This toaster oven-tiny, black-and-white wireless laser printer can be tucked just about anywhere -- and the HP LaserJet Pro P1102w earns some nods from experts and owners for that reason. It's missing a duplexer and Ethernet connection though. If you can spare a few inches of extra space, reviewers prefer the faster, fuller-featured Brother HL-2270DW (Est. $130).
Little printer sacrifices speed and paper handling. It can actually print faster than its advertised 19 pages per minute, PCMag.com finds. But the HP LaserJet Pro P1102w still pokes along more slowly than its 27-ppm Brother rival in independent tests. At ComputerShopper.com, the HP takes 23 seconds longer than the Brother to print 20 pages of text.
This small laser printer sacrifices paper capacity too. It holds just 150 sheets (plus a 10-sheet bypass slot), while competitor printers hold 250 sheets. And without a duplexer, you'll have to manually flip pages to get two-sided prints. Printouts do look par for a laser printer: That means nice, sharp text, but unimpressive graphics.
Stash this wireless printer anywhere. All closed up, the HP LaserJet Pro P1102w is "comparable in size to a large toaster oven," ComputerShopper.com says -- about 9 by 14 inches and about 8 inches tall. At less than 12 pounds, this printer is easy to stash in a small space.
You won't need to fuss with cords either (except for the power cord), thanks to built-in Wi-Fi that lets users share and print wirelessly. There is a USB jack, so you can hook up your computer that way if you like. There's no Ethernet jack, though, so no wired networking.
Relatively expensive toner. You'll pay more per-print with the HP LaserJet Pro P1102w (about 5.2 cents per page, according to a leading test) than with the Brother HL-2270DW (1.9 cents) and other top-rated laser printers at this price.
Of course, if you don't print much, that may not be an issue. This is a lighter-duty printer than its rivals anyway. HP says the P1102w can print up to 5,000 pages in a month, but the company recommends sticking to 1,500 pages most of the time -- about 50 pages per day max.
HP backs the P1102w with the industry-standard one-year warranty. HP printers generally break down more than Brother, Canon and Samsung printers, according to reader surveys at PCMag.com and Britain's Which? magazine. This particular laser printer gets mostly good owner feedback, but several Amazon.com owners lately say it won't work with their Macs.
Reviewer M. David Stone gives the HP LaserJet Pro P1102w 3.5 out of 5 stars, saying it "touches all the right bases for a personal monochrome laser." PCMag.com's tests show the printer runs faster than its advertised 19 pages per minute.
Review: HP LaserJet Pro P1102w, M. David Stone, April 1, 2010
2. Computer Shopper
It's small and inexpensive, but the HP P1102w earns only 2.5 out of 5 stars here. Susan Glinert downgrades it for "merely average performance" and high cost per page.
Review: HP LaserJet Pro P1102w Review and Ratings, Susan Glinert, May 14, 2010
Editors here test the HP P1102w's speed, print quality and more, then rank it alongside seven other black-and-white laser printers. Editors also note each printer's cost per page of text, as well as ink (or toner) cost per month.
Review: HP LaserJet Pro P1102w, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
4. Which? magazine
This British magazine, similar to Consumer Reports, tests 113 printers and picks best buys. Tests are rigorous, but only subscribers can see the results. Which? also surveys its readers to find out which printer brands are most reliable.
Review: HP LaserJet Pro P1102w Review, Editors of Which? magazine, Not dated
Owners give HP printers middling scores for reliability and owner satisfaction in this large reader survey. HP rates lower than all other printer brands in the survey for tech support and ink/toner costs.
Review: Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Printers, Ben Gottesman, July 31, 2013
With more than 900 owner reviews posted, the HP P1102w averages a very high 4.4 out of 5 stars. Most praise its speed, small footprint and ease of use.
Review: HP LaserJet Pro P1102w Printer, Contributors to Staples.com, As of May 2014
The HP P1102w doesn't rate quite as highly here: 3.9 out of 5 stars, with more than 500 owners posting reviews. However, recently, several owners have posted that it won't work with their Macs.
Review: HP LaserJet Pro P1102, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014