Summary

Our Score

8/10

Review Price £839.99

What would you expect, if you were going to pay £1,000 for a mono laser printer? At that sort of price, you'd probably want a good speed, several feed trays, a duplexer, networking, PostScript as well as PCL and a lot of expandability. HP ticks all those boxes with the LaserJet P4015x, part of a new range of printers aimed at workgroups of 10 to 15 people.

This printer is a lot taller than most mono lasers we've tested, but mostly because it comes as standard with a second paper tray. Since both trays can hold 500 sheets, it makes the machine quite high off the desk. There's a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray, too, which pulls down from the front of the printer.

That's all of the standard paper sources but, optionally, the printer can handle up to six trays, and one of these can be a massive, 1,500-sheet bulk tray. Other options include a stapler/stacker, an envelope feeder and a special media tray, as well as more memory and a hard drive for document storage.

The control panel is neat and straightforward, with a key pad for secure printing and a 4 line by 16 character, backlit LCD display, which includes access to tutorials on printing techniques, printed out from the machine's own firmware.

One feature we've seen on quite a few recent lasers is a USB socket on the front, so you can print files from a flash drive. Sadly, there's nothing like this on the HP machine, though you can print securely by sending a file through its Gigabit Ethernet link and printing only after you've reached the machine and entered a PIN. As well as the network interface, there's a standard USB 2.0 socket for local connection to a PC.

Given the 225,000 page-per-month duty cycle of this printer and the capacity of its drum and toner cartridges, it's surprising how discreet they are. Fold up the front cover of the printer and you can slide in a cartridge with a minimum of fuss - and it doesn't disappear deep inside the machine's mechanism.

Software installation is also straightforward, with the drivers and supplies monitoring utilities loading easily from CD. The driver supports duplex documents, booklets, watermarks, multi-pages per sheet and prints at both 600dpi and 1200dpi resolutions.

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