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Unlike the other HP I reviewed, this one is far more 'office' use only. Therefore, my experience with it is from work, where it certainly gets a lot of use. HP Laserjet printers have been going around for about 25 years now, and are constantly being updated and are an innovative brand. They are an energy saving brand too, try new ideas to make printing and offices more eco friendly.
The product --> The printer is a cream colour, with 3 buttons despite it being quite large and bulky. It also has a digital display which flashes at what particular problem is wrong if there is a problem with the printer, such as low ink or a paper jam. The button on the front, sticks out and is green is the on/off button. The other 2 buttons are on top (where the paper comes out from) and these represent cancelling a job (red cross) and feeding paper through (green paper image). It is a very box shaped printer, and there are many things that pull out of here and there, so I'm just going to try and talk about them all now!
At the front (with the HP logo on) is the opening to the toner storage, and also if paper jams occur - the best place to pull them out from. There is a silver clamp which keeps the paper under pressure as it is about to be printed on, which can be easily pulled up to release paper in a jam. The toner sits above this, and clicks into place once inserted correctly. To pick up and slot in again is much easier than ink cartridges.
Below this, is the paper tray where 250 sheets can be inputted. It pulls out and can be clicked back into place easily, with minimal fuss. The good thing, and what makes it as an office product, is the fact prescriptions, letters and other smaller documents can be printed effectively from this. There is also another input tray for 50 sheets, which can be put in if you drop the flap down. Most HP printers have this facility.
At the back there is another part to play with, which when dropped down gives access to documents currently being printed. If there is a paper jam and the paper has travelled further than a few seconds, it's more than likely going to have to accessed and pulled out of this part here. This has a green opening.
The fact that all these features are built into the printer, and not built on, show that is is suitable if you don't have too much space to waste, and want a compact printer. The paper even comes out without much notice, as it waits on the top of the printer, instead of some home printers when it can come out and shoot out on the floor. This stores nicely on top.
How fast can it print --> What makes this stand out is the speed it gives. In can print up to 30 pages per minute, and printing in a few seconds from screen to printer is fantastic. Even when this model is warming up to print for the first time that day, it only takes 8 seconds to load up and be on top. It has a 266MHz processor, like most HP, and a 16 mb memory, and so large suggests why it can be so fast at receiving the document to paper. It can be connected via USB or also parallel.
The toners --> Everything I have printed from these has come out in great quality, whether it is newletters, spreadsheets, reports etc, and this reflects on the standard of toners HP create. The toners are high rated and the cost reflect this! They have up to 2200 pages to print, and are around £65. However, with such a large yield, they do and can last months, as long as there are not a lot of wasted documents being printed. All documents are in black and white, and do look smart and professional. The toners can be shook up to increase the flow of it, and make sure no money is wasted. They can be recycled as well, and they strive to make all of these more eco efficient. They dry on paper within miliseconds, even when the paper is still hot! Letters keep there rich black text for ages as well, especially for signs and posters - they generally don't look faded even after 2 years. The DPI is 600 x 600. For optimum performance, this can print up to 2000 times a month, and the last document can be as great as the first. I really admire these!
The size --> Even though it is compact, and doesn't have things sticking out all over the place, it is a heavy printer to lift and move around. It weight around 9.5kg, and loaded with paper and in its box it can be over 10kg. It is 15 inch by 10 inches high, and 15 inches depth. I sometimes do struggle with moving it about, and if I trap some paper underneath and need to move it, I find it has a good solid weight over it! So best to plan out where its going first before moving it around over and over.. unless you require a bad back!
The cost --> In PC World, I have seen this product for £170, and think it would vary from £160-£180, depending on offers and whether it is internet purchased or not. With £70 for toner (with p&p for e.g) this can be costly, and I would only recommend this for Office use only. Refurbished, or used, on auction sites it could probably be as low as £120, depending on the quality.
I would definitely recommend this printer, at least passing the name on if you wanted a more personal sized one. It is smart, quick, professional, compact - and just oozes quality.