For a lot of HP’s AirPrint printers I’ve been very critical because of the poor designs. On the other hand the LaserJet Pro M1536dnf is one of the admittedly few AirPrint enabled printers I’d actually consider buying.
Firstly let’s take a look at the specifications because for how much you pay you get a pretty solid set of core capabilities. To begin I’ll just start by saying that this is a black and white printer only, it’s a printer, copier, fax and scanner aimed more for businesses and commercial use.
Another really critical difference is that this doesn’t come with the ability to connect to the wireless network itself. It doesn’t have a wireless card and it doesn’t act like a typical AirPrint model by connecting to the wireless network a long with the device sending the information to be printed. In fact you plug in an Ethernet cable from your LaserJet Pro M1536dnf to your wireless internet modem which allows the wireless printing. This enables both HP AirPrint as well as ePrint to function and considering this printer’s commercial and business related use this is a very useful ability.
Its specifications are very much geared towards business related use, it prints to 600 x 600 dpi, and its mainly for A4 sized paper. It has an automatic document feeder for quick printing and a duplex print mechanism which means for double sided printing you don’t need to have to turn over the sheets of paper yourself. It prints at 26ppm which isn’t particularly quick at all, it’s quite mediocre but it gets the job done. The paper tray can hold 250 sheets of laser printing paper, and overall this is a very stable and efficient device. Everything about this printer says ‘small business’, its costs are quite low but what you’re getting is an effective work printer. This is great for printing out lots of crisp black and white documents, reasonably quickly, without much hassle or input and on both sides. Very commercial.
What’s more is that much unlike many other of the HP AirPrint Printers I’ve reviewed it looks like this one is actually reliable. Yes, I’m very surprised too. I’ve only read a few negative comments and most of these were aimed at the first releases of the HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf and although they were only small issues it seems that these small issues have been fixed.
This is a really great commercial printer and it’s perfect for small businesses or the self employed. It’s very affordable and it’s great for what it does. If you need cheap printing then go for this because not only is the device cheap for what it does but because laser printers use toner and not ink they’re vastly more cost effective. This is perfect if you’re going to be doing a lot of printing – and perfect if you’re not going to be doing that much printing as well. They’re genuinely good printers, reliable, well built and with reasonable core specifications.
It’s faxing system is said to run well with one slight annoyance – apparently it prints a confirmation sheet for incoming faxes which seems a little silly. If its not arrived then it doesn’t print anything which doesn’t really tell you anything, and if its arrived then obviously you don’t need telling. On the other hand it doesn’t have this system for faxes going out where if anywhere it needs it, it’s there.
If you need a decent amount of black and white printing which is hassle free then I strongly recommend this product. I’ve gotten pretty sick of having to crush some of HP’s terrible AirPrint printers so it’s very refreshing to have something good to say for once. Recommended.