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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Color Laser Printer!

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    Pros mentioned:
    Print quality, Scanning, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Price, Toner, Two-sided printing

    This is a very solid laser printer! It does several things really well, and when it comes to the core functionality of printing, you will not be disappointed! Setup: Setup was very easy and straightforward. The quick start guide provided very clear instructions, and unpacking the product was easy. Just had to pull off some tape and plug it in. The toner was already installed and ready to go. Connecting to WiFi was super quick and easy, and installing on my computer was a breeze. Print Quality and Performance: When it comes to the quality of prints and the speed at which this printer prints documents, you will not be disappointed. As I would expect from a laser printer, text and other content printed is very crisp and high quality. Additionally, the print speed of this machine is great! I printed a 4 page document using the automatic duplex (double-sided) printing feature that this machine has and it printed in around 45 seconds. Compared to my other printer which is an inkjet, this printer prints much faster and at a noticeably higher quality. As far as colors go, this printer also does a great job. I printed several documents with colors and was quite impressed with the quality of the colors printed. Sometimes laser printers can struggle when it comes to color, but the colors that were printed from this machine looked realistic and of great quality. Scanning: Overall, this printer does a great job at scanning. I tested using the document feeder for scanning and it scans super fast, which is a really big plus! The quality was also great. That being said, there are a few capabilities/improvements that I wish this printer had when it comes to scanning. First of all, it does not have automatic duplex scanning. I believe there may be a manual option for duplex scanning in Windows, but I have a Mac and did not see this option in the HP Smart app on my Mac. There is a way to scan documents to PDF and then combine and re-order them to your liking in Preview on the Mac, but that is not as convenient as automatic duplex scanning. This is not a huge deal, but it would have been a really beneficial feature to include with this machine. Additionally, while I do really like HP’s scan to email feature, it seems that this capability is long overdue for an upgrade with better integration with email services like Gmail. In order to get this feature to work, you have to set up an app-specific password for the printer to access your Gmail account, as well as enable “Allow less secure apps”. While it works great once set up, these steps for configuring are both less than optimal when it comes to security, and they are complicated for most people to set up. I have an HP inkjet printer that is over 6 years old that required configuration for this feature in the exact same way, so I was hoping that by now this would have been improved. Size and Looks: This is a very big printer! Be prepared with a large space to put it. Additionally, it is very heavy. Considering that this is a color laser printer, it makes sense that it is big and heavy, but you definitely want to make sure you have somewhere to fit this beforehand. If you are looking for a compact printer, this is not the printer for you. When it comes to looks, the printer looks very clean and professional. Other Features and Thoughts: 5GHz WiFi: I was really glad that this printer comes with dual band WiFi capability. It is great that I can connect this wireless printer to my 5 GHz WiFi network. It seems that many printers still come with 2GHz only, so I was really glad to see 5 GHz on this printer. I noticed that when printing to this machine, it seemed to receive and start print jobs very quickly, and I think the 5 GHz definitely contributed to how quick this machine received and completed print jobs. Touchscreen: The touchscreen on this printer is a great addition and works really well! Touchscreen printers are so much easier to set up and maintain since you can input and update WiFi settings as well as other important settings quickly and easily right on the printer itself. Machine Software and Firmware: As I mentioned, I have an HP inkjet printer that is over 6 years old. The interface on this printer looks very similar and must be based off the same software, which feels a bit dated to me. It’s not bad, but I would have expected something more recent on a brand new HP model. The local web interface for configuring features and changing settings on this printer looks especially dated. Despite the dated software on the machine, it interfaces very well with the HP Smart software which is very modern. It also works with all of the latest features, including ePrint, AirPrint, etc. So, overall, the software on the machine is more than sufficient. Reliability and Build Quality: In all of my testing, this printer was very fast and reliable! The software and firmware are reliable and it handled all print and scan jobs very quickly. When it comes to build quality, this machine feels like it is a really solid and well-made machine, so I would expect it to last a long time. That being said, I wish that HP offered a better standard warranty than just 1 year. This machine is not cheap, and I would have liked to have seen more from HP showing that they stand behind their product. Toner Cost: I looked at the pricing on toner for this machine, and it is expensive! A 3150 yield black toner cartridge alone will run you almost $100 from HP. So, definitely keep that in mind. While this is an expensive printer, I do feel that it is well-made and built to last, not to mention that is does an awesome job when it comes to print quality. Conclusion: Overall, this is a great printer! My biggest disappointment with this machine is the lack of automatic duplex scanning capability, but other than that, it handles all core functionalities incredibly well. Pages printed are crisp and of great quality, printing and scanning was really fast, scans came out in great quality, and the printer was very responsive. Additionally, it includes automatic duplex printing capability, which is a really important feature to have. When using the duplex printing, it was really fast as well. This printer also goes above and beyond other printers with 5GHz WiFi capability. I do feel that HP could have used newer software and improved the scan to email capabilities on this machine, and I do really wish automatic duplex scanning was a feature, but overall this printer does a great job and has all of the most important features I would expect in a great laser printer. I would definitely recommend this machine to those needing fast printing and/or high quality printing capabilities. I could definitely see it being a really great addition to a home office or small business.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A workhorse for households and small businesses

