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In between the personal desktop laser printer and the freestanding workgroup machine is located a group that could effectively be called SOHO (small office, home office) lasers. They're more rapid in comparison to the entry-level devices, usually about the 20ppm level, and usually have duplex print built-in as normal. HP's brand new LaserJet Pro P1606dn sits in this group, having a performance appropriate to stake a claim in the small business market, as well. All decked out in black plastic, but with an industrial look and feel, the machine does not quite know whether it is a permanent printing fixture or not. There's no discrete paper cassette, rather it will take as much as 250 sheets stacked on the inside of its front cover. There is a clip-on cover, so that you can keep the printer open while not getting the paper dirty. The extension for the output tray at the top of the device is likewise meant as a permanent fitting and doesn't collapse in when you are not working with the device. As many as 10 sheets of special-purpose paper can be loaded, employing the paper tray cover as a feed surface. The control panel includes four LEDs, with respect to power, data, error conditions and also low toner. There's two push buttons to feed paper as well as cancel a print job. Behind are sockets for USB as well as Ethernet, even though this device has no wireless capability as standard nevertheless , you may add a wireless server. Raise the top cover and you've got entry to the single-piece drum and toner cartridge, which slots in very easily. Drivers for Windows as well as OS X are included on the CD plus Linux and UNIX drivers can be obtained via download. HP promises speeds up to 25ppm for the P1606dn, however our five-page text print produced a speed capacity of 13.6ppm. The 20 page text print, on the other hand, raises this to 21.4ppm, while the 5-page text and graphics print split the difference between the two at 17.7ppm. A 15 x 10cm picture with an A4 sheet needed seven seconds to be able to print. These rates of speed are certainly good and are partially due to the really brief wake-up period prior to printing begins. HP boasts its 'instant-on' fuser makes it possible for first pages to emerge in seven seconds and we would not disagree with this. Duplex print also happens to be fast, with the same 20-side document printing upon 10 pages in 1:24, a speed of 14.3 sides per minute. That is quick enough to set the device to duplex by default making consequent paper savings. Print quality is generally very good. Black text is razor-sharp as well as thick with no indication of toner spatter. When it came to line graphics, however, we did notice a few irregularities along trailing edges of horizontal lines. These were inconsistent, certainly not showing up on every last page, and might have been a teething condition. Greyscale fills are extremely good, with a decent variety of greys without indications of banding. Black text over grey turned out very well, also and our test picture print was excellent, with a lot of shadow fine detail, as well as finely reproduced objects inside the foreground. The printer's superior 1,200dpi resolution is the default for the purpose of this sort of print, but does not slow the unit down in any way, so far as we were able to gauge. There is actually only one consumable pertaining to this particular appliance, a 2,100-page HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn toner cartridge. The HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn posseses an all round performance which makes it definitely worth taking into consideration if you are within the SOHO range. HP toner cartridges are available here. I am a long time member of the Cartridge Concept team which specialises in printer cartridges.
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