HP LaserJet P1505 Monochrome Laser Printer
At a Glance
HP LaserJet P1505
Cheaply priced but also cheaply designed, this printer’s saving grace is its speed.
HP targets the entry-level laser market with the impressively speedy, if otherwise unremarkable, LaserJet P1505 monochrome printer. For reasons explained below, I disliked the design, and the print quality varies from slightly disappointing to profoundly so. But given the low price ($199 when reviewed), it's a tempting buy.
If nothing else, the LaserJet P1505 is fast: In our tests it averaged 26.1 pages per minute printing text, and 9.9 ppm printing photos--output speeds that are among the highest we've seen to date. On the other hand, the text samples had a heavy, slightly imprecise look. And while photos are not
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The toner cartridge presents both design and cost issues. A small fingerhold helps you raise the top cover to access the cartridge; this feature is not labeled, nor do the manual's illustrations show explicitly how to replace the cartridge (although it does show up in a parts diagram). After you finish the 1000-page starter cartridge, a 2000-page replacement
I looked in vain for the usual printed setup instructions, but, it turns out, they're on the included CD instead. This may save paper, but there isn't even a note saying you need to run the CD to get this information--how helpful is that? Better aspects to the setup process, however, included
The LaserJet P1505 doesn't look like much, especially compared