The mono office laser printer is still one of HP's core products and the LaserJet P3005x is a fast and versatile member of its latest generation. It comes as standard with duplex capability and two paper trays, each of which can take a full, 500-sheet ream of paper. This means you can set it up with letterheads and follow-on sheets, and still have a multi-purpose tray for special media, such as envelopes.
Coloured in cream and slate grey, the LaserJet P3005x is pretty cuboid in shape, with only slight curving on the corners. It has a two-line by 16-character, backlit LCD display set into its top surface and a small, seven-button control panel in front of this. Buttons are intelligently colour-coded and include a dedicated blue Help button, which offers on-display advice. There are three LED indicators for Ready, data transmission and Attention, should there be a paper jam.
The power switch is usefully positioned at the front and a 100-sheet multi-purpose print tray folds down above the two 500-sheet main trays, which also slide out from the front. At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, but there's no parallel port, which other manufacturers still supply for legacy support.
Despite its comparatively high price, the LaserJet P3005x is not that expandable. You can add more memory and other types of network interface than the Ethernet adapter provided, but there's no collator, envelope feeder or paper sorter. This is a workgroup printer with no pretensions to becoming a departmental machine, should you expand.
Pull open the front panel and you have access to the integrated photoconductor drum and toner cartridge which, like most HP lasers, is a single consumable. Pull the ripcord on one of these cartridges and slot it into place in the printer – that's all the maintenance this machine needs.
Driver installation is simple enough and HP provides both PCL and PostScript Level 3 support in emulation. The driver is comprehensive and includes support for watermarks, multiple pages per sheet, duplex printing and the collation of booklets.
This is yet another mono laser printer claiming to be able to print at over 30ppm. All the major printer makers are on a hide into nothing, here, as to remain competitive they have to boast numbers within a whisker of their competitors. In fact, our five-page text print took 19 seconds to complete, giving a real world print speed of 15.8ppm.