Pros / The HP LaserJet Pro M277dw has a robust feature set for a personal laser printer.
Cons / Its print quality leaves something to be desired.
Verdict / The HP LaserJet Pro M277dw is a serviceable multifunction color laser printer with good support for mobile printing but mediocre print quality.
The HP LaserJet Pro M277dw is a multifunction color laser printer that may not wow with impeccable printing but has a decent feature set. If you’ve used and loved HP’s Color LaserJet printer line in the past, it’s worth considering as a midrange upgrade for an older model.
Because it is a multifunction printer that prints in color, the LaserJet Pro M277dw is a bit bulkier than printer-only models. Still, at 16.5 x 16.4 x 12.7 inches and 35.9 pounds, it’s far less bulky than some of the other printers in our review. Its 3-inch touchscreen lets you swipe through functions and options, even though it’s on the small side.
While its print-quality performance in our testing was more or less acceptable – text was clean and readable down to 2-point font – it did have a lot more inking errors than top-rated laser printers. We found 31 errors in our 10-page test document. Additionally, in our black-and-white text document, one page became two thanks to an improperly scaled font. The document printed flawlessly on dozens of other printers, but the LaserJet Pro M277dw failed to simply print the page as it was sent. This can be corrected with some fine-tuning in the settings, but this isn’t something a printer should struggle with, even at default settings.
This HP also had the slowest print speeds of any laser printer in our review, printing black-and-white documents at 11 pages per minute and color documents at 13 pages per minute. Scan quality was quite good – the printer did an excellent job capturing shadowy details, difficult gradients and fine detail. On the other hand, copy quality was less impressive, with poor recreation of fine detail and muddied dark gray shades that were indistinguishable.
When you use standard cartridges, toner costs average out to 22 cents per page, and that falls to 17 cents per page when you use high-capacity cartridges. While the machine’s printing cost using standard cartridges is among the highest compared to other color laser printers in our review, the high-capacity option does ameliorate this expense.
The printer’s primary and secondary paper trays each hold up to 150 pages of standard printer paper. This is on the low end for a dual-tray laser printer, but the combined 300-page capacity is better than those of even the best budget models.
The M227dw has a rich feature set, with both wired and wireless networking. You can also print from and scan to USB storage, and you can scan documents directly to your preferred cloud storage service. HP’s ePrint app lets you print from both Apple and Android devices, and near-field communication (NFC) lets you pair your devices wirelessly with just a tap.
HP covers the LaserJet Pro M277dw with a one-year warranty and offers support via phone, email and live chat on its website. Online support materials include an online manual, a troubleshooting guide and access to HP’s customer forums, where you can ask questions and browse past answers from tech support.
- Document Print Quality
- Black Print Speed
- Color Print Speed
- Scan Quality
- Copy Quality
- Cost Per Page (Standard)
- Cost Per Page (High Capacity)
The HP LaserJet Pro M277dw is a decent printer overall, but compared to the best color laser printers we reviewed, it suffers from error-prone printing and higher-than-average printing costs. Setting these problems aside, it’s still a very capable multifunction printer.