The HP LaserJet Pro P1102 touches all the right bases for a personal monochrome laser. It’s small and light, it’s fast, and it delivers reasonably high-quality output across the board. It’s also less expensive than HP’s last generation LaserJet P1006 Printer, which it replaces, but with improved speed and output quality plus the addition of WiFi as standard, so you can share it easily. All of this makes the P1102 a reasonably attractive choice.
Helping make up for the low paper capacity is the convenience of a 10-sheet multipurpose tray, which lets you print on different types of paper—checks or letterhead for example—without having to swap out the paper in the main tray or manually feed each page using a single-sheet manual feed.
As with most low-end mono lasers, physical setup is easy.
Find a spot for the printer, remove the packing materials, load paper, and plug in the power cord.
You then have a choice of either plugging in the USB cable and letting the driver install automatically from the printer or running the automated installation program from disc and connecting the supplied USB cable when the program tells you to.
(Note that the automatic installation of the driver stored in the printer doesn’t work with the Mac, but HP says the driver will install in all the versions of Windows that the printer works with.)
Once installed, the P1102 works swimmingly.
The engine is rated at 19 pages per minute (ppm), which even for a personal printer is modest by today’s standards.