HP has a lot of experience in the field of low to mid-range printers and they have managed to package all of this knowledge into the HP LaserJet Pro P1566. This laser printer may be one of the absolute best printers for the busy home office or expanding small business. With tons of helpful features and the speed and precision to back it up, it is no wonder that HP has become synonymous with quality printers at a great price.
HP went with the traditional box design that has been seen in offices around the world for the past fifteen years. The face of the machine opens outward to allow for access to the 250 sheet paper input tray while finished copies exit the top of the machine to a downward sloping output tray that can hold around 100 or 150 pages at most. On the top is also a priority feed slot which allows for copies on envelopes or other oddly shaped mediums. At its widest point it is only around 38 cm across and weighs just over 6 kg when not filled with paper. The processor runs at a snappy 266 MHz and there is 8 MBs of memory. The HP P1566 toner cartridges can be accessed through the top of the printer which almost completely detaches to allow access to the internals.
With this printer there are almost too many advantages to name. There is full compatibility with all operating systems including Linux and older Windows and Apple Mac OS X systems. HP claims that their P1566 can produce 22 pages a minute, and surprisingly this is right on the mark with standard black text prints. There is an energy saving standby mode which can go from complete standby to producing the first print in just about 7 seconds, making it one of the fastest warm ups on the market. To install new HP P1566 toner, it's just a matter of opening the bay, removing the used HP P1566 toner and dropping in the new one. There is a JetDirect upgrade which makes the printer fully wireless for larger offices as well. It also produces an impressive 1,200 x 1,200 dot per inch ratio for crisp lines and clean prints.
Unfortunately, this machine was just not built for larger and busier offices. There is a maximum of 8,000 pages per month, and a dramatic drop in quality if the workload nears this amount. With no options to upgrade memory, paper trays, or faxing, companies may find themselves outgrowing this printer rather quickly.