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The entry-level price for a colour laser printer continues to drop and HP's LaserJet CP1515n comes in at under £150, if you shop around. For this kind of money you'd expect a laser printer for fairly light use, as a shared resource in the home or in a small business. That's pretty much what HP intends this machine for.
The printer is simply laid out and is pretty much a rectangular box with the edges curved off. The front curve has a particularly wide radius and set into this at the right-hand end is the control panel.
The controls and display are covered with a high-gloss, smoked acrylic cover, which makes it singularly difficult to see the two-line by 16-character LCD display. With any kind of overhead illumination it becomes virtually indecipherable because of reflections and the lack of a back light. Above the display are two indicators for power/data and error conditions, and below are five buttons for navigating menu options and cancelling a printing job.
At the bottom of the front panel is the usual pull-out paper tray, this one taking up to 150-sheets, but less common in an entry-level colour laser is the single-sheet, multi-purpose feed which sits directly above the tray. A rather flimsy cover folds out from around this aperture to help clear any paper jams.
At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet networking, both connections being standard. There's very little in the way of options on the LaserJet CP1515n; no extra trays or duplexer, though you can add more memory. 150-sheets is not a lot of paper even in a home environment, so it's a shame there isn't an option for a second paper tray.
The printer is almost supremely easy to set up. All the toner cartridges come pre-installed and, once you've folded down the curved front cover of the machine, you can slide out the in-line tray holding them. Pull the orange rings to release the sealing strips and you're ready to go. The photo conductor appears to be a lifetime component on this machine, as HP makes no mention of any consumables other than the cartridges.
The printer comes as standard with both genuine PCL 6 and emulated Postscript Level 3, but there's little else in the way of supplied software. HP is obviously trying to reduce support calls, as the words ‘Do not connect the USB cable until told to do so' appear in red several times during installation.