Review Price £169.22
The number of colour laser printers below £150 continues to grow and HP's Color LaserJet CP1215 is a very compact entry into the market. It's not much bigger than a mono laser, but can print in full colour at speed equivalent inkjet machines would still be hard pushed to match.
This is a neat little printer, cased in light grey and white, with a simple control panel consisting of two large buttons, for paper feed and job cancel, and a range of indicator lights, including four for toner level. Paper feeds from a 150-sheet tray at the bottom of the machine to an indent in its top cover and there are no options to add extra trays to increase the capacity and versatility of paper handling.
At the back is a single USB socket for data transfer and again HP mentions no wireless option. Just above the 150-sheet paper tray is what HP describes as a jam access door. This is a full-width flap that folds up and locks, but it's hard to see how it could be used to remove jammed paper, for two reasons.
Firstly, an adult male hand won't fit through the slot, so only fingers can be squeezed in to fetch out paper and, secondly, paper feeds from the back of the paper tray, so any jams will be at the rear of the machine, not the front.
The colour laser engine is a neat, compact design. Fold down the front panel and slide out the tray to access the four print cartridges, which each comprise both drum and toner. The starter cartridges supplied with the printer have capacities of 750 pages each, so you'll need to get supplies in fairly quickly if you're use is anything other than light.
Software installation is quick and easy, with drivers for all versions of Windows after 2000 available on the CD and Linux drivers available for download. There are no OSX drivers offered for this machine, either on the software CD or on the support site, which is odd, as virtually all other HP printers offer support.