HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn Monochrome Laser Printer

Laser-class printers are so much cheaper these days

HP LaserJet Pro 400 monochrome laser
HP's LaserJet Pro 400 monochrome laser printer. Photo courtesy of HP

Here's another LaserJet to succumb to time. This one debuted over five years ago. It's still available at a few places, but HP has discontinued it. I haven't reviewed a monochrome HP LaserJet in a while, so here I'll refer you to OKI Data's B432dn. When you search for the p1606dn, though, HP refers you to the $99.99 LaserJet Pro 400.

The Bottom Line

Reasonably priced for a high-quality monochrome laser printer, the HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn laser printer was exceedingly fast and print quality superb.

The printer is part of HP's "Plug and Print" line of laser printers--that means no more installing drivers from a CD. That, along with the built-in networking and automatic duplexer, helps make this a good choice for small businesses.

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  • Excellent monochrome printing
  • Extremely fast
  • Plug and Print technology makes set-up a breeze


  • Not cheap
  • Links to online user's guide weren't live


  • Monochrome laser printer
  • Automatic duplex printing
  • Up to 26 pages per minute
  • Up to 1200 dpi
  • 250-sheet input tray; 10-sheet priority feed slot
  • USB and network
  • Microsoft® Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008/2003 (all 32-bit/64-bit), Mac OS X v 10.4, v 10.5, v 10.6, Linux

Guide Review - HP LaserJet Pro 1606dn Monochrome Laser Printer

Updated 5-10-2010, updating duplex printing comments

Like its close cousin the HP LaserJet P2055d, this HP monochrome laser printer offers few bells and whistles except for instant-on technology and automatic duplex printing; it does, however, one-up the P2055d by offering built-in wired networking.

Instant-on is as good as its word, and the printer quickly comes out of its sleep mode and starts printing. Speeds are excellent, as they should be; first-pages out took five seconds or less, with pages taking an average of two seconds each to come out.

As always with HP LaserJets, black fonts were sharp and crisp, and unlike some other laser pritners there was no paper curling when using cheap copy paper.

For small businesses and, perhaps, printer reviewers, one nice new feature from HP is "Plug and Print" technology that says goodbye to loading drivers from a CD or DVD, a process that can take a lot of time while simultaneously loading up your computer with unnecessary software. It was as good as its name; I plugged the printer in, connected via USB, and the install process began immediately. The printer was up and running in less than five minutes.

There's no paper documentation except a set-up guide; for the rest, you'll need to follow the on-screen prompts which, unfortunately, took me to some dead links on the HP site when I visited to find out more about duplex printing. I had to hunt around the HP site for a while to locate the digital users-manual.

Duplex printing worked smoothly and quickly. My first test unit had trouble pulling the page back into the printer straight; but the replacement unit worked flawlessly, so it was just bad luck. In fact I found the duplexer worked very quickly.

If monochrome laser printing is all you need, the LaserJet Pro P1606dn is a good deal; it's reasonably priced and offers some nice features. As always, though, there are a good number of laser printers at this price range, so it's worth shopping around a bit first.

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