Driver Laserjet P1102W - The HP LaserJet Pro P1102w ($149 direct) touches all the right bases for a personal monochrome laser. It's small and light, it's fast, and it delivers reasonably high-quality output across the board. It's also less expensive than HP's last generation LaserJet P1006 Printer (Software ), which it replaces, but with improved speed and output quality plus the addition of WiFi as standard, so you can share it easily. All of this makes the P1102w a reasonably attractive choice, even though it's not quite a match for its most direct competition, the Editors' Choice Brother HL-2170W .
Software Printer :As you might expect from the small size, the printer offers only limited paper capacity, at 150 sheets for the main tray. That should be enough for most personal use, but its a little low if you're expecting to take advantage of the WiFi connection to share the printer between two or more people. If you print a combined total of more than about 30 pages per day, you'll be refilling the tray more than once a week, which could become an annoying chore.
Helping make up for the low paper capacity is the convenience of a 10-sheet multipurpose tray, which lets you print on different types of paper—checks or letterhead for example—without having to swap out the paper in the main tray or manually feed each page using a single-sheet manual feed.
Setup and Speed
I installed the printer using a USB connection on a system running Windows Vista. According to HP, it also comes with drivers for Vista 64-bit; both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, XP, Server 2003, and Server 2008; and Mac OS X version 10.4 through 10.6. In addition, HP says you can download drivers for "nearly any Linux distribution available today" from HP's Web site.
The P1102w also scored reasonably well on output quality. Text was at the low end of a tight range where most mono lasers fall, but still within the range. More than half of the fonts on our text test were both easily readable and well formed at 6 points, and all but one heavily stylized font with thick strokes passed both thresholds at 8 points. Unless you have an unusual need for small fonts, or need to print top-quality desktop publishing output, you shouldn't have any complaints about the text.