HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw A4 Colour Laser Printer

B4A22A

Ideal Wireless Business Printer

  • NFC Wireless Printing
  • Up to 18ppm Colour Print
  • Up to 18ppm Mono Print
  • USB & Network
  • Automatic Double Sided Printing
  • 600 x 600 dpi Print
  • HP PCL 6, HP PCL 5c, HP Postscript level 3
  • 150 Sheet Input Tray
  • 800MHz Processor
  • 256MB RAM
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
  • 7.6cm Colour Touchscreen
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HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw in More Detail

With a sleek, compact design and a surprising print capacity – the Laserjet Pro M252dw is well-suited to the demands of a home office or small-to-medium office. Sitting atop a desk, the printer is capable of quickly printing a high quantity of high quality prints.

Incredible Speeds

With a sleep-to-print speed quicker than all competing printers in its class and the capacity to print 18 pages per minute, the Laserjet Pro M252dw offers incredible print support. Incorporating automatic duplex printing, the incredibly efficient printer can help you and the office reduce the environmental impact of your printed output.

Wireless Printing

The Laserjet Pro M252dw benefits from a number of connectivity options, making it even easier for multiple users to simultaneously benefit from printer’s functionality. The wireless connectivity is particularly useful for the modern office environment, helping users connect to the printer from a selection of desktop and laptop computers as well as smartphones and tablet devices.

Simple Management

With a 7.6 touchscreen and simple-to-navigate menu, the Laserjet Pro M252dw is incredibly simple for all members of the office to use. The in-built HP JetAdvantage Private Print functionality also makes it easier for users to manage the workflow of the printer – reducing the risk of backed-up work and queues.

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HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dwAutomatic256MB7.6cm Colour TouchscreenA4 Laser PrinterYesmore info£141.65

Detailed Specification

Print

Speed Colour Up to 18ppm Colour Print
Speed Monochrome Up to 18ppm Mono Print
Product Group Output A4
Double Sided Printing Automatic Double Sided Printing
Printer Resolution 600 x 600 dpi Print

Interfaces

Interface Type(s) USB & Network
LCD Screen 7.6cm Colour Touchscreen
Airprint Compatible Yes
Control Buttons 7.6cm Colour Touchscreen
Network Ready Yes
Wireless Ready Yes

System Specification

Processor 800MHz Processor
Memory (Maximum) 256MB RAM

Compatibility

Operating Systems Supported Windows & Mac Compatible

Media Handling

Paper Handling Input 1 150 Sheet Input Tray
Maximum Paper Size A4
Paper Handling Standard Output 100 Sheets
Paper Size Custom metric: 76.2 x 127 to 215.9 x 355.6 mm Supported metric: A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, 10 x 15 cm, Postcards (JIS), Envelopes (DL, C5, B5)
Paper Trays (Standard/Maximum) 1
Sheet Weight 52 to 163 g/m² (uncoated/matte, recommended), up to 175 g/m² postcards, 200 g/m² HP Matte; 60 to 163 g/m² (coated/glossy, recommended), up to 175 g/m² postcards, 220 g/m² HP Glossy
Special Media Paper (brochure, inkjet, plain), photo paper (borderless, HP Premium, panoramic, plus tab), envelopes, labels, cards (greeting, index), transparencies

Barcodes & Labels

Barcode 0888182501641

Duty Cycle

Monthly Duty Cycle 30k Pages Per Month

Physical

Mono or Colour Printer Colour
Technology Laser Printer
Dimensions 392mm (W) x 412mm (D) x 236.2mm (H) - Weight 12.2kg
Environmental Operating Temperature 15 to 30C - Humidity 10 to 80%
Power Consumption Printing/Standby/Sleep Modes Consumption: 375 watts (active printing), 8.7 watts (ready), 1.7 watts (sleep), 0.1 watts (auto-off), 0.1 watts (off)
Product Summary HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw A4 Colour Laser Printer
Product Type A4 Laser Printer
Voltage/ Power/ Frequency 220 to 240VAC / 50Hz
Carton Dimensions 498mm (W) x 298mm (D) x 510mm (H) - Weight 16.7kg

Software

Emulations HP PCL 6, HP PCL 5c, HP Postscript level 3
Software Included Windows: HP Software Installer/Uninstaller, HP PCL 6 Printer Driver, HP Device Experience (DXP), HP Update, Product Registration Assist, HP Web Services Assist (HP Connected), Online user manuals, HP Device Toolbox, HP Product Improvement Study; Mac: Welcome Screen (directs users to HP.com or OS App Source for LaserJet Software)

