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HP LaserJet Pro M15w Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jul 02, 2020 at 07:55 am
HP LaserJet Pro M15w Picture
2.1
Family
4.9
Small/Home Office
6.0
Student
7.4
Black & White
2.1
Casual Photo
Type Printer Only
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
No

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is a reasonable black and white laser printer. It's compact and sturdy so it won't take up much space on your desk or in your shop. It has an excellent black page yield and cost-per-print but because the drum unit is built into the toner cartridge, the cartridge is more expensive. That said, it saves you from having to replace the drum unit separately. It doesn't have a scanner and isn't made for printing photos. You can plug it into your computer directly with the provided cable, or connect with Wi-Fi Direct, but you can't print from a USB thumb drive or an SD card.

Our Verdict

2.1 Family

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w printer is a terrible family option. It's a monochrome printer that doesn't include a scanner and has terrible photo printing quality. Its black page yield is excellent, but it doesn't support any external storage options, so you won't be able to connect a USB thumb drive to print your documents.

Pros
  • Small, compact, well-built design.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Can't print in color.
  • Doesn't support external storage devices.
4.9 Small/Home Office

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w printer is a poor home or small office option. While its small design makes it easy to fit almost everywhere, it doesn't have a scanner or color printing. You can print an impressive amount of pages before needing to change the cartridge, and the design gives you good access to paper jams. Unfortunately, this printer doesn't include an ethernet port.

Pros
  • High black page yield.
  • Low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • No ethernet.
  • No display screen.
  • Doesn't support Microsoft files or text files.
6.0 Student

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w printer is a mediocre option for students. It has a decent printing speed with an excellent black page yield, which can be incredibly useful when printing long essays or bodies of work. However, it doesn't have a scanner or color printing and doesn't support Microsoft Office files.

Pros
  • High black page yield.
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Small, compact, well-built design.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Microsoft files or text files.
  • Doesn't support external storage devices.
7.4 Black & White

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is a reasonable black and white laser printer. It uses a single black toner cartridge, which has a very high page yield. It doesn't have a scanner, but the compact size makes it a better option if you're tight on space. It only has a decent printing speed overall, which is surprising for a laser printer, but if you're only printing a single page, it's able to print it out very quickly.

Pros
  • High black page yield.
  • Low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • No scanner.
2.1 Casual Photo

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is a bad casual photo printer. The printing quality is terrible, and it doesn't support any photo paper sizes. Because the black page yield is so high, the cost-per-print is low. However, it can only print on regular paper, and not glossy paper.

Pros
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • 2.1 Family
  • 4.9 Small/Home Office
  • 6.0 Student
  • 7.4 Black & White
  • 2.1 Casual Photo

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White LaserJet Pro M15w
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Test Results

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Design
6.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w printer has a satisfactory build. The printer's body feels sturdy, but the output tray extender feels a bit on the cheaper side. The toner cartridge is easy to access by simply lifting the cover; you can even access the cartridges when the printer is off. You also have easy access to paper jams through the toner compartment right under the output bin.

Design
Dimensions
Height 6.2" (15.8 cm)
Width 13.7" (34.7 cm)
Depth 7.2" (18.3 cm)
Weight
18.3 lbs (8.3 kg)

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is a very small and compact printer. You should have no problem fitting it on your desk or setting it up in your store.

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

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w doesn't have a display screen. Instead, it has three physical, LED-backlit buttons on the left side of the printer.

Design
In The Box

  • HP LaserJet Pro M15w
  • 1 X HP 48A Black cartridge
  • USB-A to USB-B cable
  • Power cable
  • Setup CD
  • User manual

8.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
HP 48A Black
Tested Black Page Yield
100.92 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1917 prints
Color Cartridge Model
No Color Cartridge
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
Drum Unit
In The Cartridge

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w printer has an excellent monochrome cartridge system. The black ink cartridge yields an extremely high number of pages before you need to change the cartridge. However, during our testing, we noticed that after printing 60 full black pages, the printer takes a five-minute break to cool down. This shouldn't be an issue for most users. Unfortunately, there's no high yield toner option for this printer.

