HP claims speeds up to 25ppm for this machine, but this is wishful. Under normal use, we think you’ll see closer to 16ppm, which was the fastest we saw under test, on our 20-page text document. Unlike many machines we test, though, it isn’t because of excessive processing time before a print starts. HP claims a first page out in 8.5s and we saw pages start to print in 11s, which is quick.
Shorter documents are not as quick, with our five-page text test giving 14.3ppm and the text and graphics one managing 16.7ppm. These are healthy speeds, but not in the same league as the claims. The duplex speed holds up pretty well at 13.5ppm and copy times of 10s for a single sheet from the flatbed and 30s for five sheets from the ADF are also good, as is 10s for a 15 x 10cm photo on A4.
Print is pretty much what you expect from a mono laser: clean cut black text with no signs of toner anywhere it shouldn’t be. Greyscale graphics look a bit mottled, but are passable and our test photo print showed no banding, though again a slight unevenness in large areas of grey, as in skies.
A single drum and toner cartridge is the only consumable the printer needs and it has a reasonable page yield of 2,100 pages. At current Internet prices, we calculate a cost per ISO page of 3.4p, including 0.7p for paper. This cost sits in the middle of the band for similar devices, though a machine like Brother’s DCP-7045N manages 2.8p, quite a bit lower.
This is a good, general-purpose mono laser multifunction printer, though there’s little to get excited about. Duplex print is a useful paper saver, but without duplex scanning and copying, some of the potential is wasted. The jury’s still out on how useful it is to be able to ePrint directly to your printer, but the facility is there, if you want it.
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