Pros it prints.
Cons expensive cartridges,
bad support, manuals don't give the answers or are hard to understand, mail-support is not usable
not very mac-friendly,
problematic duplex print
SummaryAfter my complaints to HP-support they did change the driver - and that means, that the performs almost without problems in Mac. They did promise to fix the last minor problem.
Updated on Dec 16, 2010
So I must regret my review.
It is still expensive in use, but now it i working fine!
Pros Super-fast, high-quality printing. Very easy setup on a Windows machine.
Cons No USB or Ethernet cable in the box! Included toner-cartridge is a "starter" cartridge that's less than half-full.
Summary I've owned two HP LaserJet printers over the last 22 years. A LaserJet IIP and a LaserJet 5L. Bought the IIP in 1989, and it was great. When the 5L came out in 1995, I chose to upgrade. That 5L lasted until 2 days ago -- a bit more than 15 years! I figure 15+ years out of any piece of computing equipment means I got way more than my money's worth, thus I chose to purchase another HP LaserJet.
The good stuff:
This new LaserJet P1606dn Pro printer is so amazingly FAST! I've been used to 4 pages-per-minute (PPM) for so long, that this printer's 26-PPM speed just blows me away! And the fact that it's got a built-in duplexer (prints on both sides automatically, if you tell it to) is just icing on the cake -- no more printing every other page, then flipping the stack of paper and re-feeding it through to get the back sides of the pages. Fantastic! (I printed a 12-page document with duplex-printing enabled, and it did the job in about 35 seconds from start to finish. Very impressive! Turn duplex off, and it will print a bit faster -- but you're not saving money on paper that way.)
Setup of the P1606dn Pro was incredibly easy. I simply plugged it into my computer's USB port, turned on the printer, and got a pop-up-window from the printer's built-in software saying that it wanted to install the driver. Boom. Done. Easy. (I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, but I'd imagine your experience would be the same with any version of Windows 7 or Vista or XP.)
The paper try holds about 3 times what the paper tray on my old LaserJet 5L held -- re-loading a lot less often is a nice thing as well. And the "auxiliary" feed (where you feed envelopes, for example) can hold about 10 of 'em, instead of the one-at-a-time thing that I had on the 5L -- another very nice feature.
I did not try to enable the printer's built-in network features. I plugged it into a computer and then shared the printer with my network that way. So I cannot comment at all on the ease (or lack thereof) of the Ethernet setup on this printer.
Now the bad stuff:
They didn't include ANY cables to attach this to the computer! Are you kidding me?! Just the power cable. So you absolutely MUST buy yourself a USB cable or an Ethernet cable if you don't want it to be a $200 paperweight. It *does* say on the outside of the box that there isn't a USB cable included, but it's not immediately clear on your average web-site. So here's your warning: BUY A USB CABLE OR AN ETHERNET CABLE WITH THIS PRINTER BECAUSE IT DOESN'T INCLUDE EITHER IN THE BOX!
The toner-cartridge that is included with the printer is only about half-full. (Maybe a little less). It's designed to print about 1,000 pages, whereas a new toner-cartridge is designed to print around 2,100 pages. Please... I'd be willing to pay a few $$ extra to have a full toner-cartridge included with the printer... That's just ridiculous... So, you'll probably want to buy a new toner cartridge when you buy this printer. And, yes, new toner cartridges are expensive -- but HP toner cartridges have *always* been expensive for every HP LaserJet I've owned. It's the price you pay for the high-quality printing you get out of these printers. And it still beats the cost-per-page of an InkJet.
I would've given this printer a 5-star rating, if they'd included a USB cable and a full toner-cartridge. Instead I bumped it down to 4.5 stars. The printer itself gets 5-stars -- fantastic speed, reliability, quality of the printed document, etc -- everything I've come to expect from an HP LaserJet over the many years that I've owned them. But not including a USB cable or a full toner-cartridge -- that means you don't get a perfect score. Sorry, HP. Love the printer itself, dislike the fact that you cut a couple of corners with the accessories that *should* have come with the printer.
Pros Quick install , fast printing
Cons Network issues with Windows 7. Connecting this to Windows 7 32 machine through network causes constant print jobs to queue. fix is pending.
Summary Over all works great with XP and as a local printer. Durable machine.
Pros Fast, quiet and small.
Cons None that I've found after five months.
Summary I replaced a sick 15 year old HP LaserJet 5 that cost around $1500 to get features similar to those of the P1606dn. The main differences are the low price, small size and fantastic speed of the P1606dn and the 500 page capacity of the LJ5!
"Works Great"on by goldviper
Pros Duplex is very important and works as advertised. Save me half of my paper costs.
The price at $149 was cheap and a new toner at $59 is also cheap.
It replace my 12 year old HP 2300L.
Cons None, it works great.
Summary Buy it you'll like it......