REVIEW / HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf

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Marine Goy Published on March 10, 2011
Updated on June 19, 2014
Translated by Jack Sims
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  • Resolution 600 x 600 dpi
  • Mono/colour speeds 18 ppm / NA
  • Ink droplet size NA
  • Cartridges required NA
  • Number of base colours 1
  • Scanner yes
The black & white LaserJet Pro M1212nf is a compact 4-in1 designed for individuals or professionals in small companies. It promises to cover all the bases, be economical and be easy to share.


The angular design is certainly no model of elegance but it is compact. It can print, scan, copy and fax. Its charger can take up to 150 sheets and ethernet connectivity allows you to share it in a network. We're only giving it two stars in this section however as there's no wi-fi, no double-sided and no card reader.

                Control panel

Mac OS, Linux and Windows compatible, HP are announcing it at a rapid 18 ppm.

Speeds: fast

HP have held to their word here. Rapid from standby or off position (see inset), this multifunction also gives good continuous speeds: with our test documents it manages a pretty good sixteen pages per minute (ppm).


Quality: excellent for office documents

There are two print quality settings: 600 or 1200 dpi. As always, we went for the default setting, namely 600 dpi here. This gives excellent quality for office documents. The letters are very clean and visible and, which is rare, you can make out the shading on the graph well. While print head lines are slightly visible on the image below, you won't see them when you've got a document in your hand, even when you hold it up close.

Out of curiosity we compared the 600 dpi prints with the 1200 dpi. The results are already so good at 600 dpi that you would think it would be hard to do better. However, although the difference is only slight, the 1200 dpi document is better rendered. Printing at 1200 dpi takes longer but the results are finer and better defined. Shading is even more accurate and letters more precise (look at the 'd' in 'Speed' for example). A 1200 dpi print takes a couple of seconds longer than the 600 dpi

Part of the graph at 600 dpi Part of the graph at 1200 dpi

Scanner and copier

The scanner isn't functional. The scan starts by default as soon as you import a document into Photoshop and the resize tool doesn't offer sufficient precision. It's not easy to select the part of the image you want to scan as the zone selection tool isn't very flexible. The dotted line marking out the area to be scanned (see below) can't be drawn manually around the area you want to select.

Preview takes up to 26 seconds and scanning a document takes 12 seconds, whether at 75 or 300 dpi. This is no big gun then and quality is only just okay. Colours are a bit pale and you lose a bit of detail. The contours around the child's face look a slightly blurred.

The quality of copes is good however, better than what you usually get. Let's not get too carried away though, as on our test graph, the colour shaded area is transformed into a uniform black. It takes 14 seconds for a copy, which is somewhere around average.

Energy consumption & Noise levels

Standby energy consumption was a nice surprise: 1.5 W for a laser is really very good. When printing, this goes up to 320 W but, once again, this is quite low for a laser. Not only does this machine not draw too much energy, nor does it make much noise (52 dB (A)).

Cost per page:

Note that the cartridge with which the M1212f is supplied will only give 700 pages in place of 1600 for the standard cartridge that you buy in stores. Cost per page (calculated with the standard cartridge) is 2.7 pence per page. This isn't particularly competitive for a laser.

Cartridge Price
ISO lifespan
Cost per page
CE285A (black) £42.50 1600 2.7 pence

The first page takes just 9 seconds from standby
We have a pretty responsive machine on our hands here: 25 seconds from off position, 9 seconds from standby and 7 seconds when it's up and running.


  • Fax, scanner, copier
  • Rapid speeds
  • Excellent print quality
  • Good quality copies
  • Low energy (for a laser) and quiet


  • No wi-fi, no double-sided and no card reader
  • Scanner: average quality and impractical resize tool


This black & white multifunction offers fast, good quality reproduction. If you don't require colour or wi-fi, it will be perfect for use with office documents. One question remains: why not give multifunction pro printers a double-sided facility?
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