This is less than half what’s claimed and if you go to the text and graphics test, which prints five identical pages and so reduces the processing time – it still only cuts a second off the completion of the job and ups the print speed to 16.7ppm.
More interesting is a comparison with another laser printer, the Kyocera Mita FS-4000DN, reviewed a couple of weeks ago. That claims a top speed of 45ppm, and yet produced our test prints in almost identical times to this HP machine. Where the HP didn’t do as well was in its duplex speed, where it completed our 20-side test piece in 1:23, over 30 seconds slower than the Kyocera Mita. The HP machine is around £150 cheaper, though.
The LaserJet P3005x has three different graphics modes, known as FastRes 1200, ProRes 1200 (141lpi) and ProRes 120 (170lpi). In theory, print quality should get better and better as you go from FastRes to ProRes and increase the lines per inch. In practice, results showed not a lot of difference with, if anything, the FastRes 1200 print being the favourite. This print certainly had the least suggestion of any banding across the image – though all three prints were good.
Subjectively, the HP machine is not noisy, so it was quite a surprise when we measured its sound output with peaks of up to 60dBA. This is again during paper feeding, the Achilles heel of all printers, in sound terms.
The simple consumable regime keeps running costs low and there are two capacities of cartridge, one offering 6,500 sheets and the other 13,000 sheets, both at 5 per cent usage. With the high-yield cartridge typically costing around £120, you end up with a page cost of 1.54p. This is a good figure for a machine in this price bracket, though it doesn’t compare well with the Kyocera’s costs, coming in at under a penny per page.
HP’s LaserJet P3005x is a no-nonsense, workgroup printer with a high duty-cycle of up to 100,000 pages per month. It gets on with the job quickly and efficiently, but for this you have to pay over £600, up front. Print quality is good, even for graphic images which tax most mono lasers. The quoted speed of 33ppm is fanciful, but even at 15ppm, you won’t have to wait long from most print jobs.