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So you do a lot of daily printing, maybe you need a printer to be shared in a small or home office or maybe you need to move to a network printer where it can be shared by everyone connected to the same network. A regular desktop inkjet printer would no longer be a capable solution. You need to step up into the league of laser printers which are designed to print large volumes of documents quickly, easy to share on a network and simple to maintain.
The HP Laserjet P2055dn is one such device. For a laser printer it is of a compact size, quoted around 37x37x27cm and comes in a smart light grey, deep bluey/grey hybrid with paper tray which holds 250 sheets of paper at a time. On the top of the printer is a very useful but small LCD screen which is used to configure the setup, troubleshoot any problems or getting status details such as usage and current settings.
This little printer goes from rest to first page printed in around five seconds so there is practically no wait, and when printing multiple pages it is fast in action, 33 pages a minute so expect a page every two seconds. This printer is also capable of printing double sided pages for those that need it.
Moving onto ink, for these laser printers, what you buy instead is a toner cartridge. These like regular cartridges are not cheap, but a toner will give you more printed pages at a lower cost per page. On average I would expect 2500 pages before the toner needs to be replaced.
The printer does make a small racket when printing sounding like a whirl of multiple fans than a mechanical chug of an inkjet printer. Setup is simple, one cable for power and the other to your network hub or switch. I have used this solely with Windows 7 computers and the add a printer wizard always finds the printer and will automatically download and install any drivers needed. Lastly, this printer is meant to be left on even though it has a power switch. To save power, it will enter a sleep mode to save energy consumption and as mentioned will wake up quickly when called upon.
This printer was ordered as a replacement for one at work, and so far I have been impressed with it. 2055dn has a dedicated network port (unlike the 2055d model) which means there is no need to have a print spooler.
Although this printer targets itself as a relatively simple printer, I would have to say the menu navigation leaves a lot to be desired. The small LCD display is the culprit -> when manually setting up a static IP address, each 16-bit is entered in seperately, such as IP1: 255, IP2:255, IP3:128, IP4:27, rather than just 255.255.128.27. A minor annoyance, but an annoyance none the less.
Once set up and the printer drivers were installed on the server, this printer has not had any spooling errors, nor any paper jams. I was not a fan of changing it's toner however, as on the left of the toner there is a metal spindle that is on a ball sproket which moves around and is in the open - I would have though it would be best to design a plastic sheathing around it, as it does look weird and toner does not smoothly load in to the printer like other models do.
The quality of the printer is great though, and it does actually do 33ppm. It gets slightly hot after constant use, but then so do all laser printers.
I have always relied on HP printers because of their reliability, and this printer does not buck the trend. A few odd design choices only blemish what is otherwise a very good small office printer.