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HP LaserJet M209dwe Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed May 07, 2021 at 10:37 am
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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

N/A 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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.
N/A 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.
  • N/A Family
  • N/A Small/Home Office
  • N/A Student
  • N/A Black & White
  • N/A Photo
  1. Updated Sep 30, 2022: Added mention of the Brother HL-L2325DW as an alternative with faster printing speed.
  2. Updated Sep 09, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  3. 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.
  4. Updated May 02, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated May 07, 2021: Review published.
  6. Updated Apr 30, 2021: Early access published.

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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.

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.

Brother HL-L2370DW [L2350DW]

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.

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.

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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Test Results

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Design
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Build Quality
Type Printer Only

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.

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Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
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Drum Unit
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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.

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Display Screen
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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.

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Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
Locked
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Number Of Color Cartridges
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Black Cartridge Model
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SuperTank
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Estimated Black Page Yield
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Color Cartridge Model
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Tested Color Page Yield
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Third Party Cartridge
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Ink Type
Locked
High Yield Cartridge
Locked

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.

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Scanner Features
Scanner
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ADF Capacity
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Scan Speed
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Duplex Scanning
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Max Flatbed Scan Size
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Max ADF Scan Size
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Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
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Fax
Locked
Copy
Locked
OCR Included
Locked
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Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
N/A
Max Scan Color Depth
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Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Locked
Legal (8.5" x 14") Locked
Tabloid (11" x 17") Locked
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Locked
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Locked
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Locked
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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.

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In The Box

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

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Battery
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Document
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Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
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Document
Color Documents
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Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
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Color Cartridge Price
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Black Only Printing
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Color Printing
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Photo Printing
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Ink Subscription
Locked

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.

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It prints documents surprisingly slowly 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. If you want a similar monochrome laser printer with faster printing speed, check out the Brother HL-L2325DW.

Photo
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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.

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

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Color Gamut

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

Mobile App And Connectivity
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Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Locked
USB Input To Computer
Locked
Bluetooth
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Wireless Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
Locked
Wi-Fi Direct
Locked
External Storage Support
Locked
Apple AirPrint
Locked
Mopria Print Service
Locked
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Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Locked
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iOS Locked
Android Locked
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
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PDF
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Microsoft Office Files
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Text Files (TXT)
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Webpages (HTML)
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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
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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.

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