As you might anticipate, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M177fw ($349.99) is comparable in many ways to the HP LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP M175nw it has replaced (although the HP M175nw remains available on the internet at this writing). It gives the identical low original price with enough added amenities to maintain its own at a class which, like most, is always raising the bar. Most notably, it provides fax service and Wireless Direct (HP's variant on Wi-Fi Direct), which let's you connect readily from your smartphone or tablet to print. As with the HP M175nw, the blend of features, along with the small size, make it a good candidate as a private multifunction printer (MFP) in virtually any size office.
The HP Color LaserJet Pro M177fw is best allowed for light-duty printing, chiefly due to its limited paper handling. It gives just a solitary 150-sheet input and no duplexer, without the paper managing upgrades available. That ought to be adequate for most people who need a private printer or a common printer for light-duty usage in a micro workplace. If you're planning to utilize it like a shared printer with even two people, however, keep in mind it doesn't take a good deal of printing each person daily before adding newspaper will become a mildly annoying chore.
Principles, Setup, and Rate
In addition to allowing you fax and print from and scanning into a PC, such as more than a system, the HP Color LaserJet Pro M177fw can operate as a standalone copier and fax system. For multipage documents, as well as legal-size newspaper, the scanner offers a 35-page automatic document feeder (ADF) to complement the letter-size flatbed.
As I've previously mentioned, the printer supports Wireless Direct for printing. Moreover, if you link it directly to a system, utilizing either a wired link or Wi-Fi, and even supposing your network is linked to the Internet, you may also use it with HP's Web apps and for printing. The printer supports cellular printing either through the cloud and through your Wi-Fi access point, if you've got one.
For my tests, I connected the printer into a wired network and installed the drivers on a platform running Windows Vista. Installation has been standard. And note the size is small enough, at 13.0 from 16.7 by 16.7 inch (HWD), to let you fit the printer onto your desk or at least in easy reach.
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M177fw
HP rates the motor rank at 17 pages per minute (ppm) for black and 4 ppm for color.
This makes the HP Color LaserJet Pro M177fw a bit slower compared to the HP M175nw's 3.3 ppm. In addition, it is significantly slower compared to Ricoh Aficio SP C240SF, in 6.3 ppm. However, the Ricoh C240SF is unusually fast for its price, even outpacing the expensive Editors' Choice Dell 2155cn, that came in at 5.9 ppm. The M177fw's rate is best described as tolerable, particularly if you're going up to a laser out of an inkjet.
The printer's grade overall is a bit below normal because of marginally below-par text. Fortunately, text quality for lasers is large enough that even being slightly below average is still pretty great. I wouldn't utilize the HP Color LaserJet Pro M177fw for severe desktop publishing, however, it is fine for many business requirements.
Pictures are suitable for any business usage up to and including PowerPoint handouts. Colours in our evaluations came out just a bit dark in terms of a hue-saturation-brightness colour design, but depending on how critical an eye you have, you may consider the outcome suitable for printing your own advertising materials such as one-page mailers and handouts. Colors in photos also tended to be a small dark. Depending on your tastes, you may or may not believe them suitable for the same sort of marketing materials.
1 potential issue for the HP Color LaserJet Pro M177fw is its high maintained running price, at 4.2 cents for a monochrome page and 21.6 cents for a colour page. Unless you expect to print comparatively little, this cost per page may certainly create the printer more costly in the long run compared with another printer using a high initial price but lower running cost.
More than with most printers, this also claims for investing the opportunity to compare total cost of ownership between the HP Color LaserJet Pro M177fw and any other printer you may be considering. Take a best guess at how many monochrome and color pages you'll likely print over the life of this printer. Then, for each printer, then multiply both totals by the suitable price each page, add it to the initial price of this printer, and also compare the outcomes. Print enough pages, along with a printer with a high initial price, such as the Editors' Choice Dell 2155cn, may end up being less expensive in the long run. And with this Dell 2155cn, you'll also get the advantage of quicker rate.
If you won't be printing sufficient for the running costs to issue, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M177fw delivers a good deal of printer for a very low price. In addition to printing, it could scan, copy, and fax; it provides the ease of an ADF in addition to a flatbed; the Ethernet and also Wi-Fi make it effortless to hang onto a community; and Wireless Direct makes it easy to print from your phone or tablet. Should you will need a private or micro-office colour laser MFP for light-duty printing, then it's definitely worth considering.
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 (32 & 64 Bit), ac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X v10.7 Lion, OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X v10.9 Mavericks, OS X v10.10 Yosemite, and OS X v10.11 El Capitan.
Printer Smart Software Features :
Wireless printing, Ethernet networking, Wireless direct printing, HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint™, Mopria-certified, Google Cloud Print, HP Auto-On/Auto-Off technology, HP Smart App, HP JetAdvantage Secure Print.
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