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Print quality, Scanning
    Cons mentioned:
    Price, Toner

    Verdict: we love this printer! It’s now installed over Wi-Fi on all the computers in the house. With 4-in-1 functions, fast duplex printing and ADF scanning, it is a workhorse machine for any household and even small businesses. However, I am dreading the replacement cost for the toner, which will likely come sooner than we expect since it’s so easy for everyone to print now. Initial impressions. It is heavy! Yes of course, it’s a big printer, but it’s heavier than I expected. Definitely follow the recommendation that is on the flyer as soon as you open the box on how to remove the printer from the box, especially if you are alone. The touch screen is beautiful and bright (and it rotates!), giving the impression of high tech. My previous printer still had a black and white screen with buttons on the side… This is a nice upgrade. Setup. Besides having to rearrange some things to fit this printer in our office since it was bigger than the old one, setup was easy. Make sure you set it up on a sturdy table or desk; as already mentioned, it is heavy! The toner was already installed (note that these are “introductory cartridges” good for 1350 color pages and 700 black pages). The printer has many, if not all, connection options (Wi-Fi, USB, Apple AirPrint, etc.). I always dread the software installation for printers because something always goes wrong, but to my surprise, I had no issues! Download was easy and installation didn’t run into any issues. We connected through Wi-Fi and in just a few minutes the printer was up and running. Printing. Printing is much faster than our old HP. It will be fast for most people too, unless you compare it to a full-size copier. The black and white printing is comparable to our old HP LaserJet printer (black & white only), but now having the color option is fantastic. And front and back printing? Yes! Up to 21 ppm, so pretty good. Scanning. I tested the scanner with the document feeder and I was impressed by the speed and reliability of the operation. No paper jams, no bad fuzzy scans, or issues with the document format on the computer. It used to be so hard to scan reliably, but not anymore. It just works, and you can select any format you want, including PDF. Please note that it will not scan duplex; this is not a problem for us but consider your household or small business needs. The printer will email your scans but it requires a specific setup. I was expecting an easier feature like on my work copier where I can just enter an email when I scan and it automatically sends it there. If I do much more scanning, I may go through all the steps to set it up. Toner. More so than our old HP Laserjet, the toner is expensive… Really, in my perspective, this is the only drawback of this machine. Make sure you check the prices before buying this printer so you know what you are getting into. I don't really understand why it is so expensive. On the plus side, it is really easy to switch out the toner, the tray just comes out with all the toner cartridges. Things I like: - All-in-one powerhouse printer! Yes, it’s big and heavy but for most it’s the only machine you’ll need - Duplex color laser printing! - Print from your smartphone! And any Mac or Windows computer - Many connection options for your computers and network - Fast and quality prints - Automatic document feeder allows for easy (non-duplex) scanning - Scanning is reliable and makes choosing the document format really easy - Easy setup! This is not a “give-me.” Software installs and printer networking is usually a pain, but this setup was not. Thank you! - It has a fax (!!), which actually comes in handy once in a blue moon Things I don’t like: - Toner is very expensive - Duplex scanning would have been great but not such a big deal for us - Scan to email feature could have been better implemented Overall, this is a fantastic printer. I would recommend it if you want a solid printer for your home and you are ok with the features and cost of the toner. I would rate this printer 5 stars if it wasn't for the toner cost, which I think is a significant consideration in purchasing this machine. Otherwise, this printer is HP quality and reliability all the way.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Bit of a Disappointment

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Print quality, Scanning

    Overall, the M238 is very good multi-use device. However, there are some issues that prevent it from being great. PROs: * Set up is very easy. Just follow the onscreen instructions, and it’s ready in minutes. * The primary paper dispenser (designated #2) is easy to access and offers a variety of paper size options. * Printing a document is quiet and very fast, be it color or b&w, including two-sided printing. * Scan function is also quiet, fast, and produces good quality reproduction. * Touchscreen control panel is large enough for easy reading. * The operational software HPSmart is easy to use. * Unless you are a high demand user, the toner cartridges should last quite a while. That’s a good thing, because replacements are expensive. CONs: *There is second paper dispenser (designated#1), and you must look for it, because there is no diagram of functional areas. The numbers embossed on the printer front give a clue that there should be another dispenser. When it’s found, DO NOT try to remove it for loading it, as it is designed for hand feeding individual sheets. Again, there is no documentation regarding its functionality; so, being used to multi-sheet loading, I removed. By removing it, I learned the composition is very thin plastic and is a chore to get reinserted. I was afraid it would break before I got it back. So, you can insert single paper sheets or single photo sheets, which is not ok if you need to print more than one or two items. * While the M238 duplex prints, it does NOT duplex scan. So, using the document feeder for scanning two-sided documents requires manual input, essentially doubling scanning time. If you have a large multipage document, you cannot load and go. You must turn over the document, and then send it back through. That can be tedious, even more so than the single sheet printer feed. * Photo printing is awful. Colors are washed out, even on high gloss paper, and the printed picture looks like a photo from many years ago that was exposed to light. Also, when a picture is printed, it exits into an area inside the printer. To retrieve it, you must lean over if sitting in a chair or standing, stick your hand inside an open area recessed in the printer, and then pull out the picture. That wouldn’t be so bad if you received a proper print. * For the cost of the printer, one would expect it would not lack any functionality and that ALL work product would be excellent. BOTTOM LINE: If you don’t care about quality photo printing, this is an excellent printer. If you don’t mind manually scanning two-sided documents, this is an excellent scanner. However, without those caveats being disclosed, I would not recommend it to a friend.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Large & Heavy, but Great for Crafting

