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HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf MFP Up to 25 ppm 1200 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Monochrome Laser Multifunction Printer

  • CE538A
  • 600 x 600 dpi
  • Up to 8000 pages monthly

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Jean T.
  • 8/4/2014 6:10:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsNo advanced features for Windows Server 2012

Pros: Um, it was recognized quickly when I plugged it into my LAN?

Cons: 1. This device is nothing more than a dumb printer to a Windows Server machine, despite what is said by HP employees in HP's support forums and what is suggested by the fact that it lets you download a "full featured driver package" after selecting Windows Server as your OS (the consumer-grade HP printers won't do this-- they explicity warn you that scanning/faxing/etc are not available to servers). I researched this issue for hours before I bought the printer because I knew it was a potential problem. I NEED a networked MFP primarily for the scanning function, not the printing function.

2. The HP customer support chat and phone reps are dumber than a bag of hammers. And the people who write their boilerplate scripts are equally stupid. After waiting for 20 mins both with an open chat window and on hold on the phone, I finally got some mouth-breathers who freaked out when I dropped the hotword "server", claiming that they can't answer any questions about servers. They had me call the commercial support line, and the printer rep made me call back and speak to the HP server support rep, even though I explained to him that I don't own an HP server. As predicted, the server rep was just befuddled and said I should speak to printer guy again.

Other Thoughts: Packing this up, returning it, and buying a Lexmark. This will be my last HP product after several years of putting up with declining quality and tempermental junk.

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  • Leroy D.
  • 6/18/2014 8:15:27 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBear

Pros: Fast Delivery, Easy Set Up, Works Great. Just picked up a 2nd MFP for a different location to share toner, etc. The other one has been working with no problems for over a year. Needed a new fax that worked with a digital phone line and it works fine.

Cons: Toner cost is high, but hard to find a printer that does not have high toner cost.

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  • John R.
  • 10/8/2013 8:01:10 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWent through 2 of these in 2 years

Pros: By the specs, this device fits a nice niche with its features/price.

Cons: Unreliable. We had 2 of these. Both of them broke a month after warranty for different reasons. On one the document scanner went out (the reason is a crimped ribbon cable that gets stressed each time you lift the flatbed cover). On the other, the scanning element and fax modem went out, working sporadically or not at all, sending faxes with solid black pages, or random wide black streaks (if the modem functions at all). Rebooting it fixes issues for about an hour.

Other Thoughts: HP support is non-existent after warranty. They know this product is junk. Their forum page on these issues is filled with the same worthless advice over and over and does not address the real problem. We are moving away from HP printers.

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  • Larry S.
  • 10/7/2013 9:03:26 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsOwn two; buying a third

Pros: It works. Best price I've found by using total price for initial cost plus consumables. My offices have light use; this is only used as a printer in an emergency, but they are regularly used for fax, copy and scan. In one location, all set went well. In another location, there was a problem setting up fax. Tech support was obviously off-shore, took a long time, made me take steps I had already taken that I knew wouldn't work, but in the end, about an hour later, Tech Support got me up and running. What else can I ask for? Since then, all has worked well.

Cons: I agree with what a lot of reviewers ding this on: cheap plastic. And a couple of the trays stick out at angles asking to break off. But in my offices, these machines sit off of the traffic lanes and we've never moved them since setting them up. If I had people picking them up and moving them, or if people were always walking by them, I can see the risk of snapping off parts. But the plastic, flimsy as it is, hasn't broken on the two I own.

Other Thoughts: After a year of use in two locations, I'm buying a third machine.

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  • David R.
  • 8/20/2013 5:46:10 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Nice specs for a sheet feed scanner with TWAIN support. HP Tech Support was on-line immediately. The software installed without a hitch and automatically found my network attached printer. On-line documentation is adequate for most purposes.

Cons: Aside from the device not working? The installation documentation that comes with the machine is inadequate, consisting of a series of thumbnail sketches. It would help to include a few words or larger and more detailed sketches.. On-line "Troubleshooting" takes you to links that all start with making selections from the control panel. Not helpful when the control panel isn't responding. No similar problems were mentioned on HP Forums so no help there. HP Tech Support was unable to get past the problem after about an hour on-line. So... I wait 24-48 hours for a call, then they will ship a replacement in 5-7 business days and I need to return the old one within 14 days (so that I won't be charged extra!!!). Lovely. I am so glad I paid extra for fast delivery of a device that doesn't work.

Other Thoughts: For HP: (1) A little quality control would go a long ways: Test this stuff before shipping it. IT shouldn't leave the factory like this. (2) put some words in the documentation. (3) If tech support says to "ship it back" give them the tools to process it on-line. Don't pass the buck to someone in "returns" who will call in 24-48 hours. I hope that means within two calendar days not within 6 business days. (4) Why wait a week or so to ship a replacement? What's wrong with shipping the next business day? (Like Newegg)

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  • Kenneth M.
  • 3/18/2013 7:24:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, but not dual voltage

Pros: Setup was a breeze. Been using this unit for a couple days now and it works as expected. AirPrint from iOS devices is flawless and very reliable. My unit is connected to a LAN. Scanning and printing to both Mac and PC through the network was very easy to setup and to use on all of my network connected machines. I'd recommend this product.

