The HP Colour LaserJet 2605 is a good little printer, the colour printing is good quality and fast. It is the ideal home or small office printer, the paper tray on the LJ2605 is small so required topping up constantly with paper, however the extra tray on this LJ2605 is a real bonus, and also allows the user to load two different paper types into the trays.
The LJ2605 is easy to use and the instructions on the led screen are simple and easy to follow, the screen is a little on the small side though.
Being an Hewlett Packard makes it easy to maintain, parts for this printer are reasonable priced and readily available, having said that I have had no real problems with this printer although the little paper holder on the output tray is a bit flimsy.
Quality is good but not fast. I like this printer and would recommend it to users at home or the small office
Fantastic quality, great speed and a simply brilliant device and very great value for money. The cartridges are expensive but you can buy genuine HP ones from the USA for 2/3 of the cost shipped and VAT paid. Having had a Canon colour ink jet die after virtually no use and the toner cartridge expire on a 15 year old HP Laser jet 4L in the same weekend I thought it was time to have a look at colour lasers again. Although the cartridges for this printer are expensive, they are no more so than other HP cartridges and with 2000 sheets quoted for home use should last a reasonable length of time (just got to keep the children under control).
In 15 minutes it was set up and connected to my router as part of my home network - the installation of the printer bloatware on all connected PCs took longer but all PCs printed to it first time. Its speed of printing, quality of print (especially on gloss laser paper), quietness all make me wish I had done this long ago - the family no longer complain that the network printers connected through other PCs are down and I can go away knowing that the HP is just sat in the corner of my study waiting for a task. Now if it will just last as long as the HP 4L its purchase price will just become a memory. Print quality on the right quality paper is as good in B&W or colour as either of my old printers which shows how far Laser Printers have come. I'm very pleased. My only reservations ( for home use ) are that it still is rather big and running costs, while lower than an inkjet, are high. The slow start-up time ( 20 seconds before first print ) are not a problem in the home. I just know this item is not going to give me any trouble at all and that gives me no end of satisfaction and happiness.
I had the misfortune to use this printer at work this week, it's a laserjet that is about 8 years old but is kept for some reason. That reason isn't the print quality.
It does produce decent sharp text even at that age but don't bother trying to print a picture as you'll end up with a dark mass on the page. Text is better in a straightforward font such as Arial or Times, my advice is not to attempt printing anything more intricate than Comic Sans as print quality will be lost with every loop or angle.
The printer jams continually, every fourth page or so. Then the paper jams and shreds inside sometimes, this involves a hard job to remove all the small pieces and takes a while for the printer to reset itself to be able to attempt to print again. When completely switched off at the wall the printer takes forever to come on and the first page printed takes at least five minutes to come through so no good as a fast print job.
It will always work in the end and boy can you hear it printing! It's loud, clunks and apparently has been like that since the day it was bought brand new. Pages take significantly longer to print than on modern printers with the results being good for a printer of the age but nowhere near as high in quality as newer ones.
You'd probably struggle to find this printer available now, there aren't any on Ebay as I type and the printer was discontinued years ago so wouldn't be found new any place.
This is quite a large desktop printer which when new performs well and produces both colour and B&W pages of very high quality. At the time I bought mine (2007), it was one of the few affordable desktop colour laser printers available, and I thought it was just great.
This delight didn't last, however; now the bad news:
1. The feeder is quite temperamental, and needs constant tweaking for it to work
2. Much more serious, this printer (and reportedly others from HP which use the same Canon-designed components) has a major design fault, which is why HP no longer sells it new. The print mechanism is hypersensitive to dust, which blocks the mirrors and makes the colours fade, starting with the magenta/reds. At first I thought the magenta ink cartridge needed replacing, but replacing the cartridge with a new one didn't fix the problem. How long it takes you to discover this fault will depend on the amount of printing you do, and how much dust is in your local environment.
The HP helpline will tell you how to fix the fault via a frustrating and complicated procedure involving dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling the printer. This is not recommended for anyone unfamiliar with this type of equipment, and those short-on-patience should not even attempt it. There is no easy fix, and if you go through this ridiculous process it will only fail again within weeks or months, depending on the dust content of the atmosphere in which the printer is used.
HP admit this machine (and others manufactured with the same components) have this fault, but won't replace the printers with a model that works, so once it's out of warranty you have to dump this useless piece of junk or else use it only for monochrome document printing, which in the case of my machine, it continued to deliver no problem. Post-market surveillance of customer satisfaction? Fail: 1/10.
Beware: if you need a reliable colour laser printer, look elsewhere. Beware also that some Canon printers use the same useless print engine, as they designed it.
Summary: Not worth it
A 600x600dpi printer engine lies underneath the hood of this particular printing machine, and both duplex printing and Ethernet are supplied as standard, along with a further paper tray option just incase.
USB 2.0 is also available for those who don't have the luxury of a network connection. The LCD control panel is easy to use and inserting replacement ink is simple.
