Now you can print from anywhere in your office with this full-featured, wireless multifunction printer (MFP). You can easily copy, scan, fax, and share resources —and connect PCs and mobile devices to the internet with the HotSpot LaserJet Pro M1218nfs printer’s built-in wireless hotspot. The innovative thing about this Hewlett-Packard machine is its built-in wireless router, which apart from allowing wireless printing also doubles up as an internet hot spot. Upto eight personal computers and mobile devices can connect to it at a time. In simple words you can do more with its wireless printing and internet access.
In the box, you’ll get an HP LaserJet Pro M1218nfs MFP, power cords, 150-sheet input tray, output tray, introductory HP Black LaserJet toner cartridge, USB cable and Hotspot installation guide. The machine measures 435 x 265 x 306 mm (W x D x H) in body dimensions and weighs 8.3 kg. It has a 2-line LCD display. Compatible operating systems include Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP/Server 2008/ Server 2003, Mac OS X v 10.5, v 10.6, v 10.7 and Linux.
Apart from that, the MFP boasts of features like Smart Install, ePrint, and Airprint. Smart Install allows you to install the printer without inserting a CD for drivers. ePrint allows you to fire prints to the printer simply by sending emails to HP’s servers. Airprint allows you to print from Apple’s devices.
In physical handling, the MFP is pretty lightweight. Besides Wi-Fi, the MFP also has USB and Ethernet connectivity. It has an uncluttered and easy to use control panel. We used a standard ISO page for testing the performance of this MFP. We got 17 documents printed within a minute, with the first page coming out in 9 seconds. Media types that it can print are paper (plain, laser), envelopes, transparencies, labels, cardstock and postcards. The machine has a duty cycle of upto 8,000 pages per month for an A4. The print quality black is upto 600 x 600 dpi (1,200 dpi effective).
The results for copying were also similar. You can get a maximum of 99 copies with a resize range varying from 25 to 400%. The automatic duplex printing feature is not available but you could do it manually. The scanner clocked 7 and 3 seconds for scanning an A4 page in B/W & colour modes respectively. The print quality was always excellent.
Overall, a low-cost MFP that doubles up as a wireless internet hotspot, besides