Cons: This unit is NOT dual voltage, even though HP and NewEgg claim that it is. It is labeled on the back as 110-127v A/C, however the tech documents, HP Website, HP Support and NewEgg's site all say that it is auto sensing 110-240v A/C. I believe the error is with HP falsely describing the device. I do not know why HP does not ship a full toner with the product. It is labeled as a "started toner" guaranteed up to about 600 pages. That seems a little shady.

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  • Jack F.
  • 2/15/2013 8:50:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWhere Oh Where Did HP Go?

Pros: This line of printers is inexpensive and has decent software which makes for easy installation and setup.

Cons: This is nothing like the quality of the old HP printers. It would be fair to say this is junk compared to my old LaserJet 5. This thing is cheap plastic and in fact I was amazed that HP would put its name on it. What a shame that HP has taken the low road. It may be OK for a home printer where it may not be used as much but for office applications, look elsewhere. Another $10 worth of heavier duty body material would make a lot of difference. But this is really low end. Go see in person one before you buy.

Other Thoughts: If durability is important then this is not the printer you want.

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2 out of 5 eggsHP isn't what it used to be

Pros: As with all HP products, the print quality is great, loading paper is easy, and the scan quality is excellent too. Even the software, which is traditionally a weak point for HP is decent enough.

Cons: HP is definitely not what it used to be - this unit uses too much plastic and so it does not live up to the longevity that HP was once known for. After the 6th or 7th use of the sheet feeder, it broke. I spent time troubleshooting a couple of days at the HP website and determined I could not fix it, so I called HP for warranty repair. My warranty had expired - literally - one DAY before I called them, SO THEY WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING. If I had not spent time trying to use their online guides to fix it myself, I would have had a warranty claim. That is just poor customer service, which used to be another hallmark of HP in the old days... I should know, I used to work for them. However, this MFP convinced me that it is no longer the company I used to know and love, so I look for quality these days and that does not lead to HP.

Other Thoughts: The product installs a LOT of software that you do not need, but the biggest confusion is their Tools app that runs on your computer and seemingly does nothing other than to try to get you to buy genuine HP toner.

In my opinion, this is priced for the HP name but is not worthy of that - it should cost half to two-thirds as much as it does with the high use of plastic and its obvious bad quality on the sheet feeder.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/11/2012 8:40:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFrustrating printer with lousy tech support, but finally figured it out

Pros: This is an update of my review from 11/28/12. Pros mentioned still stand, and scanning from the PC over an ethernet connection IS POSSIBLE!

Cons: Drivers and utilities are massive (200+ MB), klunky, bloat-ware, apparently written by someone that does not speak English as a primary language. Also requires the MS .NET Framework up through 3.5.1 with can be a tedious install, but required for more & more things all the time, so not much of an issue anymore.

* The "HP ToolboxFX" component is completely useless, and merely duplicates all the functionality available in the web interface.
* The "Help & Learn Center" is a lame excuse for decent documentation, and reads like it was definitely written somewhere off shore.

Other Thoughts: Regarding my woes trying to get the drivers to load on Win XP Pro:

My solutions to the driver that refused to install when ethernet network attached:
* DO NOT disable the TCP/IP "Service Locator Protocol" (slp) or the driver can't find the printer, and refuses to load.
* The scanner driver loaded, but refused to work, and gave no useful error messages. Turns out, your PC has to have enabled USB ports for the scan functionality to work, even if the printer is network connected. This wouldn't be a problem for most SOHO type PCs. But I run stuff out of virtual machines, and they DON'T always have virtual USB, which is why the scanner didn't work. Other companies may have USB ports disabled so employees can't steal inappropriate company data by copying onto a flash drive. Or may be running terminal services on "blade servers" or other high-density virtual desktop hardware & thin clients that don't appear to have USB. It's not as uncommon as you might think.

No one at HP could figure this out for me -- hope this helps someone. It's a decent MFP once you get it working. Suggestion -- download the current "minimal" or "basic" driver. You really just need the PCL6, fax, and scanner drivers. The rest is a waste

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/28/2012 8:21:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst, Most frustrating HP Ever

Pros: Good price, fast 1st page out, decent front panel controls.

Cons: Could not get the drivers to install, connected via ethernet. Driver refused to "see" printer, thus refused to install. I set this up the same way I have every network connected HP printer in the last 15+ years; which is, set minimal IP config via front panel. Then use web interface to do the rest. Including turning off all the protocols I don't (think) I use (or recognize.) Well, this thing has "SLP" "Service Location Protocol"; never heard of that one. But turn it off, and the drivers REFUSE to load. If it's required, then why even allow it to be disabled?!?
Wasted many hours with HP's useless tech support and my own fiddling to figure that out.
The user documentation is also some of the most incomplete I've ever seen HP publish.

Other Thoughts: Scanner still DOES NOT WORK. Supposed to have a "scan to desktop" package, plus what the docs seem to imply is a TWAIN driver to scan to other software. I can not get the HP scan utility to work, nor find a TWAIN driver for it.
I am not sure at this point if scanning is even supported over ethernet, or requires a USB connection (which would s**k, since we bought this for a group of 5 people to have equal access to.)
Dreading contacting HP re the scan functionality; will consider other brands in the future.

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