With HP’s new laser printer technology JetIntelligence making an appearance, what is it and does the M277dw make sense?
JetIntelligence is HP’s way of improving its product’s efficiency and power usage. It has the benefit of using a new toner ink with a lower melting point, reducing power usage. And you’d be surprised how much energy a laser printer can use – especially the older ones (yes those ones that covered the office in clouds of toner dust and smelt so bad).
The M277dw on average 13% less energy than some competitors, and is more compact, being between the size of a personal printer and a workgroup printer.
The M277dw is a solid printer for an office, having all the functions you’d expect in a MFP with one omission, it doesn’t do duplex scanning, which means a longer time at the M277dw ensuring all the pages are scanned.
One strength that makes the Laserjet Pro a viable benefit is its JetAdvantage Private Print option. I see that in a shared office, this would be a real benefit. It allows documents to be queued up, and only printed when authentication is provided by way of a pin or a smartcard on a larger MFP. This also prevents confidential documents being caught up in someone else’s print job.
With a 150 sheet capacity, it’s ideal for a smaller office, or for a business that doesn’t do a lot of printing, its time to spool up and print means that it will be ideal for the occasional user, saving money through its low standby power usage.
With smaller offices printing less, when something is printed, it has to be of a high quality. And the M277dw excels at this, producing fast high quality graphic and text prints. As it is a laser, normal photo paper can’t be used, and photo printing is not its strength. The quality of photo printing is good enough for business, ideal for presentations and pamphlets or brochures.
With the ability to print from and scan to mobile devices, the M277dw is ideal for today’s connected business, and although it lacks a duplex option, this is a minor quibble. After all, if you can’t say something on one side, surely you’re saying too much!
The HP Laserjet Pro MFP M277dw is a strong contender, and should be a serious consideration for small businesses who want the range of features that you’ll often find limited to a full size MFP.