Printer review: HP LaserJet Enterprise M506dn

28th Aug 2019

Printer review: HP LaserJet Enterprise M506dn

Overall Rating: 3.9/5.0

HP built the HP Laserjet Enterprise M506dn with space in mind. This little powerhouse sits on the corner of a desk and cranks out pages with the speed and dexterity of much larger machines. The M506dn packs a lot of punch in a small package.

Active Three-Year-Old

But all that power comes with a hefty price tag. The M506dn sold for around $750 when it was introduced in March 2016. However, unlike many three-year-old printers, the M506dn appears to have aged gracefully. In printer terms, that means the software hasn’t become too outdated and the machine still produces sharp prints.

Also, one of the things that makes the M506dn succeed is its simple form factor. It doesn’t scan, copy or fax. It makes black-and-white prints and it does it well. The “d” in its name refers to the M506’s built-in duplexer, allowing automatic two-sided printing. The “n” means this printer can be connected to any office network. Big brother, the M506x, comes with an additional 550 sheet paper tray.

Work Smarter With HP LaserJet Enterprise M506dn

HP claims the M506dn helps you work faster yet uses less energy overall, thanks to its energy-efficient design and HP’s JetIntelligence toner cartridges. The JetIntelligence cartridges use diagnostic and operational software to increase the efficiency of toner cartridges. According to HP, you can get 33% more prints from its original JetIntelligence toner cartridges.

The M506dn has print speeds of 45 pages per minute. This printer allows you to print from nearly any wireless device, yet it keeps things secure with 128-bit encryption. You can also print Word, Powerpoint, and PDF documents directly from a USB thumb drive.

The Critics Have Spoken

Over on Amazon, the M506dn earned 3.8 stars out of five, with 39 positive reviews and 8 critical ones. A couple of users complained about the paper trays not working as specified. (“One year and five days and the paper tray broke!” one user laments.)

Most reviewers like the M506dn’s compact size, ease of setup (“very easy to deploy over a network,” one user writes) and trouble-free operation. (“No jams, and it’s fast as can be!” a happy M506dner exclaims.)

Reviews on HP’s site earned the M506dn 3.3 out of 5 stars with a handful of reviewers checking in. Most are satisfied with the M506dn, but there are still a couple folks having paper tray issues.

PC Mag was impressed with the M506dn’s speed and paper-handling, though it found the machine’s black text printed a bit gray. (“As long as you don’t need high-quality, very small fonts, the M506dn should be okay,” the magazine reports.) PC MAg gave the M506dn 4 out of 5 stars.

Cost Per Page

The M506dn uses HP87A toner cartridges and HP87X high capacity cartridges. A standard 87A cartridge yields 9,000 pages and retails for 236.99, for a cost-per-page of approximately 3-cents. The HP 87X high-capacity cartridges yield 18,000 pages and retail for 320.99, brings the cost-per-page down to roughly 2-cents. Of course, you can bring that cost-per-page down further by buying your genuine HP toner for less at Toner Buzz!

Overall, we give the HP M506dn 3.9/5.0 for its durability and rock-solid performance!