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Print quality, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Noisy, Price, Toner

    Set up: The initial set up for this printer was easy to understand and was very quick. It took less then 5 minutes to get it set up and printing. Size: This printer is quite large! We needed to give up a lot of valuable desk real estate to upgrade from our simple inkjet to this laser jet printer. If space is limited, this may not be the printer for you. Looks: I appreciate that this printer is more of a whitish gray plastic. Our previous ink jet printer was shiny black plastic and it would very quickly become dusty. Also, the glossy surface would show smudges and fingerprints. This material shows less dust and doesn't smudge as easily. Thankfully I wont have to dust it off as often. Printing quality: I was impressed by the printing quality. I intend to use the printer for crafting & diy projects - So, the first test was printing onto waterslide paper (which I compared to the same image previously printed with an inkjet). The quality and color was virtually identical. As someone who works with waterslide paper often-I would recommend this printer for those who work crafting projects. Speed: I scanned and printed 20 copies of a full page black and white documents. The printer took about a minute to scan the page in, and took a little less than two minutes to print 20 copies. The process was very easy to understand and was quick. Even those who do not consider themselves particularly tech savvy will be able to use this printer. Overall: I was very impressed by this as an entry level laser printer. The speed and quality seem very high for the price of the product and I would recommend this printer to anyone looking for a laser printer in this price range. CAUTION: Be aware that the replacement toner is VERY expensive. Typically I purchase generic toner from whatever website offers the best price. BUT, there are several warnings that generic cartridges may not work. It appears as though HP goes out of there way to ensure that only licensed toner will work. As the printer is connected to your wireless network - it sounds as though Over The Air Updates may be used to ensure that generic cartridges do not work. Please look up the replacement toner to ensure you understand how much you will be paying for replacements. (I now understand why some people literally purchase a new printer every they need new Toner or Ink).

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Multi-Function Color Laser Printer

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Print quality, Scanning

    This HP Color LaserJet Pro M283fdw is a very well built, feature rich printer as you have come to expect from HP. Unpacking and setup: This is a fairly heavy printer (just over 40lbs) and taking it out of the box is not that difficult if you follow the instructions. It can be done by one person, but may be easier if someone else was holding the box while you're pulling on the plastic bag to slide the whole unit out with the box laying on its side. The setup is quick and easy, you don't have to mess with the toner cartridges cause they're already installed. Downloading the full Software Suite (240MB) from HP's website took longer than expected, but it was probably some Internet congestion, etc. The Hardware initialization and Software install took about 5 minutes but may be faster on a newer PC. Once completed, and setup on the wired network, a print out came out automatically with the web printing email address and information on how to print from anywhere. Connectivity: This printer has it all. You can connect it directly via USB cable. You can wire it to your network via Gigabit Ethernet cable or you can set it up over dual-band Wi-Fi, either 2.4GHz or 5GHz which is great if you have many Wi-Fi devices on your network. There is also a front USB port. Printing Performance: I was impressed how quickly the printer wakes-up and is ready to print, almost instantly. I'm used to laser printers taking a while to warm-up before the first page comes out. It's rare that in such a home-office friendly package, it also prints double-sided (duplex), which is just as fast as printing single-sided with the added advantage of saving paper. On average I got about 20 pages per minute in mixed black and white, color and duplex modes. Print quality is crisp and color reproduction is quite accurate to the naked eye. HP Smart App for Android: I was really excited to very easily be able to print directly from my smart phone. Once you install the App it will prompt for additional HP Driver software which is also freely downloadable from the Play Store. The app gives you many options to print documents, photos, scan, copy, etc. I chose to print a photo from my local Gallery, though it gave me an option to print from Google Photos or Amazon Photos, if you have those Apps installed. Even though I did not use photo quality paper, the images and colors still came out really good, just not as shiny as it would be on photo paper. Scanning/Copying: Tested a simple document scan from my PC and again it was very intuitive, lots of options as to what file format to save the scan to PDF, JPG, and many other popular formats, or directly to email. Touchscreen LCD: There is a 2.7" tilt-able color LCD screen that is very intuitive and easy to navigate for settings and to manage the core functions of printing, scanning, copying or faxing. Overall this is an excellent printer, versatile and very well built. It is heavy and larger than your typical home inkjet printers of basic B&W laser printers, but that's to be expected for such a feature-rich workhorse. Make sure you check the dimensions before you buy one. It fits well in my home office furnished with matching Ikea furniture and custom built white PC tower :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Be aware of the cost for replacement cartridges!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Print quality, Scanning

