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HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Apr 01, 2022 at 11:34 am
HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w Picture
3.5
Family
5.4
Small/Home Office
7.4
Student
7.9
Black & White
2.8
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
Yes

The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w is a monochrome laser printer that doesn't use toner cartridges. Instead, it uses a toner bottle that empties into a tank within the printer, similar to how you refill the tanks of supertank inkjet printers. Since the tank holds a lot more toner than toner cartridges do, the printer can print many more pages, and it has one of the highest page yields of any printer we've tested. The bottle price is much cheaper than toner cartridges, helping you save even more money. Unfortunately, its printing speed is slow over Wi-Fi, especially since it needs to pause to cool down during long prints. Also, it can't automatically print double-sided, so you need to flip over the sheets manually.

Our Verdict

3.5 Family

The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w is bad for family use since it doesn't print in color. It isn't designed to print fun photos for craft projects or framing. If you only need to print black-and-white content, it's still worth considering since it prints thousands of pages before worrying about toner refills. The toner bottle isn't too expensive either, which helps keep running costs low. There's also a flatbed scanner if you need it.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Cheap toner bottle cost.
Cons
  • Can't print double-sided automatically.
  • Can't print in color.
  • Photos have lots of banding.
  • Slow printing speed over Wi-Fi.
5.4 Small/Home Office

The HP 1202w is inadequate for a small or home office if you need to print in color. Also, it can't print double-sided sheets automatically, meaning you have to reinsert the sheets yourself to print the second side. There's no automatic document feeder, either, which is an issue if you need to scan many sheets in a row. If neither of these are needed for your business, you should still consider it. It prints an exceptionally high number of pages before the toner tank needs refilling, so you don't need to buy new toner bottles for months.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Cheap toner bottle cost.
Cons
  • Can't print double-sided automatically.
  • Can't print in color.
  • Slow printing speed over Wi-Fi.
7.4 Student

The HP MFP 1202w is decent for students. Instead of using cartridges, it has a tank that you refill with toner, which prints significantly more pages than a regular laser printer. You also don't need to worry about clogged printheads the way you do with inkjet printers. There's a flatbed scanner, lots of wireless connection options, and a mobile app. Of course, it can't print in color, so you need to make sure you only need black for your assignments and research papers. Unfortunately, it prints slowly over Wi-Fi, but it's a lot faster if you plug it in via a USB cable. Also, the printer itself is pretty expensive at $400 USD, meaning you might prefer a cheaper model depending on your budget.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Cheap toner bottle cost.
Cons
  • Can't print double-sided automatically.
  • Can't print in color.
  • Slow printing speed over Wi-Fi.
7.9 Black & White

The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w is good for black and white printing. It prints an exceptional number of pages before the tank runs out of toner, and it has one of the highest black page yields we've tested. Since this supertank uses toner, you don't need to worry about clogged printheads the way you do with supertank inkjet models. Unfortunately, it can't automatically duplex print, and it's slow at printing if you use Wi-Fi.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Cheap toner bottle cost.
Cons
  • Can't print double-sided automatically.
  • Slow printing speed over Wi-Fi.
2.8 Photo

The HP MFP 1202w is very bad for photo printing, but it isn't intended for this anyway. It's a monochrome laser printer that's best for printing black and white documents.

Pros
  • Very low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • Photos have lots of banding.
  • 3.5 Family
  • 5.4 Small/Home Office
  • 7.4 Student
  • 7.9 Black & White
  • 2.8 Photo
  1. Updated Apr 01, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 25, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w feels decently well-built. However, there are a few design flaws. The paper tray feels very flimsy, and you need to disassemble it each time you want to change the paper size. The constant removing and reattaching of the piece might cause it to break easily. There's also no easy way to access the sheet rollers in case of paper jams, except for a very narrow area below the drum unit. Also, the paper tray cover (seen in the photo above) doesn't attach to the printer; you simply slide it into the gaps on the side of the tray. Like the tray, the cover doesn't feel very sturdy at all. On the bright side, there's a lid dampener that slowly closes the lid so that it doesn't slam down. Also, the toner tank is very easy to access and refill.

Design
Dimensions
Height 11.1" (28.3 cm)
Width 15.0" (38.0 cm)
Depth 14.5" (36.9 cm)
Height When In Use
11.1" (28.3 cm)
Width When In Use
15.0" (38.0 cm)
Depth When In Use
16.1" (40.9 cm)
Weight
19.1 lbs (8.6 kg)
8.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Not Needed
Drum Unit
A Separate Unit

Since the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w is a laser printer, there's no risk of the printheads getting clogged the way there is on inkjet printers. There are some helpful maintenance tasks if you're having other print problems, like humidity and altitude adjustment and solving paper curl issues. You can turn on archive print mode, which creates prints that are less likely to smear or fade. Its page yield is one of the highest we've tested, meaning you don't need to worry about refills often. When you do need to refill the tank, it's very easy to do and mess-free, as you can see from this video. The drum unit has an expected life of 20,000 prints, so you need to manually replace it once you get to about that number. This drum unit also doubles as the tank that you empty the toner into, and you can remove it very easily.