The HP LaserJet Enterprise M506dn Complete Specifications

GENERAL

  • Printer Type - Workgroup printer - laser - monochrome
  • Manufacturer - HP

CAMERA

  • Installed Size - 4 GB

PRINTER

  • Print Speed - Up to 43 ppm - black normal - A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)Up to 34 ipm - B/W duplex - A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)Up to 65 ppm - black draft - A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in)Up to 45 ppm - black normal - Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)Up to 36 ipm - B/W duplex - Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
  • Built-in Devices - numeric key pad, status LCD
  • Connectivity Technology - wired
  • Interface - USB 2.0, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0 host
  • AirPrint Enabled - Yes
  • Image Enhancement Technology - HP ProRes 1200 / HP FastRes 1200
  • Automatic Duplexing - Yes
  • PostScript Support - standard
  • First Print Out Time B/W - 5.9 sec
  • Language Simulation - PCL 5, PCL 6, PDF 1.7, PostScript 3
  • Fonts Included - 105 x TrueType92 x PostScript 3
  • Printer Features - Instant-on Technology, JetIntelligence Cartridge Technology, hardware integration pocket
  • Media Handling - 100-sheet multipurpose tray, 550-sheet input tray
  • Type - workgroup printer
  • Min H-Document Size - 3 in
  • Min V-Document Size - 5 in
  • Max H-Document Size - 8.5 m
  • Max V-Document Size - 14 in
  • Media Type - bond paper, card stock, envelopes, labels, plain paper, preprinted paper, punched paper, recycled paper, transparencies
  • Media Sizes - 3 in x 5 in, 3.95 in x 5.9 in, 4 in x 5.83 in, 8.5 in x 11.7 in, A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), JIS B5 (7.17 in x 10.12 in), JIS B6 (5.04 x 7.17 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in), Oficio (8.5 in x 13.5 in), RA4 (8.46 in x 12 in), Statement (5.5 in x 8.5 in)
  • Min Media Weight - 60 g/m²
  • Max Media Weight - 199 g/m²
  • Envelope Sizes - International B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), International C5 (6.38 in x 9 in), International C6 (4.5 in x 6.38 in), International DL (4.33 in x 8.66 in), Japanese Postcard (3.95 in x 5.83 in), Japanese Postcard Double (5.83 in x 7.87 in), Monarch (3.87 in x 7.5 in), US No 10 (4.1 in x 9.5 in), US No 9 (4 in x 9 in)
  • Total Media Capacity - 650 sheets

POWER DEVICE

  • Type - power supply
  • Nominal Voltage - AC 110 V
  • Frequency Required - 60 Hz
  • Power Consumption Operational - 741.98 Watt
  • Power Consumption Stand by - 13.72 Watt
  • Power Consumption Sleep - 2.51 Watt
  • Form Factor - internal

CONNECTIVITY

  • Mobile Printing Capability - Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print 2.0, HP ePrint, Mopria Print Service

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Compliant Standards - FCC Class A certified, UL, CISPR 22 Class A, cUL, GS, Laser Class 1, FCC CFR47 Part 15, EN 60825-1, CECP, EN 61000-3-3:2008, EN 61000-3-2:2006+A1:2009+A2:2009, EN 60950-1:2006, IEC 60825-1:2007, EN 62479:2010, EMC 2004/108/EC, LVD 2006/95/EC, 21 CFR 1040.10, 21 CFR 1040.11, CoC, EN 55024:2010, EN 55022:2010 Class A, ICES-003 issue 5 Class A, IEC 60950-1:2005 + A1:2009 + A2:2013, IEC 62479:2010, CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07 Second Edition 2011-12
  • Microsoft Certifications - Compatible with Windows 7
  • Consumables Included - 1 x toner cartridge (black) - up to 6000 pages
  • Color Category - white
  • Features - auto on/off

NETWORKING

  • Networking - Print server
  • Remote Management Protocol - HTTP, HTTPS, IPP, IPPS, NDPS, NDS, SLP, SNMP 1, SNMP 2c, SNMP 3, TFTP, Telnet
  • Security Protocols & Features - 802.1x, Apple Bonjour, EAP-TLS, IPsec, Kerberos, PEAP, SSL, TLS

POWER

  • Frequency Required - 60 Hz
  • Power Consumption Sleep - 2.51 Watt
  • Power Consumption Operational - 741.98 Watt

PROCESSOR

  • Clock Speed - 1.2 GHz

RAM

  • Technology / Form Factor - DDR3 SDRAM - DIMM 90-pin
  • Max Supported Size - 1.5 GB
  • Slots Qty - 1
  • Empty Slots - 1
  • Form Factor - DIMM 90-pin
  • Technology - DDR3 SDRAM

FLASH MEMORY

  • Flash Memory - 4 GB

ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS

  • Blue Angel - Yes
  • ENERGY STAR - Yes

PRINTING

  • Max Resolution B/W - 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm) - 45 ppm
  • Automatic Duplexing - Yes

