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HP LaserJet Pro CP1025 Color - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams



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Despite its compact dimensions, the LaserJet Pro CP1025 Color is, as mentioned, a carousel-based printer. This is an older design and has the disadvantage of printing colour pages at roughly a quarter of the speed it can handle black text. This is because it builds up an image of the page by rotating a carousel of toner cartridges and laying colours onto a transfer belt, one after the other.

HP claims 16ppm for black print and 4ppm for colour and we saw a maximum speed of 13.0ppm printing black, which is not that far off the headline figure. That was on our 20-page text print, though, and the more typical, 5-page print gave 8.8ppm, little more than half the spec.

The five-page black text and colour graphics document returned a speed of 3.3ppm, which is again not that far off the claim, but it's pretty slow overall. Compare it with speeds for the Dell 1250c or the Xerox Phaser 6000, both of which managed 6.7ppm, and you can see it's pretty slow. However, a 15 x 10cm photo on A4 paper took 12s, which is nippy by most standards.

The printed output, with the default resolution of 600dpi, is sharp and clean, belying the low asking price of the machine. Colour graphics are also clear and bright, with a good range of captivating colours and excellent registration of black text on a colour background. Our colour photo print is not so good, showing a slight colour cast away from red and losing detail in darker areas of the image.

Running costs come in two parts, the toner cartridges and the single photoconductor drum. Toner is only available at one yield level, which is fairly low, though not that untoward for an entry-level printer. Black should give 1,200 ISO pages, while each of the colours are rated at 1,000.

At the current level of consumable costs online, we calculate costs per page of 4.8p for black and 18.5p the colour. We marked the Dell and Xerox machines down for their stupidly high page costs, but these are higher, a full penny per page higher in the case of black print. At these rates, it would be cheaper to take your printing to a copy shop, even throwing in the power for your Segway.


The LaserJet Pro CP1025 Color is another example of an entry-level colour page printer that has a lot going for it, but is ruined by a marketing decision to charge over the odds for consumables. These prices are just much too high, particularly when you compare them with costs for equivalent ink-jet printers, which have a lower asking price and still offer to print black pages for under 3p and colour for half the page rate this machine can manage.


March 22, 2011, 6:41 pm

These entry-level Laser and LED color printers are what I call toner machines.
As they are marketed in a similar manner as the inkjet products they are competing against. Low up front cost to get the person to purchase it.
Then hammer them on the backend with the cost of the consumables.
These types of units are only useable in an office up to 2 people or a home network where printing will be below 500 pages per month.
The benefit of having a Laser/LED unit over that of an inkjet is that the toner will not dry out, become clogged or evaporate. So in the long run the cost should slightly favor the Laser/LED units.


June 14, 2013, 4:18 am

No matter what experts say, these machines deliver great quality at a very affordable price for a home/home-office use. Especially if you're not too picky to use remanufatured toner cartridges. They will deliver the same quality at a fraction of the price of the original consumables. I've used them. No regrets.


September 13, 2013, 9:10 am

I made the mistake of buying 3 of these units! The biggest problem is toner cost but a close second is the lack of display. When the end user has messed something up with these it is impossible to work out what the problem is as there is just a row of LED's that flash in cryptic combinations to advise of the error.

Changing toner is a headache as in theory all you have to do is press the corresponding colour button for the toner colour you want to change but I wanted to change all 4 in one go and there were unprinted jobs in the printer memory that it was still trying and failing to print (as the toner was out) but the little thing was rotating it's carosel for ever before you could peek into the top door and see if the correct toner was visible. If you get it wrong it starts the process all over again. It's like a very slaow and boring form of russian roulette.

I kid you not it took me 20 minutes of wrestling with it to get it to allow me to change 4 colours.

I plus point: I was able to update the firmware and print from an iPad ok

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