While you can print out a lot of pages before the toner runs out, the paper tray can hold only 150 pages at once, so you'll need to refill it often if you print many large documents in a row. Also, the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w doesn't have easy access to deal with paper jams. There's no panel on the front or back that you can open; instead, the only access to the sheet rollers is by removing the drum unit, but the space is very narrow. There's a panel on the top of the output tray that you can lift, but it doesn't give much leverage room to pull our a paper or remove any ripped pieces there, either.

4.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.8" (4.5 cm)
Touchscreen No

The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w's display screen is very small and doesn't have many features. You can access the menu by pressing the ". . ." button, which lets you change the settings for the number of copies, contrast levels, and amount of scaling. To adjust any other options, you need to use the HP Smart software on your computer or your phone.

10
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
HP 143A Black
Tested Black Page Yield
504 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
9,577 prints
Color Cartridge Model
No Color Cartridge
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
No Cartridges
Ink Type
Toner
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge

Unlike the other laser printers we've tested, the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w doesn't use a cartridge. Instead, it uses a toner bottle that you empty into the tank, which is attached to the drum unit. Each toner bottle only refills half the total capacity of the tank; however, HP does sell the 143AD Dual Pack Toner Reload kit, which comes with two bottles for a full tank refill. Be warned that this won't give you two full tanks' worth of toner, though. There's a little display at the front that tells you how much toner is left. When the tank is half-empty, it shows a +1 and a single bar. When the tank is nearly empty, it shows a +2 and a short orange bar. Neither of these prevents you from continuing to print. However, when you run out of toner, a ⚠️ symbol shows up, and you can't continue printing since the toner level is too low.

The HP 1202w occasionally stops printing to cool down during large print jobs and displays this message in the HP Smart software. It resumes the print once it's ready.

4.7
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.17" (4 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
No
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
1 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Software)

The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w has a flatbed scanner only. You can save your documents as a Searchable PDF, which lets you search and copy text in the content you scan. Its lid hinges are extendable, so you can lift the lid slightly to properly cover thicker items like magazines or books. However, the flatbed scanner's white backdrop doesn't have a foam coating behind the white plastic sheet to help smooth down whatever you're scanning on the flatbed glass. While it doesn't affect individual sheets, those thicker items will have a shadow around their edges, and the text near the spine will be curved.

The HP 1202w has no borders around the glass, so you can easily slide off your sheets if there's static build-up.

8.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
600 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit

The HP Neverstop MFP 1202w's default resolution is 300DPI, but you can increase it to 600DPI, which will make your text look clearer.

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
120 g/m²

You can't print 4" x 6", 5" x 7", and 8" x 10" sizes by selecting a preset, but you can do so if you set a custom size. The custom sizes range from 4.13" x 5.85" to 8.5" x 14". To move the width sliders inside the HP 1202w's paper tray, you need to remove the tray completely then adjust the sliders and paper length guide for smaller or larger paper.

Design
In The Box

  • Reference guide
  • Power cable
  • USB-A to USB-B cable
  • Imaging drum (not shown)

Note: While the printer doesn't come with any starter toner bottles, it ships pre-filled with toner at 100% capacity.

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
10
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
28.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
0.003 US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
N/A
Ink Subscription
No

The HP Neverstop Laser MFP1202w has an incredibly low cost-per-print. Its bottle price is cheaper than the cartridge price of most laser models. The price noted above is for the dual pack, 143AD, since it provides enough toner for a full tank. The 143A (which costs $16.99 USD at the time of this review) fills the tank only halfway.

6.4
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
12 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
19.9 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
10.9 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
150 pages

The HP Neverstop 1202w's printing speed is a bit slow via Wi-Fi, especially since it takes pauses every few pages to process the print jobs in the spooling queue. Over a USB connection, it prints at 20 PPM, and it didn't pause at all during the print job. Despite the inconsistent claims on HP's product page, this model can't print double-sided sheets automatically. Instead, it prints all the pages on one side first; then, you need to reinsert the stack of pages in the input tray and press the Resume button on the printer to continue printing.

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

The HP Neverstop 1202w isn't for printing photos. There's lots of banding in the printed pictures, but these lines don't show up in the full black page that was printed during the page yield test. It means it struggles only when what you're printing requires many different shades.

0
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

The color accuracy image shown here is only for reference, as the HP Neverstop 1202w can't print in color.

0
Photo
Color Gamut

The color gamut image shown here is only for reference, as the HP Neverstop 1202w can't print in color.

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

There are reports online about Wi-Fi connection issues, but we didn't have any problems with our HP Neverstop 1202w unit dropping the connection during our tests. However, the printing speed was slower over Wi-Fi than over a USB cable since it kept pausing due to spooling.

