?Somewhere between the personal desktop laser printer and the freestanding workgroup appliance sits a group that could effectively be referred to as SOHO (small office, home office) lasers. They are quicker when compared to the entry-level models, generally within the 20ppm level, and often possess duplex print built-in as standard. HP's latest LaserJet Pro P1606dn is situated in this range, possessing a performance suitable to stake a claim within the small business market, also. All decked out in black plastic, but with an industrial look and feel, the unit doesn't quite understand whether it is a permanent printing fixture or otherwise. There is no detachable paper cassette, rather it can take as much as 250 sheets stacked inside its front cover. There's a simple clip-on cover, so its possible to leave the printer open while not getting the paper dusty. The extension for the output tray on the top of the device is likewise designed as a permanent fixture and does not collapse in when you are not working with the appliance. As much as 10 sheets of special-purpose paper may also be loaded, using the paper tray cover as the feed surface. The control panel includes four LEDs, with respect to power, data, error conditions as well as low toner. There are two push buttons in order to feed paper as well as cancel a print job. Behind are sockets designed for USB and also Ethernet, though this particular unit does not have any wireless capability as standard but you may add a wireless server. Raise the top cover and you have entry to the single-piece drum and toner cartridge, which slots in simply. Drivers needed for Windows as well as OS X are provided on the CD and Linux as well as UNIX drivers are available through download. HP promises speeds of up to 25ppm for the P1606dn, however our five-page text print provided 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 required seven seconds in order to print. These speeds are certainly respectable and they are partly because of the very brief wake-up period prior to printing begins. HP boasts its 'instant-on' fuser makes it possible for first pages to come out in seven seconds and we would not disagree with this. Duplex print is likewise fast, with the same 20-side document printing on 10 pages in 1:24, a pace of 14.3 sides per minute. That is fast enough to set the appliance to duplex by default and make consequent paper savings. Print quality is normally excellent. Black text is razor-sharp as well as thick without any sign of toner spatter. When it came to line graphics, though, we did observe a few irregularities along trailing edges of horizontal lines. These were inconsistent, certainly not appearing on every single page, and may have been a teething trouble. Greyscale fills are very good, with an above average collection of greys without signs of banding. Black text over grey turned out nicely, as well and our test photo print appeared excellent, with a lot of shadow detail, as well as finely reproduced objects within the foreground. The printer's superior 1,200dpi resolution is the default with regard to this sort of print, yet doesn't slow the unit down whatsoever, so far as we were able to measure. 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 offers an all-around performance which makes it really worth taking into consideration in the event you are within the SOHO category. HP toner cartridges are available here.