    As far as quality and what this printer does, it is top notch. The print quality is excellent and the best way I can desribe it is smooth and vibrant. Unboxing it you find a solid and heavy unit. Which is nice and gives it a high quality feel. Setup is easy and hooked up to my wifi network easily. Instead of the usual software drivers that are simply downloaded, you have to download the HP Smart app, at least on my MacBook. Some might consider this a negative, but the app isn’t that bad, and it does make scanning a lot easier. Also, it was nice, and an unexpected surprise, not having the printer wanting to waste ink printing a "calibration" page. The touchscreen controls works well, but it is a bit small. I had to be extra careful typing in my wifi network info as the buttons are so tiny. The single sheet feeder is a small feature but very welcome. I print a lot of labels and its so nice just slipping one in right before I have to print one versus messing with the paper tray when I don’t want to just use the regular paper. The scanner is also top notch. I scanned in a bunch of 4x6 pictures and the scan quality is excellent, and even if you don’t like having to download an app to use the printer, it’s worth having for how easy it makes scanning. The document feeder makes it even better. I was able to place a stack of pictures on it and it pulled them in and scanned them all. The app then lets you make any edits needed one by one, and when you’re ready to save it creates individual files for each photo and puts them in a single folder. Before this I had a dedicated scanner and had to do one picture at a time. I can’t tell you how amazing this is for me and a HUGE timesaver! Now for the bad parts. The light on the power button. This may be nitpicky for some, but it’s a major annoyance for me. When the printer goes into sleep/standby mode, the light on the power button starts blinking. If the printer isn’t within eyesight this isn’t a problem, but where it is in my office I can’t help but see it, and it’s not only annoying but extremely distracting when I’m trying to work. I ended up having to get a piece of electrical tape to cover it, which doesn’t exactly look very good or professional. It would be nice if there was a setting to disable the blinking when in standby. And for my final issue. This is the first laser jet printer I’ve owned that uses toner cartridges. These cartridges are EXPENSIVE! Make sure you factor that in. As of the time I’m writing this review, the full set of 4 cartridges (black, cyan, yellow, magenta) cost over $280!! That’s more than 60% of the price for this entire printer! It’s almost better to just buy a whole new printer once you’ve used up all the cartridges. If you don’t use the color ones much it won’t be as big of a deal, and the black cartridge is supposed to yield about 1350 pages, so the sticker shock won’t be as bad if all you need is black. Overall though, based on over a week of use, this is the best printer I’ve owned, and just the time it’s going to save me scanning pictures in makes up for some of the other costs of ownership.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Wasn't easy to set up.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    The directions for installing this printer are flawed. It shows and asks you to go to the home screen, but gives you no directions on how to get there. The first screen displayed is a default settings screen. Being a NON-Tech person, I had no idea what to do. I did love HP Technical Dept. It did take the lady an hour to help walk me through, how to set up, but it works great!!! Plus the HP Technical Dept. followed up with me about a week later, to make sure the printer was still working, & if I had any other questions, or concerns. Love HP!!! Some plastic parts on machine are a little flimsy.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Home office

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    This printer has almost the same speed and functionality that my work printer does. I’m just as productive in my pajamas as I am in the office.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy Set up and Feature Packed w Duplex Printing!

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    Pros mentioned:
    Print quality, Scanning, Set up

    The setup was extremely easy! The printer already had the ink installed and it was only a matter of connecting the ethernet cable and adding a network printer. The setting and options are almost overwhelming but it gets narrowed as you pick a connection and configuration. The print quality is very crisp and clear as is the scanning quality. Oddly enough the feature that blew me away was the copy function! I made a copy of a color photo-quality image and the copier made a beautiful copy with minor issues. There was a very slight loss of color gradiation in a very few and very hard to spot areas. The color copy was very very good. I make copies pretty frequently and even tho i do not make copies of photos i do make color copies with various graphics on it and this all-in-one will not disappoint. The 2.7 inch screen is a breeze to operate and navigate. There are way more options than you will ever use. it also has a nice feature of allowing you to print using already installed templates such as graphs/notebook, calendars..etc. The other nifty feature is the adjustable slot on the front of the printer which allows for printing on envelopes or specialty sized paper one at a time. Truly a powerhouse all-in-one that has a small footprint considering the quality of the performance and the DUAL SIDED PRINTING!! That's right it has automatic dual sided printing, it prints extremely fast and on both sides. No more flipping paper and mixing up the orientation...a great printer A+. The only issue is the app for mobile printing does work but it does take some getting used to but the connection was smooth using direct wifi link. The printer also offer dual band printing, 2.4/5.0, i use the 5Ghz and sending wireless jobs is much faster than my old 2.4 connection, it spools large jobs very quickly. I ramble on but it is a very nice printer.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Decent printer; expensive maintenance

