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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People really like the multifunction and noise. The size and performance also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative comments about the price.

usability, performance, size, noise, multifunction


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : William Harrel (

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw


An entry-level color laser AIO printer, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw prints well overall, albeit somewhat expensively, making it a good fit for companies that don't require more than a few hundred prints and copies each month.

Good output quality. Compact. Easy-to-navigate 5-inch color touch screen. Strong mobile connectivity. Supports USB thumb drive.

Somewhat high purchase price. No automatic document feeder. Lacks near-field communication (NFC). Slow for the price. Graphics and photo quality could be better.

Bottom Line: An entry-level color laser AIO printer, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw prints well overall, albeit somewhat expensively, making it a good fit for companies that don't require more than a few hundred prints and copies each month.

Dec, 2017

TechGearLab Editors' Choice Award

Expert review by : Max Mutter (

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw Review


Great balance of functionality and quality for any home office

Great text and graphics quality, great interface

Can be expensive, relatively slow for a laser

The M281fdw combines all the printing, faxing, copying, and scanning that you could hope for in a multifunction printer, and does so with aplomb. There isn't really a task that the M281fdw does not excel in, except for being easy on the wallet. If your...

Oct, 2016

Consumer review (

Best printer yet


Fed up with replacing inkjet cartridges so often (and with ever increasing prices) we decided to invest in a laser printer. Best decision ever. Speed and quality great. Pity HP is not so speedy in dealing with cash back offer. After 3 weeks still no...

Mar, 2018

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified:Y


Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):21
Copy speed (normal quality, colour, A4):21
Maximum Copy Resolution:600 x 600
Maximum number of copies:99


Colour of product:White


Colour display:Y
Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86


Fax broadcasting:119
Fax forwarding:Y
Fax memory:1300
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):120
Modem Speed:33.6

Input capacity

Standard input capacity:250


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Mobile printing technologies:Apple AirPrint,HP ePrint,Mopria Print Service
Security algorithms:WEP,WPA,WPA2,WPS
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 70
Operating temperature (T-T):15 - 30

Other features

Package weight:21.5
Pallet weight:538.7

Output capacity

Standard output capacity:100

Packaging Content

Cartridge(s) included:Y
Included cartridge capacity (black):1400
Included cartridge capacity (CMY):700
Power cord included:Y
Quick installation guide:Y
Software CD:Y
Warranty card:Y

Paper Handling

Custom media length:127 - 356
Custom media width:76 - 216
Envelopes sizes:DL
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4,A5,A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5,B6
ISO C-series sizes (C0...C9):C5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Standard tray media types:Card stock, Envelopes, Glossy paper, Labels, Photo paper, Pre-printed, Transparencies


Built-in processor:Y
Copying:Colour copying
Duplex functions:print
Maximum duty cycle:40000
Number of print cartridges:4
Print Technology:Laser
Printer management:HP Printer Assistant (UDC); HP Utility (Mac); HP Device Toolbox; HP JetAdvantage Security Manager
Printing:Colour printing
Printing colours:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Processor frequency:800
Recommended duty cycle:150 - 2500
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing:Y
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Energy Star Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC):0.759
Power consumption (off):0.1
Power Consumption (printing):342
Power consumption (ready):8
Power consumption (sleep):1.2


Duplex print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):12
Duplex print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Letter):12
Maximum Resolution:600 x 600
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):21
Print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Letter):21
Standard printer languages:PCL 5c,PCL 6,PCLm,URF
Time to first page (black, normal):10.6
Time to first page (colour, normal):12.3


Image formats supported:JPS,PNG,RAW,TIF
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 1200
Scanner Type:Flatbed & ADF


Bundled software:HP Software Uninstaller\nHP PCL6 Printer Driver\nHP Device Experience (DXP)\nHP Web Services Assist (HP Connected)\nDevice Setup & Software\nHP Printer Assistant\nHP Product Improvement Study\nOnline user manuals\nHP Scan Driver\nHP Scan Application\nHP Fax Driver\nHP Fax Application
Drivers included:Y
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra


Card reader integrated:N
Internal Memory:256

System requirements

Minimum hard disk space:850

Weight & Dimensions

Height :334.1
Package depth:398
Package height:532
Package weight:21.5
Package width:498