HP LaserJet M1522NF Review
While the HP LaserJet M1522NF has a specification set that speaks for itself, it is also one of the most unreliable units ever released by the brand. Countless reports of printer malfunctions and complete breakdowns make this questionable piece of hardware one to avoid.
Those who own the HP LaserJet M1522NF and have not had mechanical trouble with it do get to enjoy a very respectable feature set that is still very competitive to this day. This multifunctional device can print at speeds of up to 24 pages per minute in its normal quality mode. The unit is capable of printing at true 600 x 600 dots per inch, but also has a high resolution mode that, supposedly, is the equivalent of 1200 x 600 dots per inch.
While this resolution is not entirely accurate (more accurate would be 600 x 600 x 2), the unit’s multi-tone pixel feature does improve accuracy quite a bit, though print speed will be slowed down considerably when in use.
The 250 sheet standard paper tray found on the unit is accompanied by an oddly sized 10 sheet priority slot. This additional tray can accept special media types, specifically envelopes, transparencies, and card stock, and print to them without bending and folding the material. “Priority,” also means that the slot can be used without unloading the regular paper supply as this slot will bypass the standard letter or legal sized tray.
The unit’s 450 MHz processor is quite impressive indeed, though the device still takes almost 10 seconds to spit out its first page of print material. Copying, scanning, and faxing are all possible with the HP LaserJet M1522NF along with standard printing, and the device’s optical color scan resolution is somewhat respectable at 1,200 dots per inch. Unfortunately, at default quality, the unit can only scan at 3 pages per minute.
The copy resolution is only 600 x 600 dots per inch and the only copy function to speak of on the device is its reduction and enlargement abilities. Up to 99 copies can be made at one time, but copy processes are very easily repeatable if even more duplications are required.
To find the real flaw in the HP LaserJet M1522NF one must not look directly at its advertised specifications, but at real world tests that have shown that this printer is truly not up to par. One Google search is enough for anyone to realize that this unit is highly unreliable and, with its age, would be hard to get covered under warranty.
The device’s maximum monthly duty cycle of only 8,000 pages should be your first warning sign that this is not a sturdy piece of hardware. 8,000 pages per month is more suited for a desktop inkjet than a multifunctional laser printer.
The unit, like many HPs from this era, is not expandable in the way of memory. Its included 64 MBs of RAM should suffice for most workloads, but those printing complex material will miss the option of boosting memory.