Feature HP laserjet pro m309dn transfer roller
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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP
Competing directly with our recent Editors’ Choice from Lexmark, the MC2535adwe, HP’s Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw ($599.99) is a midrange all-in-one color laser printer designed for use in a small-to-midsize office or workgroup. Like most HP lasers, this one churns out good-looking documents, though it’s not the fastest and its running costs are a bit on the high side.
The HP laserjet pro m309dn is a solid performer overall, but there’s nothing unique or exciting enough about it to set it apart in today’s broad and highly competitive market for midrange color AIOs. Even so, if your monthly print and copy volume is moderate—say a thousand pages or fewer—this surprisingly compact LaserJet should serve you well.
The M479fdw measures 15.7 by 16.4 by 18.6 inches (HWD) and weighs 51.6 pounds. It’s far from featherweight, but that’s somewhat smaller and lighter than most competing laser AIOs. The Lexmark MC2535adwe mentioned above, for example, is a few inches wider and longer and weighs about 8 pounds more. Canon’s Color imageClass MF746Cdw and MF741Cdw are both taller and wider, as well as a few pounds heavier. In contrast, though, Epson’s 2019 WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 Color MFP Supertank, an inkjet-based laser alternative, has a similar footprint and weighs about 10 pounds less.
With printers in this class and price range, you get not only a fairly robust machine but also a strong feature set. For example, the HP comes with a 50-sheet single-pass auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending two-sided multipage documents to the scanner. Of the four competitors listed in the previous paragraph, only the HP laserjet pro m309dn lacks an auto-duplexing ADF. Instead, its feeder requires you to flip two-sided documents by hand to capture the second sides.
Lexmark’s MC2535adwe, by contrast, has a reverse-duplexing ADF, meaning that after scanning the first side, the ADF pulls the sheet back into the mechanism, flips it, and then scans the second side. Then it starts the process over again for the next sheet. Granted, this method involves a few more steps and allows for a few more points of possible misfeed, but I’ve tested many AIOs with both types of duplexers and so far I haven’t found one method to be more reliable than the other.
Another feature common on AIOs in this price range is a relatively large color touch-screen control panel. In this case, we’re talking a spacious 4.3-inch display with plenty of room for navigating with your fingers. Like most HP printers nowadays, this one supports HP’s Smart App for automating specific functions. (We’ll look a little closer at Smart App in a moment.)
You’ll also find most tasks and configuration options, such as monitoring consumables, generating usage reports, and access to security settings, on the HP laserjet pro m309dn built-in web portal, accessible from nearly any browser, including those on your smartphone or tablet.
Paper input capacity out of the box is 300 sheets, split between a 250-sheet main drawer and a 50-sheet override tray. If that’s not enough, you can add a 550-sheet tray ($199.99), increasing the capacity to 850. The HP’s maximum monthly duty cycle is 50,000 pages, with a suggested monthly volume of 4,000 prints.
The two Canon machines mentioned above also come with 250-sheet main drawers and 50-sheet override trays. You can expand both machines to 800 sheets, and their duty cycles and suggested monthly volume ratings are the same as the M479fdw’s.
The Lexmark features one 250-sheet drawer and a one-sheet override tray; you can expand it to 1,451 sheets, and its monthly maximum duty cycle is a whopping 85,000 prints, though with a suggested monthly volume one-tenth of that. Finally, the Epson WF-C5790 defaults to 330 sheets and is expandable to 830. Its monthly duty cycle is 45,000 pages, with a recommended peak monthly volume of 2,500 prints.
Connections, Software, and Security
The M479fdw’s standard connectivity consists of Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, USB, and Wi-Fi Direct, the last being a peer-to-peer protocol that allows you to connect mobile devices to the printer without either them or it being part of the same network. In addition to Wi-Fi Direct, other mobile connectivity options include Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, HP ePrint, HP Smart App, Mobile Apps, and Mopria.
Smart App is HP’s cross-platform combination driver/value-added interface. One way it attempts to streamline your interaction with the AIO is by providing a similar interface across the Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows platforms it runs on. You also get HP Smart Tasks, a collection of customizable workflow profiles—such as for scanning with your smartphone or printing from specific cloud sites—that you access from customizable shortcuts inside HP Smart App.
Security is fairly straightforward, consisting of the standard network authentication and encryption protocols, in addition to Secure Print for assigning personal identification numbers (PINs) to sensitive documents to lock out prying eyes. You also get department ID authentication for controlling which features, such as color printing, are allowed for which users.
A suite of embedded security features helps protect the Color LaserJet Pro MFP from being an entry point for attacks, and the optional HP JetAdvantage Security Manager lets you set configuration parameters and thwart potential attacks, taking immediate action with instant notifications of security issues.
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