Hewlett-Packard has a wide array of multi-function machines to fit every price range and purpose. One of their recent releases is the simplistic LaserJet Pro M1132MFP. This budget machine strips the frills off to produce only the basics. Luckily, with a decent price tag, quick printing speed, and good quality text and graphics, this printer is worth taking a closer look at.
This particular HP laser printer comes in matte black and is small enough to fit on even the smallest of desks. Along the right hand side of the machine is the basic controls with a pause, power, and three basic navigational control buttons. A simple LCD readout shows the number of scans or prints being done while three more LED's indicate various errors or if the LaserJet M1132MFP toner is running low. Perched directly above this is a the flat bed scanner which covers the entire top of the printer. Both the 150 input and low-volume output trays clip onto the front and fold directly outwards. The only connection is the USB socket directly at the back.
There are a few features that make this printer a decent choice for a relatively busy home office. HP rates the M1132MFP at upwards of 20 pages per minute and testing shows it to come relatively close to this at 18 to 19 pages per minute with larger jobs. Along with a snappy response time for the first print, this is one of the faster personal laser printers available. The scanner does a decent job at picking up pages of text and printing them back out at close to the same resolution. The other great feature is the plug and print option. Any computer running Windows can connect via a USB and print out almost immediately as the internal memory of the printer will quickly install the basic drivers.
The most glaring oversight is the input and output trays. There is no cover for either tray which means the paper must be withdrawn for any extended period if the user does not want dust to smear prints. It also takes a bit of elbow grease to install the LaserJet M1132MFP toner cartridges, which sit well into the printer next to the single-piece drum. The only other major oversight was the lack of plug and print options for Apple computers running OS X.