HP LaserJet M209dwe Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed May 07, 2021 at 10:37 am
HP LaserJet M209dwe Picture
2.1
Family
5.0
Small/Home Office
5.9
Student
7.6
Black & White
2.6
Casual Photo
Type Printer Only
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
No

The HP LaserJet M209dwe is a very simple monochrome laser printer. It's a good option for small or home offices that only need to print black and white documents. It has a high page yield and a very low cost-per-print. It also comes with a free six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink, which automatically sends toner cartridges to you when your printer detects it's running low. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a scanner, and it isn't very fast at printing.

Our Verdict

2.1 Family

The HP LaserJet 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.
5.0 Small/Home Office

The HP LaserJet 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 nor 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.
5.9 Student

The HP LaserJet 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.
7.6 Black & White

The HP LaserJet 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 warm up and produce the first page. Also, there's no sheetfed 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.
2.6 Casual 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.
  • 2.1 Family
  • 5.0 Small/Home Office
  • 5.9 Student
  • 7.6 Black & White
  • 2.6 Casual Photo
  1. Updated May 07, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Apr 30, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
8.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP LaserJet M209dwe 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)
Weight
13.2 lbs (6.0 kg)
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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.

Design
In The Box

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

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
No
High Yield Cartridge
X
Drum Unit
In The Cartridge

It has a remarkable black page yield. There's also a high-yield version of the toner cartridge available that should last you longer, although we didn't test it. Note that this is an HP+ printer that accepts original HP cartridges only. For a monochrome supertank printer with a much higher page yield, check out the Epson WorkForce ST-M1000.

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Design
Scanner
Scanner
No
Scan Flatbed
No
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
N/A
Scan Color Depth
N/A
Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Fax
No
Copy
No
Printing
9.4
Printing
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.

7.4
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
9 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
22.0 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
11.0 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
150 pages

The HP LaserJet M209dwe takes a decent amount of time to print out the first page, and while subsequent pages get slightly faster, they're still disappointingly slow for an office printer. We used plain 8.5" x 11" paper for the Photo Printing Time test since it doesn't accept glossy paper.

Note that our test results are much slower than the manufacturer's advertised speed.

0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A
1.1
Printing
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 present in the photos.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent the photo print quality.

Printing
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

It supports a wide range of paper sizes and material types, including laser paper, vellum paper, envelopes, labels, cardstock, and postcards.

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
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name HP Smart
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

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 tab doesn't work on this printer since there's no scanner.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HP LaserJet M209dwe comes in white and gray 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, and the Brother iPrint&Scan app is better than the HP Smart app. However, keep in mind that 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.

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.

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. Both models have nearly identical printing speeds, although the M234sdwe is marginally slower at warming up and producing the first page. Each comes with a free six-month subscription to the HP Instant Ink service, and neither accept third-party toner cartridges.

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.

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, great photo printing quality, 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.

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.

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.

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