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Price, Toner

    AS far as the printer goes itself, it is solid. Does the job well, imaging was right on, and apparently the ink is supposed to stretch across 1300-1400 sheets, so we''ll if that's true, but I have likely already printed at least 75 sheets and the quality is great. There is also a touch screen that is small but easily functional. I haven't had to use it much though as the device is like a smart device and detects what you are trying to do and adjusts. I must also mention, the setup was probably the easiest out of the box setup I have ever done for a printer. No disk drives, no cords, it was WONDERFUL -- just plugged it in and found my Wifi network in seconds. I was able to print directly from my Mac and as well as my Android phone without installing any drivers or software, again, a major plus. The toner and ink cartridges all came pre-installed so it was just a plug and print type deal. Apparently the toner is supposed to last 12-18 months and I hope this is correct because MAN the toner is expensive! Be ready to spend a minimum $70 for replacement toner...and that is the only con I would bring up. Nonetheless, it is a significant step up from the more basic printers out there so you get what you pay for. Either way, I am surely keeping this one for my business at home!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very Good Overall Except 2-Sided Scanning

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    Pros mentioned:
    Print quality, Scanning, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Two-sided printing

    This is very good general purpose all-in-one color laser printer for home or small office. It can even fax in case you’re dealing with someone who’s stuck in the ‘90s. One exception, however, is if you do a lot of 2-sided scanning, you’re better off getting a dedicated document scanner. More on that below. SETUP This machine is large and heavy. You’ll need a sturdy spot to hold its 41 pounds. The good news is the printer comes with all parts assembled, including the toner. The only thing you need to do is remove a few bits of tape, connect it to your network, and install drivers. The whole process should take well under 10 minutes. The printer can be set up on wifi, Ethernet, AirPrint, Cloud Print, or direct wifi. You can even email a doc to it directly. One pet peeve is during setup I opted out of registering, but still had 3 separate pop-ups asking me to register for “better support.” I wish manufacturers took their software as seriously as their hardware. PRINTING I had no trouble with general printing. The machine is louder than I expected, especially when it flips the page for 2-sided printing or copies. But it’s fast. If you’re mostly printing, this printer will serve you well. SCANNING I’ve gone paperless as much as possible. While most paperwork, bills, statements, etc… I receive are PDFs, I still get paper versions of some documents. These I scan and file in the cloud. I also am slowly scanning old photo prints when I have time. I scanned a few photo prints on the flatbed, and I was impressed by the quality of the scan. The detail and especially the color accuracy was quite high, though shifted slightly to yellow (most scanners I’ve tried shift heavily to red). For document scanning, the machine will spark joy depending on 1) if you’re scanning single- or double- sided docs, and 2) which app you use to perform the scan. On macOS, the printer manual has you install HP Smart. But there is also an older app called HP Easy Scan; and macOS has a built-in scanner utility. For single sided docs, the HP Smart app works fine. The automatic doc feeder processes multiple pages quickly. The scans themselves are fine. For double sided docs, you have to scan the top sides of all the pages, then rotate the pages and scan the reverse sides. For 2-sided scanning, HP Smart app is not very smart. Its default setting bleeds the reverse sides, and folds show up as horizontal lines. Plus, HP Smart app only gives you non-zoomable thumbnails so you don’t always see the bleeding and fold lines in the preview. But worst of all, HP Smart does not automatically reorder the pages to properly put front and back sides next to each other, nor does it let you reorder manually. All in all, it’s a terrible app for 2-sided scanning. HP Easy Scan app is a better choice for double sided scanning. The UI on this app is outdated, but at least it handles double sided docs by automatically reordering pages. In addition, the HP Easy Scan app has better brightness and contrast default levels, making pages seem whiter than with the HP Smart app. Reverse side bleeding and page folds are still a problem, though not quite as bad as HP Smart. Lastly, I tried using the Scan utility that’s part of macOS. This by far did the best rendering with double-sided pages. Its default setting for brightness and contrast eliminated page bleeds and most paper folds. Unfortunately, it does not reorder pages. The bottom line is I recommend this HP for general printing and copying. It’s also fine for occasional double-sided scanning. But if you do a lot of 2-sided scanning, get a dedicated document scanner. They are much faster and their software is tuned to correctly order pages and eliminate bleed and folds.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Clear vibrant output at great speed

