HP 6MP Printer Review
The HP LaserJet 6MP is a monochrome laser printer designed for the home or small office user. Its reliability and print quality are impressive, but its slow speeds and limited memory make it suitable for users who print mostly text.
The HP 6MP adds Mac compatibility to the 6 series, opening up more possibilities. The printer has a surprisingly high monthly duty cycle of 12,000 pages, though it will probably be a little disappointing to users trying to print high volumes on it. Its 3 MB of RAM and lack of its own processor make it slow at printing large documents, as it must rely on the computer to do the processing.
The LaserJet 6MP's paper capacity is higher than some printers in its class. It has a standard drawer that holds up to 250 sheets, and a multipurpose tray that holds up to 100 sheets. The multipurpose tray has a straight-through feed path, which is ideal for media types that can't be bent or that might jam. It can support paper sizes up to legal size and a wide variety of media types, including transparencies, card stock, envelopes, and postcards.
HP LaserJet 6MP toner is affordably-priced, but users will save more money by using third-party compatible cartridges instead of the more expensive branded HP 6MP toner cartridges. Each HP 6MP toner cartridge has a capacity of 4,000 pages, so users won't have to replace HP LaserJet 6MP toner cartridges as often.
Print quality is one of the 6MP's standout features. Its text quality is excellent, with sharp, detailed characters even at small font sizes. Graphics quality is average. The 6MP's print speed is slow, and a little behind most competing products, at around 8 pages per minute. Still, the slow speeds might be fast enough for light users.
Overall, the HP LaserJet 6MP is a very reliable printer with excellent print quality. Its slow speeds and lack of processing power make it a good choice only for users who do mainly text printing.