If you’re looking for a small business printer suitable for tow or three people to share, offers two-sided printing plus USB and Ethernet connectivity, you’ll want to take a look at the HP LaserJet Pro 1006dn. And although it has limitations — e.g., no Mac or Linux support — HP’s Smart Install simplifies the printer’s USB setup process for anyone running Windows XP, Vista and 7. If you plan to run the printer over a network, you’ll need to use the included CD and follow a few more steps. HardwareCentral has the full review.
HP just cut the price of its LaserJet Pro 1606dn monochrome laser printer from $229 to $199. Nobody likes PC hardware discounts more than we do, but in this case we wish they’d kept the higher price and thrown in a USB cable. If there ever was a printer that should come with a USB cable, it’s this one.
The reason is the HP’s installation procedure. It may not be much in the cosmic scheme of things, but setting up a USB printer is often a nuisance — there’s usually a CD and a manual, the latter warning you to install the software driver before connecting the USB cable, when there can be a confusing clash between the installation software and Windows popping up the Found New Hardware wizard and its own “Looking for driver” dialog boxes.
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