A colour laser printer for the small business or workgroup needs to produce reliably good print and to do it quickly. The extra cost of colour has to be recouped in more informative documents for internal use or more attractive ones to give to customers.
HP's Color LaserJet CP3525dn is a big printer, weighing over 30kg, so needs to be set up on a strong desk or stand. In fact, its dimensions dictate that there won't be much room to work alongside it on a standard office desk.
The printer is designed more like a photocopier than most laser printers so, for example, its 250-sheet paper tray takes A4 paper in landscape mode, feeds it from the right-hand end of the tray and then out from right to left onto the printer's top surface. There's a 100-sheet, multi-purpose tray that folds down from the right-hand end of the printer and a further, 500-sheet paper tray can be fitted underneath the machine as an option.
The fully bitmapped LCD panel is full colour, unusual for an office laser printer. Colour is used intelligently with, for example, full-colour status displays of the four toner levels. The control panel consists of seven buttons, governing menu navigation, help and job cancel, and there are three supplementary LED indicators.
Mains power and data sockets are both located at the back of the left-hand end of the machine, rather than at the rear, which means you can back it up against a wall. It still leaves the cables looking rather untidy, though. There are USB and Ethernet sockets, but anything else, including wireless connection, is optional.
Pull down the front panel and the four integrated drum and toner cartridges are slotted into the printer end on, making them easy to remove and replace. A very oddly shaped waste toner bottle can also be replaced from here. The fuser is accessed from the right-hand end, but with a service life of 100,000 pages, may well never need to be replaced.
Drivers for PostScript Level 3 in emulation and HP's own PCL 6 are provided on the CD and there’s support for Windows and OS X. There's no mention of any Linux support on the HP site, though HP does have a programme to support Linux implementations on most of its printers.