This printer accepts third-party toner cartridges; however, using them may void your warranty.

0
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

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w doesn't have a scanner. If you need a scanner, check out the HP DeskJet 3755.

Printing
9.5
Printing
Cost Per Print
Black Cartridge Price
49.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
0.026 US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
0.125 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w has a remarkable cost-per-print. The black cartridge can produce an impressive amount of pages before needing to be replaced. However, one thing to keep in mind: because the drum unit is inside of the toner cartridge, they're a bit more expensive. The advantage of the drum unit and printer cartridge being combined is that you won't have to manually replace the drum, which can be very expensive.

6.6
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
12 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
20.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
8.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
150 pages

The printing speed of this printer is decent but isn't as fast as what we've come to expect from laser printers. If you're looking for a laser printer that's much quicker, check out the Brother HL-L2370DW or the Lexmark B2236dw.

0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w doesn't print in color.

1.3
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

The M15w is a black and white laser printer, so it's not meant for printing photos - it doesn't support printing on glossy photo paper formats. However, when printing photos on 8.5" x 11" plain paper, there's not too much banding across the photo, and the black contrast has a bold presence.

Note that these results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

If you want better photo printing quality, check out an inkjet printer like the HP ENVY 5055.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") No
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") No
Photo (5" x 7") No

The printer comes with a width slider to accept A4, A5, and A6 paper options, but can't accept legal or photo size paper.

Mobile App and Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App and Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
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

The printer has decent connectivity options. If you want to use it wirelessly, you can hook it up to your Wi-Fi via your router or by Wi-Fi Direct. It also comes with a USB cord that you can use to plug directly into your computer. It has AirPrint and Mopria for mobile printing, but you can't print directly off a USB storage device or SD card.

7.0
Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App Print
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

This printer is compatible with the HP Smart app, available on both iOS and Android. With this app, you can order new toner, as well as scan and print directly from the app. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Microsoft Office files, text files, or webpages.

Compared to other printers

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is a reasonable black and white laser printer. Its small and compact design makes it ideal for small businesses or home offices with little space. Compared to other printers, the M15w doesn't include a display screen and lacks any extra features like a scanner or color printing.

For other options, you can also check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best home printers, and the best printers under $100.

Brother HL-L2370DW
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Amazon.com

The Brother HL-L2370DW is a much better printer than the HP LaserJet Pro M15w. Both printers use a single black toner cartridge, which has a very high page yield, and the cost-per-print is very low. However, the Brother prints much faster than the HP, and its mobile app supports printing of Microsoft Office files and text files.

HP ENVY Photo 7155
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HP ENVY Photo and the HP LaserJet M15w are two very different printers. If you are looking to print in color with a focus on photos, then the Envy is a better option. If, however, you want to print in black and white, with a low cost-per-print and a high black page yield, then the LaserJet is your best bet.

Xerox B210/DNI
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Amazon.com

The Xerox B210/DNI and the HP LaserJet Pro M15w are two very similar black and white printers. Both printers do not have a display screen or a scanner. However, the Xerox has a better build and design quality and includes an ethernet connection, making it a better option for office use.

Brother HL-L2390DW
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brother HL-L2390DW is a better black and white laser printer than the HP LaserJet Pro M15w. Both printers have a remarkable cartridge system with a high black page yield and low cost-per-print. However, the Brother includes a scanner.

Lexmark B2236dw
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Lexmark B2236dw is better at black and white printing than the HP LaserJet Pro M15w. The Lexmark has a better build, and although it yields fewer pages than the HP, you can buy higher-yielding cartridges if you need it. It's also significantly quicker at printing, and it has an ethernet port if you want to connect it directly to your modem or router for a more secure connection. However, the HP has a slightly more affordable cost-per-print.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 is a better overall printer than the HP LaserJet Pro M15w. Both printers have excellent cost-per-print and build qualities, but the 9025 prints faster, it includes a scanner, and it can print in color. That said, the 9025 is significantly more expensive.

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