HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw A4 Colour Laser Printer


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Key Features
Back Key Features
  • NFC Wireless Printing
  • Essential Security and Management Features
  • Up to 18ppm Colour Print
  • Up to 18ppm Mono Print
  • USB, Network & Wireless
  • 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
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Product Overview

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.

What's in the Box?

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
Detailed Specification

Detailed Specification


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


Interface Type(s) USB, Network & Wireless
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


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


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


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)


Security Management Embedded Web Server: password-protection, secure browsing via SSL/TLS; Network: enable/disable network ports and features, SNMPv1 community password change; HP ePrint: HTTPS with certificate validation, HTTP Basic Access Authentication, SASL authentication; LDAP authentication and authorization; Firewall and ACL; SNMPv3

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 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

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Questions & Answers

Customer Questions & Answers

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  • how this printer can print borderless?

    Hi, Unfortunately the HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw doesn't include borderless printing capabilities. For advice and recommendations on printers which can do borderless printing, you can call our Sales Team on 0800 840 1992.

    On 02/06/2018 06:00:58
  • Hi I would like to buy this to print booklets in colour. Can it do booklet printing?

    From the HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw Finishing tab, options to select the number of pages per sheet, page borders, page order and orientation of the document can be found.

    On 03/10/2017 14:58:48
  • Hi, does this printer come with toner cartridges? How many toner cartridges does it need for black and white and colour? Can compatible cartridges be used? What cables does the printer come with to connect to PC/laptop? Many thanks

    The HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw comes with a HP 201A Black Original LaserJet Cartridge (1500 pages) and an introductory Cyan, Magenta and Yellow HP LaserJet Color cartridge (700 pages). To print in Mono, colour cartridges are still needed to print, so you will need all 4 cartridges at once. Some compatibles can damage your printer and invalidate your warranty so we always recommend using genuine HP cartridges. However, Xerox do supply compatibles for this printer, you can find more information on M252 toner cartridges here. The printer comes with a Power cord and a USB cable, but you can add a Network cable when you checkout.

    On 21/08/2017 08:20:06
  • Once set up can the printer be moved to another location without wired connection (except for power) ?

    Once configured, the Laserjet Pro M252dw can be situated to your convenience as long as it remains in range of the same wireless network.

    On 14/08/2017 14:17:29
  • Hi, is this printer apple compatable and will i be able to print wirelessly from an I pad

    Hi Mike, This printer is Apple Airprint Compatible and therefore you will be able to print wirelessly from your iPad. It is also commpatible with Mac Operating Systems including Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

    On 09/08/2017 12:07:26
  • Does this printer perform scanning of documents?

    Unfortunately, the HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw (B4A22A) is a wireless colour laser printer only, and does not feature a scanner.

    On 05/08/2017 15:51:32
  • I've been told that the drum needs to be replaced after a number of pages and that they are expensive. Is that correct?

    Laser printers often have separate drum components which do need replacing on occasion, these usually have very long life cycles, far longer than the toner cartridges. The HP Laserjet Pro M252 drums are included within the toner cartridge itself, so there is no need to replace this separately, it simply gets replaced when you come to change each toner.

    On 26/04/2017 17:02:08
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  • John Gibbon 12 August 2017 5 / 5 Value 5 Features 5 Quality 5 Performance 5 Colour Laser Printer

    I Have always been a great fan of HP products, that is Computers, Scanners, Printers. I now have 3 HP Printers Mono Laser Colour Laser and office jet all in one ink jet printer. They work well and although the consumables are expensive the results speak for them selves.

  • Simon Furey 24 April 2017 5 / 5 Value 5 Features 5 Quality 5 Performance 5 First class service

    I particularly appreciated the call from Printerland on receipt of my order to offer what might have been a better value option. In the event, I made no change, but the sales person's reasoning was sound, as was the thoughtfulness.

  • Mike Gillmer 28 February 2017 5 / 5 Value 5 Features 5 Quality 5 Performance 5 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!

  • Paul Heywood 08 December 2016 5 / 5 Value 5 Features 5 Quality 5 Performance 5 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


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.


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.

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

Running Costs

-All consumable life cycles are manufacturer estimates based on 5% coverage per A4 page

*Estimation based on toner/ink cartridges only and excludes long life components such as image drums and fusers.

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