HP P1102W

The P1102W is a compact printer that relies on a monochrome laser print engine. Does it have the power to compete?

Tags: Best Value
  1. Editor's Rating
  • E-Mail
HP P1102W The P1102W is just about the smallest monochrome laser printer we've ever tested
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  December 13, 2010

Ratings Breakdown

Editor's Rating:
  • Performance:
  • Features:
  • Value for money:
  • Overall:
Key Specs

Connection: USB, WiFi
Duplex printing: N
Max resolution: 600 x 600dpi
Memory: 8MB
Number of paper trays: 1

Display complete specs ›

The P1102w targets SOHOs and small- and medium-sized businesses and in this grouptest, it manages a fair few distinctions.

Retailing for US $162 the HP is the least expensive printer on trial by a margin of $198. With dimensions of 349 x 238 x 196 and a weight of 5.3kg, the P1102w is also the smallest and lightest printer here.

Despite its compact size the HP packs some serious features; its print engine is capable of a maximum print resolution of 600 x 600dpi and it is also the only printer in this grouptest to offer WiFi connectivity. On the downside it lacks an Ethernet port, which most businesses would rely on.

Putting the printer to work the HP returned fairly reasonable performance figures considering its compact size and low retail price. HP claims the P1102w offers a monochrome print speed of 18ppm, so the 14.5ppm it managed when handling our 20-page text document was actually quite decent. Its first page out time of 10 seconds was also quicker than the more expensive Xerox managed while losing out to the faster Canon and OKI printers by just three- and two-seconds.

The only worry we had with the P1102w was that after every print job, we noticed a bit of steam leaving the top of the printer. This didn't affect print performance however despite us feeding the printer 40-pages at a time for a period of 30 minutes.

Verdict: The P1102w is well priced, is reasonably quick and sports WiFi connectivity. A solid buy for a SOHO or small business.

Your Review

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Performance Features Value for money

Tell us what you like about this product. This field is optional

Tell us what you don't like about this product. This field is optional

Explain to us in detail why you like or dislike the product, focusing your comments on the product's features and functionality. This field is optional

Security code