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The HP Color LaserJet Pro M177fw offers great output, but little else

Jon L. Jacobi,Melissa Riofrio | Jan. 27, 2014
HP makes some very capable, feature-rich color laser multifunction printers. The HP Color LaserJet Pro M177fw isn't one of them. It actually has impressive output quality, however, its low purchase price brings compromises in speed, features, and toner costs. Unless you print very little, you will come to spend far more on this product than you'd probably like.

By way of comparison, $500 color laser MFPs usually offer black pages for under 3 cents and four-color pages for under 15 cents with high-capacity supplies. Business-class Inkjet MFPs using high-capacity supplies — and costing about the same as the M177fw — run you less than 2 cents per page for black, and 7 cents per page for color.

The cartridges are mounted on a carousel inside the printer. To access a cartridge, you press an icon of the cartridge in the supplies menu on the control panel. It would be fun to watch, but unfortunately the hatch has to be closed while rotating.

The Bottom Line
There's no disparaging the LaserJet Pro M177fw's output — it's top notch. But as with all color-laser products at this price point, the toner is too expensive, and the features are just adequate. We suggest you start at the $500 level if you really want a color laser MFP. The toner will still be expensive, but at least there will be duplexing and more capacity.

If you're truly stuck shopping at the $300 level, a  business-class inkjet MFP is the better option, offering better speed, features, and output quality. 


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