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)

Using the HP Smart app, you can print, scan, and copy from your mobile device. You can also send a mobile fax, but this requires a paid HP Smart Advance subscription. You can also check toner levels, buy more toner, and print from cloud services, like Dropbox, Google Drive, Facebook, and Evernote on iOS. On Android, this feature only works for Facebook.

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

On Windows, you need to manually install drivers to print and scan with the HP Neverstop 1202w. On macOS and Chrome OS, no drivers are necessary.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w is part of the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200 series, which includes a few models that offer different connectivity options. Specifically, the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202nw is identical to our unit, but it includes an Ethernet port. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The HP Neverstop MFP 1202w is an all-in-one monochrome printer. It's different from other laser printers we tested since it doesn't use cartridges; instead, it uses a toner bottle that you empty into a tank, similar to how supertank inkjet printers work. It results in one of the highest black page yields we've tested, meaning you'll need to buy toner much less frequently. However, unlike most other monochrome laser printers, it can't automatically print double-sided.

See our recommendations for the best office printers, the best black and white printers, and the best printers with cheap ink.

Brother MFC-L2750DW

The Brother MFC-L2750DW and the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w are both monochrome laser printers, but the Brother uses a traditional toner cartridge system, while the HP uses a tank that you refill with toner bottles. The HP prints thousands of more pages so you won't need to refill the tank often. Also, since its toner bottle cost is cheaper than the Brother's cartridge cost, you save more money in the long run. On the other hand, the Brother has a much faster printing speed and supports automatic duplex printing. Also, it has an ADF, so it's a better option if you need to scan many large documents often.

Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw

The Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw and the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w are both laser printers, but the Canon has color while the HP doesn't. Also, the Canon has an automatic document feeder, so you can scan long documents without having to place each sheet on the flatbed manually like you do on the HP. Documents print much faster on the Canon, and it can print double-sided sheets automatically. On the other hand, the HP has a much higher black page yield, making it a better choice if you need to print a lot of monochrome pages.

HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe

The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe and the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w are both monochrome laser printers, but the LaserJet uses cartridges while the Neverstop doesn't. The Neverstop has a refillable tank that yields nearly nine times the estimated number of pages of the LaserJet. On the other hand, the LaserJet can duplex print automatically, unlike the Neverstop, which requires you to flip them over manually.

Canon imageCLASS MF445dw

The Canon imageCLASS MF445dw and the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w are both monochrome laser printers, but the Canon uses cartridges while the HP doesn't. The HP's internal tank holds more toner than cartridges do, so it prints many more pages before it runs out of toner. While the HP does have a flatbed scanner for simple needs, it doesn't have an automatic document feeder like the Canon does. That makes the Canon a better choice if you need to scan multi-page documents or double-sided sheets regularly. Also, the Canon prints much faster.

HP Smart Tank Plus 551

The HP Smart Tank Plus 551 and the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w both use tank systems, but the Smart Tank uses ink while the Neverstop uses toner. If the content you print requires color, the Smart Tank is a better choice. It has one of the highest color page yields we've tested, so it's perfect if you print a lot of colorful reports, color-coded spreadsheets, or photos. It's an inkjet, though, so you'll need to print often to prevent clogged printheads. On the other hand, if you print only in black, the Neverstop is a better choice. It has the highest black page yield we've tested, and it prints faster than the Smart Tank. Since it uses toner, it's a much better choice if you don't print often, since they don't have printheads that can clog. Unfortunately, neither printer can automatically duplex print, so you need to flip over the sheets yourself.

Epson WorkForce ST-M1000

The Epson WorkForce ST-M100 is a monochrome inkjet printer, while the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w is a monochrome laser printer. Neither model uses cartridges; instead, they have internal tanks that you refill with bottles. The HP is a better choice if you want an all-in-one since it has a flatbed scanner. Also, since it uses toner, you don't need to worry about clogged printheads, so it's a better option, especially if you don't print regularly. It prints more pages before you need to refill its tank, but it doesn't print as quickly as the Epson does. Also, the HP can't automatically duplex scan like the Epson can.

Epson EcoTank ET-3850

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is a color inkjet model, while the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w is a monochrome laser model. Neither printer uses cartridges; instead, both have refillable tanks that yield an incredible number of pages. The Epson uses ink, making it a better choice if you want to print photos or color-coded spreadsheets. It also has an automatic document feeder if you need to scan multiple sheets in a row, and it can print double-sided, so you don't need to flip over your sheets manually the way you do with the HP. On the other hand, the HP is a better choice for black and white printing since it yields significantly more black pages. Also, since it uses toner, you don't need to worry about clogged printheads when you don't print regularly.

Brother MFC-L2710DW

The Brother MFC-L2710DW and the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w are both monochrome laser printers, but the Brother uses toner cartridges while the HP has a tank that you refill with toner. The HP is a better choice if you don't want to worry about spending money on toner as often. It prints nearly 8000 more pages, and its toner bottle cost is less expensive, too. On the other hand, if you need an ADF, the Brother has one. It also prints significantly faster, and it can automatically print double-sided. Unlike the HP, you don't need to flip over the sheets manually.

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