HP Color LaserJet CP1515n - Colour Laser Printer - HP Color LaserJet CP1515n

By Simon Williams

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

The Color LaserJet CP1515n is claimed to print 12 black pages per minute or eight in colour and, while this is still a little optimistic, it's not as much of an exaggeration as with many printers in this price range. Our five-page text print finished in 52 seconds, giving a real-world speed of 5.77ppm, but when we increased the print run to 20 pages, the speed also climbed, to 9.52ppm.

Our five-page black text and colour graphics test took 1:06, a speed of 4.54ppm and a 15 x 10cm colour photo print completed in 33s.

These speeds are reasonable, but still a way short of some of the machine's competitors, such as the £125 Xerox 6125. For comparison, this printer produced a top mono speed of 10.52ppm and a colour speed of 8.11ppm.

The print quality of the CP1515n depends on what you're printing. Black text print is very good, with clean, dense characters at the machine's default resolution of 600dpi. There's no sign of toner spatter and characters are well formed at all point sizes.

Colour graphics are also very vivid and bright, ideal for attention-grabbing charts and graphs and with excellent black text registration over coloured backgrounds. The only place where this output is let down is in reproducing photographs, never a laser's strong-point.

The colour gamut from this machine, even though it uses HP's patented ColorSphere toner, is smaller than from some other lasers and from nearly all inkjets we can think of. It produces an over-vivid rendition, with a ‘seaside postcard’ effect, which detracts from photos of landscapes. There's also loss of detail in darker areas of images and colour transitions, such as in blue skies, are not as smooth as they should be.

The running costs in this machine are the four drum and toner cartridges and these cost around £50 each. For this you get 2,200 ISO black pages and 1,400 colour ones. This gives a cost per page of 3.02p for black and 13.91p for colour. Again, comparing with the Xerox 6125, the HP machine produces an almost identical mono page cost, but betters the Xerox by nearly a penny per page on colour.

Verdict

There are several aspects of the HP Color LaserJet CP1515n that are very likeable. It's easy to maintain, produces excellent black text and good colour graphics and is competitive in its running costs. Against this, it's a little slow, has a low capacity paper tray and a hard-to-read LCD display. On balance, it's a worthwhile contender, but do look at the competition, too.

SRS

December 7, 2009, 1:01 am

I've found the build quality and reliability of HP printers over the last year or so to be awful, only matched in dreadfulness by the levels of customer support.





I wouldn't buy another HP printer.

Moche

December 7, 2009, 1:23 pm

I love you all, but this has to be the dullest weekend ever on TR. There was so little content. What happened to the Sunday editorials? And it might be my imagination, but it feels like a trend too.

Ed

December 7, 2009, 2:03 pm

@SRS: Are you talking printers of this calibre or little £40 inkjets because the latter are next to useless whichever make you go for whereas all the half decent HPs I've had have lasted very well.





@Moche: We have for the most part dropped editorials unless done on a voluntary basis because we need all our man power for reviews. Some of the editorial staff are tied up in a lot of internal meetings at the moment so finding time for extra content is difficult. Hopefully we'll be back to full strength soon.

Sean Groarke

December 7, 2009, 3:45 pm

I've had one of these for a couple of months now, and it's great. Bit slow, but in a mixed environment of Windows and Linux it works well: I just tell all PCs (irrespective of OS) that the printer is generic PS and leave it at that. No faffing around with drivers. Then user the web-interface to it to do any admin.

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