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HP LaserJet M209dwe Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 07, 2021 at 10:37 am
HP LaserJet M209dwe Picture
2.7
Family
5.6
Small/Home Office
6.6
Student
7.9
Black & White
2.8
Photo
Type Printer Only
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
No

The HP LaserJet M209dwe is a very simple monochrome laser printer designed for small or home offices. Specifically, it's designed for businesses that only need to print black and white documents since it doesn't have a scanner, and it can't print in color. Since it's a laser printer that uses toner, you don't need to worry about printheads clogging if you don't print frequently.

Our Verdict

2.7 Family

The HP M209dwe is terrible for family use. It can't print in color and prints terrible photos, and it doesn't have a scanner. Also, it doesn't support printing off a USB thumb drive.

Pros
  • Good access to toner and paper jams.
  • High page yield.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Can't print from USB thumb drive.
  • No Bluetooth printing support.
  • Terrible photo printing quality.
  • Can't print in color.
  • No scanner.
5.6 Small/Home Office

The HP M209dwe is disappointing for a small or home office. While it has a very high black page yield, it can't print in color, which may be an issue if you need to print more than just black and white documents. It also doesn't have a flatbed scanner or an automatic document feeder.

Pros
  • Good access to toner and paper jams.
  • High page yield.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • No display screen.
  • Can't print in color.
  • Slow at printing.
  • No scanner.
6.6 Student

The HP M209dwe is disappointing for students. While it yields lots of black pages at a very low cost-per-print, it can't print in color and is quite slow at printing documents. What's more, it doesn't support Bluetooth printing or printing off a USB thumb drive.

Pros
  • Good access to toner and paper jams.
  • High page yield.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Can't print from USB thumb drive.
  • No Bluetooth printing support.
  • Slow at printing.
  • No scanner.
7.9 Black & White

The HP M209dwe is good for black-and-white printing. It yields lots of black pages at a very low cost-per-print, and it can automatically print double-sided pages. Unfortunately, it's quite slow at printing documents, and it takes some time to wake up and print its first page. Also, there's no scanner, which may be a problem if you occasionally need to scan.

Pros
  • Good access to toner and paper jams.
  • High page yield.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Slow at printing.
  • No scanner.
2.8 Photo

The HP LaserJet M209dwe isn't designed for photo printing. It can't print in color, and pictures look terrible, with a lot of banding present.

Pros
  • Good access to toner and paper jams.
Cons
  • Terrible photo printing quality.
  • Can't print in color.
  • 2.7 Family
  • 5.6 Small/Home Office
  • 6.6 Student
  • 7.9 Black & White
  • 2.8 Photo
  1. Updated May 09, 2022: Since we updated this printer to the new test bench, we added text to the new tests. We also updated some of the older text to be more in line with our current guidelines.
  2. Updated May 02, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated May 07, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Apr 30, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The HP LaserJet M209dwe printer feels very well-built and sturdy. It has a removable power cord, which makes it very easy to replace if necessary. You can easily access paper jams by pulling down the cover at the rear and the toner cartridge by lifting the output tray. The printer has adjustable width sliders that are a part of the body below the paper tray. The input tray cover is removable, and it can fold upwards to provide easier access to the input tray and width sliders. Unlike the similar HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe, this model doesn't have handles on the side to grip when moving it.

Design
Dimensions
Height 8.0" (20.4 cm)
Width 14.0" (35.5 cm)
Depth 15.7" (40.0 cm)
Height When In Use
10.0" (25.5 cm)
Width When In Use
14.0" (35.5 cm)
Depth When In Use
19.0" (48.2 cm)
Weight
13.2 lbs (6.0 kg)
7.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Not Needed
Drum Unit
In The Cartridge

Since the HP LaserJet M209dwe is a laser printer, you don't need to worry about the printheads clogging or ink drying up. There are some maintenance tasks you can run to keep your machine working well, like cleaning the fuser and cartridge, adjusting alignment, and solving paper curl issues. It doesn't yield as many pages as some other models do, but it can still print over a thousand pages before you need to worry about changing the cartridges. You can easily replace the toner by simply lifting the printer's top panel and pulling out the cartridge. Speaking of things to replace, the paper input tray holds 150 pages, so you'll have to refill the paper every few days if you print hundreds of pages a week. The sheet rollers are easy to access as well, like by opening the rear panel, removing the toner cartridge, or turning the printer on its side and removing the bottom panel.

0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen No
Display Screen Size
N/A
Touchscreen No

There's no display screen. Instead, it has icons that light up when the paper is low, the Wi-Fi is connected, and when the toner is low. It has five physical buttons for Wi-Fi, Info, Resume, Cancel, and Power.

8.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
HP 134A Black
Tested Black Page Yield
96.81 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1,839 prints
Color Cartridge Model
No Color Cartridge
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
Not Found At Time Of The Review
Ink Type
Toner
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

It has a remarkable black page yield. There's also a high-yield version of the toner cartridge available that will last you longer. While there are third-party cartridges available, they have a chip in them that isn't recognized by the printer, so you may need to swap the chips to trick the printer and see if that lets you use them. For a monochrome supertank printer with a much higher page yield, check out the Epson WorkForce ST-M1000.

0
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
No
Scan Flatbed
No
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
N/A
Automatic Document Feeder
No
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
N/A
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Fax
No
Copy
No
OCR Included
No Scanner
0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
N/A
Max Scan Color Depth
N/A
Design
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
163 g/m²

It supports a wide range of paper sizes and material types, including laser paper, vellum paper, envelopes, labels, light cardstock, and postcards up to 163 g/m².

