HP Color LaserJet 179fnw is a simple entry-level color laser AIO with performance and features that are best suited for printing or copying in low-volume offices.
- Compact and light.
- Strong mobile connectivity.
- Competitively fast.
- Low purchase price.
- Lacks automatic two-sided printing, copying, and scanning.
- Low recommended volume rating.
- High running costs.
HP Color LaserJet 179fnw is a relatively inexpensive entry-level multifunction laser printer designed for home-based and micro office use. HP dubs it the “world’s smallest in its class,” and its compact size does make it a good fit for space-strapped offices. However, it lacks some of the key features of our two entry-level Editors’ Choice color laser AIOs, the Canon Color imageClass MF634Cdw and the Brother MFC-L3770CDW, including automatic two-sided printing, and during testing it struggled with some of our more complex business graphics.
Even so, it has a relatively low purchase price and prints well overall, making it a decent fit for individuals and small work teams with very light print and copy volumes.
Small, Light, and Convenient
Measuring 13.6 by 16 by 14.3 inches (HWD) and weighing only 31.1 pounds, the 179fnw is leaner by a few inches in all directions, and at least 10 pounds lighter, than the competitors mentioned earlier. Close in size and girth, even a little smaller and lighter, is HP’s own LaserJet Pro MFP M180nw, another of the company’s compact lasers meant for individuals or small groups of users. Granted, all these machines are designed to share desktops or otherwise minimize the space they require, but the 179fnw and M180nw have the smallest footprints, hands down.
The 179fnw comes with a 40-page manual-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning, copying, and faxing multipage documents. That’s 10 pages fewer than the ADFs on both the Canon MF634Cdw and the Brother MFC-L3770CDW. The HP M180nw has no ADF at all, which is the primary reason it’s slightly smaller and a few pounds lighter than the 179fnw.