HP Printer LaserJet MFP 137fnw – HP designers are experts in printer shrinkage technology as we found with the HP LaserJet Pro M15w at impressive toaster size. Although it is the smallest monochrome laser printer, the new HP Color Laser MFP 179fnw claims to be the smallest color laser printer in its class. On the face of it, it does not appear smaller than your average MFD laser even though the footprint is more compact because the depth measurement is slightly less than expected.
- Compact design
- 40 ADF Pages
- Economical to purchase and operate
- Wi-Fi and Ethernet port
- There is no automatic duplexing
- There is no front USB port
- Limited media options
- Small screen
Features and Specifications
Being a 4-in-1 device means you can print, scan, copy and fax documents in black and white or color. There are 40 sheets of ADF on top of the machine to set up the job and an A4 size scanner bed underneath. In terms of specs, the HP Color Laser MFP 179fnw is modest and totally lacks a number of ways. The claimed print speed of 19ppm for mono is fast enough, but 4ppm for color is a bit slower.
Without a touch screen, the HP Color Laser MFP 179fnw setting is a case of scrolling through the various options displayed on the LCD and using the cursor keys to enter a Wi-Fi password via the numeric keypad. It’s a little tricky and requires some effort. Most modern printers use your smartphone and a companion app to help you add new devices to your home network, but the HP Smart app doesn’t help.
At first glance, the HP Color Laser MFP 179fnw looks like an attractive, compact, and affordable four-in-one. It prints single text documents quickly and accurately. Color documents print out slowly and look smooth and grainy. We found the durable LCD interface, annoying LEDs, useless apps, and user guides combined to provide a very negative user experience.
Price Estimated and Warranty
Compatible Operating System
Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 10 (32-bit), Windows 8 (32-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit)
Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.11, Mac OS X 10.12, Mac OS X 10.9, macOS 10.13, macOS 10.14, macOS 10.15, macOS 11.1, macOS 11.2
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