Although the 2605dn is not the smallest machine on the market, it is compact and, most importantly, very quiet in operation. Forget loud clunking noises and vibrations when it's warming up; it's even quiet during printing itself! The supplied RAM is a bit small at just 64MB, but you can upgrade this to a much improved 320MB should you want to. Print speeds are good, although not spectacular, which is a consequence of the meagre RAM allocation - 11 seconds for a full A4 image is hardly an ice age, though.
What is impressive is the print quality. Text is sharp and accurate with clear and crisp definition of each individual character. Colour is very impressive with tones and shades that are bright and natural. Greyscale images are by far the best produced by any of the printers on test, with a perfect level of brightness that brought out the detail. The way the HP performs, and its specification and design really justify the price.
It's difficult to find fault with the LaserJet 2605dn. I would like to see a doubling of the RAM to speed things along a bit, but as a small office or home colour laser this printer difficult to beat.
This is an excellent printer.
This printer is not designed for big production jobs thats what the 4700 printer is for (usage 100K pages a month at £1500)
This printer is designed or standard office use where you are printing maybe a 100 page docuemnt, or 10page document or the odd page here and there. It is designed for 10-20 users being able to those quick print outs in good quality and in colour.
600x600 is never the best quality, ut it is good quality for those normal office communications or home communications. for theose print outs you need in colour at a low price of around £200.
Even better is it has a built in duplex unit, this means the papergoes out then goes back in to be printed on the other side, the great advantage of this is you can half the paper you use on printing as both sides get used without you having to put thepaper back in. Although agin be aware if you do 10,000 prints it will not handle that well, it is desigend for around 30,000 a month thats 1000 a day on average, afterall the tray only holds 250 unless you buy an additional tray. If you need a printer for a huge quantity of print outs you need one with a dedicated duplex unit, which is an additional tray causing more footspace needed and a bigger height.
The printer plugs straight into the network and is a sinch to install allowing all computers to print to it, wihtout the need to have PC on and printer share.
I have had this printer 3 years now and I have had about 4 jams in it, if that. Most Jams are caused by the paper being slightly crinkly or bent corners (doing IT technician roles jams are caused by the rollers looing grip i.e. the printer working too hard for years, or by bad paper being put back in, paper is coated with a fine powder, if its gone through once its fine, generally going through again can cause errors)
My main job now is a teacher and I find I work hard planning, can;t be bothered with photocopying at school so I print out the booklets and work at home, and when producing 10 page booklets for a class for 30 this is so simple and so cheap, at £50 for a black cartridge to do 3000 pages of top quality work i find i replace black about once every 4 months and the colours 3 times every 2 years.
It handles all sizes of paper well. I had it do A4 and A5 print outs not propblem, plus a small custom size of 10cmx10cm for wedding invitations, again not a single issue.
Only thing to be aware of is you need to tell it what paper type your using, i.e. if you put card in and it thinks its paper it will smudge, because not enough time has gone fr the ink to fuse to the paper, but if you tell it your doing card it slows the print down thus it comes out perfect.
If you are doing a lot of printouts on it or a lot of users are using it my recommendation would be to add more RAM afterall thats what used to control what is to be printed.
Again this is an excellent printer for normal business use, i have put it into clients office use for normal use and they have no problems, I use it often each day, maybe 500 pages a week over the last month (nd its a few years old now) not a single problem.
I rate it a 5out of 5 for what it is built to do, it is tops of the low budget, entry level laser colour printers. It will never be any good for a production quality machine.
As Communications Manager for a large NGO my team and I are called upon to produce large amounts of leaflets and publications for conferences, seminars and internal meetings. A decision was taken by those over me to kit my department out with HP Color LaserJet 2605dn printers, a decision I rue to this day and will continue to do so until I can either arrange for them to be stolen. That is of course a joke, but I really want them gone and more functional, better performing printers installed to make the life of me and my colleagues more bearable.
I will try to explain the problems we have experienced to date on top of the basic flaws with this equipment,
1. It is larger than the previous model - 40cm high, 40cm wide and 45cm deep. It takes up far too much space. We have four of these printers and to be honest it makes our office look cluttered and due to the weight of them (20kg) they have to be positioned at the end of desks which leads to reduced desk space and an increase in complaints due to the noise that they make (32 decibels according to our Health & Safety Inspector).
2. Printing speeds are poor - we are required at times to print 5,000-10,000 leaflets in colour and the printer only prints in colour a maximum of 10 pages per minute. Timing the printer, it actually only produces 7 pages per minute in colour. When producing black and white leaflets it should print 12 pages per minute but in reality it only prints 9. This means that prior to any major jobs being conducted we have to calculate print timings.
3. Breakdowns - the printer is completely unreliable. It jams on a regular basis (at least 3-4 times a day per printer) and takes at least 10-15 minutes to restart once a jam is cleared. If the jams occur when we are rushed one after the other we struggle to complete our work plans.
To try and balance out this opinion I will speak highly of the print quality, it is first class; however, at the sped with which it prints I would expect nothing less.
After looking at the purchase price online (£350), I would have to say that the HP Color LaserJet 2605dn represents poor value for money and I would not recommend it for use in an office whatsoever. It just is not up to the job.
I hope this is helpful.