HP LaserJet 276n Colour MFP 

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Colour Lasers used to cost a lot and were also rather big. The next problem was that colour pages printed at only 25% of the speed of monochrome ones. Now all that has been solved with a unit little larger than an inkjet offering.

LaserJet Pro 200 Color M276n All in One Printer
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It is 44x44x39cm and weights 23kilos. These figures include the inbuilt paper tray and printed output is also within these figures.

This is a four in one offering as it has print, copy, scan and fax, however it will also print from IOS or Android devices remotely via the web and locally.

It is a touch control unit and the only button is on/off which is found quite low down on the front towards the right side. The 7x5cm touch panel is bright and easy to read at its normal tilted back 45degree angle but it can be raised to vertical.

Between the on/off button and the touch panel is the only other connection on the front a USB port.

The power lead enters back left while all the other connections USB, Ethernet, Phone etc. are all in a single vertical line back right.

The paper tray is at the base of the front and can hold up to 150sheets.

A CD-ROM is supplied for PC setup and another one for MAC setup. As with most it immediately wants to go online to search for updates.

The basic install is separate to that for fax as I assume HP recognises not all want fax these days.

Whatever print quality setting you select the printing speed is the same and my tests made this 16PPM slightly more than claimed.

A full page colour A4 image printed in around 20 seconds. However I was less pleased that the initial time between switch on and being ready to start printing, copying or scanning is 38 seconds.

As with all such tests the time between sending and printing starting has a delay and this can be up to a minute so not great for switching on to print/copy/scan a single page.

Quality was excellent and while a colour image on a laser looks different to a near photographic image produced on an inkjet they still look good.

The options for copying and scanning are good. A copy can be output in 10seconds. Two icons are produced on your PC one help and manuals and the other for scanning. It is also possible to scan to a network drive or to email from the unit.

A nice workhorse ideal for a small office as it supports more than one PC apart from its ability to print from IOS or Android devices without you needing to install any software on them.

You can send via Wi-Fi pages from anywhere in the world to print on the unit, it has to of course be left on for this to work.

Power consumption figures are 315watts copying, 310watts printing, 13watts ready, 6.4watts sleep and .2watts off.

The HP Laserjet 276n is available from the first link below for £235.41 with free delivery. The latter is important with something of that weight.

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