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HP Color LaserJet CP1215

If you want simple, no-nonsense laser printing, with color, then the HP Color LaserJet CP1215 might be just what you’re looking for. While marketed at workgroups, the lack of networking and limited capabilities might limit its appeal. As a SOHO or single user printer though, it’s excellent.

The CP1215 is simple to look at, no LCD screen, control panel or paper trays to look at, no duplexer or document feeder to spoil the smooth lines either. This is a smooth, sleek looking printer for the design conscious rather than heavy print user. The printer measures 15.7” x 10” x 20” and weighs 38.9 pounds, which is considerably lighter than most laser printers. This makes it almost, but not quite a desktop printer.

Paper and toner access is through a couple of drawers at the front. From the top down, there is the output tray, toner drawer, and input tray at the bottom, which can hold up to 150 sheets of paper. That is one of the reasons this is better as a SOHO printer, who wants to be refilling paper all day?

Connection is via USB, which makes connection easy, as well as simple to install drivers and the tools. The HP software isn’t Mac compatible, so if you use them, look elsewhere. Windows users can sit back and relax as the installer takes care of everything for you. There is a simple document with the printer to aid installation, and while installing the drivers, there is a guide that helps you as you go.

The starter toners are a little cheeky, but nothing other manufacturers don’t do. Replacements are readily available from places like Quikshiptoner.com for considerably less that retail. The black will last a good 2200, while the color will manage 1400. While this doesn’t sound like much, consider the monthly duty cycle for this printer is a mere 1000 sheets.

So as you can see, while marketed at workgroups, only single users or SOHO users will be able to use the HP Color LaserJet CP1215 effectively. This is a solid printer that produces decent quality prints at a reasonable cost. It’s an excellent buy for low volume print needs and people who want a no-nonsense printer that just works.

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