Design
In The Box

  • Quick Start Guide
  • HP 134A toner
  • Power cord

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
9.4
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
48.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
0.027 US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
N/A
Ink Subscription
Optional

It has a very low cost-per-print thanks to its high page yield and relatively low toner cartridge cost. Also, since the drum unit is included in the cartridge, you don't need to worry about replacing it separately. This is an HP+ enabled printer with a six-month subscription to the HP Instant Ink service.

7.9
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
12 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
22.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
11.0 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
150 pages

It prints documents surprisingly slow compared to other laser printers, even though the advertised speed is a lot higher. Wi-fi connection issues and spooling are likely the causes of the slower speed. If you're just printing out a single page every few hours, it's decently quick at waking up and starting to print.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No
Photo
1.0
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

Like all monochrome laser printers, the HP LaserJet M209dwe isn't meant for photo printing. There's a lot of banding and grain present in the images.

0
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

The HP LaserJet M209dwe printer can't print in color.

0
Photo
Color Gamut

The HP LaserJet M209dwe can't print in color. the color gamut photo above is for reference only.

Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes
10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes (Android and iOS)
PDF
Yes (Android and iOS)
Microsoft Office Files
Yes (iOS Only)
Text Files (TXT)
Yes (iOS Only)
Webpages (HTML)
Yes (iOS Only)

The HP Smart app lets you print and copy from your mobile device. You can also access printer settings and reports, manage your Instant Ink account, and use the Private Pickup feature, which only prints your documents when you’re physically near the printer. Note that the Printer Scan option doesn't work on this printer since there's no scanner.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

You need to manually install drivers to print on Windows with the HP LaserJet M209dwe printer. For macOS and Chrome, you don't need to install drivers or install the app to print. However, if you want access to maintenance tasks and some other features, you need to install the HP Smart App since there's no display screen on the printer.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HP LaserJet M209dwe printer comes in a white and gray color scheme only. It has a variant called the HP LaserJet M209dw that seems identical, but it doesn't come with a six-month subscription to the HP Instant Ink service. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Printers

Like most monochrome laser printers, the HP LaserJet M209dwe is good at printing many black and white documents at a very low cost-per-print, but other models can print significantly more pages. Unfortunately, it lacks many important features for offices, like a scanner, fast printing speed, and a display screen.

For other options, see our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best office printers, and the best black and white printers.

Brother HL-L2370DW

The HP LaserJet M209dwe and the Brother HL-L2370DW are two monochrome laser printers with no scanners. While both have remarkably high page yields and very low cost-per-prints, the Brother prints significantly faster. However, the drum unit is a separate unit on the Brother and needs to be replaced eventually, which adds an extra cost over time. On the other hand, the drum unit on the HP is included in the toner cartridge. Note that the HP printer only accepts original HP cartridges, so you can't use third-party toner.

HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe

The HP LaserJet M209dwe and the HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe are similar monochrome laser printers, but the M234sdwe is better overall. The M234sdwe has a flatbed scanner, an automatic document feeder, and a slightly higher page yield. Each comes with a free six-month subscription to the HP Instant Ink service, and neither accept third-party toner cartridges.

HP LaserJet Pro M15w

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w and the HP LaserJet M209dwe are both monochrome laser printers with no scanner. The M15w yields slightly more pages, prints faster, and takes less time to warm up when printing its first page. However, it can't automatically print double-sided like the M209dwe can, so you need to manually flip sheets when prompted.

Xerox B210/DNI

The HP LaserJet M209dwe and the Xerox B210/DNI are both monochrome laser printers with no scanners. If you print a lot and don't want to deal with a separate drum unit, the HP is a better choice since it yields more pages at a slightly lower cost-per-print. However, if you don't want to wait long for documents to print out, the Xerox is significantly faster at completing print jobs. Also, the Xerox's input tray can hold more pages than the HP's can, so you may not need to refill it as frequently.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 and the HP LaserJet M209dwe are office printers designed for different uses. The 9015 is a better choice if you want a color inkjet printer with a flatbed scanner and ADF with a duplex scanning feature, and a faster printing speed. On the other hand, since the M209dwe is a monochrome laser printer, it's a better choice if you only need to print black documents since it has a much higher page yield. However, its black toner cartridge is more expensive than the 9015's ink cartridge, so their costs-per-print are nearly identical.

Brother HL-L2350DW

The Brother HL-L2350DW and the HP LaserJet M209dwe are both monochrome office printers with no scanner. The HP may be a better choice since it has a higher black page yield, a lower cost-per-print, and an Ethernet port. Also, unlike the Brother, the HP's drum unit is included in the toner cartridge, so you don't need to worry about replacing it separately. On the other hand, the Brother does have a much faster printing speed, and its input tray holds more paper, so it might be a better option if those aspects matter a lot to you.

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the HP LaserJet M209dwe are both office printers but designed for different uses. The Epson is an all-in-one inkjet model with a supertank, so it's a great option if you print color and monochrome documents very often and want an outstandingly low cost-per-print. Unlike the HP, the Epson has a flatbed scanner. On the other hand, the HP is a good choice if you print monochrome documents only and don't need a scanner or color. Also, the HP has a faster printing speed, and it can automatically print double-sided documents.

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw and the HP LaserJet M209dwe are laser printers. The M209dwe can only print in black, while the M479fdw can also print in color. Also, the M479fdw is a much larger model with a display screen, a flatbed scanner, an automatic document feeder, and support for a USB thumb drive, all of which the M209dwe lacks. The M479fdw also yields significantly more pages and prints faster; however, the M209dwe has a lower cost-per-print since its toner cartridge costs much less.

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