HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Compact multifunction
    • Fast print speeds
    • Good text prints
    • Wireless
  • Cons

    • Misfeeds every so often
    • Included software is very bareboned


HP announced the LaserJet Pro M1217nfw and one other new small to medium business LaserJet multifunction printer last spring, along with several workflow solutions to work alongside the technology. Previous to the unveiling of the solutions, they were available only to enterprise customers.

The M1217nfw has print, scan, copy, and fax capabilities — all in a compact build. It also has a 2-line LCD control panel with a full numeric pad, an advertised print speed of up to 19 ppm, and a black print resolution of 600 dpi. It has a 35-sheet automatic document feeder and wireless capability.

In this full review, we will reveal our M1217nfw testing results (along with plenty of other information) so you may make a more informed decision on this monochrome MFP.

HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw Specifications:

  • 4-in-1 monochrome laser MFP: print, scan, copy and fax functionalities
  • Advertised print speeds: up to 19 ppm
  • Print resolution: up to 600 x 600 dpi (black)
  • Scan resolution: up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • 35-sheet ADF
  • Adjustable control panel with 2-line LCD
  • 400 MHz Marvell processor
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 8,000 pages
  • Paper capacity: 150 sheets
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Ethernet and Wi-Fi
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year limited warranty

The M1217nfw is a monochrome multifunction laser printer with an all-black exterior and a compact build at approximately 17 x 10 x 12 inches. It has a small adjustable control panel with a 2-line LCD to the left side of the device, a 35-sheet automatic document feeder and weighs about 18 lbs without consumables. The compact size and lighter weight are both notable, especially since this is a 4-in-one device (print, scan, copy, fax).

The standard paper tray can hold up to 150 sheets and can be accessed by pulling the bottom panel down and extending the plastic paper clasp. This tray can take plain and laser paper, envelopes, transparencies, labels, cardstock, and postcards–ranging in size from 3 x 5-inches to 8.5 x 14-inches. The 35-sheet ADF is resizable, it’s located at the very top and can hold 60 to 90 g/m2. There is no bypass tray.

The adjustable control panel is located on the left side and has a 2-line LCD. The panel features a full alpha-numeric key pad, four quick keys, wireless network search, cancel print job, send fax, and start copy. The quick keys include setup/configuration main menu, copy settings, lighten/darken copy, and fax redial. There is also a return button and left/right arrow keys for easier navigation. The menus are fairly easy to navigate and a quick reference guide with the full breakdown of all the menu items can be printed upon the M1217nfw’s first boot-up. When learned, the menus and what not should not cause any problems (as far as navigation goes).

The flatbed/ADF scanner is color-capable and features a resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. When you lift the panel for the flatbed a sturdy plastic and metal extender/holder keeps the lid in place. The maximum scan size for the flatbed is 8.5 x 11.7 inches and the maximum for the ADF is 8.5 x 14 in. Advertised scan speeds (flatbed) are less than 7 seconds for a 4 x 6 document, up to 6 ppm in black, and up to 3 ppm in color. The ADF has an advertised scan speed of up to 7.4 ppm in black and 3 ppm in color. Scanner features include scan to email, scan to file (on PC) and scan to application.

The HP M1217nfw is monochrome and accordingly takes one black toner cartridge only. To access the toner cartridge space, lift the scanner upwards and then lift the flap located directly below. The device takes the black HP 85 cartridge (HP CE85A) and has an advertised 1,600 sheet capacity.

The back of the LaserJet looks a little odd in design–as it appears as though it is exposed because there is no solid back panel. Regardless, on the back of the device is where users will find all of the connections on the right side, including Ethernet, High-Speed USB 2.0, fax, Wi-Fi, and the slot for the power adapter. There is also a lock slot on the left side.




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