The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426dw was developed by Hewlett Packard primarily for users who regularly print large documents, but also want to scan, copy and fax.
With a print speed of up to 38 pages per minute on A4 paper and even 63 pages on A5 paper, the HP outperforms many devices with otherwise comparable features and can also print double-sided documents.
The LaserJet can be integrated into an existing network via cable or WLAN and can thus be operated from several workstations. Printing from a smartphone or tablet is also possible in this way.
The print resolution is only 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, but this is more than sufficient for text printing. A higher resolution won’t help here.
Unfortunately, the scan resolution is not higher, so high-quality photo scans are not possible. To access the printer from other devices, there is a program called “HP Smart” that is linked to the good user interface of the printer display.
It recognizes the multifunction laser printer in the home network and establishes a connection in just a few clicks. HP puts the “Buy Accessories” menu item in an uncomfortably prominent place, which is to be found in the first place.
It’s an open secret that printer manufacturers mainly make their money from selling accessories, and in view of the otherwise widely successful software, HP has allowed this small ad in its own right.
Another advantage of the software is that the same well-structured user interface is also available as an app for smartphones and the like.
This has the advantage that the user does not have to make major changes to access the printer from a mobile phone.
This means that the full functionality of the desktop version is available to the app user, which is not a given for HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426dw printer apps.
The only downer is that neither the app nor the desktop version can process scanned documents directly using text recognition (OCR).
Anyone who often works with larger texts and has to navigate within them will quickly appreciate this form of text recognition, as it makes it possible to search for specific keywords and makes working with texts a lot easier.
A small consolation is that the HP Easy Scan software, also available for free, is HP scanning software with OCR.
If you log in and follow the program’s menu navigation, which is limited to the essentials, the documents scanned with it are fully “examined” and made readable by the computer.
The integration into the WLAN works flawlessly, only entering the password is a bit inconvenient, because a touchscreen of this size is simply too small to enter a long password.
The HP’s display is not even below average, it seems that printer displays are extremely expensive. That would at least explain why most manufacturers are so frugal here.
Furthermore, the color control panel offers no cause for criticism, the menu items are represented by icons, which means that the printer can be operated without much getting used to.
Further settings can be made via the app or the internet browser and integration into cloud services such as Google Drive is also trouble-free.
Overall, the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426dw has WLAN, automatic two-sided printing, color touchscreen and multi-feed for scanning, copying and faxing. However, the follow-up costs are higher with a color laser printer.
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426dw Manual PDF
Download the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426dw Guide for Windows and macOS
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Download the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426dw User Guide, Setup Guide, and Setup
The manual below contains a user’s guide to teach the user how to use the printer and an installation guide and setup poster to guide you through installing the printer hardware.
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426dw User’s Guide
File size: 4.48 MB
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426dw Installation Guide
File size: 4.25 MB
Setup Poster HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426dw
File size: 4.73 MB
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