and new drivers also which are supposedly optimized for Windows 10.
This printer is STILL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED a year later !!
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I have no way to contact HP here. Will not buy this brand again.
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The only limitations are that it doesn't print to the edge of an 8.5x11 sheet of paper, and when printing a full colour sheet, it's a little slow, taking usually about 30-40 seconds for the first copy, and then 10 seconds for one sided copies and 25 seconds for double sided afterward.
I just hope that non-HP print cartridges that are compatible will work, when I get to that point. That said, it's not a significant issue at the moment.
UPDATE: A couple of hours after my initial rejected complaint, HP called back to say they would honour the warranty. I am generally satisfied with the printer while it works, hence the correction of the review