HP M148fdw LaserJet Pro 多功能一体机
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- 1,000 pages initial toner
- 23,000 pages imaging drum
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HP Laser Jet Pro M148dw
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First, a basic description behind my rating. The printer, once setup, is really, really fast. It scans well, and printed text is clear and contrasty. I'm impressed with it as a printer.
The downside to the product: there is no SMTP scan to email feature. HP's own technical specification claims there is, and Amazon's own product images shows a checkbox next to scan to email, but it's genuinely *not there*. HP's Embedded Web Services should have an option for it, and it's not there.
So I took off one star. It doesn't mean scanning isn't possible. It just means you have to be at a computer with some sort of scan software running to scan. Note: scan software comes with Mac OS and with Windows, so it's not a matter of needing difficult-to-use software -- it's strictly a matter of push-button convenience.
Apart from this, the printer is fairly sleek, and it's not too loud for a laser printer. I think 4 / 5 stars is warranted, pending long-term reliability. Remember my 24 year old printer? We'll see how this one does.
Second: installation, which seems to be a sticking point in the reviews below.
Let me start by saying that the printer is NOT so smart that you can just turn it on, select a WiFi network from its display, and voila, you have a printer / scanner / fax on every computer. *Some* setup is needed if you want the device to show up wirelessly. The good news: it's not too difficult. The bad news: HP's instructions are a little iffy.
If you just want a USB printer, just plug in the included USB cable to your computer, and any Windows machine will recognize the device and download the necessary drivers for it. As a wired printer, you don't need to follow any of HP's setup instructions. Using Windows 10, which has a built-in scan app, you can hit the ground running even with the scanner with no confusion.
If, however, you want to use the printer on your local Wi-Fi network, I think you'll have to install HP's "HP Easy Start" software. (If someone else has another way, feel free to comment on this review.) This is step 6 in HP's "Getting Started" guide, but in Step 5, small text says NOT to connect the USB cable to the printer until the software has been installed. Connecting the cable before HP's software is installed and running allows Windows to grab the driver and set up the printer before HP's Easy Start does, which might cause issues later on in the installation.
Once that software is installed, it will guide you through step-by-step to getting the printer on the wireless network. Once it's connected to the network, the LED of the antenna button on the touch panel will be solid blue, and you can use any computer -- Mac or Windows -- to look for devices, and the printer will be there.
Realistically, once the Easy Start software is installed, it can actually be uninstalled, since the wireless settings will be written to the printer during the Easy Start setup process (via the USB cable, which the installation prompts you to plug in at the right moment). I've printed and scanned documents now from two computers, neither of which have HP Easy Start on them, as well as the computer that I originally installed Easy Start from, with no issues. I uninstalled Easy Start on the original computer I used to communicate with the printer and it can still print and scan via wireless.
So, in all reality, it shouldn't be too difficult to set up the printer, even though HP's instructions are a bit of a nightmare. The main reason to go through their steps is to get the printer on the wireless network. They should read:
Step 1: plug in printer to wall outlet
Step 2: wait for printer to initialize
Step 3: install HP Easy Start via the URL provided in the Setup Guide
Step 4: run the software and follow it through*
Step 4 is really the last one to get the printer on wireless. The next steps aren't really different from any printer installation of any sort.
Step 5: uninstall Easy Start if you prefer
Step 6: if you have other computers, add the printer per that operating system's normal instructions. If you're on wireless, the printer will have a complicated network name alongside its model name (M148xyz).
Step 7, if needed: HP Easy Start does offer the choice to install about 300 MB of additional software, such as OCR (optical character recognition) software. It's the "full software installation" option during the installation process.
Once installed, to print, simply select the printer. To scan, either open the Scan app (Windows 10) or search Spotlight for "scan" (Mac OS). The appropriate app will allow you to choose a scan filetype (e.g. PDF, PNG, TIFF, etc) and scan resolution. You can then process this file as you need to -- email, print, save, etc. HP Easy Start has some additional options that you
* note that HP Easy Start includes two default settings that allow HP to monitor what the printer is doing. You can disable these during the installation process. Read the description of each service reporting data to HP and decide for yourself if you want the data to be collected and provided.
Everything works automatically, out of the box, flawlessly, and much faster and with less hassle as I expected.
1. Printer was packed in the box really well. The box was dented, but the printer was intact.
2. The printer in the box came pre-assembled. Including trays, toner, etc. is already installed and secured inside the printer. All you need to do is to find a place to position the printer, remove adhesive tape strips that secured parts in transit, plug-in included cables, insert paper, and you re (almost) in business. Keep in mind, that if you want to pass the phone line through the printer to an external phone, you will need an additional phone cable -- the printer comes with one phone, one USB, and one power cable.
3. The first time after powering up the printer makes all sorts of worrisome noises. It will complete the self-adjustments in a couple of minutes. During this time both green circle and orange Alert triangle will flash, but no worries: it will settle down and will not do this any more.
4. If you have a wired TCP/IP connection available and your router has an available DHCP address spot, plug in the network cable in the back of the printer. At this point, you are 99.99% done. All you need is to open Printers in your Windows 7 or 10 system, click Add Printer, and it will install automatically (see screen shot below). You do not need to click on the button to install the app -- everything will work without it and you will be able to control all printer functions from a browser session. This is a true plug-and-play at its best. I have never seen printers being added so fast and flawlessly, even with large corporate printers. If your computer is on the slow side, you may wait for a couple of minutes until it loads the driver. The progress bar will show the status, and don't worry if it is stuck a bit around 2/3 of its scale -- it should be fine, just give it another minute.
5. Now the magic begins. Even thought the printer is connected to the wired network (and the Wi-Fi is Off), all mobile devices on your home network will "see" it and you will be able to set up and print from your iPads and Androids in seconds -- worked for me. You will need to follow the Add Printer on each device. Remember that at this point, you do not have any cloud services and have the printer only on your local network. hence, it's a network (not Internet) printer for all these devices.
6. You can use Wi-Fi instead of a wired network. I have not tested this option, because I do not see the benefit since I already have the network drop and all devices work with the printer using their LAN connections.
7. Technical specs on the power consumption: 475 watts (active printing), 4.5 watts (ready), 1.0 watts (sleep), 0.1 watts (Auto Off/Wake on USB, enabled at shipment), 0.05 watts (Auto-off/Manual-on), 0.05 watts (Manual Off). The peak power consumption is twice lower, sleep - 10 times lower than in older printers, like Brother MFC 8500.
8. The printer has an excellent browser-based interface, which has enormous number of settings. Make sure you understand what you change or side effects will make you regret that. I touch more on this lower in this review.
9. It goes from sleep to active printing literally within 2-3 seconds. I cannot believe how fast it spits out pages!
10. It can print double sided pages, but you must set this when you submit each print job, every time -- this makes it a bit tedious. I wish this setting could "stick" for every device and every job.
11. In addition to a superb flat class copier, it also has automatic document feeder (up to 10 pages) for scanning and copying. Works fine. However, when lifted, the document feeder top does not hold well and can slam down on the printer. Be careful.
12. Black cartridges will set you back by ~$80 with tax for 1200 pages and ~$140 for 2400 pages. Not cheap, but reasonable.
13. The printer has enormous number of features, from Internet printing to FAX to email scanned documents, etc. One needs a lot of time to try them on. The features may be complex. Changing a gazillion of settings may have unexpected side effects. However, the printer allows to save its configuration in a file and restore it later. So, save the configuration that works for you, then re-test all important functions after the change.