Summary

Our Score

6/10

User Score

Pros

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

Cons

  • 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

HP LaserJet Pro CP1025 Color

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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