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