MEDIA HANDLING

  • Min Media Size (Custom) - 3 in x 5 in
  • Max Media Size (Custom) - 8.5 in x 14 in
  • Media Weight - 60 g/m² - 199 g/m²
  • Max Media Capacity - 2300 sheets
  • Output Trays Capacity- 250 sheets
  • Media Type - Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, bond paper, recycled paper, card stock, punched paper, preprinted paper
  • Envelope Sizes - US No 10 (4.1 in x 9.5 in), International DL (4.33 in x 8.66 in), International C6 (4.5 in x 6.38 in), International C5 (6.38 in x 9 in), International B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in), Monarch (3.87 in x 7.5 in), US No 9 (4 in x 9 in), Japanese Postcard (3.95 in x 5.83 in), Japanese Postcard Double (5.83 in x 7.87 in)
  • Total Media Capacity - 650 sheets
  • Media Sizes - Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in), Legal (8.5 in x 14 in), Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in), A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in), 3.95 in x 5.9 in, 8.5 in x 11.7 in, JIS B5 (7.17 in x 10.12 in), Statement (5.5 in x 8.5 in), 3 in x 5 in, Oficio (8.5 in x 13.5 in), 8.5 in x 14 in, JIS B6 (5.04 x 7.17 in), 4 in x 5.83 in, RA4 (8.46 in x 12 in)

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • OS Required - Apple MacOS X 10.10, BOSS GNU/Linux 3.0, BOSS GNU/Linux 5.0, Debian Linux 6.0.x, Debian Linux 7.x, Linux Mint 13, Linux Mint 14, Linux Mint 15, Linux Mint 16, Linux Mint 17, Microsoft Windows 7 / 8 (32/64 bits), Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise Edition SP1 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits), Red Hat Fedora 17, Red Hat Fedora 18, Red Hat Fedora 19, Red Hat Fedora 20, UNIX, Ubuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Windows 10 (32/64 bits), Windows 8.1 (32/64 bits), openSUSE 12.2, openSUSE 12.3, openSUSE 13.1

DUTY CYCLE

  • Monthly Duty Cycle (max) - 150,000 pages
  • Recommended Monthly Volume - 2000 - 7500 pages

ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETERS

  • Sound Emission (Idle) - 24 dBA
  • Sound Emission (Operating) - 54 dBA
  • Min Operating Temperature - 59 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature - 90.5 °F
  • Humidity Range Operating - 10 - 80%

DOCUMENT & MEDIA HANDLING

  • Media Type Class - envelopes, film / transparencies, other, plain paper
  • Media Size Class - A4/Legal

HEADER

  • Brand - HP
  • Product Line - HP LaserJet Enterprise
  • Model - M506dn
  • Localization - English, French, Spanish
  • Country Kits - Canada, Latin America (excluding Argentina, Brazil, Chile), Mexico, United States
  • Packaged Quantity - 1

INTERFACE REQUIRED

  • Connector Type - 4 pin USB Type A, RJ-45
  • Type - Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 host
  • Total Qty - 1, 2

OFFICE MACHINE

  • Type - printer
  • Functions - printer
  • Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class) - 100,000 pages and more
  • Monthly Duty Cycle (max) - 150000 pages
  • Recommended Monthly Volume - 2000 - 7500 pages
  • Printing Technology - laser
  • Printing Output Type - monochrome

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

  • Width - 16.5 in
  • Depth - 14.8 in
  • Height - 11.7 in
  • Weight - 26.01 lbs

PRINTING SYSTEM

  • First Print Out Time B/W - 5.9 sec

CONSUMABLES INCLUDED

  • Color - black
  • Included Qty - 1

CABLE DETAILS

  • Type - USB cable
  • Included Qty - 1

PRINTER OUTPUT

  • Max Speed - 34 ipm, 36 ipm, 43 ppm, 45 ppm, 65 ppm
  • Media Size - A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in), A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in), Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
  • Output Quality - B/W duplex, black draft, black normal

SOFTWARE

  • Type - Drivers & Utilities

PRINTER MEDIA

  • Media Load Type - automatic
  • Media Feeder Qty - 1
  • Media Feeder Max Format - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
  • Min Media Weight - 60 g/m²
  • Max Media Weight - 120 g/m², 199 g/m²
  • Media Feeder Capacity - 100 sheets, 550 sheets

PRINTER FONTS

  • Font Included Type - PostScript 3, TrueType
  • Fonts Included Qty - 105, 92

PC CONNECTIVITY

  • Interface - Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 host
  • AirPrint Enabled - Yes

SERVICE & SUPPORT

  • Type - 1 year warranty

SERVICE & SUPPORT DETAILS

  • Type - limited warranty
  • Location - on-site
  • Full Contract Period - 1 year
  • Response Time - next business day

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS DETAILS

  • Operating System - MacOS X 10.8/10.9/10.10, Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
  • Min Hard Drive Space - 1 GB, 200 MB

GENERAL

  • Manufacturer - HP