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Like many laser printers, regardless of brand, this printer was not readily available in my store for pickup the day after Christmas. However, I had seen this exact model in operation at my sister's home office; a week or so before then and that’s when it got on my radar. Before this, I had looked at B/W only as well as color models from Brother and Cannon as well as other HP models. I knew Brother's reputation for solid laser units and lower toner cost, and I knew cannons' solid reputation but toner cost on par with HP. Knowing I could not easily see many of these units in person I went on past experiences with these brands. I wanted to upgrade to a laser when the color cartridges started showing signs of clogging or drying out due to the underuse of the three color cartridges in my HP Officejet Pro 8720. What tipped the scale in favor of Color over B/W only was the fact that powder-based toner does not clog, and I would not have to replace color toner for that reason; cutting toner cost overall. HP was the make of my last three inkjet printers purchased over the last 20 years for myself in my home/office; all 3 were Multifunction units. 2 that Faxed, copied, scanned, and printed, and 1 without fax. All worked out of the box for many years. Therefore. I stuck with HP. Although I had not printed photos in high quality in a very long time, I was surprised that only some lasers supported printing on photo paper and glossy as well. This printer does a respectable job on various weights of plan and photo paper; a Plus in my book; however, for pro-quality photos separately; use 6 color inkjet capable printers. Text and Graphics on this printer are awesome! I have yet to work out how to use the single sheet paper tray for an envelope but I did try a single sheet of paper in it and got great results. As to the Auto Document feeder, it is a manual duplex (you need to flip pages in the ADF manually if they are two-sided) and do a manual collation. However, I don’t use this feature much lately and I can live with the tradeoff. On to connectivity. I use wireless dual-band and sometimes HP wireless direct and HP ePrint; additionally, Ethernet and USB are supported. I do not use Apple AirPrint and Google cloud print recently was killed in December 2020 so I am finding alternatives to cloud print anyway for lack of use. Overall a good investment and should last many years. I did get the 4-year replacement plan as I see this unit being on the market for that long anyway, and I think I can expect that length of service for myself. I know that HP supplies are pricy and typically are chipped, but I must go along with the recommendation to use HP toner at least during the first year (the manufacture warranty period). The use of non-OEM or NON-HP 206A or 206X toner could void all warranty, and you probably will need the chips from HP 206A or 206X cartridges to make the aftermarket cartridges work. If you can afford it get the 206X type as on average they are at least double the page count of 206A and close to or over 3 x the page count of starter cartridges.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Color Laser, Great MFP!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Print quality, Scanning
    Cons mentioned:
    Toner

