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HP LaserJet Pro CP1025 Color review



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User Score


  • Good quality colour graphics
  • Small desktop footprint
  • Low purchase price


  • Horrendous running costs
  • Low colour print speed
  • No paper tray cover

Review Price £103.99

Key Features: Good text and graphics for price; Clean and attractive lines; Wide range of supported platforms; Very compact print engine; Novel toner selection system

Manufacturer: HP

Colour laser printers continue to get smaller and the strapline ‘smallest in the world’ is currently flipping between manufacturers. Judging by the LaserJet Pro CP1025 Color (yes, it's the American spelling), we think Dell still deserves it for its 1250c, but that and the Xerox Phaser 6000V/B are based on LED engines, while this machine appears to still be a laser printer.

The machine is cased in textured black and high-gloss white and has a fixed paper tray projecting from the front of the machine, which increases its front to back depth. The paper tray, which can take up to 150 sheets, feeds to an indent in the top cover, which has a flip-forward support, so pages don't slide off the front.

Controls are simple, with four illuminated pushbuttons for the different toners, two for paper feed and job cancel and a couple of extra lights for power and error conditions.

When you press the toner buttons, the printer rotates its carousel so that the corresponding toner cartridge is positioned at the top, where you can replace it. You gain access by flipping up the top cover, but you can also open the front cover to get at the single photoconductor drum.

At the back of the printer is a single USB socket, though there's a version of the printer – the LaserJet Pro CP1025nw – which has both cabled and wireless network connections and appears to cost very little more, at Internet prices.

Software supplied with the printer comprises little more than a driver, though this is available under Windows and OS X, as usual. In addition, HP supports Debian, Fedora, Linpus, Red Hat, SuSE and Ubuntu flavours of Linux, and Solaris.

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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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