HP’s LaserJet Pro M15w is an entry-level personal monochrome laser printer. It prints well overall and is fast. At 6.3 by 13.6 by 7.5 inches (HWD) with its trays closed and weighing 8.4 pounds, the M15w can be put in anywhere. From a hardware standpoint, everything about the M15w is simple, right down to its three-button control panel.

The three options are Power, Cancel, and WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) for initializing a one-touch connection to a wireless network. Each button also has a corresponding LED status indicator. As with most business-oriented printers, and especially laser printers, it can also be configured and monitored to generate reports from the M15w’s built-in web server.

Paper handling consists of one 150-sheet tray that folds down from the front of the device. Printed pages land on a 100-sheet bin atop of the printer.

The M15w is one of the very few laser printers that doesn’t have an Ethernet port. Included on the printer as standard interfaces are Wi-Fi and connecting to a single PC via USB 2.0, and Apple Air Print, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Wi-Fi Direct, and HP Smart App facilitate mobile connectivity.

Smart App, in addition to providing a uniform interface across multiple platforms for connecting to and managing the printer, also gives access to HP’s Smart Tasks, which are workflow profiles that shorten multistep activities down to tapping or clicking an icon. Smart Tasks also be used on smartphone or tablet cameras as a scanner, and then the scanned document can be printed as a full-size document on the HP printer, a feature HP first introduced on its Tango and Tango X printers some years back.

Given the M15w’s relatively low resolution of 600 by 600 dpi, output quality is surprisingly good. But then that resolution is plenty high enough for producing good-looking text, which monochrome laser printers are primarily designed to print.

Learn more about the HP LaserJet Pro M15w printer.

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