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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 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. Comments about the multifunction and size are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good opinions.

performance, usability, price, size, 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 (pcmag.com)

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

Expert review by : Kyle Funk (techaeris.com)

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw review: Fast print jobs for home or small businesses

 

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw is a mouthful in name, but it does make up for the ridiculously long name with print times as fast as 10.3 seconds for black prints while color prints are as fast as 11.7 seconds. Read on for our full review!

Compact design ; Price is reasonable ; Prints quickly ; Works with mobile

Photo quality can be a hit or miss

Now that you’ve read everything, it’s time to for the final thoughts of HP’s LaserJet Pro printer. As a printer, it’ll do the same thing as just about any other printer out there when it comes to printing, scanning, or fax documents but with HP, you’re...

Apr, 2018

TechGearLab Editors' Choice Award

Expert review by : Max Mutter (techgearlab.com)

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 (johnlewis.com)

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

Consumer review (hp.com)

Recommended

 

So far, performing flawlessly. Tech support is outstanding.

Feb, 2018

Consumer review (hp.com)

Great for Small Office

 

Setup was simple. Huge improvement from the similarly priced inkjet that this replaced. Much faster!

Jan, 2018

Consumer review (hp.com)

Everything I Expected

 

I purchased the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw for my wife as an early Xmas present. Her previous multi-function color inkjet printer (also an HP) was slow, noisy, and expensive to operate since the color ink cartridges frequently ran dry, and the...

Jan, 2018

Consumer review (hp.com)

A product that work well in a closed setting

 

About hp print and fax My name is Cyrus Williams I. Been using hp products well over 15 years and I believe this is the. Best yet I have used the small for business reasons and larger as well Good point 1 very easy to use and install in work area 2...

Sep, 2017

Consumer review (hp.com)

Great small business printer

 

Wow! What a great printer! If you are looking for a all in one printer for your home or small business this is the printer for you. Fast Setup: From the time I cut open the box, it only took me 10 minutes to unpack the printer, get it setup on my desk,...

Sep, 2017

Consumer review (hp.com)

My new favorite printer

 

I am obsessed with this printer!!!!!! I never though I could love a printer this much!!!! I use a printer/scaner/faxer almost daily for work. I had a basic one and didn't think much about it until I got the HP Color LaserJetPro - and realized how bad...

Sep, 2017
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Product Specifications

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y

Copying

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

Design

Colour of product:White

Display

Built-in Display:Y
Colour display:Y
Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86

Fax

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

Networking

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:Y
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

Maximum output capacity:100
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
JIS B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5,B6
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Standard tray media types:Card stock, Envelopes, Glossy paper, Labels, Photo paper, Pre-printed, Transparencies

Performance

All-In-One-multitasking:Y
Built-in processor:Y
Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:Y
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

Power

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

Printing

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

Scanning

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

Software

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

Storage

Card reader integrated:N
Internal Memory:256

System requirements

Minimum hard disk space:850

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:421.7
Height :334.1
Package depth:398
Package height:532
Package weight:21.5
Package width:498
Weight:18.7
Width:420