    I love the print quality, the design, and the features of the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M283fdw! I've had a few MFPs but this is by far my favorite one because of the design and the little things that add up to a lot of overall value for me! I'm also totally sold on laser now. After burning through so many ink cartridges I'm happy to be paying less per page and looking forward to replacing toner cartridges less often! Really, just not needing to worry about the ink smearing is huge too!!! Design This MFP has Tray 1 and Tray 2. Try one is a single sheet feeder. initially I thought that was an odd design, having a tray where you feed in 1 sheet at a time. It turns out to be very practical for me. Don't usually need photo paper in but when I do, I can just put in 1 sheet of 4x6 photo paper. You put it in part way, it grabs the sheet, whatever type of paper it is, and pulls it in. After it pulls it in it pops up a message on the screen and asks you if want to modify the paper type for that tray! Very convenient! So it makes it easy to pop in any type of paper, photo paper, or envelope, change the setting for that tray, and you're good to go. Tray 2 is more of a conventional tray. It has all the adjustments you need. It will go down small enough for 4"x7" photo paper, take standard 8.5"x11" letter, or you can extend the tray so it will hold 14" long legal paper. Do be aware that if you do this the tray will stick out a few inches from the front of the printer when pushed in the whole way. Not a problem at all for me and I actually like it as it helps keep the footprint down. Speaking of footprint, I'm really impressed by the size of this. When I think "Laser" I think big and when I think "MFP" I think bigger but this is a loaded Laser MFP in a nice size package. My previous inkjet MFP was about the same size. This is a little deeper and not quite as wide as the inkjet. Print quality I expected excellent print quality and I wasn't disappointed. Text is sharp and perfectly formed. I had an inkjet before this and at higher print speeds text would sometimes be broken or shifted, like rows didn't quite line up and it was very noticeable. That was at high speed so I could print higher quality/slower but it was annoying. With this laser I get excellent, consistent print quality and it's fast too! Color photos print very well too! I don't know that I can say they are better looking than from a good ink jet but I like them better because they look as good and they don't smear! I actually think it's easier to see a difference in the black text, just with the consistency and perfection of the text. Features I was surprised by some of the built in features. Duplex (print on both sides of the page) printing is a great and easy way to save paper. Duplexing is the kind of thing you don't care about when you don't have it but once you get it you don't want to go back. The HP Smart app has nice features and HP ePrint was a great surpise! Read on to hear more about those. There were other features I wasn't expecting. Check out the list of built in pages you can print directly from the printer! Built-in Quick Forms (Setup menu option): Notebook paper - standard or narrow ruled Graph paper - English or metric Checklist - one or two columns Music paper Apps - Quick Forms (Requires internet connection) Calendar - monthly or weekly Notebook paper - standard, narrow, or child ruled Graph paper English or metric Checklist - one, two, or three column Fax cover sheet Music paper - horizontal or vertical Tic-tac-toe Box game Maze - easy, medium, hard It also has HP ePrint, which I setup not knowing what it was, but it's great! With HP ePrint you get a free email address for your printer that you can email and the printer will print what you send it. For instance, I emailed a PDF, just a page of text, and it printed the PDF perfectly! It doesn't print the email header information, since that's only to get the file to the printer, but it prints the file that was attached to the email. I don't know how many file formats are supported but the PDF worked great! This is a perfect option if you need to print remotely or from a device that doesn't have the printer configured and was a great value add for me. HP Smart App You'll want to install the HP Smart app on your phone. It makes it easy to print different types of files and gives you excellent control of the printer. I like the way it has a sort of live view of the printer from the printer options window. For instance, if you don't have a page loaded in tray 1, then tray 1 will not be an option. You'll see it pop up as an option when you put paper in. The smart app also gives you options to access the standard printer, copier, scanner, fax features and has a cool tool called "Camera Scan". Camera Scan lets you use your phone camera to take a picture of a document, crop the page the to edges, and then you can print, fax, save, or share directly from there. Scanning Scanning used to be such a big deal. Now it seems like it's common and almost an afterthought but when you need it, you really need it, especially for multi-page jobs. Anyway, copying and scanning both gave great results. I have used the flat bed and the feeder. The pages I put in the feeder were kind of bent up and not uniform at all but it pulled them through and scanned them perfectly. Toner Cartridges With two young children we do a lot of printing for school, and even more while social distancing at home. A laser makes a lot of sense when you're going through ink cartridges all the time. Although you pay more for toner, it's not only less per page but you get more pages per toner cartridge. I'll go over the cartridges available and the number of pages later. This takes four HP 206 toner cartridges, one black and three for cyan, magenta, and black. The included cartridges are good for 1350 pages black and 700 for each color. When you buy new cartridges the standard 206A black cartridge is also good for 1350 pages. The standard 206A color cartridges are good for 1250. The high capacity 206X cartridges are good for 3150 pages black and 2450 color.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    printer.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    i buy everything from best buy,,but as many cell phones ,printers,always if i was not happy with the device,,this if i had the the intelligence,to work this machine ,,its fine,,if i cannot even use it,it has its own email..my goodness,,i just wanted a good printer,,but they stay so busy,i should have ask for help..and i was told..first time ever,You must make an appointment,even to speak to someone,,i was so disgusted,i had never been treated like that ,i understand special things have to be done,,like masks,,i had one,,but i drove 30 miles up there and i was in their almost 3 hours,,but they are great if u have to return an item,,the are the best,but they need to have a few more people working with customers,,rather than talking to another employee,,sometimes we should make some exceptions,,i had had an accident,,and 2 black eyes,,and a cut on my head,it was really bad,,well,,i am going as soon as i can,,i have nor been able to go back,,but when i do,,i will not stay there that long just to give my money,customer service are great,,this was my favorite store,but everytime i have gone up there,,every good rep,,will be gone,,so,,lets get it better ,

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome Printer

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Features

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    Value
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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Excellent HP quality. It's awesome how it automatically performs a duplex printing: saves paper and it prints documents/web pages fast. This quality is typical of HP. I've owned legacy HP printers: HP2, HP3, HP4 black and white, but I love the color. The cartridges are expensive, but for home use they should last a good while if you only print a few pages a day and don't get carried away to print and see its fine quality. Not quite like my Inkjet, but darn real close. I proud to say I own another HP printer. Quality is what keeps HP on top and in business.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Solid machine

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Print quality, Set up, Speed
    Cons mentioned:
    Noisy, Price

    Pros: good color, speed, options for install and functionality. For a big(ish) machine it gives off little to no heat while powered on continuously. Great overall print quality for text & documents. Cons: quite noisy when actually printing, HP Smart hub is not as user friendly as I think it should be, input screen is very small so some setup is hard (tiny keyboard buttons), not real good for printing photos. Overall a good machine with lots of functionality, and after many years of frustration of ink-jets drying up too quickly (living in AZ desert) this lasts longer than what I've had in the past. I had this same line (one model lower) previously though, and it stopped working properly in under two years ...so this is technically a replacement that I'm hoping outlives its' 2 year Geek Squad protection (however that was not due to drying out). One difference I've found is that I can't seem to locate how to assign an email address to this new one which was a nice function I like on the previous model (278-281). If it is still there I haven't found it yet in the HP Smart hub. The toner seems to last long enough for what we need. And while it takes up more real estate than I'd like...it isn't TOO big and clunky considering it prints, copies and scans at a level that a small business would be happy with and I'm using it in my home. In this day and age of so much being paperless and digital, actual printers may be in the twilight of their usefulness, but it is still a need when you have kids in school and especially now while working from home so much. But given the point about printers and their current place in the world, I think that this product may have been a bit overpriced too. Overall I'm happy with it...as long as it outlasts my warranty this time.

