With the constant upgrades in technology, it's an irony that things are becoming even more simple to use and adopt - despite the fact that the technologies behind them are leaps and bounds more sophisticated than ever. So my question for today is fairly simple, how can a printer ever stand out in today's demand from the tech world, where electronics are simple-to-use, easily understood and largely wireless?
Personally, only by precise adaptation can a mundane, everyday tool as a printer stay completely relevant and mirror the trends of intuitive navigation and wireless connectivity. This is where I wholeheartedly believe that the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200w excels in. But what makes it such an excellent mid-range printer? Here are my thoughts:
Loading Papers And The Basic Stuff
It is, after all, a printer. You can load A4 papers as per usual. It is not particularly very fancy in its design but the minimalist built makes it a great low-key machine. And that's not a bad thing considering minimalist interior decor has been an ongoing trend.
The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200w main functions are print, scan, and copy, with the added convenience of having a dedicated ID copying function (which we will get to that soon) and of course, allows you to do all that with the HP Smart app on PC and smartphones.
Setting Up Is A Breeze
Setting up the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200w is possibly the easiest one I've come across in any printer. That's largely thanks to the HP Smart app where you can download on Microsoft Store for PC. The HP Smart app is also available for iOS and Android smartphones.
Since the printer has wireless connectivity, the HP Smart app instantly picks it up. Select "Add a printer" and allow it to install, and that's pretty much about it. Every printing task on your PC will now have the printer as the default option (if you don't have any other printer installed).
As and when the setup and installation are completed via the HP Smart app, the printer is ready to do its job immediately. As you can see here, I tested with a textual and an image print to verify its quality. Truthfully, I have no qualms with the prints as they are of great clarity. It's a black-and-white laser printer anyway so colors are definitely out of the picture - relegating my impressions only on its print clarity and sharpness.
I also need to mention that it works rather quickly. Even for a toner-loaded image, I got it printed in mere seconds directly right after the click.
Scanning In Color
Scanning can be done via the HP Smart app, which is quite straightforward to navigate. It also doesn't take much of an effort to do so. But the most important is whether it can replicate the best colors of the physical material, which in this case is a neon-colored magazine cover.
Color accuracy isn't exactly there because the light in which the scanner unit emits is quite strong - reflected by the neon surface of the cover. But the scanned image is definitely top-notch in terms of quality.
Basically, you need not worry if your scans are going to be dark, the amount of light is strong enough to brighten up any photo or material.
We tried scanning with another magazine cover to show you it's scan quality.
Moreover, the HP Smart app allows you to add pages to your scan, which effectively lets you "bind" all your scans into a single PDF document if you're scanning a document with multiple pages. Pretty neat if I do say so myself.
What about photocopy AKA photostat
Please don't judge us for using magazine covers but the key here is that photocopying with the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200w is very easy and straightforward.
And yes, photocopying can be done all with the onboard buttons where you only need to press on the photocopy button and indicate the number of copies (up to 99 copies).
In terms of copy quality, I included the actual material against the photocopied one for your reference. It has a good amount of sharpness. But like all photocopiers, you can also set the black-and-white intensity but I left it to default, which suffices for me.
Here's a close up of the photocopy quality, just to give you a sense of the printer's quality.
Dedicated ID Photocopier
The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200w also has a dedicated button onboard that lets you immediately photocopy IDs, which copies both the front and back on a single sheet of paper. And it's worth mentioning because ID photocopying can be a real pain if you're relying on traditional printers or photocopiers to do so, due to the requirements of the front and back to be represented on a single piece of paper.
Albeit it requires a bit of manual intervention, the printer comes with a dedicated step-by-step guide beneath the scanner glass, which instructs on how to photocopy your ID in sequence. And it's a no brainer to follow.
It only takes seconds to completely photocopy an ID and the quality is also expectedly good.
Reloading Is Cool
We're presented with a reload kit for our review because it is one of the main and unique features of this multifunction laser printer. Well, we don't exactly need to reload the printer at all as the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200w is ready to print up to 5000 pages out-of-the-box.
But the printer reload kit is a really cool device. Unlike conventional toner cartridges, it is a cylindrical "over-sized syringe". Lift the scanning unit, open the swivel cap and plunge it in. It has a specific step to complete the process but we can't exactly show you in pictures.
While we didn't reload the printer, this is how the reloading process would look like. It's quite innovative and pretty easy as well.
I do believe that HP has already set the benchmark for printer toner reloading. It's definitely way easier and less intimidating than replacing traditional cartridge toners.
Once it's done, well, the reload kit can be safely disposed of.
So does it work with Smartphones?
In case you're wondering, the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200w works with smartphones, and quite seamlessly in fact. Of course, the key here is the HP Smart app, which can be downloaded from iOS and Android's respective app marketplaces.
The process of set up is the same, select "Add a printer" and the app will automatically recognize the printer via WiFi. It's completed in mere seconds too.
So in the process of reviewing, I wanted to see how I could print out a screenshot in landscape mode, which fills an A4-size paper - all directly from my iPhone using the HP Smart app.
And that was it, all done in seconds! The HP Smart app is to thank for, for making wireless printing so fast and easy. I am personally quite impressed by both the app and the printer in performing so snappily.
Some minor setbacks
Well, not everything is perfect and that includes the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200w.
First of all, I've encountered a few instances where the printer software on Windows 10 is indicating and the "out of paper" status, even when it had ample papers loaded on it. It took a reset to rectify it so it might be a software bug of some sort.
Secondly, the printer could've been perfect if it has a multi-feeder, which can scan and copy multiple sheets of paper at once. Without it, scanning and copying of multiple papers will be a chore. But this is purely my personal preference. I understand that this is a mid-range printer so perhaps its cost justifies the number of features it comes with. Nonetheless, one could wish for a multi-feeding contraption.
Thirdly, one of my printouts is slightly distorted, which I am not sure why or how that happened. It could be the document itself or the software but I suspect the PDF file is at fault here since none of my other prints were affected.
These are definitely minor and not deal-breaking problems for me. But I do wish that HP could look into them regardless and continuously produce contemporarily relevant printers with great tech and compatibility.