The Bottom Line
- Very fast
- Very good monochrome printing
- Automatic duplexing
- Three document feeds
- No wireless
- Monochrome laser printer
- Automatic duplex printing
- Up to 25 pages per minute
- Optical resolution: Up to 1200 dpi (scanner)
- 250-sheet input tray and 35-sheet automatic document feeder
- USB and network
Guide Review - HP LaserJet 1536dnf Laser Multifunction Printer
In terms of quality, likewise there were no unpleasant surprises from the 1536dnf. It's a monochrome laser printer and there's no reason that printed pages should be less than flawless, particularly with paper made for laser printers--and indeed, fonts at all sizes looked great, even under a magnifying glass.
Copying, scanning, and faxing were all easy to use. Using the HP Scan utility, a scan to PDF took about 15 seconds and, more importantly, the utility was easy to use and very intuitive, unlike some other scanning utilities that add a lot of functionality at the price of ease of use. You can scan as PDF, JPEG, or email as either of those. There's also a Scan as Editable Text that uses optical character recognition (OCR) to convert the scan into a document that can be edited. Like most of these programs, the success of the OCR depends in large measure on the clarity and simplicity of the original document.
The two-line LCD is simple but easy to see and read. I liked that the printer offered a 250-sheet input tray, a single-sheet priority feed just above the paper tray, and a 35-sheet automatic document feeder. The printer can be networked via a wired connection but not, unfortunately, through a wireless connection. It's not intended for the heavy use of an office (it's got a monthly duty cycle of 8,000 pages, and the recommended number of monthly prints is only 500 to 2,000), but small offices with limited printing needs (and who don't require color) will find the speed and ease of use of the HP LaerJet 1536dnf a good office companion.