In the Box

In The Box HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw Printer, HP 201A Black Original LaserJet Cartridge (1500 yield) and Introductory HP LaserJet Color cartridges (700 colour composite (C/Y/M) yield), Installation guide, Printer documentation and software on CD-ROM, Power cord, USB Cable

Cartridges Included

Black 1500 Pages
Cyan 700 Pages
Magenta 700 Pages
Yellow 700 Pages

Warranty

Warranty One-year limited warranty

More Features

Certifications CISPR 22:2008/EN 55022:2010 Class B, EN 61000-3-2:2006 +A1:2009 +A2:2009, EN 61000-3-3:2008, EN 55024:2010 ENERGY STAR® certified; Blue Angel Eng; Blue Angel Ger; EPEAT® Silver

Customer Questions & Answers

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  • does this printer photocopy?

    The HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw can not photocopy straight away, however this printer can scan and print. The only difference is scanning the document into the printer then switching to the print option on the printer display to then print the document out.

    On 29/11/2016 10:34:11
  • Hi, is it possible to set this printer to single sided printing or will only print double sided?

    As the HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw is duplex print ready, the user can have the options to print either single sided or double if need be. This can be edited on the print properties before printing or on the control panel on the printer itself.

    On 25/11/2016 13:10:07
  • does this work with google cloud?

    Unfortunately the HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw (B4A22A) is not Google Cloud compatible and would not be able to print from any android mobile devices.

    On 10/10/2016 11:15:54
  • Can I print A5 card through the printer or would there be a better printer for this requirement

    The HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw colour printer can handle up to a weight of 175gsm card. Please call us on 0800 130 1992 so we can find out what weight of media you are using.

    On 22/09/2016 17:13:46
  • Other than the cartridges is there anything else which i need to change with this printer

    The only items that need replacing on the HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw (B4A22A) printer are the toner cartridges.

    On 16/09/2016 10:23:39
Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

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  • 5 / 5
    Paul Heywood 8/12/2016
    5 Value
    5 Features
    5 Quality
    5 Perfomance

    New Printer

    Took a few days to arrive and chasing up. The enclosed CD wouldn't work so I had to download the drivers from HP. After that, no further trouble. Print quality is good as is the build quality. The setup was easy enough and worked well on my wireless network along with several other PC's

  • 5 / 5
    Mike Gillmer 30/6/2015
    5 Value
    5 Features
    5 Quality
    5 Perfomance

    Great printer

    An excellent compact home colour laser printer. Very easy to set up compared to my old Samsung CLP-315W. Works perfectly with my laptop and my wife's ipad. Duplex printing is a great paper saver and the print quality is excellent. Colour reproduction is good but not suitable for photographs. Photographs definitely require a good quality ink jet printer!

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HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw A4 Colour Laser Printer PCMAG.COM Review

If you need a color laser printer for heavy-duty personal use or light-duty shared use in a micro office, the HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw is a terrific fit. Along with fast speed and high-quality output, it offers mobile printing, both Ethernet and Wi-Fi for connecting to a network, and even the ability to print from a USB memory key. The combination makes it our Editors' Choice personal or light-duty color laser printer for a micro office.

The M252dw's key strength is that it beats most of its competition for both speed and output quality. That's a notable feat, considering that most color lasers in this price range tend to score well in only one of those categories. When I reviewed the Brother HL-3170CDW, for example, I pointed out that although it comes up a little short on output quality, it made up for that with its speed. The M252dw not only delivers higher-quality text, graphics, and photos than the Brother model, it's convincingly faster, too.

Paper handling is the one area where the M252dw can't match some other models in the same price class. It's not hard to find printers, including the Brother HL-3170CDW, that offer a 250-sheet page capacity plus a single-sheet manual feed. The M252dw is limited to a 150-sheet tray plus a manual feed. That's fine for most personal use, but a little low for a shared printer, which is what makes the M252dw best reserved for light-duty shared use even by micro-office standards. One helpful extra, however, is the built-in duplexer.

Mobile Printing and More

The M252dw offers other features that go beyond the basics, including its ability to print from a USB memory key. In addition, if you connect it to a network by Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and assuming the network is connected to the Internet, you can print through the cloud and can use the front-panel touch-screen to take advantage of HP Web apps. The Web apps let you print information from select websites, including Dropbox and Google Docs. You can also connect to the printer through an access point on your network to print from Android and iOS phones and tablets.

If you connect to a single computer via USB cable, you won't be able to use HP's Web apps or print through the cloud, but thanks to the printer's Wi-Fi Direct, you'll still be able to connect directly from your phone or tablet to print. For mobile devices that support NFC, you can also establish the connection simply by touching the device to the NFC logo on the front of the printer.

