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HP LaserJet Pro P1606DN Workgroup Up to 26 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs definitely good for home use 01/02/2014

This review is from: HP LaserJet Pro P1606DN Workgroup Up to 26 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: we have a multi-function printer that has duplex etc but also uses a lot of black ink when doing documents (do those extra large black-only cartridges every really work?). with a college student in the household printing lots of pages I wanted to get a bottom tier laser printer that can handle 50 page print jobs quickly and with decent ink costs. after purchasing a newly released Samsung locally, I returned it within a day or two. the construction wasn't all that different but there is another key factor: drivers.
HP has been doing office printers for Windows for a long time and it shows. most of the time this thing prints extremely quickly and efficiently. we've had issues with odd docs/pdfs from time to time but most of those were user issues. the drivers aren't perfect, but are better than any others I've used.
setup is quick. it sits happily on my home network. if you browse the IP of the printer there is a "smart install" tab which will allow you to download and install the drivers from the printer itself. handy for the kids laptops.
ink use has been pretty good. since we have one heavy user with classes changing from semester to semester we couldn't predict the usage like an office. I just keep an eye out for compatible ink and always keep one ready to slap in. the ink estimator on the printer web page is fairly accurate considering the ink used per page varies a lot.
Duplexing is very quick. The printer will sit idle for days and starts printing within seconds of sending a print job. It has had very few printer jams
We've put this printer through more than I intended (probably 5000 pages over the last couple years) and it's done very well. I've very satisfied.

Cons: the driver does have a quirk where you set it to duplex and that "falls away". iirc the solution is to set it up to duplex (and whatever else you want) and then save that as the name Default. we've had that setting drop off a couple times over a year but it's a quick fix too.
it has 3 buttons on it and no screen at all. that saves on the cost of the printer but sometimes I wish it had more than stop, go, and power. that hasn't stopped fixing problems though (bad dhcp reservation for instance). most issues are fixed by powering it back on.

Other Thoughts: for bulk printing tons of duplexed documents without pictures I don't know of a better choice. we have an MFC for color and images. it does what it does very well. NewEgg has sales from time to time on compatible ink cartridges. Some are better than others but I recommend picking up the spare catridge whenever there's a good sale. No need to keep two spares since they do age and you can get 2k pages from one and that usually lasts a few months at least :)

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Date Joined: 04/23/08

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