HP brings out the smallest printer and the smallest multifunction device in its class. However, it requires more space and the follow-up costs are correspondingly high, which is negligible for small printers.
M15 series: Printer without scanner
The updated M15a and M15w of the updated Laserjet Pro series are HP’s smallest laser printer in its class. This refers to the footprint, which actually turns out somewhat lower than the previous series M12 and also in the competition of Brother on Kyocera or Ricoh.
Proudly four centimeters in depth could be saved compared to the quite similar predecessor, but the information is valid only as long as you do not open the open paper tray with integrated output. In operation, it must be opened to load paper.
Here then find up to 150 sheets of plain paper its place, which are not protected from dust. Furthermore, the small HP can only print the front of a sheet. The back can only be labeled by hand.
The M15a is the new entry for around 70-80 money currency. The pure printer creates A4 pages with a speed of up to 18 ipm and has no special features. The connection to the computer is made exclusively via USB.
That is also the difference to the 10 currency more expensive M15w, which can also be integrated into a wireless network. Thus, the model can also be controlled by an app and is Airprint compatible. All other properties are identical.
Based on this, there is also the new M28a for 140 euros as an entry into the world of b / w multifunction printers – scanning and copying are therefore added as possible tasks. As a successor to the M26a, there are few innovations, except for the slightly smaller depth.
If you want to print wirelessly from a computer or smartphone, you need the Wlan variant M28w. The successor of the M26w is then able to be served by Android or iOS devices with an app and also directly access via the integrated printing functions.
As a small extra there is a small display on the w-model with the number of copies. The “simple” model can only start a copy after pressing a button.
For the new S / W entry, HP has introduced new toner cartridges with built-in image drum Series 44A. These are available only with a range of rather meager but in the class usual 1,000 pages to ISO 19752. Included in the delivery is a cartridge that should be used up after 500 pages and then requires a further investment of around 55-60 money currency for the standard toner.
The follow-up costs are quite high, but are about 20 percent lower than its predecessor. The competition shows that although it is cheaper, but the expected pressure volume in this class is low anyway.
The new single-pass printers and multifunctional systems are expected to be on the market by mid-April 2018 and come with a standard 12-month warranty.