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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw
alaScore 94

45 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 reviews of HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The price and performance are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the noise.

usability, performance, price, size, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : William Harrel (

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw


An entry-level color laser AIO printer, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw prints well overall, albeit somewhat expensively, making it a good fit for companies that don't require more than a few hundred prints and copies each month.

Good output quality. Compact. Easy-to-navigate 5-inch color touch screen. Strong mobile connectivity. Supports USB thumb drive.

Somewhat high purchase price. No automatic document feeder. Lacks near-field communication (NFC). Slow for the price. Graphics and photo quality could be better.

Bottom Line: An entry-level color laser AIO printer, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw prints well overall, albeit somewhat expensively, making it a good fit for companies that don't require more than a few hundred prints and copies each month.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Kyle Funk (

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw review: Fast print jobs for home or small businesses


The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw is a mouthful in name, but it does make up for the ridiculously long name with print times as fast as 10.3 seconds for black prints while color prints are as fast as 11.7 seconds. Read on for our full review!

Compact design ; Price is reasonable ; Prints quickly ; Works with mobile

Photo quality can be a hit or miss

Now that you’ve read everything, it’s time to for the final thoughts of HP’s LaserJet Pro printer. As a printer, it’ll do the same thing as just about any other printer out there when it comes to printing, scanning, or fax documents but with HP, you’re...

Apr, 2018

TechGearLab Editors' Choice Award

Expert review by : Max Mutter (

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw Review


Great balance of functionality and quality for any home office

Great text and graphics quality, great interface

Can be expensive, relatively slow for a laser

The M281fdw combines all the printing, faxing, copying, and scanning that you could hope for in a multifunction printer, and does so with aplomb. There isn't really a task that the M281fdw does not excel in, except for being easy on the wallet. If your...

Oct, 2016

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So far, performing flawlessly. Tech support is outstanding.

Feb, 2018

Consumer review (

Great for Small Office


Setup was simple. Huge improvement from the similarly priced inkjet that this replaced. Much faster!

Jan, 2018

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Everything I Expected


I purchased the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw for my wife as an early Xmas present. Her previous multi-function color inkjet printer (also an HP) was slow, noisy, and expensive to operate since the color ink cartridges frequently ran dry, and the...

Jan, 2018

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A product that work well in a closed setting


About hp print and fax My name is Cyrus Williams I. Been using hp products well over 15 years and I believe this is the. Best yet I have used the small for business reasons and larger as well Good point 1 very easy to use and install in work area 2...

Sep, 2017

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Great small business printer


Wow! What a great printer! If you are looking for a all in one printer for your home or small business this is the printer for you. Fast Setup: From the time I cut open the box, it only took me 10 minutes to unpack the printer, get it setup on my desk,...

Sep, 2017

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Testing out the amazing HP LaserJet Pro MFP M281


Apperance: this all in one unit has a really sleek modern design and compact features. It has a touch screen and a thin very nice copy/scan plate. Features: fax, scan, copy and print. Wireless Wi-Fi ready. LCD touchscreen on the body. Very easy to...

Sep, 2017

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Great Printer


I totally love this printer. The thing I like the most is the high-quality printing that is super fast. It's also a great size for a small office. The touchscreen is very easy to use. The only downside would be the setup for the scan to folder option...

Sep, 2017

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified:Y


Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):21
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):21
Maximum copy resolution:600 x 600
Maximum number of copies:99


Color of product:White


Built-in display:Y
Color display:Y
Display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7


Fax broadcasting:119
Fax forwarding:Y
Fax memory:1300
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):120
Modem Speed:33.6

Input Capacity

Standard input capacity:250


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Mobile printing technologies:Apple AirPrint,HP ePrint,Mopria Print Service
Security algorithms:WEP,WPA,WPA2,WPS
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 70
Operating temperature (T-T):15 - 30

Other Features

Package weight:47.4
Pallet weight:1187.6

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:100
Standard output capacity:100

Packaging Content

Cartridge(s) included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick installation guide:Y
Software CD:Y
Warranty card:Y

Paper Handling

Custom media length:5 - 14
Custom media width:2.99 - 8.5
Envelopes sizes:DL
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4,A5,A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5,B6
ISO C-series sizes (C0...C9):C5
JIS B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5,B6
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Standard tray media types:Card stock, Envelopes, Glossy paper, Labels, Photo paper, Pre-printed, Transparencies


Built-in processor:Y
Color of product:White
Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:Y
Duplex functions:Print
Maximum duty cycle:40000
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Laser
Printer management:HP Printer Assistant (UDC); HP Utility (Mac); HP Device Toolbox; HP JetAdvantage Security Manager
Printing:Colour printing
Printing colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Processor frequency:800
Recommended duty cycle:150 - 2500
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing:Y
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Energy Star Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC):0.759
Power consumption (off):0.1
Power consumption (printing):342
Power consumption (ready):8
Power consumption (sleep):1.2


Duplex print speed (Black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):12
Duplex print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):12
Maximum Resolution:600 x 600
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):21
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):21
Standard printer languages:PCL 5c,PCL 6,PCLm,URF
Time to first page (black, normal):10.6
Time to first page (color, normal):12.3


Built-in processor:Y


Image formats supported:JPS,PNG,RAW,TIF
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 1200
Scanner Type:Flatbed & ADF


Bundled software:HP Software Uninstaller\nHP PCL6 Printer Driver\nHP Device Experience (DXP)\nHP Web Services Assist (HP Connected)\nDevice Setup & Software\nHP Printer Assistant\nHP Product Improvement Study\nOnline user manuals\nHP Scan Driver\nHP Scan Application\nHP Fax Driver\nHP Fax Application
Drivers included:Y
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra


Card reader integrated:N
Internal memory:256

System Requirements

Minimum hard disk space:850

Weight & Dimensions

Package depth:15.7
Package height:20.9
Package weight:47.4
Package width:19.6