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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Super easy setup, good feature set, works well

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Print quality, Scanning
    Cons mentioned:
    Noisy, Price, Toner

    This the perfect printer for most people working at homer. You do not need to be at all technical to use it. The first page takes the longest to come out of course, but it’s about the same as any other color laser I’ve used. After that it’s a brisk 22 PPM. Unpacking is easy, put the box on its side and slide it out. Best to do this on the table the printer will reside on it is heavy at 41 pounds to lift off the floor. Then pull off the packing foam and remove several pieces of orange tape used to secure the trays and panels during shipping. No fussing with unpacking toner cartridges or prepping them, they are all in and ready to go. Setting up the printer was the easiest I’ve ever done. Add paper, plug it in, plug in an Ethernet cable or choose Wi-Fi in setup, answer some questions on the screen on location, paper size, Wi-Fi or cable, and the printer is ready. You can view and change the setting in a web browser by inputting the printers IP address, which you can get from a configuration printout on the printers LCD screen. I downloaded the HP Smart App on my iPhone. The printer was found, configured and I was printing my first item within two minutes. The amount of toner left shows as bars on the home screen. You can select to print pictures or other files from services including Google Drive, DropBox, EverNote, Facebook, a PC, a server, and pictures or documents on your phone. You can take a pic of a doc with your phone and print or fax it from the printer when away from the scanner. Very useful for those who travel allot. I printed some doc files and pictures and they looked good, rivaling a good inkjet printer on plain paper. On my PC I went into Device Manager and the printer had already installed itself. I printed a few items and then received a notice in my System Tray that an HP App was available for download from the Microsoft Store. A quick download, install and it was set. No questions to answer, it set itself up and worked flawlessly for me with printing, scanning and faxing. It also allows you to see and edit the printer settings within the app. As with other printers these days, no software ships in the box. As is typical for most home/small workgroup printers, this one has a 250 sheet paper tray, I would prefer a 500 sheet page so I can dump a whole ream of paper in it. Fewer refills, and no half ream of paper sitting loose collecting dust. There is also a 1 sheet manual feed tray for envelopes and the occasional legal size sheet. A built in duplex tray allows effortless double sided printing. Scanning however is single sided. I would expect to see a double sided scanner at this price on an otherwise well optioned all in one printer. B&W All in One printers at $125 have double sided scanning. If you do allot of double sided work, you may want to look at other printers. It’s about as quiet as a laser printer can be. There is some noise, it’s louder than an inkjet. You may not want to call sitting next to it, but with it several feet away in the same room is OK. The color screen is large enough, very responsive and easy to use. Overall the printer works well and has a good feature set. . The only downsides I found was the lack or two sided scanning and the cost of color toner. The colors that go fastest are available in extra-large cartridges which helps lower the cost per page.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice printer

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Print quality, Scanning
    Cons mentioned:
    Price, Toner

    I was excited to try this printer and made note of the dimensions so I would make sure I had a good place to set it up. Be prepared because it is not only big but heavy as well. It was well packaged and very easy to set up. I removed all the packing tape and loaded paper. The toner was already installed and ready to go. I followed the on screen prompts and entered my WiFi password. I had already used the HP Smart app and it immediately recognized my new printer and was set up that quickly. I did have to go into setting in my desk top Mac to change my printer but that was simple. The first print job was a document directly from my iPad to the printer without using the app. Strangely, the print did not print full page and was blurred. The next time I printed using the app and it was perfect. I’m sure the bad first print was probably caused by some formatting issue in the document software. The HP Smart app did the print perfectly. I tried scanning documents, copying documents and all were simple, fast and looked great. This was from from multiple devices and my Mac. The display screen on the printer could be a bit larger but is simple to use. My favorite thing and the least expected was the photo print quality. The color and detail was very nice. I’m anxious to get the recommended photo paper to see how well that works. All in all this printer is probably over kill for my needs. It will do a lot more than I will ever need. My problem, and it is a big one, will be replacing these toners. Four toners cartridges are VERY expensive. I only hope these starter toners will last me a LONG time. If you have a small business or do a lot of color printing and can afford the toner then I think this would be a good choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best HP Laserjet yet

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Great speed. Somewhat louder than my previous HP laser jet is the only minus. Ink cartridges seem cheaper. Double sided printing is great and easy to set up. Best Buy Geek Squad helped with “not clear” HP instructions on Christmas Day in the Philippines, Christmas Eve day in the U.S. I’ve had Laserjet printers since the 90’s— each lasted about ten years, this is the best one yet!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Printer

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    I have been using this for around 3 months now. Not a heavy user, a few pages every few days. I have been very pleased with the quality of the output. Mo more clogged inkjets, clean crisp output every time. The ink still shows 100%. With my old inkjet, it would have used lots of ink. This is great for my use because I would have to clean heads and waste lots of ink with an inkjet printer. At this rate, I probably won't have to replace cartridges for many years. I was lucky and able to get it on sale.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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