Setup and Speed

At 9.3 by 15.4 by 16.4 inches, and a hefty 27 pounds, the M252dw is on the big-and-heavy side for a personal printer, but still small enough to share a desk with and light enough for one person to move into place. Setup is standard fare. For my tests, I connected it to a network using its Ethernet port and installed the software on a system running Windows Vista.

The print speed is a definitive strong point. HP rates the M252dw at 19 pages per minute (ppm) both for color and for black and white, which is the speed you should see with text or other documents that need little to no formatting. On our business applications suite, I clocked it (using QualityLogic's hardware and software) at 8.3ppm. That makes it surprisingly fast for both its price and its rated speed.

As a point of comparison, the Brother HL-3170CDW has a 23ppm rating, which in theory makes it roughly 20 percent faster than the M252dw. But its speed on our tests was 6.8ppm, which actually makes it more than 20 percent slower. The M252dw is even faster on our tests than the HL-L8250CDN, which Brother rates at 30ppm, but on our tests managed only a leisurely 6.6ppm.

Output Quality

Overall output quality is above par for a color laser, thanks primarily to the graphics output. Text is a match for most lasers, making it easily good enough for almost any business need. Colors in graphics are a touch dark in terms of a hue-saturation-brightness color model, but still suitably eye-catching and well saturated, and a step above the norm for the category.

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Photo quality falls in the middle of a tight range that includes most color lasers. From two or three feet away, you could easily mistake the output for traditional photos, especially if they're framed behind glass. Within that context, however, they aren't very high quality.

Colors in the M252dw's photos tended to be a little dark in testing, as was the case with its graphics but more so. Most people would consider the text and graphics good enough for marketing materials like one-page handouts and trifold brochures. The photos aren't really suitable for that, although you could use them if you don't need top-tier photo quality. On the other hand, photos quality is easily good enough for any business use.

Conclusion

If you need a shared printer for medium- to heavy-duty use in a micro office, be sure to consider the Brother HL-3170CDW and the Brother HL-L8250CDN. Both offer a higher paper capacity than the HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw, and both are fast enough for most micro offices, despite being slower than the HP printer. If you're in the market for a personal printer, however, or a shared printer for light-duty use, and want fast speed, high-quality output, suitable paper handling, and convenience features like mobile printing and being able to print from a USB key, the M252dw is hard to beat, making it an easy pick as our Editors' Choice.

AirPrint
What is AirPrint?

Apple AirPrint allows full colour, top-quality printing from iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads directly from within many Apps available from the Apple App Store.

To take advantage of AirPrint, your compatible printer must be connected to the same wireless network as your iOS device or Mac computer.

AirPrint enables users to print wirelessly from within applications on Apple devices to AirPrint Compatible Printers connected to a wireless network. You can use your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to easily print via Airprint without the need to install drivers or configure the printer queue. Just tap 'print' and select your AirPrint compatible printer, and print!....It's that simple.

What You See is What You Print

If you can open it on your apple device, chances are you can print it with AirPrint and an AirPrint compatible printer. Airprint works with Safari, Mail, Photos, iWork, PDF's in iBooks and many third-party AirPrint compatible apps available from the app store.

Full list of AirPrint compatible printers

Third-Party Apps

There are also a wide variety of third-party apps available to enable wireless printing through Apple devices, even to machines that are not natively AirPrint compatible printers. By sharing a printer installed on an Apple Mac or Windows Pc over a wireless network any printer may be able to take advantage of the AirPrint features. (An additional third-party app may be required to be installed on the local machine)

*For full AirPrint support, a printer firmware upgrade may be required which is available directly from the relevant manufacturer website.

Please note. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the above information is correct at the time of publication, Printerland will not be held responsible for the content of any third-party software suggested on this site and usage of any such software is at the users own risk. Printerland is unable to provide support for Airprint compatible printer software and any such advice should be readily available from the relevant manufacturer or developer.

All print speeds, running cost calculations and consumable life cycles are MANUFACTURER ESTIMATES based on 5% per page coverage. Images are used for illustration purposes only

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What's in the Box?

HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw Printer

HP 201A Black Original LaserJet Cartridge (1500 yield) and Introductory HP LaserJet Color cartridges (700 colour composite (C/Y/M) yield)

Installation guide

Printer documentation and software on CD-ROM

Power cord

USB Cable

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Running Costs

-All consumable life cycles are manufacturer estimates based on 5% per page coverage

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