Reviews and Problems with HP LaserJet P1102 / P1102W
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Awesome little laser printer
Patricia T., Newegg
3 days ago
Summary: Though I don't have the ability to do color copies with this unit, I don't really care. I only printed mostly black and white with the color copier anyway!
Pros: This printer replaced an Epson inkjet that sucked ink like no tomorrow. The replacement cartridge for this laser printer prints 5000 pages where as $$ more for four ink cartridges that lasted maybe a month before drying up from not alot of use made it cost effective. I finally reached my limit and ordered this little gem. Great price, crisp copies, wireless so the whole family can use it. It's perfect.
Summary: I have deployed three of these in small office environments. One works perfectly, but the other two loose connection to the wireless network after printing (not every time), and have to be powered down and back up numerous times each day. I've tested them on several different networks which are stable for all other devices but loose contact with this printer. Seems to be a fairly common problem. HP is of no help at all, preferring to blame the network.
Pros: A nice compact package for personal or light duty office use.
Cons: The setup is clumsy. (Does everybody really want the "Shop at HP" program on their desktop?). The wireless connection is unreliable (see below).
Cons: WIFI is a joke. I have a top of the line Linksys WIFI router wit DD WRT FW. I couls not get the WIFI to work. I have over 15 WIFI devices connected to my router. It never gets an address. HP support site will charge you only to tell you it is your router. Without the WIFI you never get an address. Without an address you cannot configure the printer. Mine shuts off and I need to turn it on everytime I need to print. Not worth paying the shipping to return it.
Summary: Since I use a Mac, I followed the reviews of previous owners to download and install the printer software from Apple. It is very new, but seems similar to my previous ancient HP Laser printer that not could not be used by my other hardware. If it lasts as well as the previous model it will outlive me. I recommend that you go to the web and download the instructions.
Summary: HP makes great laser printers. This is my third since 1995. The last two have been wireless. Printer number two was a workhorse and it's still going. So this new one works as expected but I would like to say something about set up for Macs. It's not as straightforward as PC setup. You will need to go to the manual on the CD and go to the wireless Mac set up and follow the instructions.
Excerpt: No doubt this printer would meet the needs of a small business just as well but I purchased it for home use. The printer functions really well and it was so very easy to set up and run. Space is at a premium so this unit's small footprint was a requisite for me. While I am using it at home, I am using it for my own small business. Cartridges are reasonably priced for this machine.